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 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.
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.
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 colleagues.
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Responsibility to employers. Health educators recognize the boundaries
of their professional competence and are accountable for their professional
activities and actions.
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 meet the needs of diverse populations and communities.
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.
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 the public.
NCHEC has been given permission to reprint the Code of Ethics by the Coalition
of National Health Education Organizations http://www.cnheo.org/.