University of Charleston
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Public Health

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    3 – 4 Years

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Program Overview

You will learn to promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention through education, behavioral change and environmental awareness. This program offers a strong health science emphasis that provides students with a healthcare foundation while also offering interdisciplinary coursework in Natural Sciences, Psychology, Exercise Science and Communication.

*Note: This program was previously listed as Health Promotion

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Freshman applicants with a 2.5 or higher high school GPA and transfer students with a 2.0 or higher cumulative college GPA meet our general admissions requirements, but must complete the program-specific requirements for admission into the program. Students may apply online or download the admissions application.

To progress in the program and graduate, students must pass their required courses with a “C” or better and meet the institutional academic requirement of maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA to remain in good academic standing.

Program Highlights

  • You will have the opportunity to work with organizations in the community to enhance your skill development.

  • The program objectives align with the Seven Areas of Responsibility identified by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

  • You will develop the ability to assess health needs and then plan, implement, evaluate and manage health-related programs.

  • Final semester internship can be completed in any location (approval required).

Program Outcomes

  • Job Opportunities

    Career options in such organizations as:

    • Health Insurance Agencies
    • State and Local Health Departments
    • Hospitals and Medical Facilities
    • Non-Profit Organizations
    • Advocacy Groups
    • Large Corporation Wellness Programs
  • Hands-On Learning

    This program provides numerous opportunities to participate in hands-on learning, leading to a fulfilling career educating others on healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.

  • Health Education Specialist Certification

    Upon completion of degree requirements, you will have the ability to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist examination.

Meet the Faculty


Meet the Faculty


Nikki Bell
Nicolette Bell, MA

Health Promotion Program Director, Assistant Professor