MD Anderson Cancer Center Health Education Specialist in Houston, Texas

Health Education Specialist

Location: United States, Texas, Houston, Houston (TX Med Ctr) at

Healthcare/Business Support at

Ofc/VP Process Improvement 600707

Requisition #: 115607

The Health Education Specialist in Patient Education staffs The Learning Center and provides face-to-face patient education.

Patient Education at is committed to empowering patients and their loved ones with the resources needed to make informed decisions about cancer care. The department offers educational programs and materials that cover every aspect of care, from cancer prevention to treatment to survivorship.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. It was named the nation's No. 1 hospital for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 rankings. It is one of only 45 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Salary Range

Minimum: $44,800 Midpoint: $56,000 Maximum: $67,200

Key Functions

  • Delivery of medical reference service and staffing The LearningCenter patient-facing desk

  • All duties for the delivery of medical reference service.

  • Staffs The Learning Center information desk, responding to information requests from all levels of clientele

  • Alertspatrons to the variety of different media that may be utilized

  • Evaluatesappropriateness of information

  • Utilizes knowledge of adult learningmethodologies in interacting with patron.

  • Develops supportive bibliographicmaterials (such as Recommended Resources, etc.).

  • Networksand promotes The Learning Center and Patient Education with patients and staff.

  • Staffs The Learning Center promotional events as assigned.

  • Collaborates with Patient Education to provide patient education opportunities and patient educationprograms and events.

  • Presents patient education programsand classes to MD Andersonpatients/families and caregivers.

  • Utilizes knowledge of adult learning methodologies to ensureinformation is relevant and well communicated.

  • Evaluates appropriateness of information and selects from recognizedsources.

  • Utilizes health literacy and numeracyprinciples in communication of information.

  • Promotes health literacy with clinical staff and faculty.

  • Critical thinking

  • Conceptualizes,applies, analyzes, and evaluates information gathered from, or generated by,observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication as a guide toaction in daily Learning Center activities.

  • Ability to identify andproactively anticipate challenges and plan for changes by providing input or generatingnew ideas and solutions.

  • Demonstrates ability to solve complex problemsthrough creative critical thinking skills with minimal supervision or fromother team members.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Health Education, Community Health Education or related field.

Preferred: Master's level degree.


Required: Two years of experience in health education program coordination and supervisory abilities.

Preferred: Experience in oncology; hospital or community based patient education; previous experience in classroom teaching or one-to-one patient teaching; experience in group dynamics; experience in program planning.


Required: None

Preferred: Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).

Skills Assessment

Required: Must pass pre-employment skills test as required and administered by Human Resources.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.