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Health Education

Health Education
Associate of Science

Program Description

The program will provide the first two years of study for students planing to pursue a bachelor's degree at UNM-Main in the professional areas of health education (school health education or community health education). The mission of the Health Education program is to develop and promote sustainable public health solutions for populations in New Mexico and beyond, through the professional preparation of health education specialists, collaboration with communities and organizations, research/evaluation and advocacy.

Career and educational advancement opportunities

The degree will prepare students for bachelor of science and a master of science in Health Education. Both degree programs focus on health education and health promotions at the community label. The Health Education program in the College of Education at UNM offers a unique and innovative program in response to the changing health needs of the state and the nation. Graduates gain proficiency in working with culturally diverse communities to develop, implement, and evaluate health education and promotion interventions and initiatives that reduce risky behaviors and related morbidity and mortality.


Information about the associate of science in health education is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or, or the Academic Affairs Office, at 505-925-8600.

Course prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer of ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and UNIV 101or equivalent – or place into ENGL 110;

Credit Hours: 4 and 3; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 166+/19

Course: MATH 120 and MATH 106 – or place into MATH 121;

Credit Hours: 3 and 1; ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 104-120 (Elementary Algebra)/22

Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (12-13 credits)
ENGL 110 (Accelerated Composition) or 112 (Composition II) or 113 (Enhanced Composition)3 or 3 or 4
ENGL 120 (Composition III)3
ENGL 219 (Technical and Professional Writing)3
CJ 130 (Public Speaking)3
Mathematics (6 credits)
MATH 121 (College Algebra)3
STAT 145 (Introduction to Statistics)3
Physical and Natural Sciences (14 credits)
BIOL 123/124L (Biology for Health-Related Sciences plus Lab)4
BIOL 237 (Human Anatomy and Physiology I)3
CHEM 111 (Elements of General Chemistry)4
NUTR 244 (Human Nutrition)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
PSY 105 (General Psychology) 3
Select one additional course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral.
Humanities (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Fine Arts (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Fine Arts.
Foreign Language (3 credits)
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Foreign Language.
Core requirements (15 credits)
HED 164L (Standard First Aid)3
HED 171 (Personal Health Management)3
HED 209 (Education for AIDS Prevention)1
HED 212 (Fundamentals of Human Sexuality)3
HED 247 (Consumer Health)1
PENP 114 (Weight Training and Physical Conditioning)1
HED 260 (Foundations of Health Promotion)3
Total required (62 credits) Students transferring to UNM-Main or other 4-year institutions should be aware that core curriculum requirements are not necessarily met upon completion.