Health Promotion in HPHP at WSU

Welcome to the Homepage for the Health Promotion Program
in the
Department of Health Promotion & Human Performance.

What is Health Promotion
Health Promotion is an approach to health and wellness that focuses on improving peoples’ health status and quality of life through positive lifestyle habits and the regular use of healthy behaviors. The Health Promotion program teaches skills and provides training to prepare students to direct, create, and evaluate health education programs that promote wellness and prevent disease in a wide variety of settings. It also provides an excellent foundation in preparation for graduate school, employment and a student’s personal life.

The major purpose of professional preparation programs in Health Promotion is to prepare students for employment in programs that promote health and prevent disease. The academic programs are eclectic; that is, they represent an interdisciplinary approach that combines both the health sciences and the behavioral sciences into an applied discipline. The focus of all programs is to meet the competencies of the entry-level health educator as delineated by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. These skills include: needs assessment, program planning, implementation, evaluation and management of comprehensive programs.

What will I learn in the program?
Health Promotion students will learn all about wellness and how to help individuals and groups prevent disease, enhance their health, and improve their quality of life.

What are the employment opportunities in Health Promotion?
Health Promotion graduates provide expertise in positive behavior change & healthy lifestyles and promote health & wellness programs in community, corporate, clinical, non-profit, and educational settings. Specific job activities include health screening and assessment; health program planning and evaluation; and working with individuals and groups on such health-related topics as stress management, smoking cessation, nutrition & weight control, drugs & alcohol education, first aid, high-level wellness, and disease prevention.

Here's a video that a few of our superstar Health Promotion students made to introduce you to our program:

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