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Health Promotion Studies
Our competency‐based curriculum prepares students for careers in education, community outreach, clinical settings, worksite health promotion, public health, health and wellness coaching, and sports and fitness. Students are well‐prepared for graduate studies in Public Health, Nutrition, Physical, Occupational and Recreational Therapy, Naturopathy, Chiropractic, Exercise Physiology, and more. Service learning is intertwined in the program’s unique experiential learning component. The core of our competency‐based program consists of five courses that provide group process experience to allow students to work together to plan, develop, market, implement and evaluate a health promotion program. Our students choose content courses to expand their knowledge base, identify career choices and enhance their understanding of diversity. These courses prepare students for their capstone experience ‐ a 450 hour internship which takes the experiential learning to the next level. Internship planning begins in the second year and allows for selective placement. Students apply and interview for competitive positions in local, state‐wide, national, or international organizations. These experiences allow the students to showcase what they have learned and continue the learning process as they create innovative programs applying what they’ve learned in the real world.
HPS Program Mission
The mission of the Health Promotion Studies program is to develop career professionals who are revolutionary leaders empowered to impact health promotion using an experiential, holistic and multi-disciplinary approach.
Graduates of the B.S. Health Promotion Studies program will be prepared to demonstrate the following outcomes:
Completion of all general education requirements, the Health Promotion Studies core and option course work, and free electives, a total minimum of 120 semester hours. Overall minimum GPA of 2.5, grade requirements in HPX major classes (outlined in HPS Program Sheets). See the degree program sheets for the course requirements and sequencing.
Health Promotion Studies Core Course Work
BIO 105 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 106 Anatomy & Physiology II
PSY 260 Health Psychology
HPX 100 Health Promotion & Maintenance
HPX 200 Intro. to Community Health & Organizations
HPX 270 Health Ed. Theory & Application
HPX 370 Health Promotion Program Design & Implementation
HPX 371 Health Communication Methods & Strategies
HPX 470 Health Promotion Program Evaluation
HPX 490 Practicum for Health Promotion Studies*
HPX 491 Health Promotion Studies Senior Seminar*
Community Health Option Course Work
HPX 202 Epidemiology of Disease
HPX 353 Environment & Global Health
Nine HPX Elective Credits
Wellness Management Option Course Work
HPX 205 Nutrition & Health
HPX 207 Nutrition & Health Lab.
HPX 254 Fitness Seminar & Lab.
HPX 255 Group Fitness Instruction
HPX 281 Principles of Wellness
HPX 380 Worksite Health
Holistic & Integrative Health Option Course Work
HPX 240 Introduction to Principles of Holistic and Integrative Health
HPX 241 Mind/Body Interventions for Health
HPX 242 Cross-Cultural and Traditional Healing Methods
HPX 343 Food, Herbs, Supplements and Other Products
Three HPX Elective Credits
Allied Health Professions Option Course Work
HPX 202 Epidemiology of Disease
BIO 103 General Biology 1
CHEM 111 General Chemistry 2
PHY 120 General Physics 1
Program Information (Catalog):
Fitness & Wellness
Holistic and Integrative Health
Allied Health Professions
HPS Service Learning
In the fall of 2008 the BS in Health Promotion Studies curriculum was revised. A major part of this revision included the service learning component. Service learning is integrated in the following courses, which must be taken in sequence:
The courses, described in Table 1 of the BS Health Promotion Studies Sequence Courses document, focus on the process of health promotion. There are other courses in the HPS curriculum which provide content information.
In HPX 200, students are placed into groups and are assigned a project for the next four semesters. This will allow the students to learn team building as they apply the processes learned in each course. The content varies each year. Table 2 of the BS Health Promotion Studies Sequence Courses describes the expectations of the student group, organization, and HPX faculty members throughout the 2-year course sequence.
The goal of the service learning component is to provide the students with an opportunity to create a program from start to finish and to experience a real-life application of the material they learn in the classroom. At the same time, a need of the local community is being met by creating a program that can be adopted by the organization in which it was established or by other local organizations. The data that are collected throughout the process could be used to support funding requests or grant applications.
In their senior year, our students are required to complete a full-time (450 hour) internship as a capstone experience. The student will be placed in a community or corporate organization where they will gain firsthand knowledge of what it means to be an entry level professional.
Each student is required to work with the department’s internship coordinator to find an appropriate placement. The majority of the internships are unpaid, and the students are responsible for their own transportation. We are exceptionally proud of our internship program as many of our students are offered jobs at their internship sites. We feel strongly that our internship program plays an integral part in preparing our students for graduate school and entry-level positions in the field.
HPS Internship FAQ’s
HPS Internship Opportunities- Examples of Current Internship Placements
Students in Health Promotion Studies often seek professional certifications in preparation for their internships and for entering the job market. Examples of certifications that our students obtain are the Certified Health Education Specialist certification and various fitness, personal training, and group fitness instruction certifications. Links to the most popular professional certifications among HPS students can be found below: