Health Education & Promotion

Bachelor of Science

Health education and promotion specialists are leading the nation’s health improvement efforts. The Health Education program at Plymouth State University prepares students to work in a variety of educational, community and medical settings, including public and private schools, hospitals, managed care organizations, insurance companies, volunteer agencies and public and private work sites.

Content areas of health education:

  • Nutrition/Fitness
  • Disease/ Mental Health
  • Sexuality and Family Life
  • Substance use and abuse
  • Community Health/Personal Health
  • Safety and First Aid
  • Environmental Health
  • Consumer Health
DescriptionDegree RequirementsLearning Outcomes
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. 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 find careers with community agencies, hospitals, worksites, campus and community wellness centers, and public health programs. 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.

Degree Requirements (120 Credits)


HE 2300 Principles of Health 3
HE 2400 Physical Activity and Health 3
HE 2900 Disease, Safety, and Environment (WECO) 3
HE 3200 Stress Management (WECO) 3
HE 3220 Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living (TECO) 3
HE 3230 Promoting Health Across the Lifespan 3
HE 3240 Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation (WRCO) 4
HE 3320 Health Promotion Skills 4
HE 3660 CPR and First Aid Instructor 1.5
Health Promotion – complete one course from the following: 3
HE 3700 Drug Behavior (WECO)
HE 3710 Sex and Family Living Education
HE 4080 Lifestyle and Wellness Coaching
Capstone – complete one of the following: 3-12
HE 4090 Qualitative Research in Health Promotion
HE 4540 Applied Health Promotion
HE 4880 Health Promotion Internship
BU 2450 Principles of Marketing 3
IS 4360 Cultural Diversity and American Society (DICO) (INCO) 3
PE 4010 Exercise and Health Psychology (INCO) 3
Quantitative Reasoning in the Discipline Connection – complete one of the following: 3
MA 2300 Statistics I (QRCO)
PE 3565 Measurement and Assessment in Physical Education (QRCO) (WRCO)
General Education:
EN 1200 Composition 3
IS 1111 The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry 3
MA Mathematics Foundations 3
CTDI Creative Thought Directions 6
PPDI Past and Present Directions 6
SIDI Scientific Inquiry Directions 6-8
SSDI Self and Society Directions 6
GACO Global Awareness Connection 3
Electives 38.5-27.5
HE 4880 requires a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (cumulative and major) .

*All course information is from the 2016-2017 Catalog.

Health Promotion Option

In addition to the departmental outcomes, students who complete the Health Promotion option in Health Education in are able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic health content and current health issues appropriate for an entry level health professional.
  2. Assess, plan and implement health promotion programs.
  3. Evaluate health promotion programs for process and outcomes
  4. Obtain national certification as a certified health education specialist (CHES) from the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing, INC. (NCHEC)

School Health K-12 Option

In addition to the departmental outcomes, students who complete the School Health K-12 Option in Health Education are able to comply with AAHE 2009 Standards:

  1. Standard I: Content Knowledge. Candidates demonstrate the knowledge and skills of a health literate educator.
  2. Standard II: Needs Assessment: Candidates assess needs to determine priorities for school health education (SHE).
  3. Standard III: Planning: Candidates plan effective comprehensive school health education curricula and programs.
  4. Standard IV: Implementation: Candidates implement health education instruction
  5. Standard V: Assessment. Candidates assess student learning.
  6. Standard VI: Administration and Coordination. Candidates plan and coordinate a school health education program.
  7. Standard VII: Being a Resource. Candidates serve as a resource person in health education.
  8. Standard VIII: Communication and Advocacy. Candidates communicate and advocate for health and school health education.