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BS in Health Promotion

The BS in Health Promotion provides rigorous academic preparation in scientific and clinical knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, exercise physiology, and health psychology combined with the aspect of health promotion communication and programming. 

The program includes course work from the Departments of Biology and Psychology along with a capstone internship experience. 

Experiential learning opportunities are available at:

  • Federal government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Corporations involved with health, education, and physical activity. 

This curriculum prepares students for a health promotion position in a corporate, community, commercial, or school environment, or for graduate work in health-related fields. 

Admission to the Program


  • Grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale) after the freshman year and departmental approval.
  • Transfer applicants-Must meet university requirements and should have maintained a minimum grade point average of 2.70 (on a 4.00 scale).
  • Students with a grade point average between 2.50 and 2.70 may be formally admitted to the major after completion of 15 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 3.00. 

University Requirements for Degree Completion

  • A total of 120 credit hours 
  • 6 credit hours of college writing 
  • 3 credit hours of college mathematics or the equivalent by examination 


  • 58 credit hours with grades of C or better

General Education Requirements

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of
    the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and
    Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same

Course Requirements

  • BIO-110 General Biology I (4) 
  • BIO-372 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
  • BIO-373 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4) 
  • HFIT-205 Introduction to Nutrition (3) 
  • HFIT-240 Introduction to Health Promotion (3) 
  • HFIT-245 Multicultural Health (3) 
  • HFIT-250 Strategies in Stress Management (3) 
  • HFIT-325 Exercise Physiology (3) 
  • HFIT-335 Health Promotion Program Planning (3) 
  • HFIT-410 Health Promotion Management (3) 
  • HFIT-488 Senior Seminar (3) 
  • HFIT-491 Internship in Health Promotion (3)
  • HFIT-540 Health Communication (3) 
  • PSYC-105 Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior (3) 
  • PSYC-333 Health Psychology (3) 
  • STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) 
  • 6 credit hours in a concentration from the following or with approval of academic advisor:
    Allied Health
    Health Promotion

University Honors Program

To graduate with University Honors, students must be admitted to the University Honors Program, maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50, and receive grades of B or better in all University Honors course work. There are three levels of University Honors course requirements: Level I (100-200-level); Level II (300-level and above); and Level III (Honors Capstone Project). The department Honors coordinator advises students in the University Honors Program regarding requirements for graduating with University Honors in the major. For more information, go to the University Honors Program.


Combined BS in Health Promotion and MS in Health Promotion Management

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program completed within 5 to 5 1/2 years.

Undergraduate students may complete up to 12 credits required for the graduate degree that may be applied for both degree programs. Bachelor’s/master’s students must complete at least 18 credit hours at the graduate level after the bachelor’s degree is earned and maintain continuous, sequential enrollment in the two programs. 

This program allows qualified students to earn both a BS in Health Promotion and an MS in Health Promotion Management. 


  • Grade Point Average of 3.00 or higher
  • Students must meet and discuss their interest in the program with the BS in Health Promotion academic advisor before submitting a formal application.
  • The application to the MS in Health Promotion Management program should be completed before the fall semester of senior year. 
  • All requirements for the BS in Health Promotion 
  • Undergraduate students may apply up to 12 credit hours of approved graduate-level course work to satisfy the requirements for both degrees. 
  • All requirements for the MS in Health Promotion Management, including a minimum of 18 credit hours completed in graduate status after the undergraduate degree has been awarded.
  • Students must finish the master’s degree requirements within three years from the date of first enrollment in the master’s program.