Jody Rajcula, Chair
Berkshire 230a, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8688 (203) 837-8638 (fax)
Mary Koch , Department Secretary
Berkshire 230, Midtown campus
(203) 837-8638 (fax)
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There are two distinct degree programs within the health promotion and exercise sciences area: one leading to a bachelor of science degree and teaching certification as a school health educator, and one leading to a bachelor of science degree as a health promotion studies educator, with options in community health and wellness management. Following completion of a Bachelor of Science in Health Education or Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Studies, students will be prepared to sit for the national CHES examination (Certified Health Education Specialist - the credential for health educators). Examination sites are located throughout the U.S., including at WCSU.
The health promotion and exercise sciences department strives to educate all WCSU students about the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices which encourages life-long, optimal health and well-being. The students in our degree programs are additionally prepared for entry-level, certified health education specialist (CHES) positions in schools and in a wide variety of private and public settings (i.e. corporations, hospitals, community organizations and other multi-public service organizations). In addition to a liberal arts core of courses, students must successfully complete health content courses and teaching methodology, including the use of technology, in order to achieve professional competence as identified by standards set by national credentialing organizations. The focus of studying health promotion and exercise science is to educate students on the importance of a physically active lifestyle, wellness, fitness, healthy leisure time activities, health promotion, health protection and preventive services in schools and the larger global community.
It is the goal of the health promotion and exercise sciences department to be known as the undergraduate program of choice in the region to prepare for careers in school health education and fitness/ leisure activities. The department also strives to be recognized for its scholarship and to provide programs which utilize a holistic, integrated and multidisciplinary approach. Our programs link the education of the mind with opportunities to apply newly learned skills in experiential, cooperative and internship experiences. The multidisciplinary academic program includes courses in health promotion and wellness, psychology, safety and health protection, total fitness, knowledge of and opportunities for healthy leisure activities, nutrition, biology, education, social welfare and politics, and related areas. As such, this holistic approach to healthy living does not focus on illness or specific parts of the body or one facet of community life. It emphasizes the connection and interdependency of the components of individual and community health. These components include environmental, political and economic aspects of health, as well as the physical, social, emotional, mental and spiritual elements of well-being.
The curriculum is driven by competency-based objectives derived from ongoing internal and external program evaluations. Our graduates’ performances in pre-professional activities and worksite placements with schools, public and private health agencies, fitness centers and corporations assist in the realization of the department’s mission. We strive to meet the educational needs of a diversified student body so that our majors will be prepared to address health education in a global society.
Degrees and Programs
B.S. Health Education (PK-12)
B.S. Health Promotion Studies
General education physical activity requirement
Goal 1: Prepare its students with the proficiencies to become lifelong learners, provide the skill needed to contribute to a healthy lifestyle, and improved quality of life for themselves and the students they educate.
Goal 2: Provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary academic curriculum that prepares its graduates for careers in a variety of health education fields.
Goal 3: Prepare students to meet the standards set by state and national credentialing organizations for health educators.
Goal 4: Provide a comprehensive approach to health and fitness education emphasizing the connection and interdependency of individuals, school, family and community.
Graduates of the B.S. Health Education (PK-12) Certification Program will be prepared to:
Certification Program for PK-12
The teacher education programs at WestConn are rigorous and not all candidates applying for professional program admission are accepted. While students may gain acceptance to the university, those interested in obtaining state teacher’s certification (elementary, secondary, music, and health education) must file a separate application for professional program acceptance usually during the second semester of their junior year.
Self-declared health education majors must maintain a GPA of 2.67 or higher upon the completion of 60 credits of course work in order to remain a self-declared education major. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be contacted by the dean of the School of Professional Studies. Students must achieve a GPA of 2.8 or higher in order to be accepted into all professional education programs as candidates for teacher certification.
Application And Submission Process For Professional Program Acceptance
Applications for professional program acceptance can be obtained at the department of health promotion and exercise sciences (BR 230). Before the process of screening for professional program acceptance, applications must be filed with the school health coordinator of the health promotion and exercise sciences department, after consultation with the student’s appropriate teacher education advisor.
