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Contact Information

Dr. Kathleen Phillips
1620 Lantz Building
600 Lincoln Ave.
Department of Health Studies
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6315

Portfolio Guidelines

General Directions:

  • Use the outline below to organize the Table of Contents for your Portfolio.
  • Put materials in a 3-ring binder with your name on a label on the cover.
  • Label dividers in the binder for each component of the outline, including each of the Seven Areas of Responsibilities in the Professional Competencies section. 
  • For the Professional Competencies, you must provide at least one sample for each of the Seven Areas of Responsibilities (See short list below). For a complete listing of the Professional Responsibilities, Competencies and Sub-competencies, click HERE
    • HST Syllabi for each major class will identify the assignments or activities that address a specific responsibility.
    • If you provide more than one sample under a Responsibility, label the sample according to the competency or sub-competency to which it corresponds.  These can be also be found on the syllabi
    • Example:
      • 1.3.2   - On-Line Worksheet “Depressants & Narcotics” HST xxxx Mental Health in Society
      • 4.2.2 – Evaluation Survey – HST xxxx Community Planning
  • You may use specific assignments or projects for more than one section of your Portfolio. If appropriate, make a copy of it for the other section. If not, insert an explanation of the activity and where it can be found in the Portfolio.
  • You should include evaluated or graded documents.  If you re-write or revise an assignment, be sure to include the original document with instructor comments.

Portfolio Outline:

  • Table of Contents (TOC)
    • Be as detailed as possible.
    • Avoid using page numbers since you will be adding to your Portfolio as you progress in the program and the profession.
    • Use titles of assignments or documents instead. Use the SAMPLE Table of Contents below to set up your TOC.
  • Documentation
    • Provide some for form of “evidence” for everything you list in your Table of Contents.
    • ALWAYS provide a brief description of the activity you are documenting.
    • This can be the assignment description found on the syllabus or a description your own words.
      See “Documentation” EXAMPLE below.
  • Contents
    • Department Approval Form – complete form and put inside front pocket of 3-ring binder
    • Internship Resume
    • Philosophy of Health -Use philosophy paper from in HST 2270, 3400 or HST 3700
    • Professional Competencies
      • List the assignments in the Table of Contents
      • Provide at least one form of documentation for each of the 7 Responsibilities.
      • Documentation can include but is not limited to:
        • Specific course work (assignments, activities, projects) from HST courses.
        • Always include a description of the activity or project. This can usually be found on the instructor syllabi or hand outs
        • Suggested projects and assignments are identified on individual HST course syllabi and labeled according to the Responsibilities and Competencies they meet.
    • Communication Skills
      • Evidence of BOTH written and communication skills. Must include samples of both.
      • Documentation can include but is not limited to:
        • an evaluation (rubric or grade sheet) of an oral presentation done in class
        • evaluations/comments of talks or presentations given to student groups
        • a paper written for class
        • a letter/statement from a professional commenting on communication skills either written or oral
        • a videotape or podcast of a presentation given
    • Professional Involvement
      • Participation and/or involvement in professionally related activities and professional organizations (either at EIU or other places) such as:
        • Student membership in a professional organization and/or honorary.
        • Examples include but are not limited to organizations such as:
          • Eta Sigma Gamma
          • Phi Epsilon Kappa
          • Kappa Delta Pi
          • Illinois School Health Association
          • American School Health Association
          • Illinois Society for Public Health Educators
          • Society for Public Health Educators
          • Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance,
          • American Association for Health Education
        • Attendance conferences, workshops, seminars, webinars
        • Presentations related to the health field to various groups
      • Student participation in health-related events or activities sponsored by organizations such as honoraries, fraternities, sororities, athletics, faith-based groups or other EIU recognized student organizations.
      • Involvement in service or volunteer activities/projects related to the health-field.
      • Involvement in health, safety or first aid issues as a result of a job
      • Working with a faculty member on a project
      • Documentation of professional involvement can include but is not limited to:
        • Membership verification in professional organizations (i.e. Eta Sigma Gamma, Illinois School Health Association, etc)
        • Programs, registrations, agenda minutes or notifications of meetings/conferences/seminars attended
        • Presentations given to groups
        • Faculty/peer/participant evaluations of activities/presentations
        • Reproduction of a group project/activity
        • Statement indicating role as a chair/officer in an organization/committee
        • Written commentaries acknowledging involvement in groups
        • Letters or emails of appreciation documenting service to an organization
    • Related Experiences
      • Any special certifications (First Aid, CPR…), skills (computer), awards, scholarships, recognitions (Honor Roll), etc. can go in this section.


SAMPLE Table of Contents


  1. Department Approval Form                                                              Front Pocket
  2. Resume                                                                                            Section 1
  3. Philosophy                                                                                        Section 2
    Philosophy of Health – HST xxxx
  4. Professional Competencies                                                                Section 3
    1. Responsibility 1                                                        
      1. Consensus Paper (2.2) HST xxxx
      2. Article Review “Health” (3.1) HST xxxx
    2. Responsibility 2                                 
      1.  Request for Proposal (4.1; 4.2) HST xxxx
    3. Responsibility 3
      1. Community Diagnosis (3.1; 3.2; 3.3)   HST xxxx
    4. Responsibility 4
      1. Evaluation of School Health Program (4.1; 4.1) HST xxxx
    5. Responsibility 5
      1. Agency Resource Contract (4.1; 4.3) HST xxxx
    6. Responsibility 6
      1. Behavioral Change Analysis (1.1; 1.2) HST xxxx
    7. Responsibility 7
      1.  Critical Thinking Assignment (1.1) HST xxxx
  5. Communication Skills                                                                        Section 4
    1. Professional Organization Presentation
    2. Review of the Literature
  6. Professional Involvement                                                                   Section 5
    1. Eta Sigma Gamma Candidate
    2. Kick Butts Campaign Participant
    3. Attended the AAHE national conference
    4. Presented a poster session at the IAHPERD State conference
    5. Member of AAHE4Me - health education student web site sponsored by the
      American Association for Health Education (AAHE)         
  1. Related Experiences                                                                          Section 6
    1. Dean’s List     
    2. HST Scholarship Recipient – Student Achievement Award



Responsibility 6
Title: RESOURCES – Agencies and Prevention Models Assignment (1.2; 1.3; 1.4; 1.5)
HST 4800

  • Objectives:
    • explore, in detail, specific drug-related agencies and prevention models
    • practice the skill of summarizing, organizing, and presenting relevant information in a concise, effective manner
    • stay updated on news and concerns about drug related issues
  •  Overview:
    • Each class member will select a particular agency or prevention model from the Resource list provided, explore the model or agency, create a Fact Sheet, and prepare and deliver a brief in-class presentation

Include a copy of the actual assignments or final product with a grade or rubric


Seven Areas of Responsibility
Area I: Assess Needs, Assets and Capacity for Health Education 
Area 2: Plan Health Education 
Area 3: Implement Health Education 
Area 4: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education 
Area 5: Administer and Manage Health Education 
Area 6: Serve as a Health Education Resource Person 
Area 7: Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education