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; the assessment of health needs; planning, implementing and evaluating efforts to promote healthy behaviors; and advocacy for health in a variety of settings.
Areas of expertise include nutrition, physical activity, systems/policy, obesity and substance abuse prevention. The Health Promotion specialization provides students with unique opportunities to study issues and concepts relevant to lifestyle behavior modification in the context of promoting health and preventing chronic disease.
Admission to 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.
HNES 721: Health Promotion Programming
HNES 652: Nutrition, Health and Aging