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Health Education and Promotion, B.S. (52-57.5 Credit Major)

Health education aims primarily to motivate individuals and groups in various settings to assume greater responsibility for their health by learning and adopting behaviors that promote health and prevent disease. This is a rapidly expanding field that has received added impetus from recent Federal legislation emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion as major priorities of national social policy.

The program is designed to prepare students for careers in community health education. Students will be able to develop, manage, and evaluate health education and promotion programs in a variety of settings where such programs are implemented. These include public and community agencies, business and industry, hospitals, and other types of clinical facilities.

The program includes two options, one in community health and the other in community health and nutrition. Satisfactory completion of all program requirements in community health enables students to apply for certification as a Health Education Specialist, awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Courses to be taken by all program majors (30 credits)


In Department courses: HSD 240, 266, 269, 306


In Health Education and Promotion: HEA 249, 267, 300, 320, 400, and 437

Option 1: Community Health (48-49 credits)

Additional courses to be taken (18-19 credits)


In Health Education and Promotion: HEA 440, 470, plus 8-9 in HEA electives chosen in consultation with the adviser.


In Biological Sciences: BIO 183*

Option 2: Community Health and Nutrition (57.5 credits)

Additional courses to be taken (27.5 credits)


In Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition: DFN 120, 220, 341, and 472


In Exercise Science: EXS 264 or 265


In Chemistry: CHE 114-115*


In Biological Sciences: BIO 181, 182*

* These courses also satisfy a General Education requirement.

Last modified: 7/30/2015