Public health promotion is designed to prepare students interested in careers that involve planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion and public health programs for individuals, groups, and populations in a variety of settings that include worksites, hospitals, schools, and communities. As healthcare costs continue to rise in the United States, training a highly skilled public health workforce that can design and implement effective prevention programs and policies is becoming a much greater priority. Courses in this major include principles of community health promotion, health behavior theories, health promotion planning and evaluation, epidemiology, and elective courses in areas such as nutrition and health communications. An internship on a worksite or in a clinical, community, or government public health setting is part of the curriculum.
Points of Pride:
- A health and kinesiology graduate in public health promotion will have a health and human sciences education and the professional education and training needed for employment in a variety of public health areas. Graduates also may choose to continue with professional education in areas such as public health (e.g., a Masters in Public Health is offered by the Department), nursing, occupational or physical therapy and medicine.