PREAMBLE The Health Education profession is dedicated to excellence in the practice of promoting individual, family, organizational, and community health. The Code of Ethics provides a framework of shared values within which Health Education is practiced. The responsibility of each Health Educator is to aspire to the highest possible standards of conduct and to encourage the ethical behavior of all those with whom they work.
Article I: Responsibility 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.
Article II: Responsibility to the Profession Health Educators
are responsible for their professional behavior, for the reputation of
their profession, and for promoting ethical conduct among their
Article III: Responsibility to Employers Health Educators
recognize the boundaries of their professional competence and are
accountable for their professional activities and actions.
Article IV: Responsibility 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 the needs of diverse
populations and communities.
Article V: Responsibility 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 standards.
Article VI: Responsibility 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