Program Overview

The Health Promotion 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. Melody Noland is chair of the Program Faculty in Health Promotion and teaches courses in school health education. Dr. Stephanie Bennett, Dr. Elizabeth Fettrow 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.

The Health Promotion program is approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Health Promotion (P-12)
Program Description (PDF)


Health Promotion Minor

The Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion also offers a minor in Health Promotion. More information about the program can be obtained on the Health Promotion Minor page.

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.

Tuition and Fees

For information regarding current program cost please refer to the UK Tuition and Fees page.

Refund Policies

You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.