We're so glad you want to know more about us!
The Department of Health Promotion is an integral part of EIU. We embody the mission of the University: our focus is on our students. Our faculty has over 200 years of combined experience, and we are dedicated to preparing out students for a variety of challenging and rewarding professions in the areas of Community Health Education, Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness, and Health Administration.
We are excited about the new interdisciplinary major in Health Communication, a joint effort with the Department of Communication Studies and an outgrowth of our interdisciplinary minor in Health Communication. Starting in Fall 2017, EIU students will have the opportunity to be a part of the only undergraduate major in Health Communication in the Midwest.
Our online Master's degree in Health Promotion and Leadership is not quite a year old and is already experiencing significant growth and high demand. We are currently exploring ways to expand our offerings to cohorts on-site at health care facilities and also to on-campus students who need face-to-face delivery rather than online courses.
In addition to a strong student focus in the classroom, our faculty are actively involved in research, publishing and presenting at regional and national conferences -- as well as finding ways to engage our students in research. Every year, our students present original research at local, regional, and national conferences, mentored by our faculty. Each spring, we take a team of students to the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) conference to compete in the National Undergraduate Case Study Competition.
The Department commits time and resources to making sure our students have the experiences as undergraduates that make them better candidates for jobs and graduate school. Our alumni are professionals in their fields.
Close student-faculty interactions are the hallmark of our Department. It doesn't matter how long it has been since a student has graduated -- once a Department of Health Promotion student, ALWAYS a Department of Health Promotion student. Faculty routinely serve as references for alumni as they apply for jobs or graduate programs. Even better is when we can work with alumni as colleagues. Many of our student's internship supervisors are alumni of our program. Even some of our faculty are alumni.
Want to know more? Feel free to contact any of the faculty with questions.
Not sure where to start? Feel free to email me. I'll be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with someone in the Department who can.
Dr. Julie Dietz