Health Education and Promotion

Bachelor of Science

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The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Promotion prepares professionals to help individuals, groups, and communities to maintain or improve their health status. Students gain a strong foundation in both the biological and social sciences.

For more information visit the USU Catalog or USU Degree Finder.


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Community Health

This emphasis prepares students to work in clinical settings, nonprofit health entities, wellness centers, private industry, and federal, state, and local health organizations. Students learn to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate interventions aimed at protecting or improving the health of individuals, communities, and populations. Students in this emphasis are prepared to take the professional competency exam that leads to certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing.

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Health Science

This emphasis is for students who plan to pursue a form of advanced medical training and for students who are interested in working in a health or medical setting but are still exploring career options in those fields. In addition to a core of courses focused on health and wellness, this program gives students maximum flexibility to tailor their coursework to meet their specific career goals.

Contact Information

Tom Dickey

Tom Dickey

Peer Advisor

Kinesiology and Health Science

Phone: 435-797-1278
Office Location: HPER 122
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Raquel Friddle

Raquel Friddle

Academic Advisor

Kinesiology and Health Science

Phone: 435-797-1278
Office Location: HPER 122D
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Program Director

Phillip Waite

Phillip Waite

Associate Professor

Kinesiology and Health Science

Phone: 435-797-7217
Office Location: HPER 140

Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the health education and promotion program has additional requirements:

Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission as health education and promotion majors.

Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.75 GPA for admission.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

Graduation Requirements

All graduates, regardless of the type of degree, must satisfy University Studies general education and depth education requirements.

  • Total credits: 120 credits minimum
  • Total credits C- or better: 100 credits
  • Upper-division credits (3000 level or above): 40 credits
  • USU credits (20 upper-division, 10 req. by major): 30 credits
  • USU gpa: 2.0 or better; Overall gpa: 2.75 or better

Program Requirements

There may be additional program requirements that students need to complete on a case-by-case basis. Meet with your advisor to discuss program requirements and your progress towards graduation.

Tracking Sheet - Community Health PDF

Tracking Sheet - Health Science PDF