The BS in Health Promotion provides students with two options: Community Health, and Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness. If you are interested in Health Administration, check out the B.S. in Health Administration program. 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 - https://training.fema.gov/hiedu/collegelist/pubhealth/index.aspx - 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, Human Diseases, Research Methods, Disaster Preparedness, Health Care Delivery Systems, Epidemiology, Health Behaviors, Planning Health Programs, Health Administration.
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Completion time: 120 Credit Hours
Accreditation: The Community Health option is on of only 20 programs in the nation with SABPAC (SOPHE-AAHE Baccalaureate Approval Committee) approval.
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