Health Promotion

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The BS in Health Promotion provides students with three options: Community Health, Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness, and Health Administration. All Health Promotion majors complete an 8 semester hour, 320 clock hour internship in a workplace setting appropriate to their career goals.

The Department of Health Promotion includes dedicated academic advising for all students, an internship coordinator who facilitates internship identification, placement, and supervision, and faculty with interdisciplinary training grounded in practical experience. Faculty facilitate student research and supporting student professional development with their personal time and resources. Students present their research at University, regional, and national conferences. Each spring, the Department takes an undergraduate team to the SOPHE Undergraduate Case Study Competition at the national convention. Teams from EIU have won twice and placed twice in the 12 years since the competition began.

Community Health is an ideal option for students who want to work with individuals and communities to find ways to improve people’s health status. Students will be trained to evaluate and assess both individual and community health issues by examining risk factors, protective factors, available resources, community support for change, and characteristics of vulnerable populations. Students build on these analytical skills by developing program plans including assessment and evaluation components. Students in this option are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam in their last term of study.

Core courses in Community Health include: Personal Health, Community Health, Marketing Concepts, Research Methods, Health Care Delivery Systems, Epidemiology, Health Behaviors, Planning Health Programs, Health Administration, Applied Health Communication.

Elective courses include: Health Citizenship, Human Diseases, Human Sexuality, Women’s Health, Drugs and Society, Health and Aging, Disaster Preparedness.

Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness is a FEMA-approved program - - designed for primarily two groups of students: (1) students who are interested in working in emergency management, and (2) students interested in first responder professions which require a bachelor’s degree for career advancement (firefighter, paramedic, police).

Note: EIU does NOT offer Fire Science or Paramedic coursework, but the Department has an articulation agreement with Lake Land College Emergency Management Services for both Paramedical Services and Fire Science Technology.

Core courses in EMDP include: Community Health, Health Citizenship, Human Diseases, Marketing Concepts, Research Methods, Disaster Preparedness, Advanced Driving Maneuvers, Natural Disasters, Mitigation of Unintentional Injuries, Health Care Delivery Systems, Epidemiology, Health Behaviors, Planning Health Programs, Sociology of Disasters, Health Administration Drugs and Society

Health Administration is the best option for students who are more interested in the management and administration side of healthcare delivery. Typically, students enrolled in this option prefer to be making the decisions and implementing the processes that ensure direct care providers have all the necessary resources to do their jobs, rather than working directly with health-related clients. Students complete the Business Administration minor as part of their curriculum, which meets admissions requirements for most MBA programs. Students in this option are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam in their last term of study.

Core courses include: Personal Health, Community Health, Marketing Concepts, Research Methods, Health Care Delivery Systems, Epidemiology, Health Behaviors, Planning Health Programs, Health Administration.

Elective courses include: Health Citizenship, Human Diseases, Human Sexuality, Women’s Health, Drugs and Society, Health and Aging, Health and Humor, Disaster Preparedness.

Core courses in the Business Administration minor include: Financial Accounting, Survey of Finance, Principles of Marketing, Management and Organizational Behavior.

Elective courses in the minor include a selection of courses from the areas of Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Finance, Management Information Systems, Management, Marketing.


Community Health, Teacher Licensure 6-12, Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness (2 Year), Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness (4 Year), Health Administration

Hours Required


Graduate Degree Opportunities After Graduation

Masters in Community Health, Masters in Health Education, Masters in Public Health, Masters in Gerontology, Masters in Epidemiology, Masters in Family and Consumer Sciences, Masters in Environmental Health, Masters in Health Promotion and Leadership

Course Catalog Listing (Community Health Option) (Teacher Licensure Option) (Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness Option) (Health Administration Option)

Typical Starting Positions

Community Health Educator, Health Education Specialist, Health Educator, International HIV Specialist , Health Promotion Specialist, Health Counselor, Employee Wellness, Patient Advocate, Community Health Worker, Public Health Engineer, Biostatistician, Health Care Administrator, NGO Director, Health Service Manager, Hospital Administrator, Management Policy Advisor, Quality Control Officer, Quality Coordinator, Human Resources Manager, Emergency Management Coordinator, Risk Manager, Search & Rescue, Disaster Service Specialist, Public Health Preparedness Training & Exercise Coordinator, Fire Science Administration, Patient Advocate, Patient Services Coordinator, Healthcare Marketing/PR Specialist, Benefits Coordinator, Community Outreach Coordinator, Lobbyist, Health Education, Health Administration, Healthcare Recruiter.

