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Health Promotion | What Is Health Promotion?

Health promotion students

Health Promotion is the science and art of helping people, organizations, and communities change lifestyle behaviors to move toward a state of improved health resulting in decreases in chronic disease and health care costs. To accomplish this objective, students learn the science of health through the study of nutrition, biology, anatomy and physiology, and psychology combined with program planning for health promotion by learning how to assess, implement, and evaluate programs that effectively achieve the outcome of improved health.

Are you interested in:

  • Establishing and managing wellness programs for employees and their families?
  • Developing effective media campaigns for emerging health issues?
  • Helping clients achieve fitness and nutrition goals?
  • Researching health policy and establishing state and national programs?
  • Integrating health promotion and disease management activities into the healthcare system?
  • Insituting innovative community-outreach programs?
  • Advocating for health issues and promoting wellness in communities?

Family Values Worth Cherishing

Larissa Gerstel

The legacy of Larissa Gerstel, SETH/BA '00, stays alive through her relatives, inspiring future generations at AU.

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Running for Life

Matt Barresi on AU track

Health promotion specialist Matthew Barresi helps faculty and staff meet fitness goals.

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Contact Us

We welcome you to phone, email, or request a personal interview to learn more about our program.

Health Promotion
Phone: 202-885-6254
Fax: 202-885-1187
healthfitness@american.edu

The Health Promotion Management Program won the National Wellness Institute's Distinguished Academic Program Award. The purpose of the award is is to recognize outstanding academic health promotion/wellness programs that consistently produce high-quality graduates ready to implement wellness programs into a variety of work sites. Additionally its purpose is to reward university programs that meet or exceed national accreditation standards for wellness education.

Community Voices for Health

Kelly Miller Middle School students participate in Community Voices for Health

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