Health education is a profession of educating people about health.
Areas within this profession encompass environmental health, physical
health, social health, emotional health, intellectual health, and
It can be defined as the principle by which individuals and groups of
people learn to behave in a manner conducive to the promotion,
maintenance, or restoration of health. However, as there are multiple definitions of health,
there are also multiple definitions of health education. The Joint
Committee on Health Education and Promotion Terminology of 2001 defined
Health Education as "any combination of planned learning experiences
based on sound theories that provide individuals, groups, and
communities the opportunity to acquire information and the skills needed
to make quality health decisions."
The World Health Organization defined Health Education as "compris[ing]
[of] consciously constructed opportunities for learning involving some
form of communication designed to improve health literacy, including
improving knowledge, and developing life skills which are conducive to
individual and community health."