The online Minor in Health Promotion prepares students and health professionals to assess community needs, to plan, implement, evaluate and manage health education/promotion programs, to lead communities to healthier living through service, communication and advocacy, and serve as a resource for communities while advancing the profession through research and critical analysis.
This minor is ideal for individuals seeking intellectual enrichment or professional enhancement to promote health in a variety of fields/settings. Those who complete the program are prepared as innovative problems solvers, critical and creative thinkers, and effective communicators. Students are able to integrate breadth and depth of knowledge received from a variety of sources to solve problems from different perspectives.
Students who complete the Health Promotion Minor courses are eligible to complete the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) examination to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), and will be prepared to work in the following settings:
- Business & industry: Worksite wellness
- Community Health Organizations & Non-Profits: behavioral, environmental and policy change; organize and mobilize communities for action, coalition building and resource person
- Health Care: Hospitals, healthcare providers, insurers - coordination of vital programs for patients, staff and neighboring community (risk reduction, prevention and management of disease and identification of community health education needs)
- Public Health and Government Agencies: Identify trends and evaluate health status measure, social marketing, mass media campaigns.
- Schools & Universities: Teach & develop lessons for teaching topics relevant and age appropriate for students; develop health communication materials.