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.

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.