of Ethics for the Health Education Profession
health education profession is dedicated to excellence in
the practice of promoting individual, family, organizational
and community health. The Code of Ethics provides a basis
of shared values that health education is practiced. The
responsibility of all health educators is to aspire to the
highest possible standards of conduct and to encourage the
ethical behavior of all those with whom they work.
to the public. A health educator's ultimate responsibility
is to educate people for the purpose of promoting, maintaining
and improving individual, family and community health.
When a conflict of issues arises among individuals, groups,
organizations, agencies or institutions, health educators
must consider all issues and give priority to those that
promote wellness and quality of living through principles
of self-determination and freedom of choice for the individual.
to the profession. Health educators are responsible for
their professional behavior, for the reputation of their
profession, and for promoting ethical conduct among their
to employers. Health educators recognize the boundaries
of their professional competence and are accountable for
their professional activities and actions.
in the delivery of health education. Health educators
promote integrity in the delivery of health education.
They respect the rights, dignity, confidentiality and
worth of all people by adapting strategies and methods
to meet the needs of diverse populations and communities.
in research and evaluation. Health educators contribute
to the health of the population and to the profession
through research and evaluation activities. When planning
and conducting research or evaluation, health educators
do so in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations,
organizational and institutional policies, and professional
in professional preparation. Those involved in the preparation
and training of health educators have an obligation to
accord learners the same respect and treatment given other
groups by providing quality education that benefits the
profession and the public.