Health Promotion Specialist

Overview

Health promotion specialists work within organizations, corporations, or business groups to promote and coordinate wellness programs, health and safety. The responsibilities of a health promotion specialist may include: developing corporate wellness programs; developing strategies to address liability and quality assurance issues; managing employee fitness facilities and programs; motivating participants and marketing wellness activities; and forecasting future wellness trends.

Community health educators plan and develop educational and community organization programs to reduce behavioral risk factors, reduce environmental hazards, and support health promotion initiatives. They may also develop educational materials for use by other public health officials, serve as a media liaison during emergencies, and provide input and information dissemination related to health policy.

Details

Potential Employers

  • Healthcare facilities
  • Corporations or business groups
  • Local and state government

Aptitudes

  • Strong verbal and numerical skills
  • Ability to work with a variety of people
  • Ability to supervise others and plan and organize programs
  • Leadership, diplomacy, and calmness under pressure
  • Ability to make decisions based on observation and data
  • Ability to handle a variety of tasks and detailed paperwork

Education

Requirements

The minimum educational requirement in the State of Nebraska is an 18-credit hour certificate program.  A 4-year bachelor’s program is available, as is a master’s level program.  This field combines the disciplines of health promotion and human resources management.  This combination equips the individual to work with corporate management to create policies that will have a positive impact on an organization’s culture, and to design comprehensive employee wellness plans.

Licensure is not required.

Programs in Nebraska

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