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Health Promotion

The Health Promotion specialization of NDSU’s Master of Public Health program prepares health professionals to be leaders in public health and to work in a variety of settings.

Using a socio-ecological model of health, this specialization explores contemporary health promotion for individuals, groups, organizations and communities. The fundamental concepts include foundations, values and principles of health promotion; assessing health needs; implementing and evaluating programs; and policies and systems to promote healthy behaviors. Students will learn how to advocate for health in a variety of settings.

Our faculty members have expertise in many areas, including nutrition, physical activity, obesity, substance abuse prevention, Extension education, community food systems and chronic disease management.

The Health Promotion specialization is appropriate for health educators, exercise scientists, dietitians, professionals in Extension education and social service, and others who want to learn how to improve the health and well-being of people.

Upon completion of the specialization, students are eligible and encouraged to take the certification examination to become a Certified for Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Admission into the Health Promotion specialization requires sufficient academic course work or experience in community health, health education or social services, or a combination. Applicants should address their education and work experience qualifications in their letter of application.

Students will take the required core Master of Public Health courses, including Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Leading and Managing Public Health Systems, Environmental Health, Health Care Delivery in the U.S., and Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health. In addition, students will be required to complete the Master of Public Health practicum and a master’s paper—each focused on Health Promotion. The 18-credit specialization curriculum is described below.


Required CoursesCredit Hours
HNES 721: Health Promotion Programming 3
HNES 725: Promoting Health through Policy, Systems, and Environment3
HNES 727: Physical Activity Epidemiology3
HNES 745: Community Health Leadership3
NURS 715: Advanced Community Assessment3
HNES 724: Nutrition Education 3

NDSU Health Promotion Faculty


  • Mary Larson, PhD, MPH, LRD, CDE, CHES




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