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.

Contact and Advising Information

Information about the associate of science in health education is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, 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 FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+

Course: MATH 1215, or MATH 1215X, MATH 1215Y, and MATH 1215Z – or place into MATH 1220;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 239+ (A & F)/22+


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II) 3
COMM 1130 (Public Speaking)3
*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill the Student Choice area requirements below.
Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
MATH 1220 (College Algebra)3
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
BIOL 1140/1140L (Biology for Health-Sciences and Lab)4
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
PSYC 1110 (Introduction to Psychology) 3
Humanities (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Second Language (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Second Language.
Arts and Design (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Arts and Design.
Student Choice (6 credits)
6
Select two additional General Education courses from the areas above. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill this area.
Health Education Core Requirements (31 credits)
BIOL 2210 (Anatomy and Physiology I)3
CHEM 1120C (Introduction to Chemistry)4
ENGL 2210 (Professional and Technical Communication)3
HLED 1120 (American Red Cross First Aid)3
HLED 1220 (Personal Health Management)3
HLED 2210 (Education for AIDS Prevention)1
HLED 2530 (Fundamentals of Human Sexuality)3
HLED 2130 (Consumer Health)1
HLED 2150 (Foundations of Health Promotion)3
MATH 1350 (Introduction to Statistics)3
NUTR 2110 (Human Nutrition)3
PHED 1510 (Resistance Training)1
Total required (62 credits)