The Code of Ethics is envisioned as a living document that will
continue to evolve as the practice of Health Education changes to
meet the challenges of the new millennium.
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Code of Ethics - Introduction
Code of Ethics - Long Version
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The Health Education profession is dedicated to excellence in the practice of promoting
individual, family, group, organizational, and community health. Guided by common goals to
improve the human condition, Health Educators are responsible for upholding the integrity and
ethics of the profession as they face the daily challenges of making decisions. Health Educators
value diversity in society and embrace a multiplicity of approaches in their work to support the
worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of all people.

The Code of Ethics provides a framework of shared values within the professions in which
Health Education is practiced. The Code of Ethics is grounded in fundamental ethical principles
including: promoting justice, doing good, and avoidance of harm. 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.

Regardless of job title, professional affiliation, work setting, or population served, Health
Educators should promote and abide by these guidelines when making professional decisions.

Article I: Responsibility to the Public
A Health Educator's responsibilities are to educate, promote, maintain, and improve the health of
individuals, families, groups and communities. 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 the health and well-being of individuals and the
public while respecting both the principles of individual autonomy, human rights and equality.

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 colleagues.

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 deliver health education with integrity. 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
benefits the profession and the public.