Major in Health Education and Promotion

The field of Health Education and Promotion (HEP) explores the complexities of human behavior and identifies ways to promote healthy behaviors. Health Education and Promotion prepares students to educate and empower the public to understand their health, to make healthy choices, to improve their quality of life, and to reduce disease and disability. Health educators design, market, implement and/or evaluate health education and health promotion programs. The settings in which community health educators work include, but are not limited to health departments, voluntary health agencies, hospitals, universities, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and schools.

The Health Education and Promotion major gives students the foundation needed to be effective health professionals based on principles from the behavioral, biomedical and social sciences. Through coursework and a 12-unit internship, students will graduate with a solid foundation in a variety of health topic areas including public health, health education theory and practice, and program planning and evaluation.

Students in the Health Education and Promotion major must complete 64 units of required courses, 12 units of health electives, 14 units of electives in any discipline and University Core Requirements. The competency-based curriculum provides the content and practical experience to prepare you to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC.)

Internship/Capstone

The Health Education and Promotion Internship is a supervised integrative educational experience in a community setting and is the culmination of the student's study. As such all degree requirements must be successfully completed prior to the internship semester. Interns commit to a 15-week, 12-unit, full-time (approximately 40-hour work week) placement in a university approved setting and are supervised by a site Preceptor, and academically, by a Health Education and Promotion program faculty supervisor. No specific sites are guaranteed as the individual internship site has the right to accept or reject students based on a competitive interview.

Health Education and Promotion majors must complete 81 units of required courses (21 units of prerequisites, 48 units of professional courses, and a 12-unit internship).

Introductory Courses/Prerequisites
BIOL 191
191L
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONS [LAB]
4
CHEM 121
121L
ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LECTURE
and ALLIED HEALTH CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
BIOL 220ESSENTIALS OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY 14
PSYC 101INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY3
COMM 131PUBLIC SPEAKING3
PSYC 203HUMAN DEVELOPMENT3
or PSYC 201 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
or SCED 305 ADOLESCENT LEARNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND DIVERSITY
Professional Courses
HLTH 101WELLNESS FOR A DIVERSE SOCIETY3
HLTH 207HEALTH CARE IN THE U.S.3
HLTH 222FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH BEHAVIOR3
HLTH 310INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC HEALTH3
HLTH 311CHRONIC AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASE3
HLTH 315CURRICULUM AND PLANNING3
HLTH 402HEALTH COMMUNICATION3
HLTH 425INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
HLTH 430ORGANIZATION, IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT OF HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAMS3
HLTH 432MEASUREMENT AND EVALUATION IN HEALTH EDUCATION3
HLTH 435INTRODUCTION TO EPIDEMIOLOGY3
HLTH 451INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH3
Electives
Select minimum of four courses from the list below:12
EMC, FIRST AID AND SAFETY
INTERNATIONAL HEALTH
NUTRITION AND WEIGHT CONTROL FOR THE CONSUMER
MENTAL HEALTH, STRESS MANAGEMENT, AND CRISIS INTERVENTION
WOMEN'S HEALTH
SEXUALITY IN A DIVERSE SOCIETY
WEIGHT CONTROL: THEORY AND PRACTICE
NUTRITION FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
FOOD SAFETY SCIENCE
URBAN FOOD SYSTEMS
TEACHING ABOUT DRUGS AND SEX
DRUGS IN OUR CULTRE
VIOLENCE PREVENTION FOR HEALTH EDUCATORS
Internship
HLTH 422FIELD WORK IN COMMUNITY HEALTH12
Total Units81
1

The requirement of BIOL 220 may also be satisfied with successful completion of the following courses: BIOL 221, BIOL 221LBIOL 222 and BIOL 222L (8 units total). The BIOL 221/L and BIOL 222/L sequence is recommended for students planning for a clinical career path. 

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
BIOL 191
191L (Core 7)
4CHEM 121
121L (Core 8)
4
HLTH 101 (Core 11)3COMM 131 (Core 5)3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3HLTH 2223
Core 33PSYC 101 (Core 6)3
Elective3Core 2 (or Core 1)3
 16 16
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HLTH 2073PSYC 201, 203, or SCED 3053
BIOL 2204Core 43
HLTH 3103Core 123
Core 13 (recommended HLTH 220)3Required Elective3
Required Elective3Required Elective3
 16 15
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HLTH 3113HLTH 4023
HLTH 315 (Core 9)3HLTH 4323
HLTH 4513Core 13 or Elective3
Core 103Core 143
Required Elective3Required Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HLTH 4253HLTH 42212
HLTH 4303 
HLTH 4353 
Elective3 
Elective3 
 15 12
Total Units 120
  1. Using technology, students will identify, analyze and evaluate major and micro influences (e.g. demographic, social and political), and how these affect individual and population health behaviors and outcomes.
  2. Students will write clearly, logically and succinctly in standard professional prose with well-referenced developmental detail appropriately cited according to APA standards.
  3. Students will demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors in the field of health education exhibiting appropriate intrapersonal and interpersonal social skills with management, staff or students in ways that promote effective work and/or learning environments.