Health Promotion

The Health Promotion Major

As a Health Promotion major, you’ll be prepared to work in fields aimed at improving the health of individuals, populations and communities and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to pursue certification as a health education specialist.

Health Promotion

The mission of the NCWU Health Promotion program is to prepare students to work in fields aimed at improving the health of individuals, populations, and communities. The program prepares students to work with community organizations, government agencies, public and corporate health organizations, and educational institutions. The Health Promotion program at NCWU is designed to equip students with the knowledge and experience to pursue the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).

About the Program

This program is designed for those who seek to work in 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 care settings, college/university campuses and schools. The 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.

Career Options

  • Corporate and Hospital-based Wellness
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Community Health
  • Government and Non-profit Health Agencies
  • School-based Health Education
  • Work-site Health Promotion Coordinator
  • Occupational Therapy

Major Requirements

  • Health and Society
  • Personal and Community Health
  • Intro. to Public Health
  • Principles of Epidemiology
  • Methods & Materials in Community
  • Health Education
  • Program Planning & Evaluation in Health Education
  • Practicum
  • Internship
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Community Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Exercise Science
  • Foundations in Wellness and PT
  • Principles of Health Education
  • Health Promotion and Behavior Change
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Research and Statistics in EXS
  • Junior Seminar Exercise Science
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition and Chronic Disease

Minor Requirements

No minor available

Continuing Education Opportunities

Get your Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) or Occupational Therapy Doctorate (ODT)

Complete your Health Promotion degree at NCWU and pursue a graduate degree in occupational therapy. Get the information you need to know including requirements and prerequisites before applying to any graduate program.

Research has consistently shown that healthy behavior is one of the greatest determinants of overall health. In the U.S., many of the most serious chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, others) are strongly associated with health-damaging behaviors such as physical inactivity, poor diet, smoking, and other health-harming behaviors. The field of health promotion focuses on identifying, intervening on, and reducing health damaging behaviors in order to improve the health of individuals, communities, and populations. In addition to the core tenants of health promotion, the Health Promotion program at NCWU has a unique emphasis on the role of physical activity in health and disease.

Career Options in Health Promotion?

Health Promotion Specialist: works to improve the health of individuals, populations and communities. Individuals in this field may work with organizations (example: government, non-profit), communities, schools, hospitals, or individuals in order to promote health and wellness.

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES): works to help patients improve their overall well-being and quality of life through healthcare-related educational programs.

Health Information Analyst: works with healthcare providers in an effort to foster broadly-focused educational campaigns. Work in this area may involve the identification of existing problems in clinical healthcare settings, and/or shortcomings in existing public awareness initiatives, or best practices to help improve patient care, for example.

Community Health Promotion Specialist: works to gather and analyze healthcare-related information, report findings, and design campaigns to help disseminate health-related information to the community at large.

Wellness Director: works to improve individual’s well-being in corporate business environments, as well as public community centers. A wellness director is responsible for a variety of projects designed to improve health and wellness in corporate or community environments.

Health/Wellness Coach: Helps individuals to lead healthy lifestyles by making positive behavioral and lifestyle changes. A health coach is a professional who provides coaching or counseling services to individuals who are interested to changing their health behaviors.

Epidemiologist: Epidemiologists are public health professionals who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans. They seek to reduce the risk and occurrence of negative health outcomes through research, community education, and health policy.

Graduate/Professional Study: A degree in health promotion may also serve as a stepping stone to graduate or professional study in such fields as Public Health, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Allied Health fields, and others.

Course Outline

Students in the Health Promotion program will develop a sound science background, and the critical thinking, communication and writing skills necessary to apply their knowledge to practical hands-on situations in the field of health promotion/public health. The program also serves as an option for students completing prerequisites for admission into a variety of professional or graduate programs in Health Promotion, Public Health, Allied Health and others. Below are course descriptions and prerequisites.

Health Promotion Faculty

Shannon Crowley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Exercise Science
Program Coordinator for Health Promotion
Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Danielle Braxton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Promotion
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill