One of the main tasks of health education is to inform about lifestyles and behaviours that prevent people from various diseases. In this sense, health education aims to influence a person’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviours connected to health in a positive way. It is a process during which people learn how to take care about their own and other people’s health.
Initiatives can either focus on improving existing medical problems or preventative education (e.g. prevent people from acquiring various diseases or guide them on how to live with a disease), in any combination of planned learning activities.
Health Education models of intervention have evolved in the past three decades. The field is quite diverse in Europe on what concerns approaches and levels of integration with public health programs.
Catalogue of courses on prevention and control of communicable diseases (ASPHER)
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region (ASPHER) have agreed to collaborate in the training of public health professionals in competencies for prevention and control of communicable diseases.