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|Code of Ethics|
The Health Education profession is dedicated to excellence in the practice of promoting individual, family, organizational, and community health. Guided by common ideals, Health Educators are responsible for upholding the integrity and ethics of the profession as they face the daily challenges of making decisions. By acknowledging the value of diversity in society and embracing a cross-cultural approach, Health Educators support the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of all people.
The Code of Ethics provides a framework of shared values within which Health Education is practice. The Code of Ethics is grounded in fundamental ethical principles that underlie all health care services: respect for autonomy, promotion of social justice, active promotion of 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 abide by these guidelines when making professional decisions.
Article I: Responsibility to the Public
Article II: Responsibility to the Profession
Article III: Responsibility to Employers
Article IV: Responsibility in the Delivery of Health Education
Article V: Responsibility in Research and Evaluation
Article VI: Responsibility in Professional Preparation