Health Education and Health Promotion, BS

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The BS in health education and health promotion provides students a pathway to become a certified health education specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing ( Based on a random sample of community health job advertisements (September, 2017), health professionals with the CHES credential earn up to a 47 percent higher salary than health professionals without it.

The program provides professional preparation in population-based health education, including school and community health education. Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in health education and health promotion gain foundational knowledge in health promotion program planning, implementation and evaluation as well as in certified health education specialist competencies, and they learn about specific health education strategies for effectively delivering community and school health education. Students develop an understanding of various areas addressed by certified health education specialists, including injury prevention, violence prevention, substance abuse prevention, sexual health education, emotional health education, foundations of school health education, social media and marketing in health education, nutrition, physical activity, and stress for chronic disease prevention.

A Bachelor of Science (BS) in Health Education and Health Promotion (HEHP) from ASU is a professional, credentialed, and nationally-recognized degree that can lead to certification in the field of health promotion (Certified Health Education Specialist, CHES). The CHES is a globally-recognized credential for health educators.

Majoring in HEHP allows for a flexible career in a variety of health organizations, which gives students choice when they move into the workforce. HEHP courses emphasize project-based, experiential learning, which creates an engaging learning environment for students. Students also participate in real-world learning activities with others enrolled in our program, making HEHP an enjoyable learning community.

Program Information:

Degree Offered

Health Education and Health Promotion ( BS)
Health Solutions, College of

Downtown Phoenix, Havasu, Online

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Career Outlook

The rising cost of health care has increased the need for individuals with the skills and abilities to provide health education and health promotion programs. As health care costs continue to rise, insurance companies, employers and governments are attempting to find ways to curb costs. One of the more cost effective ways is to employ health education and health promotion professionals to teach people how to prevent disease and injury, live healthy lives and avoid costly treatments for illnesses. Health promotion professionals work in various environments based on the industry in which they are employed.

Undergraduates in this degree program often pursue careers in wellness and health promotion in such environments as:

  • colleges and universities
  • community health agencies
  • hospitals and medical facilities
  • insurance companies
  • private health care organizations
  • schools
  • state and county health departments
  • voluntary health organizations
  • wellness centers
  • work site wellness and health promotion

Students may also pursue further graduate study in such fields as:

  • health education
  • health promotion
  • health psychology
  • medicine and dentistry (with additional elective sciences)
  • public health
  • social work

Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 10.6%$81,630

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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