Comprehensive Skills-Based Health Education

​Overview


Comprehensive PreK-12 Skills-Based Health Education focuses on a student’s development of protective life skills that promote health and well-being.  By participating in a variety of learning experiences, students are able to develop adaptive and positive behaviors that will equip them to meet the demands and challenges of everyday life.

Health Education State Framework

The Maryland Health Education State Framework weaves the skills from the National Health Education Standards into seven content standards. The framework documents are formatted so that each begins with content standards or broad, measurable statements about what students should know and be able to do in a particular grade level.

Indicator statements provide the next level of specificity and begin to narrow the focus for teachers. Finally, the objectives provide teachers with very clear information about what specific learning should occur.

The Maryland State Health Education Framework has seven standards:


Mental and Emotional Health
Standard 1: Students will demonstrate the ability to use mental and emotional health knowledge, skills, and strategies to enhance one’s self-concept and one’s relationship with others

Alcohol, Tobacco, Opioids, and other drugs
Standard 2:
Students will demonstrate the ability to use drug knowledge, decision-making skills, and health enhancing strategies to address, the non-use, use, and abuse of medications, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs

Personal and Consumer Health
Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to use knowledge, skills, and strategies to develop sound personal and consumer health practices involving the use of health care products, services, and community resources

Family Life and Human Sexuality
Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use human development knowledge, social skills, and health enhancing strategies to promote positive relationships and healthy growth and development throughout the life cycle.

Safety and Injury Prevention
Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to apply prevention and intervention knowledge, skills, and processes to promote safe living in the home, school, and community.

Nutrition and Fitness
Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use nutrition and fitness knowledge, skills, and strategies to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Disease Prevention and Control
Standard 7:  Students will demonstrate the ability to apply prevention and treatment knowledge, skills, and strategies to reduce susceptibility and manage disease.
 

Kirsten Roller
Health Education Specialist
Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
kirsten.roller@maryland.gov
410-767-0330