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The mission of the Department of Health Sciences and Physical Education's health programs is to develop students’ capacity to attain career success in the health professions and to act as leaders in a dynamic, multicultural world through educational experiences and a learning environment that is reflective, collaborative, and transformative.

The B.A. in Secondary Education - Health prepares students for health education teaching positions in secondary school settings (grades 6-12). Health education teachers significantly contribute to the health and well-being of school-aged children both in the classroom and as school health leaders.

For more information about the program, download the Student Handbook.

Program Benefits 

A Northeastern Illinois University B.A in Secondary Education - Health prepares students to:

  • assess population and school health needs and assets

  • plan health education interventions for diverse populations

  • implement and manage health education interventions in diverse settings

  • conduct evaluation and research related to health education programming

  • serve as a health resource person for students, school staff, and the community

Employers know our graduates demonstrate the skills and dispositions of competent, ethical, collaborative, compassionate health professionals who seek to make significant differences in the well-being of others.

Career Options 

Students completing the Secondary Education - Health major and graduating from Northeastern Illinois University are entitled to the Illinois Professional Educator License endorsed in health education.

While most graduates pursue careers in education, the degree also prepares students to be health educators in a wide variety of settings such as:

  • schools
  • park districts
  • hospitals
  • non-profit organizations

Please note: It is recommended that prospective students with an initial interest in non-school settings pursue a degree in our B.S. in Community Health program.  


For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education - Health and the courses offered toward the degree.

Secondary Education - Health, B.A.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Health Sciences and Physical Education (HSPE) at (773) 442-5560.

HSPE Department Homepage

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to 9,000 students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

We offer an education with value.

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