Bachelor of Science in Health Education

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Health Education program is designed to facilitate voluntary changes in individual health behaviors as well as to advocate for social and economic policies which lead to health promotion and disease prevention for all. This program prepares individuals to work as public health professionals at individual, community and structural levels for health equity and social justice. The program provides a participatory learning environment that integrates theory, research and practice, honors diversity through a cultural humility lens, and fosters collaboration, critical thinking and communication skills.

The course work and field experience in health education have three primary objectives:

  1. to provide a theoretical and philosophical foundation in principles of community health education;
  2. to facilitate the development of professional skills in program planning, implementation, and evaluation; and
  3. to offer broad course work in personal, community, and school health. Students are also expected to complete course work in biological, social, and behavioral sciences.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Education has 11 units of prerequisites, 42 core units and 9 - 12 emphasis elective units to be chosen in one of the three areas described below. The program curriculum is designed in four semester tiers, where the content, knowledge, and skills required for students are scaffolded both within the courses offered in that semester and sequential semester.


Interested in becoming a Health Education major? Please attend an upcoming Information Session to get the most update-to-date information about our health education major and how to apply. REGISTER HERE for an Information Session on one of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 11, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 18,  7-8 p.m.
  • Friday, April 2,  12-1 p.m.

Degree Requirements

View more about the requirements in the SF State Bulletin.


First-Time Student Roadmap (4 Year)

This roadmap opens in the SFSU Academic Bulletin.

Transfer Student Roadmap (2 Year)

For students with an AS-T in Public Health Science. This roadmap opens in the SF State Academic Bulletin.

Health Education Program Roadmap Flier

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