A concentration in Health Promotion provides content and experience in promoting positive health behaviors, such as physical activity, weight management, stress management, smoking cessation, and ergonomics, to name a few. Students are prepared for numerous careers in a variety of allied health fields. Specifically, graduates have found employment in corporations as wellness/fitness specialists, as hospital and community health promotion directors, in insurance-based health promotion programs, medical settings, hotel wellness facilities, university health promotion centers, and in health and fitness clubs. The curriculum focuses on health promotion program development, implementation, and evaluation. Other course work includes chemistry, anatomy, physiology of exercise, marketing, advertising, accounting, and more. Students also have opportunities for practical field experiences before graduating. We are proud that the Health Promotion concentration track of the Health and Exercise Science major was ranked #1 in the country by the Association for Worksite Health Promotion.

Effective Fall 2015

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The minimum GPA for students in the Health Promotion concentration must be 2.750 with no grade below C in the following courses: BMS 300, FSHN 150, HES 145, and HES 207 before departmental approval will be given to register for HES 486B Practicum: Wellness Program Management and HES 487 Internship.

Select one group from the following: 4
Group A:
Principles of Animal Biology (GT-SC2)3A 
Animal Biology Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
Attributes of Living Systems (GT-SC1)3A 
CHEM 103Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)3A3
CHEM 104Chemistry in Context Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
FSHN 150Survey of Human Nutrition 3
HES 120Introduction to Health and Exercise Science 1
HES 145Health and Wellness 3
HES 232ATechniques of Teaching Physical Activity: Weight Training 1
HES 232B 1
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 125Numerical Trigonometry (GT-MA1)1B1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 30
ACT 205Fundamentals of Accounting 3
BMS 300Principles of Human Physiology 4
BUS 150 or CS 110Business Computing Concepts and Applications
Personal Computing
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
HES 207Anatomical Kinesiology 3
HES 2401First Aid and Emergency Care 2
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Select one of the following: 3
General Statistics  
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Introduction to Biostatistics  
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 30-31
CO 300 or JTC 300Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)
HES 340Exercise Prescription 1
HES 345Population Health and Disease Prevention 3
HES 356 3
HES 386A 2
HES 403Physiology of Exercise4B4
MKT 305Fundamentals of Marketing 3
MKT 320Integrated Marketing Communications 3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Electives 4-5
 Total Credits 29-30
HES 434Physical Activity Throughout the Lifespan 3
HES 4564A,4C3
HES 486BPracticum: Wellness Program Management 1-3
HES 4872Internship 15
Electives3 5-8
 Total Credits 29-32
 Program Total Credits: 120-121

Cardiac Care Internship Requirements2

Students enrolling in internships in cardiac care must take HES 420 prior to the internship. Students may use elective credits in the sophomore, junior, or senior year to do so. A minimum grade of B (3.00) is required in HES 420 prior to internship placement. 

HES 420Electrocardiography and Exercise Management3
It is recommended, but not required, that students enrolling in cardiac care internships take the following courses using elective credit from the sophomore, junior, or senior years.
BMS 420Cardiopulmonary Physiology3
BMS 450Pharmacology3

Students with current certification in Adult, Infant, and Child CPR; General First Aid; and AED may replace this course with 2 elective credits.


Students selecting an internship in cardiac care must take HES 420 prior to enrolling in the internship. See requirements and recommendations for cardiac care internships above.


Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120-121 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

The Major Completion Map for this concentration will be published in the 17-18 General Catalog. Students should consult with their Advisor or visit the Department for the current Major Completion Map requirements.