BS, CHES, MPH; Community Health Promotion Graduate
"I thought that my interaction with professors and peers and the small classes were GREAT components of the health education program.
"I became a graduate of the health education program at Illinois State University in May 2001. The experiences and education I received through the program strengthened my love and passion for health education. After graduation I decided to continue my education and recently obtained my Masters of Public Health degree, with an emphasis in Community Health Sciences, from the University of Illinois at Chicago (May 2003).
"I am currently employed as a Prevention Specialist at a not-for-profit substance abuse prevention agency located in the Chicago suburbs."
"The health education program provided more than a great education. For me, I also enjoyed the small class sizes, peer interaction and the accessibility of my professors. The challenging and rewarding courses prepared us to plan, implement and evaluate health education programs.
"By having a mixture of individual and group projects in our classes, we were able to think independently and collaboratively. The small class sizes made it possible to interact with professors and other students. The professors showed a true passion for educating their students about health education.
"While I was in the health education program, many opportunities outside of the classroom emerged. This included becoming involved in Eta Sigma Gamma and Peer Education, volunteering in the ISU and Bloomington-Normal community and furthering my professional involvement in health education. For instance, I had the opportunity to attend national health education conferences, where I networked with other health education professionals. I also had the opportunity to go into Bloomington-Normal public school classrooms to provide health education to students.
"I knew that I made the right decision when choosing a career in health education because of the personal fulfillment of reaching out to people through prevention messages. The health education program provides its graduates with the tools and techniques necessary to have the confidence and ability to be an effective health educator."
"I can honestly say I have enjoyed each health course I have been enrolled in. I feel I have gained a great deal of diverse knowledge from each of my professors."
"While working as a registered dental hygienist I felt a need to earn a bachelor’s degree and expand my professional development in the health field. I began my journey back to college in Health Education, majoring in teacher education. Since I absolutely love working with children, what better way to interact than in the classroom?
"Over time I expanded my horizons... to reach beyond the classroom, into the community. For this reason I have recently redirected my efforts to also encompass courses in community health education. My goal is to work for a public health department implementing dental health programs into the schools."