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Bachelor's Degree in Health Education and Health Promotion

Why Earn Your Health Education and Health Promotion Degree at Saint Leo University?

The Bachelor of Science (BS) Health Education and Health Promotion degree program is designed to prepare graduates for careers as health education specialists. The program prepares students with the foundation to design, implement, and evaluate interventions that advance the health of the community through application of evidence-based approaches within a Culture of Health framework.

The program design aligns with standards essential for entry-level health educators and positions graduates to pursue the voluntary national certification as Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

The degree will prepare students for careers in health education and health promotion in healthcare, government, university, business, community/non-profit, and school settings.

The health education and promotion degree program has an interdisciplinary focus on education and health promotion with a strong emphasis on teaching and learning best practices.

Learning Experience:
Campus
Est. Time to Complete:
4 years
Credit Hours:
120 hours

Undergraduate Health Promotion Program Details

The health promotion degree program prepares students with the foundation to design, implement, and evaluate interventions for advancing the health of communities by apply evidence-based approaches within the Culture of Health framework.

Learn Your Way: 
On Campus Experience

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Health promotion students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

What skills you will learn?

  • Advocate for health promotion in the role as health educator and resource person in support of a Culture of Health.
  • Apply evidence-based practices in assessing needs, resources, and capacity in planning, implementing, and evaluating health education and health promotion initiatives and programs.
  • Communicate with the desired audience to deliver health promotion messages incorporating principles of health literacy and developmentally and culturally appropriate information, learning strategies, teaching methods, and materials.
  • Advocate for personal, family, and community health and the health education profession.
  • Demonstrate professionalism consistent with the Saint Leo University Core Values while leading and managing health education and health promotion initiatives and programs.
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  • How will you gain real experience?

    The capstone experience and seminar focuses on synthesizing the knowledge base gained during coursework with the experiences of an applied project. Students work with faculty and a preceptor in a community agency to experience the health educator role. Students integrate prior learning and develop, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based project to help improve the health of a priority population. Topics related to planning for the student’s future career, professional development, and wellbeing are also addressed.

What can you do with an undergraduate health promotion degree?

The health promotion degree prepares students for careers in health education and health promotion in healthcare, government, university, business, community/non-profit, and school settings.

What are the top health promotion degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Health Services Managers 32% (Much faster than average) $104,280 per year $50.13 per hour
Nutritionists 11% (Faster than average) $63,090 per year $30.33 per hour
Community Health Workers 17% (Much faster than average) $48,140 per year $23.15 per hour

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

Where are Saint Leo health promotion graduates now? 

The health education and promotion degree program graduates work as health educators in non-profit, community, and health care institutions. Our health promotion degree also positions students with a desire to pursue an advanced degree.

College of Health Professions

  • College of Health Professions located in Benedictine Hall
  • In Saint Leo University’s College of Health Professions, health-minded students can earn a degree that prepares them for a variety of roles in health care fields that impact the health and well-being of our communities. Students can choose from our selection of bachelor’s degree programs in Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and Health Education and Health Promotion. Taught by highly experienced faculty, these programs help prepare students to improve the health and wellness of those around them through a variety of in-demand and rewarding roles.

    Our innovative degree programs infuse a Culture of Health framework, emphasizing a holistic approach to patient care and a focus on the mental health of those working in the field. Through interdisciplinary coursework, students gain the flexibility they need to explore different degree programs within the health profession before choosing their career path. This allows students to find the area of study that best meets their professional goals.

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