Health Education

B.S. in Applied Health Science

Health Education – Secondary Teacher Preparation

Help teens enhance their health through exercise, nutrition, personal growth, and safety. Health educators are an important force in the lives of teens. From human sexuality to mental health, from physical activity to good nutrition, health educators help teens make smart decisions to improve their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.

Indiana University’s Health Education Program is administered through The School of Public Health (formerly known as the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, or HPER).

  • Admissions Requirements
    Direct Admit Scholars

    To be considered for direct admission into the School of Education, students must first be admitted to IU with an intended major within the School of Education. Students who meet the following qualifications are invited to apply to join the Direct Admit Scholars program:

    • A minimum SAT score of 1170 New SAT (or 1100 Old SAT) or a minimum ACT score of 24
    • A minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
    Certification from University Division

    Students should meet with a University Division advisor, who can provide guidance in meeting certification requirements. These requirements include:

    • An overall IU grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher
    • 30 credit hours of college level coursework completed
    • Completion of EDUC-G203: Communication for Youth Serving Professionals, with a grade of C or better. (Under certain circumstances, students may substitute another college level public speaking or interpersonal communication class.)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Financial Aid

    We offer a range of scholarships for qualified students. Current students can be considered for most School of Education scholarships by completing one application each year.

    We also encourage students to visit Student Central for information about financial assistance.

    If you are a prospective student who applies to our Direct Admit Scholars program, you’ll be considered for scholarship opportunities as an entering freshman.

  • Student Teaching

    The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience where you’ll test your understanding in real-world situations and refine your strategies for instruction and assessment based on your experiences. The School of Education will help you meet your student teaching requirements and assist with placement.

  • Licensing

    When you graduate, you'll be able to apply for an Indiana teaching license covering Junior High/Middle School and High School, with health as your specific content field.

    Learn more about applying for your initial license.

  • Degree Requirements

    Visit the School of Public Health website to learn about health education degree requirements and how to apply.

Program of Study

Your health course work will be taught by School of Public Health professors, but you will take education course work offered collaboratively by faculty in the School of Public Health and the IU School of Education.

The program includes extensive work in schools at all grade levels as well as an extensive student teaching experience in both an elementary and high school. We can also help you navigate the licensing process and find your first job as a health educator.