Health Education

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: Legislation 

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


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 July 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, Ohio law indicates that school districts must include in health education at least one hour (or one standard class period) of evidence-based instruction for students in grades 6-12 in each of the following topics:
  1. Suicide awareness and prevention;
  2. Safety training and violence prevention; and
  3. Social inclusion.
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.


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