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Health Studies Mission Statement

The Department of Health Studies is dedicated to improving the health of communities by conducting research, teaching evidence-based practice, educating future health education/health promotion professionals, and developing leaders and scholars who translate research into practice. Through responsive, collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, students, alumni, schools, and populations, the department's purpose is to graduate professionals of high esteem who impact behavioral and social determinates of societal health.

What is Health Studies?

Our degrees prepare students to become Certified Health Education Specialists with the skills to direct, create, or evaluate health education programs that promote wellness and prevent disease. The curriculum centers around the Areas of Responsibility outlined by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and enables graduates of our program to sit for the CHES national certification exam as required for certification.  Many employers in the field of health promotion/health education are requiring this certification.

Most health educators work in medical care settings, colleges and universities, schools, public health departments, nonprofit organizations, and private business.

Career Options

  • Certified Health Educator
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Public Health Specialist
  • HIV Counselor/Outreach worker
  • Field Investigator/Epidemiologist
  • Health Teacher
  • District Health Education Coordinator
  • Campus Wellness Director
  • Health Services Coordinator
  • Research Assistant
  • Program Coordinator
  • Employee Wellness Specialist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Injury Prevention Specialist
  • Program Evaluator
  • Grant Writer
  • Patient Educator

Job Possibilities

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