Health Promotion



University of Kentucky
100 Seaton Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0219
859 (UKY) 257-5826
Fax: 859 (UKY) 323-1090

Undergraduate Program in Health Promotion
(Health Education K-12)

Welcome to the webpage for the undergraduate program in Health Promotion. Our major program is designed for those interested in teaching school health education, going to graduate school in a health-related area, or seeking employment in a community health setting. The 30-hour major also requires students to complete one or more University-approved minors (18-21 hours). The KHP Department offers a double major (Kinesiology and Health Promotion) for students who are interested in teaching both Kinesiology and Health Promotion in schools. We have found that most school systems prefer to hire teachers who can teach both kinesiology and health education. Students who major in Health Promotion complete major courses within the department, along with a University approved minor, a program-related course sequence, and a professional education course sequence. Students must submit a formal application, interview, and be accepted into the KHP Department Teacher Education Program in Health Promotion (see link). Following completion of course work, students complete a semester of student teaching. After graduation, students with a major in Health Promotion with Rank III Teacher Certification can teach in schools, go to graduate school in a health-related area, or seek employment in other health-related careers.

Dr. Richard Riggs is chair of the Program Faculty in Health Promotion and teaches courses in school health education. Dr. Melody Noland, Dr. Stephanie Bennett and Dr. Kristen Mark also teach undergraduate school health education courses. Ms. Karen Guarnieri, a retired Fayette County public school teacher, teaches one course in school health education and supervises student teachers in Health Promotion.