Introduction to health education: final paper


Ashford 6: – Week 5 – Final Paper

Final Paper

By the end of this course you should have a greater understanding of the health education profession. For the Final Project, you will submit a paper that includes the following three parts: an examination of the health education field and profession, an analysis of an HIV prevention program, and the creation of a health education website focusing on heart disease. The first two parts will make up the majority of the paper that you will submit, but you will also need to supply a description of the website you create, the information it contains, and the website’s URL in your paper. It is advised that you create the description of your website before you actually build it to ensure that it contains all the required components.  

Part I: Introduction to Health Education and the Health Education Profession

  • Discuss the historical and future trends that have      impacted the need for health education. 
    • What are at least three major historical events that       shaped health education? 
    • What is the focus of today’s health education?        How does it differ from previous foci of health education? 
  • Examine the roles, responsibilities, and professional      resources of health education specialists. 
    • What are the seven areas of responsibility of the       profession? 
    • How would you describe the overall role of a health       education specialist? 
    • Who receives health education?  Who do health       educators work with? 
    • What are two professional resources for health       educators? How can they utilize these resources? 
    • What is a certified health education       specialist(C.H.E.S.)? How is certification obtained? 
  • Describe three professional settings where you might      find a health education specialist at work.  
    • What do these settings have in common?  How are       they different?   
    • Are there any additional skill sets that a health       education specialist might need to work in one of these settings versus       another? 

Part II: HIV Prevention Program

  • Evaluate the HIV Prevention      Program implemented by the Idaho      Department of Health and Welfare by answering the following questions: 
    • What is the main purpose of this program? How was       it designed to facilitate this purpose? 
    • Who is the target audience for this website? Who       are the collaborators and stakeholders involved in this program?   
    • What are the main components of the information       provided on this website? 
  • Evaluate the information provided on the “HIV, Other STD, and      Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Idaho Students” PDF.   
    • Is the information given reliable? How can you       tell?   
    • Is it presented in a way that the target audience will       understand?     

Part III: Delivering Messages Using Technology and Social Media
For this part of the Final Project, you will apply technological strategies to create a website that provides health education for women at risk for heart disease. You must include a description of the website and the main topics that you will address through the website in the paper that you submit for grading. A link to the website URL must also be included so that your instructor can view and grade your website. 

Your website must meet the following inclusion criteria: 

  • A minimum of three pages: a home page and at least two      other web pages.     
  • A brief introduction to heart disease and its effect on      your chosen population which includes data that supports the need for and      purpose of this education. 
  • A minimum of five basic tips or facts regarding heart      disease and women from credible and reliable sources. All sources      must be referenced and cited according to APA guidelines as outlined in      the Ashford Writing Center.   
  • Three Link at least three  information sites on      various organizations that support your message and provide assistance or      education to your population. 
  • Images, videos, website links, articles, and multimedia      (including health information and health care resources) where appropriate      to engage your viewers and educate them regarding heart disease.   

Follow these quick start-up instructions and go to the website to register for and begin creating your website. Tutorials are provided when you register to help you get acquainted with this website-building platform. If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact the technical support directly, as the technical support offered within your Student Portal will not be able to assist with this outside website. If you are unable to utilize this platform to complete this portion of your assignment and have tried contacting technical support, please contact your instructor. Clearly label the website as a course assignment. It will not be searchable to the general public, but it will be public and anyone who is given your specific site link will be able to view it. Provide the required information as well as the URL to your website in your paper. Once you have received your final grade for this course, you have the option of deleting this website through your account with

The Final Project

  • Must be eight to ten double-spaced pages in length (not      including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style      as outlined in the Ashford Writing      Center.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of project
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph.
  • Must address the topic of the project with critical      thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  • Must use at least eight scholarly sources, including a      minimum of three from the Ashford University Library.
    • The Scholarly, Peer       Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources       table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have       questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this       assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final       say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular       assignment.
  • Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in      the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate references page that is      formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing      Center.
  • Must include a description of your website’s content,      in addition to the website’s URL. 

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

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