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Want to create environments, encourage lifestyles, and develop policies and programs that promote the well-being of individuals and communities? Consider earning a Bachelor of Science degree in CHHS with a concentration in health promotion and education.


Students in this concentration take courses in a variety of subjects — human anatomy, physiology, nutrition, human development, epidemiology, health education programs administration, and health communications among them — and must complete a minor. CHHS faculty highly recommend students select Human Services (100% online), Spanish, Sociology, Psychology, or Criminal Justice as complementary minors. Many of our CH courses include service-learning activities that introduce students to the diverse community populations with which they will one day be working.

Students who have decided on a CHHS major should very soon thereafter seek advisement from the SOE Office of Student Services and consult as well the Graduation Planning System (GPS) in order to avoid any delay in program completion or graduation.

  • Health Education Specialist Certification

    Undergraduates who successfully complete the CH curriculum are fully prepared to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentialing exam, the passing of which demonstrates professional competency and a commitment to continued professional development. For more information about the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and the CHES exam, visit the NCHEC website.

Graduate Studies and Career Opportunities

Having learned how to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate community health education programs effectively, graduates of our program are prepared for entry-level health education positions in community settings such as health and government agencies, corporate wellness programs, research, and development organizations, schools, and universities, and hospitals. Employment opportunities include community outreach coordinator, wellness coordinator, community assessment specialist, patient educator, health policy coordinator, clinical diabetes educator, public health educator, community health worker, community nutrition educator, and HIV counseling and testing services specialist. For more information on careers for health educators and community health workers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Graduates who concentrated in health promotion and education are eligible to pursue master’s degrees in community health, counseling, social work, and other related subjects. Many employers prefer to hire workers with a master's degree.

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  • Program Director: Dr. Larrell Wilkinson

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