Health Promotion & Exercise Sciences

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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 overarching 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 and be recognized for its scholarship and to provide programs which utilize a holistic, integrated and multidisciplinary approach.

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.

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.


Open Comment Period for Accreditation


Currently, the Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Studies is under review for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). In compliance with the provision in the CEPH accreditation procedures, the Health Promotion and Exercise Science Department must assure that all affected parties, i.e., students, alumni, faculty, the practice community, and other stakeholders, have the opportunity to provide written input to the CEPH site visit team.

The input will be considered in the deliberations of the site team during their November 2023 visit to WCSU. Third Party comments to CEPH are welcome until October 13, 2023. Please email comments directly to CEPH at To request a of the WCSU CEPH accreditation self-study report, please email Krista Heybruck ( or Emily Stevens (