Health promotion specialists educate and inform people about health issues.
Salary range: £21,000 to £36,000
How to become a health promotion specialist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a degree in a subject like:
- health promotion
- public health policy
- behavioural science
- health studies
Other subjects like psychology, social sciences and education may also be accepted by employers.
You’ll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You may be able to do a public health practitioner degree apprenticeship.
You may find opportunities in office based, community, or healthcare roles. You could be working for different types of organisations like the NHS, local authorities or charities.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
Volunteering and experience
You’ll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary experience in the health or care sector before you apply for a course.
You could contact the health promotion unit or voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice.
You can apply directly to employers if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge needed for this role.
You’ll usually need a qualification and experience in an area like medicine, nursing, teaching or social work. Experience of working with communities would also be useful.
There are lots of voluntary and charitable organisations who work on health issues, and there are often job opportunities in the area of health promotion.
You can also find details of current health campaigns and initiatives through the Royal Society for Public Health.
You can find more on careers in health promotion through Health Careers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- knowledge of English language
- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to use your initiative
- sensitivity and understanding
- administration skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and requirements
You’ll need to:
You may need a driving licence for some jobs.
What you’ll do
Your day-to-day duties may include:
- promoting healthy eating and regular exercise
- advising of the dangers of smoking or excessive drinking
- giving information about the risk of coronary heart disease and cancers
- raising awareness of mental health, sexual health, and drug misuse
You may also be involved in:
- producing publicity materials
- organising exhibitions and events
- running training courses and workshops
- providing information and advice to managers in health authorities and local councils
You could work in an office.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could move into a more senior role and have more responsibility for planning projects and strategies.
If you have a postgraduate qualification, you could move into a role where you’ll have responsibility for managing projects and other health promotion specialists.
You could also work as a freelance consultant.