Health Education, BS

As a Health Education major, you will prepare for a career teaching in health-related programs in K-12 school systems. As a health educator, you will be playing a vital role providing young people with the knowledge they need to make informed and healthy choices in order to prevent disease and live healthier lives.

Our Program

Health Education Teacher Licensure is an integrated program between the Department of Human Performance, Sport and Health and the Department of Professional Education, and it has received a rating of “exemplary” in a Minnesota Board of Teaching Standards Review. As a Health Education major you will receive both theoretical and practical health education preparation, leading to State of Minnesota teaching certification. You’ll culminate your coursework with a professional program planning experience in which you will work with local agencies and groups, and you will complete your Professional Education requirements with a student teaching experience in the field.

Community Partnerships

The Health Education program has strong community partnerships that will allow you to gain real-world professional experiences in program planning and working with school-aged children. Since its inception in 2001, Bemidji State University has been involved with B-WELL (Beltrami Wellness Education for Long Life), facilitating a countywide poster contest for fifth-grade students that promotes a clean air and smoke free message which has correlated with a dramatic drop in youth smoking rates. BSU Health Education students also played a role in Beltrami County becoming the second county government in Minnesota to go smoke free (prior to the statewide ban), developing and completing a smoke-free readiness survey.

Career Options

The BS in Health Education will lead to Minnesota teaching certification and prepare you for:

  • Teaching health in secondary school system*
  • Entry into health related graduate degree programs

*Pursuing a dual license in both Health and Physical Education will allow you a wide range of teaching options and maximize your employment potential.

Program Details

Program Requirements: Health Education

Licensure Requirements

More information about teacher licensure standards and exam requirements can be found on BSU’s Professional Education website:


Contact Information

Dr. Shannon Norman
Department of Human Performance, Sport & Health
Phone: (218) 755-4099
Location: PE 207

Dr. Tracy Caravella
Department of Human Performance, Sport & Health
Phone: (218) 755-3949
Location: PE 214

Dr. James White, Chair
Department of Human Performance, Sport & Health
Phone: (218) 755-2766
Location: PE 220