Health Education and Promotion - BS

Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services

About This Degree

The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education and Promotion prepares professionals to help individuals, groups, and communities to maintain or improve their health status.

What You Will Learn

Students gain a strong foundation in both the biological and social sciences.


Community Health:

This emphasis prepares students to work in clinical settings, nonprofit health entities, wellness centers, private industry, and federal, state, and local health organizations. Students learn to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate interventions aimed at protecting or improving the health of individuals, communities, and populations. Students in this emphasis are prepared to take the professional competency exam that leads to certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing.

Health Science:

This emphasis is for students who plan to pursue a form of advanced medical training and for students who are interested in working in a health or medical setting but are still exploring career options in those fields. In addition to a core of courses focused on health and wellness, this program gives students maximum flexibility to tailor their coursework to meet their specific career goals.


BS: Beaver, Bicknell, Blanding, Brigham City, Castle Dale, Cortez (CO), Delta, Ephraim, Junction, Kanab, Logan (Main Campus), Moab, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley, Nephi, Panguitch, Park City, Price (USU Eastern), Richfield, Roosevelt (Uintah Basin), Salt Lake, Tooele, Tremonton, Vernal (Uintah Basin), Wendover

Statewide Delivery

The Community Health emphasis is only available in Logan.

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Career And Outcomes

Career Opportunities

With a degree in health education and promotion, students may pursue careers in the following areas:

Community Health Emphasis: Students who graduate with the community health emphasis can pursue careers as health educators and consultants in a variety of settings. Community health professionals work to provide education to various groups and communities to prevent disease and promote healthy lifestyles. They may work as coordinators and educators for corporate health programs, provide individual consultation in clinical settings, or may develop and implement health programs for companies or nonprofit organizations.

Health Science Emphasis: Students who graduate with the health science emphasis pursue advanced medical training or find employment in a health or medical setting, such as working in a hospital, physician's office, or health insurance company.

This program allows students who are interested in some type of medical training the opportunity to customize their coursework to match their interests and the course requirements of advanced health or medical programs in medicine, podiatry, physical therapy, nursing, public health, physician assistant, and more.

There are many other health- and medical-related jobs available, and this emphasis allows students who know they are interested in the medical field a chance to explore career options beyond becoming a doctor or dentist.

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Raquel Friddle

Advisor - Main Campus
Office: HPER 122D
Phone: (435) 797-1278

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Admission Requirements

In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the health education and promotion program has additional requirements:

  • Freshmen: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission as health education and promotion majors.
  • Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors need a 2.75 GPA for admission.

International students have additional admissions requirements.

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