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The Health Promotion specialization of North Dakota State University’s Master of Public Health program prepares health professionals to be public health leaders working in a variety of settings.

Based on a socio-ecological model of health, the Health Promotion specialization explores contemporary health promotion at individual, group, organization, community, and population levels.  Core study concepts include foundations, values and principles of health promotion; assessing health needs; planning, implementing, and evaluating programs; policies, systems, and environments to promote healthy behaviors; leadership and advocacy for health in a variety of settings.

Faculty teaching in this specialization has expertise in several areas of health promotion including nutrition, physical activity, obesity, substance abuse prevention, community organizing and Extension education, community food systems, and chronic disease management.

The Health Promotion specialization is appropriate for health educators, community health educators, exercise scientists, dietitians, Extension education professionals, health care and social service professionals, and any other professional who desires to learn how to improve the health and well-being of populations. Upon completion of the MPH-Health Promotion Specialization, students will be eligible and encouraged to take the certification examination for Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Admission into the Health Promotion specialization requires sufficient background in health and/or social services and health education as evidenced by academic course work, work experience or a combination of both. Applicants should address relevant background in their letter of application.

Required Courses

Credit Hours

HNES 721: Health Promotion Programming 
HNES 725: Promoting Health through Policy, Systems, and Environment
HNES 727: Physical Activity Epidemiology
HNES 745: Community Health Leadership
HNES 724: Nutrition Education or HNES 726: Nutrition in Wellness 
(the course not chosen can be used as an elective to meet the required 18 credits)


Elective Courses
And choose 3 credits from the list of courses on the Program Electives page

Health Promotion Sample Full-Time Plan of Study 2014-16
Health Education Specialist: Promoting a Healthy World







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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 9:04:39 AM