The primary responsibility of a public health educator is to create programs and disseminate information to the general public and at-risk groups as they promote various ways to keep well and maintain a positive and healthy lifestyle.
You will find most public health educators doing presentations, as well as patient outreach and health screenings to ensure that individuals are aware of healthy ways to live. Those who work in health facilities may provide patients with information about their diagnosis, as well as speak to classes about how to stay healthy. They also conduct seminars and presentations for health workers about the best ways to deal with patients and what information should be passed-on to them.
Public health educators may work independently, but generally supervise staff who carry out the mandates they have created. They often work in an environment where communication is key and staff members must work together to make sure tasks are completed.
Those in this position are generally required to have at least a Bachelor’s degree. Suitable applicants are those who have undergraduate backgrounds in health education or promotion. Some employers may prefer those with a Master's degree, and there is also a preference for those who are also certified health educator specialists.
Public health educators may work in or outside of the office, depending on the particular project. Most who work in offices generally develop programs and determine the best ways to use health information/resources for their programs to be effective. When outside the office, public health educators usually give speeches, seminars, and presentations, highlighting proper living for targeted groups.
Public Health Educator Tasks
Prepare and distribute health education materials, including reports, bulletins, and visual aids.
Maintain databases, mailing lists, telephone networks to facilitate the functioning of health education programs.
Develop and present health education and promotion programs such as training workshops, conferences, and school or community presentations.
Document activities, track and record pertinent information; number of applications completed, presentations conducted, and persons assisted.