Health Promotion


Overview & Academics

This program is designed for those who seek to work in the fields aimed at improving the health of individuals, populations, and communities. The program prepares students to enter a multitude of health promotion careers, including working with community organizations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, public health, corporate organizations, health career settings, college/university campuses, and schools. This program may also serve as a stepping stone for students to pursue graduate and pre-professional programs in public and allied health fields. The program in Health Promotion is designed to give students the experience and background to pursue the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification.

Shannon Crowley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Program Coordinator
scrowley@ncwc.edu
(252) 985-5225

Career Options

  • Corporate and Hospital-based Wellness
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Community Health
  • Government and Non-profit Health Agencies
  • School-based Health Education

Major Requirements
HLP 190, 301, 310, 320, 410, 420, 480, 481; MAT 113, 213; EXS 190, 214, 301, 305, 324, 325, 345, 380; NTR 300; PSY 210

Minor Requirements
No minor available

Undergraduate Plan

Fall Semester Credits
BIO 101 Life Science 3
BIO 102 Life Science Lab 1
ENG 111 Writing I 3
EXS 100 Fitness and Wellness 2
International Studies Requirement 3
MAT 113 College Algebra 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
HLP 190 Health and Society 3
MAT 213 Elementary Statistics 3
EXS 190 Introduction to Exercise Science 2
PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENG 112 Writing II 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 17

Fall Semester Credits
EXS 214 Foundations in Wellness and PT 3
ENG Literature Requirement 3
REL 101 or 115 Religious Studies Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
PSY 210 Drugs and Behavior 3
HIS/POL Social Science Requirement 3
ECO/JUS/GEO Social Science Requirement 3
CHM/ERS/PHY Science Requirement 3
CHM/ERS/PHY Science Lab Requirement 1
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TOTAL HOURS: 13

Fall Semester Credits
EXS 324 Exercise Physiology 3
EXS 325 Techniques in Evaluating Fitness 3
EXS 301 Personal and Community Health 3
EXS 345 Research and Statistics in EXS 3
HLP 301 Principles of Health Education 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
HLP 310 Intro to Public Health 3
NTR 300 Nutrition 3
HLP 320 Principles of Epidemiology 3
EXS 305 Health Promotion and Behavior Change 3
EXS 380 Junior Seminar Exercise Science 1
ART/ENT/MUS Requirement 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 16

Fall Semester Credits
HLP 410 Methods & Materials in Community Health Education 3
HLP 480 Practicum 3
Ethics Requirement 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
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TOTAL HOURS: 15


Spring Semester Credits
HLP 420 Program Planning & Evaluation in Health Education 3
HLP 481 Internship 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 1
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TOTAL HOURS: 14

Graduation Notes General Graduation Guidelines

Total of 120 semester hours, 33 of which must be numbered 300 or 400.

During freshman and sophomore years, students should take 6 semester hours of writing intensive courses in addition to English composition requirement (3 semester hours).

All students should also take 9 semester hours of upper level writing intensive courses during junior and senior year (EXS 345, HLP 410, and HLP 420).

A cumulative GPA average of C (2.00) and at least a C average in the graduation major.