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Health Education (Minor for BSE)

Are you passionate about teaching? Do you want to help students create long-lasting, healthy habits? The Health Education minor for BSE at the University of Central Missouri is a great complement to any Education major if you’re interested in teaching health for grades PK–12. You’ll take classes focused on nutrition, exercise physiology and adolescent psychology to prepare you to teach health classes to a diverse set of students.

Having a strong, healthy body is just as important as having a strong, healthy mind. That’s why the Health Education minor for students in UCM’s Education programs provides you with the tools to step into the classroom and help students discover more about lifestyle choices that can greatly impact their quality of life for decades. Inspire others with your passion and dedication to health.

Majors that benefit from a Health Education minor

The foundational knowledge you gain when you minor in Health Education at UCM can be applied to a wide variety of majors. This means that you can pair your Health Education minor with many of our undergraduate Education programs. For example, add a Health Education minor to our BSE in Physical Education to increase your career opportunities and salary potential when you apply for jobs in education.

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Dr. Brandy Lynch 
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator, Physical Education
Humphreys 127C
Tel: 660-543-8012 |

College of Education

Dept of Early, Elementary, Middle and Physical Education

Physical Education

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What you will study

As a Health Education minor at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll take classes that explore the foundation of health education in PK–12 settings. This will give you a better understanding of topics such as maintaining healthy living, behavior changes that affect personal health and the effects of legal and illegal drugs on the human body and society — to name just a few of the topics you’ll study during the program. 

Core courses you may take for the Health Education minor include:

  • Personal Health
  • Functional Anatomy
  • Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living
  • Drugs: Addiction to Recovery


National Rankings

  • Top 15%: Most Focused Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 6%: Most Popular Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Most Popular College for Teacher Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 10%: Best Value in Education (College Factual, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in health education

As you earn your minor in Health Education at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll have many chances to learn both inside and outside the classroom. These opportunities include:

  • Mentorship: As a Health Education minor, you’ll benefit from UCM’s strong network of faculty and alumni who are committed to mentoring you at every stage of your educational journey. You can shadow alumni as they teach and attend conferences to share the skills they learned at UCM. You’ll also get opportunities to teach classes under the supervision of experienced practitioners.
  • Student life: Make lasting personal and professional connections with other Education minors and majors in our Phys Ed Teacher Club. Serve in the community and attend conferences with peers who share a passion for education and health.
  • MOSHAPE: Minoring in Health Education at UCM gives you access to the Missouri Society of Health and Physical Educators (MOSHAPE), a state-wide conference dedicated to health and physical education teachers in K–12 settings. Network with professionals while learning about the latest theories and methods in health education.


What can you do with a Health Education minor from UCM?

Skilled and empathetic health educators will always be in high demand. Whether it’s teaching positive behaviors or how to enjoy safe and healthy relationships, health teachers are foundational figures in children’s lives. Whichever education content area you’re interested in majoring in, a minor in Health Education can make you a more competitive applicant for jobs and graduate programs.

No matter where you end up in your career, the minor in Health Education will provide you with basic skills that you can apply to every industry:

  • An awareness of consumer health issues
  • An understanding of the body’s systems
  • Injury prevention and first aid

Jobs for Health Education minors

Use the interactive tool below to explore career pathways, salary potential, employment trends and career data for graduates with a minor in Health Education.




Financial assistance options for your Health Education minor

We take immense pride in the affordability and high value of our Education programs. In fact, LendEDU recognizes the University of Central Missouri as a top-ranked university for low student debt after graduation.

Our financial aid counselors can help you find the best ways to finance your college journey and reach your dreams. Thanks to UCM’s low tuition, grants, scholarships and generous loan options, earning your undergraduate degree in Education and minor in Health Education is well within reach.

In addition to university-wide funding, we offer scholarships exclusively for students in certain majors. Learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.



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