• Health Promotion

    Charleston

    COURSE OUTLINE

    The Health Promotion major focuses on the understanding and promotion of health in populations. The Health Promotion Program has a strong health science emphasis that provides students with a robust health care foundation while also offering a complementary array of interdisciplinary coursework in natural sciences, psychology, education, and communication.

    Health Promotion Mission Statement

    The mission of the Health Promotion program is to prepare graduates as health educators who promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention, model life-long learning through continuing education, and are engaged in their profession and community.

    “Health Promotion is the art and science of helping people discover the synergies between their core passions and optimal health, enhancing their motivation to strive for optimal health, and supporting them in changing their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimal health. Optimal health is a dynamic balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and intellectual health.” (Donnell, 2009)

    • Health Promotion Program Outcomes
      1. The graduate will be able to assess needs, assets, and capacity for health education.
      2. The graduate will be able to plan and implement health education and promotion.
      3. The graduate will be able to conduct and evaluate research related to health or health education.
      4. The graduate will be able to administer and manage health education.
      5. The graduate will be able to communicate and advocate for health or health education.

    UC graduates are ready for the real world

    Health Promotion majors complete an immersed 12 credit internship in the final semester before graduation. Students can apply and/or arrange to complete this experience in any location pending university approval. The opportunity to gain real world skills in the professional environment of their discipline equips graduates with the work experience that employers and graduate schools desire. Students will refine their ability to perform comprehensive program development in areas such as assessing health needs, planning, implementation, evaluation, and management.