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Health Promotion Major Added to University of Charleston Academic Offerings

Release Date:  Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Charleston, W.Va.  – University of Charleston students can now prepare for careers in educating others on healthy lifestyles and disease prevention thanks to a new bachelor’s degree offering in health promotion.

“The health promotion major strengthens our baccalaureate offerings at the University of Charleston by providing an additional opportunity for students interested high-demand health science careers,” said UC President Ed Welch. 

The health promotion major focuses on the understanding and promotion of health in populations. The 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.

“This degree has the potential to provide graduates with numerous career and graduate school options upon completion,” says Acting Health Promotion Program Director Janet Rorrer. “We look forward to the possibility of collaborating with community organizations and businesses on healthy living initiatives and placing our students in exciting and practical internships.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation of health educators and health workers is expected to grow by 21 percent between 2012-2022, which is faster than average for all occupations. Typical types of hiring companies for these positions include corporations, health insurance companies, state and federal health departments, hospitals and rehabilitation clinics, non-profits and fitness/recreation centers.

Students can graduate with a bachelor’s degree in health promotion from UC in just three and a half years. This includes a 12-credit internship during the final semester, which ensures graduates have the real-world tools to make an impact from the first day of employment. 

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