HEALTH PROMOTION & WORKSITE WELLNESS SPECIALIZATION (M.S.)
The emerging field of Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness focuses on issues related to the effects of physical activity (and inactivity), nutrition, obesity and metabolic irregularities and their relationship to disease prevention, health promotion, and wellness enhancement. Many of the health problems we face today require a multifaceted approach, and this specialization provides students with the necessary tools to formulate and implement important solutions to improve overall healh.
With an ever-increasing trend toward healthy lifestyles, this specialization offers students the opportunity to focus on health education within the community and the workplace. Organizations are recognizing the value in assisting employees in staying healthy and fit and lowering stress levels. The Health Promotion degree is designed to focus on the social and psychological sphere of health education. Students will explore topics related to individual and group behaviors, and learn techniques to apply health promotion knowledge to diverse populations.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE M.S. IN HEALTH PROMOTION
The Health Promotion degree at the University of West Florida Usha Kundu, MD College of Health provides students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to be leaders in the field of health promotion, prevention, and worksite wellness.
A Master of Science degree in Health Promotion prepares students to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles. Coursework reflects current professional standards and practices in the health promotion field. Coursework will prepare the student for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, a competency-based tool used to measure the possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists.
The Master’s degree in Health Promotion program is interdisciplinary and addresses the needs of students from a variety of academic backgrounds. A total of 39 semester hours are required for completion of this program. Electives allow students to further specialize their course of studies in areas of interest within this focus and are carefully chosen in conjunction with their advisor.
PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN HEALTH PROMOTION
- Health Educator/Specialist
- Director of Health Education/Promotion
- Health Education Program Coordinator
- College Health Educator
- Patient Educator
- Community Health Outreach Worker
- Health & Wellness Coordinator
- Community Partnership Director
- Community Resource Specialist
- Research Administrator
- Senior Project Associate
- Tobacco Control Specialist
- Sexuality Education Coordinator
- Substance Abuse Educator
- Stress Management Educator
Patsy Barrington, Ed.D. - Program Director
Sample Course Offerings:
- Philosophical Foundations of Health Education
- Health Education Program Planning & Evaluation
- Research Procedures
- Advanced Epidemiology
- Social Marketing in Health Education
- Research Seminar
- Current Issues Worksite Wellness
- Health Education & Interactive Technology
- Nutrition across the Lifecycle
See the Health Promotion requirements in the UWF catalog.