Health Promotion and Education Quick Facts
- What is unique about the BW's Academic Program in Health Promotion and Education?
The major program is very comprehensive, particularly for a small college. Students complete courses in personal and community health issues, nutrition, substance abuse, human sexuality education, consumer education, teaching strategies, fitness and health promotion program management. The major builds on foundational studies in the sciences particularly related to health education, such as anatomy, physiology, sociology, and psychology, and on the development of communication and presentation skills.
- Off-Campus Internships and Experiential Learning
Gaining pre-professional experience in health promotion and health education is often the key to a successful job search at graduation or for admittance to graduate school in a health-related field. Work experience, credit internships, and community outreach opportunities are available in a metropolitan area from a wide variety of public and private health agencies and human service agencies. The need is there and if students are willing to help meet the need, they can advance skills and build stronger resumes while actively contributing to programs of health promotion and education.
- Get Involved on Campus
Students studying health promotion and education can gain valuable experience in educating others about health and wellness through participation in several student organizations on the BW campus. Certified Peer Educators is a group of students who educate their peers on alcohol and drinking related issues. This program is under the direction of the Center for Alcohol and Related Issues Education (CARE), a student-driven resource where educational activities are designed to promote the health and well-being of all BW students. Students can also practice health promotion through involvement with Students for Environmental Awareness, the BW Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, or through the Office of Community Outreach, providing hands-on experience in serving people with special needs. HPE Division student organizations related to pre-physical therapy, exercise science, and lifespan wellness also focus on many health related topics and career exploration.
- Other Tips for Students Interested in Health Promotion and Education
Many students complete a double-major by combining their studies in health promotion and education with a second major related to their particular interests in wellness and their goals for professional involvement in health education. Commonly selected majors and/or minors include Exercise Science, Psychology, Sociology, Communications, and Business. Most students planning to teach health in the schools also complete a major in physical education, therefore achieving licensure to teach in both fields.