Your Future in Health Promotion

Health promotion professionals use behavioral and social science theories, leadership skills and health communication to implement health programs and improve individual wellness. These programs include creative activities for individuals, communities and workplaces.

The growing emphasis on personal responsibility coupled with rising health care costs has increased the demand for qualified professionals.

With a degree in health promotion, you could work in any health-related field or qualify for graduate study in a clinical field. Careers are available as a(n):

  • Health and fitness specialist
  • Health and wellness coordinator
  • Facilitator of a corporate wellness program
  • Health educator in multiple community or public health settings
  • Administrator of a community health program

What we offer

Our Health Promotion program teaches health principles that can assist individuals who desire to live a healthier lifestyle. The curriculum explores a wide range of areas including epidemiology, consumer health, community health and program planning. The program offers specific degree tracks in community health and corporate health.

Our curriculum is centered on the Seven Areas of Responsibility outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. This allows you to take the Certified Health Education Specialist exam and earn certification with a passing score. Many employers in health promotion and health education are encouraging and even requiring this certification.

You'll learn from faculty members recognized for their teaching, professional experience and research.

Many have earned honors from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and the American Academy of Health Behavior. Their areas of expertise include:

  • Chemical dependency
  • Corporate wellness
  • Epidemiology
  • Health promotion program planning
  • Human sexuality
  • Presentation skills

During the senior year of study, qualified students can apply to the UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth to pursue a master's degree in Public Health.

Several upper-level health classes can be taken as dual credit toward earning the master's degree. We offer several scholarships to help you pursue your degree. Information about these scholarships is available at our website.

The Pohl Recreation Center allows you to maintain a healthy lifestyle while pursuing your degree. It contains two swimming pools, a 14,500-square-foot weight room, walking and jogging track, aerobics rooms, climbing wall and courts for basketball, badminton and volleyball.

What to expect

Depending on the degree track, you'll complete 36 to 51 credit hours of health-related courses. The breakdown includes:

  • 17 credit hours of courses required of all health promotion majors
  • 51 credit hours of health promotion core courses
  • 12 credit hours in a minor area
  • Electives (chosen in consultation with your advisor)

An internship is required during the final semester of study. Students attend a mandatory internship meeting one semester prior to pursuing and fulfilling this requirement. They must also consult with their internship coordinator and an academic advisor.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan a class schedule each semester.

Faculty members are also available to all students and can address any concerns.