Criteria For Professional Program Acceptance
Students seeking admission to any of WestConn’s teacher education certification programs must have completed and met the following criteria. The following deadline dates must be met for students applying for professional teacher education program acceptance. The deadline date for Fall semester admittance into a Professional Teacher Education Program is 12 noon on April 1st. You must have all of your materials submitted to your Teacher Education Program Coordinator (or Department Chair where applicable) by the deadline date. After your materials have been submitted and reviewed, you will be contacted for an interview with faculty.
Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Studies (B.S.)
Goal 1: Prepare its students with the proficiencies to become lifelong learners, and provide the skills needed to contribute to a healthy lifestyle, and improved quality of life for themselves and the people they educate.
Goal 2: Provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary academic curriculum that prepares its graduates for careers in a variety of health and fitness educational fields.
Goal 3: Prepare students to meet the standards set by state and national credentialing organizations for health fitness educators.
Goal 4: Provide a comprehensive approach to health and fitness education emphasizing the connection and interdependency of individuals, careers, family and community.
Graduates of the B.S. Health Promotion Studies program will be prepared to demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of core concepts of community health, global health, epidemiology, nutrition and physical fitness necessary for entry level health promotion practitioners.
2. Proficiency in applying knowledge and skills of health promotion studies, including program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Completion of all general education requirements, the Health Promotion Studies core and option course work, and free electives, a total minimum of 125 semester hours. Overall GPA minimum of 2.0; 2.5 in HPX major classes.
Health Promotion Studies Core Course Work
BIO 105 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 106 Anatomy & Physiology II
PSY 260 Health Psychology
SW 220 Cultural Diversity
HPX 100 Health Promotion & Maintenance
HPX 160 First Aid and Safety
HPX 201 Community Health
HPX 205 Nutrition and Health
HPX 207 Nutrition and Health Lab
HPX 254 Fitness Seminar and Laboratory
HPX 280 Principles of Health Education
HPX 285 Service Learning I
HPX 310 Methods and Materials in Health Education
HPX 342 Global Health and Epidemiology
HPX 486 Program Planning and Evaluation
HPX 490 Practicum for Health Promotion Studies
HPX 491 Health Promotion Studies Senior Seminar
Community Health Option Course Work
HPX 230 Drug Studies
HPX 253 Concepts of Diseases
HPX 352 Mental Health
HPX 355 Human Sexuality
HPX 381 Environment and Health
HPX 385 Service Learning in Comm. Health II
Wellness Management Option Course Work
HPX 281 Principles of Wellness
HPX 380 Worksite Health
HPX 316 Projects in Wellness Preparation
HPX 317 Projects in Wellness
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing
Required Course Sequence for the Community Health Option
* HPX 100
* HPX 201 (Fall only)
HPX 253 (Fall only)
* HPX 285 (Fall only)
MAT 115 or 120
*HPX 205 (spring only)
HPX 207 (spring only)
HPX 280 (spring only)
HPX 230 (spring only)
*HPX 310 (Fall only)
HPX 355 (Fall only)
HPX 381 (fall only)
HPX 352 (spring only)
HPX 342 (spring only)
HPX 385 (spring only)
HPX 486 (spring only)
HPX 490 (Fall only)
HPX 491 (Fall only)
Required Course Sequence for the Wellness Management Option
*HPX 201 (fall only)
HPX 285 (fall only)
MAT 115 or 120
HPX 205 (spring only)
HPX 207 (concurrent w/205)
HPX 280 (spring only
*HPX 310 (fall only)
HPX 316 (fall only)
HPX 317 (spring only)
HPX 342 (spring only)
HPX 486 (spring only)
HPX 490 (fall only)
HPX 491 (fall only)
* Must be completed prior to HPX 490 and 491.
GENERAL EDUCATION PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REQUIREMENT – 2 SH
Refer to physical activity courses (under course descriptions at the back of this catalog) for list of activity courses that satisfy this requirement. Students must take a total of 2 semester hours of activity courses to satisfy general education requirements. Courses beyond the minimum will be credited as free electives. Golf and other courses conducted off-campus, require an extra fee to cover the costs of special personnel and/or facility. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the off-campus sites.
