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The Health Promotion Degree prepares graduates to function as successful professionals in community health and public health settings as health education specialists. Health education specialists work in a variety of settings such as community,public health departments, private business, and schools. Students complete a common core of courses in Health Promotion and then select a minor in Community Health, Nutrition, Education, or another approved areas. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad general-educational foundation as well as the basic skills, experiences, and professional competencies specific to the practice of health promotion/education. Graduates of this 120-semester hour program function in planning, implementing, evaluating, and administering health promotion and health education strategies, interventions and programs. The curriculum renders the graduate eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) national examination for certification. 

The Bachelor of Health Promotion with a minor in Community Health program includes a practicum component. Students who participate in internships with agencies or school districts requiring background checks must successfully pass background checks in order to complete program requirements.

All undergraduate students majoring in Health Promotion must obtain a minimum grade of C in all HSCI courses in order to graduate. Students who do not meet this requirement must retake the courses and achieve a minimum grade of “C.”

Transfer Students

Certified Allied Health professionals should see the Department Chair for a degree plan. Students can receive transfer credit for up to 62 semester hours earned in the student’s associate degree program. Professional foundation courses can account for up to 24 semester hours of this total transfer.

Concentrations

  • All-Levels Health Education

Degree Plan

BS in Health Promotions

Minor Required
This program requires the selection of a minor.18
Designated Core
MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I (C)3
or MATH 1411 Calculus I
or MATH 1508 Precalculus (C)
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I C
4
BIOL 2311
BIOL 2111
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C) C
4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Health Promotion Prerequisites
Required Courses:
BIOL 2313
BIOL 2113
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
4
CHEM 1407Introductory Chemistry (C)4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
RWS 3359Technical Writing3
Professional Courses (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
HSCI 1301Fnd. of Hlth Sci. & Hlth Promo3
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
HSCI 3301Community Health3
HSCI 3306Environmental Health3
HSCI 3308Disease Char'tic/Prevnt/Contrl3
HSCI 3311Introduction to Epidemiology3
HSCI 3312Theories & Meth of Hlth Behav3
HSCI 3315Resrch For The Health Prof3
HSCI 4307Hlth Promo Plan & Implement3
Electives
Select 9 hours from the following:9
Wellness Dynamics
First Aid & Safety Practices
Computer Syst for Hlth Profess
Current Health Issues & Prob
Health Perspectives in Aging
Substance Abuse
Death, Dying and Bereavement
Community Nutrition
Occupational Health & Safety
Selected Topics in HSCI
Teach Hlth in Secondary Schl
Family Life & Human Sexuality
Health Cnrns of Preadol & Adol
Independent Study in Health
Select 8 hours of upper-division courses in any discipline.8
Total Hours120

BS in Health Promotions with a Concentration in All-Levels Education

GPA for Certification
This degree plan prepares students for teacher certification in the State of Texas. Although a 2.0 GPA is required to earn a degree from UTEP, the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) requires a 2.5 GPA to become certified to teach in the State of Texas. For additional information, please contact your advisor.
Background Check Required
A complete background check is required of all students who wish to receive teacher certification in the State of Texas. Students will be required to pass a background check before certification will be conferred by the State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).
Designated Core
MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I (C)3
or MATH 1411 Calculus I
or MATH 1508 Precalculus (C)
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I
4
BIOL 2311
BIOL 2111
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Health Promotion Prerequisites
Required Courses:
BIOL 2313
BIOL 2113
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
RWS 3359Technical Writing3
CHEM 1407Introductory Chemistry (C)4
Health Promotion Core (Edu)
Health Promotion Professional Courses:
Required Courses:31
HSCI 1301Fnd. of Hlth Sci. & Hlth Promo3
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
HSCI 3301Community Health3
HSCI 3305Substance Abuse3
HSCI 3306Environmental Health3
HSCI 3308Disease Char'tic/Prevnt/Contrl3
HSCI 3311Introduction to Epidemiology3
HSCI 3312Theories & Meth of Hlth Behav3
HSCI 4101Health Ed Elem Schl Teach Lab1
HSCI 4303Family Life & Human Sexuality3
HSCI 4301Teach Hlth in Secondary Schl3
Health Promotion Professional Course Menu Items:3
Select one of the following:3
Wellness Dynamics
First Aid & Safety Practices
Computer Syst for Hlth Profess
Current Health Issues & Prob
Health Perspectives in Aging
Death, Dying and Bereavement
Resrch For The Health Prof
Community Nutrition
Selected Topics in HSCI
Public Health Administration
Health Cnrns of Preadol & Adol
Hlth Promo Plan & Implement
Independent Study in Health
Program Eval in Health Science
Community Health Education
Grant Writing in Hlth Profess
Select ten hours of upper-division courses in any discipline.10
All-Levels Education Minor
Required Courses:
EDPC 3300Developmental Variations 13
RED 3342Content Area Literacy3
SCED 3311Curriculum Plan-Secondary Schl3
SCED 3317Multicultural Ed in Sec School 23
TED 4698Student Teach: All-Levels PE 26
Total Hours120
 
