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)
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Health Promotion Minor
Health promotion is a process that enables individuals, groups, and communities to become empowered to take control of their health. This involves health education as well as many other ecological supports of health. The curriculum equips students with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds and prepares them to explore an interest area in health and wellness and/or enter a graduate degree program related to health promotion. Coursework completed in the health promotion minor includes topical health content areas, introduction to health education and health promotion, and program planning. These courses provide the successful student with a strong foundation for advanced studies in health promotion, and the ability to tie in health promotion concepts in their chosen career. The minor in health promotion is not a degree in health promotion, but it does allow the student to gain an in-depth understanding of the principles of health and well-being associated with health promotion, while simultaneously completing prerequisites necessary for admission into many related graduate programs.
The information for the Health Promotion Minor is contained in the information sheet shown below. The Declaration of Minor Application Form is also available below.