Students fulfilling varsity team requirements shall receive .5 semester hours of physical activity credit. A maximum of one point is acceptable for general education credit. Because of the physical demands of activity courses offered at WestConn, students are strongly urged to have a physical examination prior to registering for these courses. Since part-time students are not covered by university accident insurance, part-time students are strongly urged to carry accident insurance.
Agencies used for Health Promotion & Exercise Sciences Field Placements
Abilities Beyond Disabilities, Brookfield, Conn.
AIDS Project, Danbury Conn.
Alternative Incarceration Center, Danbury, Conn.
American Cancer Society, Wilton, Conn.
American Red Cross, Danbury Conn.
American Red Cross, Waterbury, Conn.
Bethel Health Dept., Bethel, Conn.
Boehringer Engleheim, Fairfield, CT
Brewster Athletic Club, Brewster, N.Y.
Birth Partners Labor Assistants, Naugatuck, Conn.
Cardinal Hayes Home for Children, Millbrook, N.Y.
CHHA – CT Holistic Health Association,
West Hartford, Conn.
Danbury Children First Initiative, Danbury, Conn.
Danbury Health Care Affiliates, DHCA, Danbury, Conn.
Danbury Hospital, Danbury, Conn.
Danbury Dept. of Health and Housing, Danbury, Conn.
Danbury School System Danbury, Conn.
Danbury High School, Roberts Ave. School,
Hayestown Ave. School
Danbury Senior Center, Danbury, Conn.
Danbury Youth Services, Danbury, Conn.
Danbury Visiting Nurses Assoc., Danbury, Conn.
Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, Danbury, Conn.
Duracell Fitness Center, Bethel, Conn.
Dow Chemical Corporation, Fitness Center,
Devereux Glenhome School, Washington, Conn.
Even Start, Danbury, Conn.
Filosa Nursing Home, Danbury, Conn.
Girl Scouts of SW CT
Green Chimneys School, Brewster, N.Y.
Good Friends, Danbury Conn.
Habitat for Humanity
Hancock Hall, Danbury, Conn.
Harambee Center, Danbury, Conn.
Heal the Children, New Milford, Conn.
Healing Hearts (Danbury Hospice)
HealthQuest, Danbury, Conn.
Health South, Danbury, Conn.
Hispanos Unidos Contra El Sida, New Haven, Conn.
Human Resource Development Agency,
Interfaith AIDS Ministry of Danbury, Danbury, Conn.
Just for Women, Waterbury, Conn.
Laurel Ridge Nursing Home, Ridgefield, Conn.
MasterCard Pro-Fit Center, Purchase, N.Y.
National Organization of Rare Disorders (NORD),
New Fairfield, Conn.
New Fairfield H.S., New Fairfield, Conn.
New Milford H.S., New Milford, Conn.
New Milford Senior Center, New Milford, Conn.
Newtown Youth Services, Newtown, Conn.
Northwest CT AIDS Project, Torrington, Conn.
Pepsi Bottline Group, Armonk, NY
Planned Parenthood, Danbury and New Haven, Conn.
Pitney Bowes Corporate Fitness Center, Danbury, Conn.
Region #15, Pomperaug High School, Southbury, Conn. Ridgefield Boys and Girls Club, Ridgefield, Conn.
Rockland County Dept. of Health, New City, N.Y.
Regional Hospice of Western CT, Danbury, Conn.
Salvation Army, Danbury, Conn.
St. Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, Conn.
Sun Family Outreach Program, Meriden, Conn.
The Nat’l Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine, Brewster, N.Y.
Town of Kent, Environmental Protection, Kent, Conn.
United Way of Western CT, Danbury, Conn.
Visiting Nurses of Oxford, Conn.
War Memorial, Danbury, Conn.
Waterbury Health Dept., Waterbury, Conn.
Western Connecticut Senior Exercise Program, Danbury, Conn.
Western Connecticut State University, V-DAY Project,
Until Violence Stops, Danbury, Conn.
Women’s Center, Danbury, Conn.
Women, Infant and Children, WIC, Danbury, Conn.
Youth Action Programs & Homes, Inc., N.Y.
YMCA, Waterbury, Conn.
Health Fitness Corporation, Minneapolis, MN
MediFit, Florsham Park, NJ
ProFitness Health Solutions, Shelton, CT