Well Known Companies that Hire EIU Graduates

Provena, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, WebMD, Rileys Children's Hospital Indianapolis, Eastern Illinois University, Kaiser Permanente, St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, The JAM Brands, Allstate Well and Fitness Center, nFocus Software, Missouri Family Health Council, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Target, Carle Clinic Association, Carle Foundation Hospital, EngagementHealth, Quicken Loans, The Methodist Hospital System, HealthFitness, Absolute Consulting, KinderCare Learning Centers, PLNDR, Indiana Family and Social Services, Illinois Department of Public Health, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, Lake Land College, Riverside HealthCare, MillerCoors, NCSA Athletic Recruiting, PT Solutions Physical Therapy, NorthShore University Health System, Plastic Recovery Technologies, Introspect Youth Services Inc., Insight Behavioral Health Centers, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Systems, Hollister Incorporated, YMCA, Westgrove Vision Center, Illinois Coalition for Community Services, US Navy, UCHealth, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Avenues to Independence, MedPro Disposal, State Farm Insurance, Legacy Healthcare LLC, Riverside Healthcare, Bridgestone Retail Operations, COMDATA, UIUC, Maxim Healthcare Services, Sangamon County Public Health Dept., Relay for Life, Cerner Corporation, Harbor Light Hospice, Chiro One Wellness Centers, Loyola University Medical Center, BDI Playhouse Children's Therapy, Baxter Healthcare, AMICULUM USA, Captive Resources LLC, Social Solutions, Chamberlain College of Nursing, NFocus Software, Advocate Health Care, Cigna, Heartland Dental, State of Illinois, Stericycle-Shred It, Emergency Nurses Association, US Bank, Mid-Illinois Medical Care Associates, Continuum Clinical, Central Illinois Autism Therapeutic Services, Interactive Health Inc., Illinois Math and Science Academy, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Kansas State University, Madison County Health Dept., Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, North American Spine Society, QIAGEN, Wetherby Healthcare, Beloit Memorial Hospital, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Illiana Department of Veteran Affairs Health Care System, Loyola University Health System, Texam Health and Human Services Commission, Quicken Loans, Homewatch CareGivers, The Hartfod, Knowldege Universe, Portland State University, Aldi, University of Illinois Extension

Notable Graduates

Quincy Souza Suckow, Adam Karcz, LuAnn Leder Bennett, David Pankau, Victoria Garrison, Adrienne Coleman, Ericka Duncan, Carrie Jordan Kass

Study Abroad Opportunities

Students participate in both study abroad classes and internship opportunities.

Research Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to develop their own research agenda, and/or participate in research projects with faculty. Recent research projects include:

Osteoporosis Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes and Behavior

Sexual Harassment and Bullying in High Schools

Transgender Identification and Relationships Impact

Sleep Deprivation Among Emergency Medical Services Professionals

Sleep Hygiene and College Students

Student Professional Organizations

Eta Sigma Gamma Health Education Honorary:

Professional Development Opportunities

Attendance at state and national conferences including the Student Case Competition at SOPHE, and internships

Faculty Listing

Faculty Research Interests

substance abuse, aging, perceptions of personal responsibility, college student health, humor and health, adolescent health, crisis management, web-based interventions, behavior change, women's health issues, disaster preparedness, LGBT health issues, sexuality, body image

Faculty Honors & Awards

Achievement and Contribution Awards in Service, Teaching, Research, and Balanced areas; officers in national level professional organizations; research release time; student research faculty mentor awards at the University, state, and national level.

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