BS in Health Promotions with Nutrition Minor 
Designated Core
MATH 1320Math for Social Sciences I (C)3
or MATH 1411 Calculus I
or MATH 1508 Precalculus (C)
BIOL 1305
BIOL 1107
General Biology
and Topics in Study of Life I C
4
BIOL 2311
BIOL 2111
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C) C
4
University Core Curriculum
Complete the University Core Curriculum requirements.42
Health Promotion Prerequisites
Required Courses:
BIOL 2313
BIOL 2113
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
and Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
4
CHEM 1407Introductory Chemistry (C)4
PSYC 1303Statistical Methods3
RWS 3359Technical Writing3
Professional Courses (All courses require a grade of C or better.)
Required Courses:
HSCI 1301Fnd. of Hlth Sci. & Hlth Promo3
HSCI 2303Wellness Dynamics (Nutrition minor only)3
HSCI 3301Community Health3
HSCI 3305Substance Abuse3
HSCI 3306Environmental Health3
HSCI 3307Death, Dying and Bereavement3
HSCI 3308Disease Char'tic/Prevnt/Contrl3
HSCI 3311Introduction to Epidemiology3
HSCI 3315Resrch For The Health Prof3
HSCI 3317Occupational Health & Safety (Nutrition minor only)3
HSCI 4307Hlth Promo Plan & Implement3
HSCI 4309Program Eval in Health Science (Nutrition minor only)3
Nutrition Minor8
HSCI 2302Fundamentals of Nutrition3
HSCI 3312Theories & Meth of Hlth Behav3
HSCI 3316Community Nutrition3
HSCI 3322Sports Nutrition3
HSCI 3323Nutrition Thru the Life Cycle3
HSCI 4322Nutritional Assesment3
Select 8 hours of upper-division courses in any discipline.8
Total Hours120
 

University Core Curriculum

NOTE: The department may make specific suggestions for courses which are most applicable towards your major.

Psychology and Criminal Justice majors and minors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

Business majors are required to take MATH 1320 Math for Social Sciences I (C) or a higher level Calculus course.

NOTE: All courses require a C or better

Communication

Select six hours of the following: (Note: ESL students should take ESOL 1300 & ESOL 13126
Written and Oral Communication
Writing About Literature
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition 2
Rhetoric, Composition & Comm
Expos Engl Compos-Spkr Esl (C) 1
Res & Crit Writng Spkr Esl (C) 1
Total Hours6
 
 

American History

Required Courses:
HIST 1301History of U.S. to 1865 (C)3
HIST 1302History of U.S. Since 1865 (C)3
Total Hours6

Language, Philosophy & Culture 

Select one of the following:3
English Literature (C)
English Literature (C)
Intro to American Fiction (C)
Intro to American Drama (C)
Intro to American Poetry (C)
Making of the "Other" Americas
World History to 1500 (C)
World History Since 1500 (C)
Introduction to Philosophy (C)
Ethics (C)
Introduct to Religious Studies
Seeing & Naming: Conversations
Introduction to Womens Studies
Global Feminisms
Total Hours3

Mathematics 

Select one of the following:3
Math in the Modern World (C)
Math for Social Sciences I (C)
Calculus I
Calculus I - Part A
Calculus I - Part B
Calculus I - Part C
Precalculus (C)
Pre-calculus - Part A
Pre-calculus - Part B
Pre-calculus - Part C
Math for Social Sciences II
Descriptive & Inferential Stat
Elementary Statistical Methods
Total Hours3

Life & Physical Sciences - Lab 

Select one of the following:1-4
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours1-4

Life and Physical Sciences 

A minimum of two semesters of lecture and one semester of laboratory associated with one of the courses, or two semesters of combined (3 credit) lecture-laboratory courses (Only six hours apply toward the required 42.) 

Select six hours of the following: 16
Astronomy Lab I (C)
Elem Astronomy-Solar System(C)
Elem Astr Stars & Galaxies (C)
Introductory Biology Lab (C)
Human Biology Laboratory (C)
Topics in Study of Life I
Organismal Biology Laboratory
Introductory Biology
Human Biology (C)
General Biology
Organismal Biology
Human Anat/Physio Lab I (C)
Human Anat/Physio Lab II (C)
Human Anat/Physiology I (C)
Human Anat/Physiology II (C)
Laboratory for CHEM 1305
Laboratory for CHEM 1306
General Chemistry
General Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Introductory Chemistry (C)
Environmental Sci. Lab (C)
Non-major Lab for ESCI 1301
Intro to Environmental Sci (C)
Laboratory for GEOG 1306 (C)
Physical Geography (C)
Lab for GEOL 1313 (C)
Lab for GEOL 1314 (C)
Principles of Earth Sci - Lab
Laboratory for Geology 1212
Principles of Earth Sciences
Principles of Earth Science
The Blue Planet
Natural Hazards
Intro to Physical Geology (C)
Intro to Historical Geol (C)
Fundamentals of Nutrition
Wellness Dynamics
Microorganisms and Disease
General Physics I (C)
General Physics II (C)
Introductory Mechanics
Introductory Electromagnetism
Total Hours6

Political Science 

Required Courses:
POLS 2310Introduction to Politics (C)3
POLS 2311American Gover & Politics (C)3
Total Hours6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Select one of the following:3
Intro-Phys Anth/Archeolog (C)
Intro-Cultural Anthropology(C)
Cultural Geography
Intro to Linguistics (C)
Econ for Engrs & Scientists
Interpersonal Communication
Mass Media and Society
Principles of Economics (C)
Principles of Economics (C)
Introduction to Ed Psychology
Action Research in Classrooms
Introduction to Linguistics(C)
Cultural Geography (C)
An Intro. to Linguistics (C)
Lang. Inside & Out: Sel Topics
Introduction to Psychology (C)
Introduction to Sociology (C)
Cultural Geography
Total Hours3

 Creative Arts

Select one of the following:3
Art Appreciation (C)
History of Art I (C)
History of Art II (C)
Dance Appreciation (C)
Intro-Art of Motion Pict. (C)
Intro to Music History
Music Appreciation (C)
Jazz to Rock (C)
Introduction to Theatre (C)
Total Hours3

Component Area Option

Select two of the following:6
Intro to Global Business
Public Speaking (C)
Business/Profession Comm (C)
Intro-Computational Thinking
Computer Programming Sci/Engr
Inquiry in Math & Science
Seminar/Critical Inquiry (C)
Total Hours6