Health education helps students acquire the skills they need to make healthy decisions, achieve health literacy, adopt health-enhancing behaviors, and promote the health of others.
Comprehensive school health education includes curricula and instruction for students in pre-K through grade 12 that address a variety of topics such as alcohol and other drug use and abuse, healthy eating/nutrition, mental and emotional health, personal health and wellness, physical activity, safety and injury prevention, sexual health, tobacco use, and violence prevention.
Health education curricula and instruction should address the National Health Education Standards (NHES) and incorporate the characteristics of an effective health education curriculum.
- Professional Development/training in the Michigan Model for Health™; Reproductive Health/Human Growth & Development; Sexuality Education; and HIV/STD Prevention Education
- Countywide Reproductive Health Supervisors Meetings for local districts throughout the year to assist schools in keeping current with changes at the local, state, and national levels, as well as research in the field of Reproductive Health/Human Growth & Development; Sexuality Education; and HIV/STD Prevention Education
- Ongoing support and technical assistance for the implementation of Health Education curriculum
- Curriculum materials and resources
- Physical Education Resources
- Reproductive Health Supervisors
- Health Assessments
Comprehensive Health Education Overview - One of the eight components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child framework. A significant amount of efforts in Oakland County are spent on Comprehensive Health.
MDE Health Education - Part of WSCC, this website is where you will find important information affecting health education in Michigan Schools.
Michigan Model for Health™ - The Michigan Model for Health™ is a comprehensive and sequential K-12 health education curriculum that aims to give school-aged children the knowledge and skills needed to practice and maintain healthy behaviors and lifestyles.
MDE Physical Education - Part of WSCC, this website is where you will find important information affecting physical education in Michigan Schools.
Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) - This self-assessment and planning guide is designed to help school districts and schools conduct clear, complete, and consistent analyses of physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards. Schools can use the results of the PECAT to select, develop, or enhance existing physical education curricula.
School districts choosing to implement sex education must have the following:
Sex Education Supervisor/Reproductive Health Supervisor – This is the designated person in a school district who oversees the program of instruction. The designated person must be approved by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The form requires that the candidate have at least one of three requirements (physician, nurse &/or educator). It is a more seamless process if the candidate is within the district. The Sex Education Supervisor form can be found on the MDE website.
Advisory Board Chairs - Two co-chairs must be appointed by the school board to chair the sex education advisory Board, at least one of whom is a parent of a child attending a school operated by the school district. The other co-chair is generally school personnel (health teacher, curriculum director, school nurse). Often the co-chair and Sex Education Supervisor are one in the same.
Sex Education Advisory Board (SEAB) - Michigan law requires that school districts choosing to teach sex education must have an advisory board. The SEAB is responsible for the following:
Establish goals and objectives for student knowledge and skills;
Review materials and methods of instruction used and make recommendations to the board of the school district for implementation;
Evaluate, measure and report the attainment of program goals and objectives at least once every two years.
This page is not inclusive of all legal requirements for Michigan districts offering HIV/Sex Education. Please reach out to the Oakland Schools Health Consultant for guidance on state mandates and best practices related to HIV/Sex education. All questions on a current local curriculum should be directed to your district sex education supervisor.
Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP)
The Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) is a national consortium with the mission to improve students’ health literacy through improved health instruction, sponsored by the Council of Chief States School Officers (CCSSO).
One of HEAP's key resources that supports the mission of improving health literacy is a continually-expanding, 2000+ assessment item bank aligned to national health education standards. Click here for item bank coverage and development details.
Michigan has aligned the item bank with the Michigan Model for Health curriculum. Teachers can search the item bank by grade level and specific unit to develop appropriate classroom assessments. Michigan has also used the item bank to develop an opt-out test/year-end exam.
Michigan Merit Curriculum-Health Education Competency Assessment
Michigan Merit Curriculum—Health Education Competency Assessment (MMC-HECA) was developed to provide teachers with a high-quality, fair, and rigorous end-of-course student assessment, measuring student proficiency in the state health education guidelines (Michigan Merit Curriculum). It may also be used as a waiver exam for students requesting to test-out of health education. Based on the national Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP), the assessment includes 73 assessment items.
Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth
The Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth (MiPHY) is an online, anonymous student survey that assesses risk behaviors, risk factors, and protective factors of students in grades 7, 9, and 11. The survey asks students to self-report behaviors and attitudes about alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, violence, safety, sexual behavior, physical activity and nutrition. County level online reports are available to help communities and schools make data-based decisions and plan targeted interventions.
Michigan Youth Risk Behavior Survey
The Michigan Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is part of a nationwide surveying effort led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor students' health risks and behaviors in six categories identified as most likely to result in adverse outcomes. These categories include unintentional injury and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy or disease, dietary behaviors, and physical inactivity.
For national, state, and large city YRBS results, visit the CDC website.