The Health Promotion major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements (pages xxx-xxx) and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours. Liberal Arts Core courses included in major program requirements are distinguished by italics.
Public health education promotes the health of the general public using a wide variety of methods in a wide variety of settings. This major helps students acquire the skills and abilities to develop, implement, and evaluate health education programs. Our curriculum is tailored to meet national competencies for health educators. A degree in health promotion prepares students to sit for the National Certified Health Education Specialist exam (CHES).
A student declaring a major in Health Promotion will be required to have sophomore standing and a minimum GPA of 2.50 for all courses whether taken at UNI or transferred from other institutions. A minimum 2.50 GPA will be required for admission to 410:168 Field Experience in Health Promotion. To graduate with a major in Health Promotion a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all course work taken at UNI or transferred from another institution.
Required common core:
Choose one of the following 4 options:
Option 1 (33 hours)
Option 2 (31 hours)
Option 3 (29-30 hours)
Option 4 (44-47 hours)
Total hours for option 1.....57 hours
Total hours for option 2.....55 hours
Total hours for option 3.....53-54 hours
Total hours for option 4.....68-71 hours
*This course has additional prerequisites as follows:
Option 1 - Health and Fitness Promotion (33 hours)
Option 2 - Women's Health (31 hours)
Required: (28 hours)
Electives: (3 hours from the following)
Health Promotion and Education: 410:125.
Leisure, Youth and Human Services: 430:151.
^These courses in Option 2 have additional prerequisites as follows:
Option 3 - Global Health and Health Disparities (29-30 hours)
Electives: (select 3 hours from the following):
Social Work: 450:163.
Communication Studies: 48C:151.
Option 4 - Science Intensive: Environmental Health (44-47 hours)
This interdisciplinary emphasis is recommended for students who wish to prepare for careers as environmental health professionals as it provides experiences in the sciences and health areas. It also provides preparation for post-graduate study in the field of environmental health or public health.
Required: (33-34 hours)
Electives: (select 11-13 hours from the following)
Chemistry and Biochemistry##: 860:132.
#These courses in Option 4 have additional prerequisites as follows:
##These courses can be satisfied with appropriate selection of courses for completing the Biology minor.