Course Details

Health Education and Promotion, Bachelor of Science

120 credits

The Health Education and Promotion program is designed to prepare well-qualified health educators and health promotion specialists. The coursework is organized to understand human behavior and to help people lead healthier lives. Additionally, students develop professional skills needed for planning, organizing, and implementing programs about many health issues. Some of the health areas studied include nutrition, diseases, physical activity, stress management, and health across the lifespan. Students apply for one of two options: Health Promotion, which prepares students for work as a health promotion specialist in the community or private sector, or School Health, which prepares students for certification as health education teachers. Students in the Health Promotion option may also take elective courses that will prepare them for graduate studies and careers in the health professions, i.e., nursing, dietetics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy or in the fitness industry. Students completing the Health Education and Promotion major may also choose to graduate with both options. Graduates are prepared to take a national certification exam to become a certified health education specialist (CHES) and have the option of also becoming certified as an American College of Sports Medicine Physical Activity and Public Health Specialist (PAPHS). Health Education and Promotion graduates will find careers with community agencies, hospitals, worksites, campus and community wellness centers, and public health programs. Careers in K-12 public schools teaching health education require completion of the School Health option. Many of the theory courses require health education experiences outside the classroom (e.g., school and health promotion observations and practical experiences, community and corporate wellness fairs, professional conference/seminar attendance). Students should expect additional costs for printing and supplies for professional education and clinical assignments, vaccinations, professional attire, criminal record check, and transportation. In addition to day and evening classes, professional health education courses may meet on the weekends.

*All course information is from the 2014-2015 Catalog.