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What is Health Promotion?

“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.” 

Michael P. O'Donnell (2009) Definition of Health Promotion 2.0: Embracing Passion, Enhancing Motivation, Recognizing Dynamic Balance, and Creating Opportunities. American Journal of Health Promotion: September/October 2009, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. iv-iv.   

Health Promotion at the University of Charleston 

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.  See “Program Requirements” for a detailed outilne of the curriculum. 

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