Public Health Emphasis

If you are interested in helping communities promote healthy lifestyles, the public health emphasis is your introduction to the field of health education. Health educators plan, administer, and evaluate public health programs in diverse settings such as research institutions, health care facilities, community organizations, schools, and governmental agencies. The following courses are a part of the emphasis:

Undergraduate Public Health Emphasis Courses

HPR 231 Introduction to Health Education

3 Credits

This course is a foundational course designed to provide an introduction to health education and the health education profession. Health educators are often responsible for developing and implementing health education programs that aim to improve the quality of life of individuals and communities. The roles, responsibilities, skills, settings and professional networks of health educators will be reviewed in this course.

HPR 232 Community Health Promotion Methods

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the professional scope of entry-level health educator responsibilities. Students gain knowledge of organizational concepts, processes, skills, attitudes, and personal characteristics comprising the field of health education. The course content explores the theoretical and practical issues of the field of community health that enable students to identify and apply health education principles to health challenges facing individuals, groups, and communities.

HPR 303 Health Communications

3 Credits

Utilizing a multi-disciplinary approach, this course provides an introduction to the field of health communications, and explores how communications are utilized to influence and motivate individuals,institutional, government, and public audiences about important health issues and interventions.Students examine processes for creating clear, accurate, and appropriate health communications for a variety of target audiences. Case studies of health campaigns are integrated into the course.

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