Assessment of Public Health Education Practice: Health Educator Responsibilities

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Daniel L. Bibeau, Professor (Creator)
Kay A. Lovelace, Associate Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: This study presents a method for better understanding how practicing health educators in local health departments spend their time. The purpose of this study was to document the daily practice of health educators in the 10 areas of responsibility as defined by a competency-based framework for graduate-level health educators. The results of the current study present the average percentage of time health educators spent carrying out each area of responsibility and the percentage of health educators that did not carry out activities related to a specific area of responsibility. For example, the greatest percentage of time was spent implementing programs (21.2%), and approximately 60% of the health educators in the sample did not conduct research nor did they participate in activities to advance the profession. These findings have implications for the professional preparation of health educators and for their continuing education. The current study contains several suggestions for future research in this area.

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Language: English
Date: 2005
public health, public health education, public health educator practice, public health educator responsibilities, local health departments, health promotion

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