Health Promotion

Contact Information

phone: (716) 566-7841


Stephanie Malinenko
(716) 566-7841

Degrees Offered


Program Mission and Description

The B.S. in Health Promotion program has as its primary educational mission to ensure that our graduates have a life-long commitment to promoting health and wellness in diverse communities with an integrative approach to healthcare and disease prevention. This undergraduate program provides a combination of contemporary studies in health-related areas, comprehensive liberal arts, and foundational behavioral, social and natural science course work directed toward development of a graduate committed to healthcare, prevention and wellness, and health management through life-long personal and professional growth.

Students select coursework within each of these core areas that will meet their desired career goals with professional training concentrations available in Community Health (specializations offered in Education, Administration, or Community Health Principles) or Health and Fitness. This multi-faceted Bachelor of Science program provides students with a strong background in physiological, psychological, sociological, behavioral, and business aspects of health and healthcare. Students learn through service and the program culminates in a professional development course or internship in their particular area of interest.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion program may enter directly into health related career paths or pursue admission to graduate or other degree programs in many professional disciplines such as community or public health, health administration, athletic training, exercise science, allied health programs, or holistic programs such as chiropractics or acupuncture.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion may also be completed as a combined degree with the Master of Public Health (specialization in Community Health) or the Master of Science in Athletic Training (specialization in Health and Fitness). Students who qualify for these programs will complete specializations within the Health Promotion program before moving on to the graduate program. See the Public Health and Athletic Training sections  of the Graduate and Undergraduate Catalogs, respectively, for program details.

Student Learning Objectives
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

1.Theoretical Foundations
     a. Identify critical behavioral theories, models and principles, and apply to health     promotion, wellness and / or the prevention of injury and disease.
     b. Identify the social determinants and influencers of health.

2.Content Knowledge
     a. Apply principles of social and natural sciences to health promotion, health  management, or the prevention of disease or injury.
     b. Explain the intersectionality of environmental, social, economic, behavioral, biological, and political factors influencing health and identify factors for change.

3.Practical Skills
     a.  Identify and use scholarly evidence to synthesize and analyze health related issues.
     b.  Demonstrate ability in communicating discipline specific knowledge and research   findings both orally and in writing.
     c. Demonstrate ability in working with others as a member of a team to produce and deliver quality projects.
     d. Specific to Health & Fitness: Demonstrate competence in assessing movement, performance, and physical fitness and use that information to create appropriate  exercise plans for a variety of populations.

4.Professional Development
     a. Promote health equity across diverse populations.
     b. Identify ethical principles that guide health promotion practice.
     c. As available, apply knowledge, skills and professional behaviors in a community-based internship or similar experience in an appropriate health related setting.