Health Education Tools and Trainings

Professional development (PD) and training in health education is associated with successful implementation of classroom instruction.1-3

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Successful in-service PD programs can improve both the amount of time teachers spend on health topics and their confidence to provide health and sexual health instruction.4-5

Research shows that professional development helps to boost teacher credibility among and empathy with students. Improved credibility can help increase the value students place on the topics being taught and their knowledge of the topics.6

Furthermore, a review of 19 HIV and STD prevention curricula for professional development found that nearly all effective curricula trained educators in using a variety of teaching or instructional strategies.7

Professional development should provide health education teachers with necessary skills to use innovative teaching strategies to develop students’ health-related attitudes, knowledge, and skills.

See CDC’s guidance on Professional Development Practices for resources on planning, implementing, and evaluating PD for school health.

Professional Development and Training Resources

Check out more CDC tools and resources to support health education professional development and training for staff in schools, departments of education, departments of health, and national organizations.

Education Tools and Resources

  1. Clayton HB, Brener ND, Barrios LC, Jayne PE, Everett Jones S. Professional development on sexual health education is associated with coverage of sexual health topics. Pedagogy Health Promot. 2018;4(2):115-124. doi: 10.1177/2373379917718562.
  2. Kealey KA, Peterson Jr AV, Gaul MA, Dinh KT. Teacher training as a behavior change process: principles and results from a longitudinal study. Health Educ Behav. 2000;27(1):64-81.
  3. Pateman B, Grunbaum JA, Kann L. Voices from the field—a qualitative analysis of classroom, school, district, and state health education policies and programs. J Sch Health. 1999;69(7):258-263.
  4. Telljohann SK, Everett SA, Durgin J, Price JH. Effects of an inservice workshop on the health teaching self-efficacy of elementary school teachers. J Sch Health. 1996;66(7):261-265.
  5. Levenson-Gingiss P, Hamilton R. Evaluation of training effects on teacher attitudes and concerns prior to implementing a human sexuality education program. J Sch Health. 1989;59(4):156-160.
  6. Gray DL, Anderman EM, O’Connell AA. Associations of teacher credibility and teacher affinity with learning outcomes in health classrooms. Soc Psychol Educ. 2011;14(2):185-208.
  7. Kirby D. Emerging Answers 2007: Research findings on programs to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Washington, DC: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy; 2007.