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Health Promotion | Graduate Program

Welcome Message from the Director

Are you interested in:

  • Developing effective media campaigns for emerging health issues?
  • Researching health policy and establishing state and national programs?
  • Integrating health promotion and disease management activities into the health-care system?

Tomorrow's leaders in health promotion are being educated at American University today. The Health Promotion Program has been in existence for 30 years. We are proud to say that the department has over 400 graduates in six countries and continues to educate the best and the brightest in the field. The department joins our affiliate, the National Center for Health Fitness (NCHF) in defining health and embarking on health promotion activities.

The NCHF was organized to provide leadership for the nation in the area of health risk identification and life-style improvement. The NCHF seeks to stay abreast of the growing and changing needs of the health fitness profession, to stay at the forefront of the nation's health fitness issues, and to maintain its leadership position as the premiere health and fitness academic center. We have the capacity to control our health to a great degree.

At the program and the center, we define health as not merely the absence of disease, but rather as the optimal level of physical, mental, social and spiritual well being. This is the objective of health promotion. Through lifestyle everyone has the potential to achieve an optimal level of wellness. We are dedicated to providing the leadership, education, training and research necessary for people to improve their total wellness and quality of life. We hope that you will join us in our mission to continue to be on the cutting edge of health promotion.

Dr. Stacey Snelling
Director, Health Promotion Program

As a graduate student, we welcome you to phone, email, or request a personal interview to learn more about our program.

Phone: 202-885-6254
Fax: 202-885-1187
E-mail: healthfitness@american.edu


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