Health Education & Health Promotion Concentration

The health education and health promotion concentration in the Department of Health and Human Performance is designed for students who wish to promote, maintain, or improve the health of individuals, communities, and the nation.  There is currently an increased demand for qualified health professionals to help individuals and communities improve their health.  This degree prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.) examination, the standard credentialing examination for health educators.  This credential is often required or preferred of applicants for health promotion jobs in a variety of settings including: community organizations,health departments, worksites or hospitals.  The concentration prepares students to become entry-level health professionals, and prepares students for graduate study in health education, health promotion or public health.

Knowledge in health-related areas, such as substance use and abuse, nutrition, epidemiology, community health, health behavior change and program planning and evaluation will provide students with the background necessary for development of health promotion programs.  Additional coursework in diversity of health, international health, and other courses will also help prepare students forcareers in the field.

Undergraduate Program

Students are required to complete core curriculum requirements as determined by the department and major requirements for a total of 120 hours for the bachelor of science degree.

Students interested in transferring to Radford University in Physical and Health Education Teaching from VCCS are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Arts and Science including the following courses:

  • MATH 137 (MTH 158)
  • BIOL 105 (BIO 101)
  • PSYC 121 (PSY 200)
  • STAT 200 (MTH 157, 240 or 241)
  • HLTH 200 (HLT 116)