Health Education Program

The Health Education Division of the Hamilton County Health Department strives to improve attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors in order to enhance the health of the county's residents. The Health Education Division currently employs 2 Certified Health Education Specialists to provide the following services to the community. The health educator can be contacted at 317-776-8500 to answer questions during regular office hours.

Internship Opportunities

The Health Education Division has internship opportunities for undergraduates and graduate students majoring in public health, community health or health education. The student must be a junior or senior standing and must have completed a program development course. For more information about the internships opportunities, please contact the Health Department a 317-776-8500.


Health Education is a social science that draws from biological, environmental, psychological, physical and medical science to promote and prevent disease, disability and premature death through education-driven, voluntary behavior change activities.

Services & Duties

  • Assess individual and community needs
  • Conduct research
  • Controversial health topics
  • Develop education materials
  • Encourage healthy behavior
  • Evaluate health education programs
  • Identify resources
  • Implement health education programs
  • Make referrals
  • Manage health education programs
  • Plan health education programs
  • Social marketing
  • Write grants


Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) are those who have met the standards of quality established by National Commission for Health Education Credentialing by successfully passing the CHES examination. The CHES designation after a health educator's name is 1 indication of professional competency.


Please see our course catalog (PDF) for upcoming educational opportunities.