The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion offered by the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Emporia State University is prepares students for positions in health promotion, public administration and related areas. Graduates take leadership roles in designing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion campaigns in various public and private agencies and institutions at local, state and national levels. The health promotion professionals trained in this program gain the knowledge and skills to affect lifestyle choices. Employment opportunities exist in corporate, clinical/medical, not-for-profit organizations, commercial/private settings and academic institutions.
Potential Careers in Health Promotion
The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion can lead to careers in:
- Corporate Wellness
- Personal Training/Fitness Facility Management
- Strength and Conditioning
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Diabetic Care/Assistance
- Health/Biometric Assessment
- Human Nutrition
- Community Health
- Wellness-Related Philanthropy
- Pre-Professional Preparation for many Allied Health-Related Programs (such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Science, Human Nutrition, Chiropractic Medicine, or many other post graduate professional programs)
Health Related Pre-Professional Program Preparation
The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion is a degree that can equip students with the skills to thrive in many different graduate level professional allied health programs, such as Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Through course planning with the Health Promotion advisor, a student can complete the Health Promotion undergraduate program requirements along with completing the pre-requisite requirements for the various institutions that they want to apply for after graduating (all of this in the average 4 year sequence plan timeframe).
The courses required for Health Promotion majors aid in preparation for the rigorous content faced when pursuing a professional graduate program, as well as keeping students current on professional terminology, immersing students in relevant information and developing skills pertinent to the various allied health professional post graduate programs. Health promotion graduates who have gone into these professional programs comment on how well-prepared and confident they were in their abilities to achieve their academic and professional goals.
Program Admission Information
- Prospective health promotion majors must meet all University requirements and be admitted to Emporia State University.
- Prospective health promotion majors must complete an application for admission to the health promotion program after they have completed the first eight hours of the health promotion core classes with a C or better. This application must be accompanied by Major’s Agreement Form, which must be signed and dated.
- Prospective health promotion majors must have an overall GPA of 2.5 and a 2.75 GPA in the first eleven health promotion core hours.
- If a student does not meet the above criteria, the student may petition to be placed on probation for one semester and may reapply at the end of that semester to be removed from probation.
- If the student does not meet the above criteria by the end of the probationary semester, the student will not be admitted to the health promotion program.
- Any student who has committed a felony will not be admitted to the health promotion program.
- Please contact Amy Townsend to schedule an appointment to enter the Health Promotion program.
- Complete the Application Form and Major's Agreement Form.
- Application for admission into the health promotion program must be received by October 1st for Spring acceptance and March 1st for Fall acceptance.
After a student is admitted to the health promotion program, s/he must complete the following requirements in order to complete the program and graduate from Emporia State University with a BS degree in health promotion.
- The health promotion major must complete 124 credit hours with a minimum of 45 credit hours at the 300 level or higher.
- The health promotion major must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 and a GPA of 2.75 in all health promotion program core classes.
- The health promotion major must pass three major program assessments at the acceptable level. These assessments and minimal acceptable level are listed below.
- Practicum I Supervisor’s Evaluation – a student must achieve 27 points or higher out of a possible 45 points on this assessment.
- Portfolio Evaluation – a student must achieve 16 points or higher out of a possible 24 points on this assessment.
- Intern Supervisor’s Evaluation – a student must achieve 75 points or higher out of a possible 125 points on this assessment.
- The health promotion major must complete each of the following courses in the health promotion program with a C or better and have a 2.75 GPA in all health promotion classes to complete the program and to be eligible to enroll in HL 580. These classes are:
- HL 344 Modifying Health Behavior
- HL 465 Worksite Wellness Programs
- HL 565 Strategies in HLP
- HL 566 Exercise Programming in HLP
- HL 570 Practicum
Probation and/or Dismissal
Once a student is admitted to the health promotion program, s/he can be placed on probation or dismissed from the health promotion program if the following conditions occur:
- The student falls below a 2.5 overall GPA and/or falls below a 2.75 GPA in the health promotion program classes.
- The first time the student’s GPA does not reach a 2.5 overall and/or a 2.75 in the health promotion program classes, the student will be placed on probation for one semester.
- If the student does not raise his/her overall GPA and/or health promotion program GPA after that one semester, s/he will be dismissed from the program and will not be able to continue in the program until the overall GPA and/or the health promotion program GPA has been raised to the appropriate level.
- The student is convicted of a felony while s/he is a health promotion major.
- If the student is convicted of a felony during the time s/he is a student in the health promotion program, s/he will be automatically dismissed from the health promotion program.
- The student displays inappropriate dispositional characteristics or behaviors on a consistent basis. These dispositional characteristics and behaviors consist of, but are not limited to, use of inappropriate language in class, failure to arrive to class on time, be absence from class on a regular basis, use of rude and inappropriate interactions with peers and faculty, and/or failure to follow the academic dishonesty policy. If a student consistently displays inappropriate dispositional characteristics or behaviors, s/he may be removed from the health promotion program.