Health Education

Venereal Disease and Sexual Education Instruction Audit Findings Now available

State law requires the Ohio Department of Education to conduct an annual audit of each city, local and exempted village school district regarding its compliance with the requirements for venereal disease and sexual education instruction. This document consists of the audit findings from Ohio school districts that self-reported information regarding venereal disease and sexual education instruction and course materials used during the 2021-2022 school year. This audit will be conducted annually and its findings will be published.

Health Education: Legislation 

HB367- Opioid Abuse Prevention
Dating Violence Prevention
CPR and AED 
Organ Donation HB438

Ohio law does not permit the State Board of Education to adopt Health Education Standards in Ohio. Ohio law does direct schools and districts to include health education and other related topics at various times throughout its K-12 curriculum. This webpage provides legislative requirements and numerous resources to help support the development of a school’s or district’s health curriculum.

Health Education: Graduation Requirements

Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3313.603 - Requirements for high school graduation - workforce or college preparatory units states: 
  • One-half unit of health is required for graduation.
  • Furthermore, the legislation requires that the one-half unit shall include instruction in nutrition and the benefits of nutritious foods and physical activity for overall health.
Overall Curriculum Requirements
Upcoming: Health Education
Starting in the 2023-2024 school year, Ohio law requires one-hour (or one standard class period) of instruction is provided for each of the three topic areas – suicide awareness and prevention; safety training and violence prevention; and social inclusion.
Instruction must occur every year for students in each grade 6-12. (Instruction can be provided in courses other than health education if it is not offered in all grades 6-12).
The instruction offered must be approved by the Departments of Education, Mental Health and Addiction Services and Public Safety. The list of the approved programs is available on the Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act website.

Read more on the Safety and Violence Education Students (SAVE Students) Act webpage.
Instructional Resources: 

NOTE: These resources are intended for teaching professionals to utilize in their lessons and not replace a lesson or an educator.


Last Modified: 10/28/2022 5:34:53 PM