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Health Promotion | Programs History

Overview of the Health Promotion Programs
The following health promotion programs are offered through the School of Education, Teaching, & Health under the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • BS in Health Promotion
  • Minor in Health Promotion
  • MS in Health Promotion Management
  • BS/MS combined 5-year program

The Health Promotion Program has a long history in health promotion and wellness. Founded in 1980, the program continues to train leaders in the field through its graduate degree in health fitness management. The graduate program has earned international recognition for its progressive health promotion curricula. The undergraduate program was founded in 1997 and has become a popular choice for students interested in pursuing a career in health and wellness. Today more than 400 graduates work throughout the world in a variety of health promotion positions. These graduates actively network through the annual alumni directory, providing internship opportunities to students and employment opportunities to graduates.

Research in the Health Promotion Programs
The faculty and professional staff of the Health Promotion Programs have been involved in research for the last thirty years. They were one of the first to have examined the relationship between participation in corporate health promotion and the costs associated with health care utilization, absenteeism, productivity, and health risks. Current faculty research interests include:

  • Evaluating school health policy and programs
  • Implementation of nutrition education programs
  • Worksite wellness programming
  • Educating parents on the importance of role modeling healthy behaviors for obesity prevention
  • Mindfulness Meditation and stress reduction with Veterans
  • Food and nutrition strategic initiatives

International Institute of Health Promotion Internship

The IIHP is a worldwide interdisciplinary network of prestigious institutions working in the health promotion field. The IIHP was formed in 1996 to serve as a global center for the development and advancement of health promotion policies, programs, services and research.

Internship opportunities abroad can be generated by contacting IIHP network members. Students can participate in international seminars, conferences or other special events on campus or in the city, and meet health promotion professionals from around the world. Students are welcome to visit the IIHP office and browse through the growing international collection of materials and/or talk with the Program Manager to learn more about what's going on outside of the U.S.

Contact Dr. Robert Karch at (202) 885-6285 to benefit from the IIHP activities and phenomenal global network.

Washington, DC
Our Washington, DC location puts the student within minutes of the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and National Library of Medicine as well as many nonprofit organizations, such as the American Heart Association.