The demand for prevention of health issues is growing as the costs of healthcare is rising and government, nonprofit, and private businesses are recognizing the value of upstream health promotion. A Health Promotion Major is your gateway to the healthcare industry to address this demand, preparing you to work in many areas of health education and promotion, public health, or related fields. Our graduates find themselves meeting the need by serving to encourage healthy lifestyles through educating and empowering individuals and communities in an effort to reduce disease, disability, and premature death while increasing quality of life.
Our program focuses on providing students with a wide range of health promotion knowledge and hands-on experience, along with a foundation in liberal arts. This foundation is a commitment to a way of learning that moves us beyond immediate interests and present knowledge into a larger world—an education that disciplines minds and develops whole persons equipped to understand and confront a changing society. Building on the college’s mission and tradition, our distinctive program transforms students into health promotion leaders that are capable of working with diverse health problems, people, and populations.
Our students receive experiences on campus and in the local communities through practical classroom activities, work study positions, and internships. Not to mention many students complete internships across the country and globe, conduct research with faculty, and travel to conferences to learn and network with experts in the field. These various opportunities give students the chance to engage with a variety of individuals and communities to understand the varying determinants of health that impact our behaviors and health outcomes. Preparing our graduates to promote health with any population across the U.S. and beyond. Off-campus studies are also available to students both in short- and long-term programs.
These experiences provide preparation for becoming a Certified Health Education SpecialistⓇ, helping to meet the demand for health educators and community health workers which is expected to grow by 21 percent before 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Students are prepared to be leaders in a variety of personal, community, public, and global health settings or to further their education. Former students hold positions with public health organizations, schools, colleges and universities, health clinics and hospitals, non-profit, corporate, and government agencies, as well as other settings. These careers include positions as health education specialists, health promotion coordinators, wellness directors, prevention specialists, community health workers, health and wellness coaches, health advocates, fitness instructors and personal trainers, nutritionists/dietitians, recreation directors, and more. Those who choose to continue into graduate school have obtained masters and doctoral degrees in public health, health education/promotion, exercise science, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, dietetics, nursing, business administration, hospital management, and more.