Harper College


Program Overview

This 18-hour certificate provides students with the skills and knowledge to teach health education. Upon completion of the certificate program, students who already have a Professional Educator License (PEL) can apply for an endorsement in the field of health education.

Students pursuing a Health Education Endorsement certificate must have at minimum a bachelor’s degree and a valid Illinois teacher license. Applicants must take the Illinois Licensure Test Field 211: Health Education and complete an application to have this endorsement added to their teaching certificate.

All courses are offered online.

Program Requirements


KIN 202 (Standard First Aid and CPR) can be substituted for any of these courses.

Number Course Title Credits
HED 200 3

Description: Provides an in-depth look at the physical, psychological, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental factors which contribute to the overall quality of a person’s life. An investigation of how our lifestyle compares with other people in the world and the role and impact of the World Health Organization is emphasized. Mental health, nutrition, fitness, communicable and non-communicable diseases, killer diseases, drugs, human sexuality, family living (marriage, divorce, parenting), middle and old age issues and death and dying are some of the topics covered. Physical and psychological assessments are included in this class.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

HED 201 3

Description: Presents materials that examine the physiological, psychological and sociological aspects of drug use and abuse. Provides a potpourri of the facts, attitudes and opinions necessary to understand what drugs do, how they do it, who uses them and why. Discusses treatment modalities as well as legal and ethical issues in drug abuse.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

HED 202 3

Description: Introduces students to the sociological, psychological, biological and emotional implications of human sexuality. Includes sexual orientation, gender identity, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, and reproductive anatomy as well as other topics related to the field of human sexuality. Emphasizes exploring attitudes regarding sexual issues, clarifications of personal beliefs and development of healthy sexual behavior. IAI S9 903

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

HED 203 3

DescriptionThis course is only offered in the fall term.

Focuses on the functions of community health organizations and the way they relate to individual health needs. Helps students to analyze and evaluate health promotion practices at the community level.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

HED 204 3

DescriptionThis course is only offered in the fall term.

Focuses on health issues as they pertain to women and the barriers unique to women in gaining a higher status. Includes physical, mental and spiritual aspects of health; women's anatomy and physiology; pregnancy, childbirth and infertility; violence against women; body image and eating disorders; and societal, historical and political influences of the global woman. Discusses the detection, treatment and prevention of illnesses in women.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

HED 206 3

DescriptionThis course is only offered in the spring term.

Examines the historical and contemporary public health stories to begin to understand the contexts, systems, professions, tools and skills associated with the public health enterprise. Students will learn basic public health principles and will recognize an array of factors that shape both the health of individuals and populations. Students will have the opportunity to see how many different agents and agencies approach public health challenges and interact in the public health arena. This course is intended to stimulate social conscience and to expand thinking about conditions and circumstances that affect the health of individuals, communities and populations.

Class Schedule:  Spring 2024

Program Learning Outcomes

Last Updated: 11/13/23