Designed for students who are interested in worksite/employee health promotion programs. Increasingly, worksites hiring health promotion majors include hospitals, universities, non-profit and for-profit health and fitness organizations. Controlling health care costs is becoming an important motivator for worksites to implement health and fitness programming for employees.
Sex and gender are important factors in the prevention and treatment of illness and disease. Women are the largest consumers of health care as well as health products and services. Graduates have found work in various settings, such as hospitals, state and local Public Health Departments, nonprofit agencies, and health/wellness centers.
Global Health/Health Disparities
Graduates from this field find employment as public health specialists, focusing on the needs of immigrants, refugees, minorities, rural farm families, and other diverse and underserved populations. This emphasis provides a strong focus on service learning projects, preparing graduates to work in government programs such as nonprofit agencies, public health departments, hospitals, and clinics.
The future holds tremendous opportunities for graduates of this field. Environmental health specialists study how various factors in the environment impact human health, with particular attention paid to air, food and water quality. Students interested in this area will take courses in health promotion, environmental health, and the basic sciences.
Our school health major and minor program provides professional preparation for teaching majors who seek endorsement for teaching health education through the Iowa Department of Education. A minor in school health education is particularly attractive for coaching or physical education teaching majors who are looking to broaden their marketability.