Message from the Chair, Neil Hann, MPH, CHES
Welcome to the Department of Health Promotion Sciences! As an interdisciplinary profession, our students, alumni, and faculty are comprised of community health and social workers, social scientists, allied health and medical professionals, and many other types of public health practitioners. Collectively, our graduates work as agents of change to advance the health of individuals, families, and communities. Examples of this work include health program design, coordination, and evaluation, health education, grant writing, research coordination, and other leadership roles in education, nonprofit, healthcare, and health department sectors. We invite you to explore our faculty and featured alumni pages to discover more about the rewarding and diverse opportunities found in a health promotion sciences degree.
Role of the Health Promotion Professional
Health promotion is the application of the social and behavioral sciences, educational strategies and techniques, and epidemiological methods to reducing health risks and leveraging health assets in individuals, families, social networks, neighborhoods, organizations, and communities. A human’s right to self-determination, dignity, inclusion, and social justice are several of the guiding principles of health promotion practice.
Organizational Settings: Graduates are recruited by public health agencies at national, regional, state, tribal, and local levels, including insurance companies, health departments, clinics, workplace wellness programs, community-based organizations, K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.
Professional Roles: Graduates provide health program planning, implementation, and evaluation skills to local, state, national, and tribal organizations.
Specific Learning Objectives: Skills developed through the program include community assessment, diagnosis and development, program planning, program implementation, and program evaluation.