Dr. Beth Canfield-Simbro

Teaching Area(s): Health and Public Health

I like to use case studies and activities to bring the content to life because public health should be fun! We will watch movies, interview public health professionals, listen to guest speakers and develop careers skills.


There is no doubt that, in today’s society, health is a popular topic.  An increased interest in nutrition, exercise and overall well-being has developed in light of an obesity epidemic, and growing healthcare costs demand individuals who are primed to make a difference. 

As a result, health teachers are in an excellent position to guide our nation’s youth in the right direction at an early age. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 21% percent through 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.

The BLS points to efforts to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs as a key reason for this growth. Insurance companies, employers and governments continue to seek ways to improve quality of care and health outcomes while curbing costs. Health educators and community health workers play a critical role in this process, teaching people how to live healthy lives in the hopes of avoiding costly diseases and medical procedures.

Mount Union’s health major is primarily focused on those who would like to receive multi-age licensure to teach health to K-12 students.  As a student in this program, you will be prepared to improve school health initiatives in an effort to enhance student awareness and choices. 

Students often pair their health studies with an additional major in physical education, as these graduates are often the most marketable.  In addition, our health students are thoroughly prepared for a rewarding career in education, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of our recent graduates passed the health praxis exam (the test required for teacher licensure) the first time.


Valley High School
Constellation Schools

Health education
Physical education
Health administration

99% of our 2014 graduates started a degree-required career or were accepted to graduate school (based on respondents)
*Based on a survey of the Class of 2013 with 85% self reporting
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