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Health Science

Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science

Health Promotion Concentration

Health Promotion Skill and Experience Development: 

Upon graduation, students with a concentration in health promotion will be prepared to assess health needs and resources, and plan, implement, and evaluate health programs in various health promotion settings, such as schools, public or community-based health, healthcare, and worksites. Through courses and key learning experiences such as internships and capstone or service-learning activities, students will build the skills necessary to promote evidence-based health research and programs, serve as a health education and promotion resource person, understand and adhere to ethical standards, and demonstrate leadership in the health education and promotion profession. Specifically, health promotion students will have the requisite courses to sit for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam (nchec.org). Those who are NCHEC-certified have achieved the national standard of practice, increasing their credibility and marketability.

The Need for Health Educators:  

The U.S. Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016) recognizes health educators as those who:

  • “provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles,
  • collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments, and
  • may serve as a resource to assist individuals, other health professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs. Excludes "Community Health Workers" (21-1094)” https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211091.htm

There are an estimated 57,570 health educators in the United States, and the field of health promotion and education is expected to grow 21% from 2012-2022, faster than the average for all occupations (U.S. Department of Labor, 2016). This is expected because of the need for primary prevention, or educating people to live healthier lifestyles to keep them from needing medical care or treatment for chronic diseases.

Graduates of Our Program:  

Students who have graduated with a B.S. Health Sciences in Health Promotion currently work for, or have worked for, the Indiana State Department of Health, various county health departments, such as the Marion, Carroll, and Tippecanoe County Health Departments, and several public non-profit organizations, like Four County Counseling Services

Graduate Profiles

Jessica Nordhoff, B.S. Health Sciences (Health Promotion), 2015

Jessica has put her Health Sciences degree to good use. Jessica has her dream job as a "Health Specialist II" for the HeadStart program in Anderson, Indiana, where she is responsible for the planning, implementation, and coordination of health, safety, and nutrition services for preschool children and their parents. Jessica says:

I enjoy the diversity in the work that I do, and what the Health Sciences degree has prepared me for. I am gaining experience in different aspects of the health field and it is very rewarding to know I am contributing to improving the health and well-being of young children.

She is making a real impact because research shows that preschool health pays off even into adulthood. Jessica also volunteers for the Komen Tissue Bank to help find a cure for breast cancer.

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Jessica Nordhoff (right) with Dr. Jessica Henderson (left) on graduation day

Last updated: 10/16/2017