Health Education & Promotion

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education & Promotion will become the next generation of public health educators, analysts and advocates. These graduates, capable of understanding the complexities of health and its impact on the entire social system, will be prepared to teach others about this importance.

These family life educators will educate the public, encourage healthy lifestyle changes, and enable individuals, families and communities to not only live longer, but to also enjoy a better quality of life and become more productive members of society.


Health Education & Promotion Program Highlights

  • Growing societal need for health educators
  • Prepare to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential exam.
  • Courses provide context for serving diverse audiences across the lifespan
  • Interdisciplinary approach to addressing health literacy and disparities
  • Career options include public health educator, health program coordinator or director of community health and wellness, among others
  • Focus on ethics

Partnership Organizations and Programs

  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • American Cancer Society
  • The National Kidney Foundation
  • Healthworks
  • Children’s Museum
  • Living Well Village
  • Carondelet YMCA
  • St. Louis County Health Department

View the Health Education & Promotion Student Handbook

Health Education & Promotion Course Samples

  • FCS 410

    Community Health

    4 credits

    Examines the historical and philosophical foundations central to current FCS public policy initiatives, and the role of professional advocacy in promoting the common good. Utilizing a contextual lens, students will explore and evaluate various types of advocacy and coalition building; strategies employed to promote individual, family, and community quality of life; and research and assessment approaches utilized to negotiate competing social values and resources. Advocacy plans that seek to empower others will be developed and executed.

  • FCS 119

    Essential Concepts for Health andFitness

    3 credits

    Introduction to health issues related to physical, psychological, and social well-being. The course allows students to learn and practice critical thinking skills important in the management of health and fitness.

  • FCS 232

    The Young Child

    3 credits

    Study of the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children ages three through eight. Course includes observations of preschool age children (30 clock hours in addition to the scheduled class meeting times).

Health Education & Promotion Career Opportunities

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