History of Health Education & Health Promotion


Health Resurces Development Period

1900 - 1960

During this period, expansion of health facilities was taking place.

First Local Health Departments


County health departments established, one on Guilford County, North Carolina and the other in Yakitna County, Washington.

American Cancer Society Founded


The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 by 10 doctors and 5 laypeople in New York City. It was called the American Society for the Control of Cancer (ASCC).

First U.S school of Public Health


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) is part of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. It was the first independent, degree-granting institution for research and training in public health.

Health Education Specialists


The first preparation program for health educators begun in Columbia University by Thomas D. Wood, M.D.; considered father of health education.

Social Security Act passed


Beginning time where government began involvement with health, this act provided support for state health departments and maternal/child support and respective facilities.

National Cancer Institute Formed


Medicare and Medicaid bill passed


Period of Health Promotion

1974 - 2016

Health Information and Health Promotion Act passed