Health Education and Promotion, B.S. (48-57.5 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)

12 credits in Department courses:

Credits
HSD 240Nutrition and Health

3

HSD 266The U.S. Health Care Delivery System

3

HSD 269Fundamentals of Biostatistics for Health Professionals

3

HSD 306Epidemiology

3

18 credits in Health Education and Promotion:

Credits
HEA 249Foundations of Health

3

HEA 267Human Behavior and Health

3

HEA 300Introduction to Public Health

3

HEA 320Health Counseling

3

HEA 400Program Planning and Evaluation

3

HEA 437Strategies in Community Health and Nutrition Education

3

Option 1: Community Health (48-49 credits)

Additional courses to be taken (18-19 credits)

14-15 credits in Health Education and Promotion:

Credits
HEA 440Seminar in Community Health

2

HEA 470Internship in Community Health I

4

HEA HEA electives

8-9

HEA electives: Chosen in consultation with the adviser.

4 credits in Biological Sciences:

Credits
BIO 183Human Biology

4

BIO 183: This course also satisfies a General Education requirement.

Option 2: Community Health and Nutrition (57.5 credits)

Additional courses to be taken (27.5 credits)

12 credits in Dietetics, Foods, and Nutrition:

Credits
DFN 120The Nature and Science of Food

3

DFN 220Foods, Society, and Health

4

DFN 341Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

3

DFN 472Field Experience in Community Nutrition

2

3 credits in Exercise Science:

Credits
EXS 264Introduction to Exercise Science

3

EXS 265Behavioral Aspects of Physical Activity

3

4.5 credits in Chemistry:

Credits
CHE 114Essentials of General Chemistry Lecture

3

CHE 115Essentials of General Chemistry Laboratory

1.5

CHE 114, CHE 115: These courses also satisfy a General Education requirement.

8 credits in Biological Sciences:

Credits
BIO 181Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIO 182Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIO 181, BIO 182: These courses also satisfy a General Education requirement.