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Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion

Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion Online


Program Overview

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ONLINE BACHELOR’S IN HEALTH PROMOTION PROGRAM


Earn your bachelor’s degree in a field that encourages you to inspire healthier lifestyles in your community. The 100% online Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion program shows you how to empower people to control—and ultimately improve—their health. You will develop the skills and competencies necessary to assess, plan, implement and evaluate effective health-related programs for individuals, governments and groups. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for a rewarding career in venues such as public health agencies, hospitals and medical clinics, worksite wellness departments, and voluntary agencies.

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The health promotion field handles the preventative side of wellbeing. Our coursework provides you with the skills to support positive physical, mental and environmental lifestyles through education-driven activities. Depending on your career goals, this degree equips you to mobilize a community’s resources to evaluate strategies for health improvement; create activities and incentives that encourage change in high-risk populations; design programs addressing nutrition, substance abuse prevention, stress management and smoking cessation; and develop health literacy in schools.

This well-rounded health promotion bachelor’s degree program explores various topics including sociology, medical terminology, sexual health, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, stress management, communication, and multicultural health. A capstone internship provides the opportunity to synthesize what you learn, giving you real-world experience so you graduate with resume-building, in-demand knowledge. This bachelor’s degree qualifies you to become a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Learn industry-relevant skills that employers seek:

  • Assess individuals and groups regarding views on health, nutrition, exercise and other factors that impact overall health
  • Develop and implement interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle for individuals and groups
  • Understand how to evaluate success of intervention plans
  • Inspire others to adapt a healthy living lifestyle

Prepare for a career in health promotion such as:

  • Health Educator
  • Community Health Educator
  • Rural Health Specialist
  • Health Coach
  • Public Health Educator

Projected Job Growth:

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for health education specialists and community health workers is slated to grow 17% from 2020-2030.

Burning Glass reports job growth for health educators/coaches is slated to grow almost 12% over the next 10 years in the AR/TN/MO/TX region.

Arkansas State offers a generous transfer credit policy.

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Tuition

Financial Aid Packages are Available to Those Who Qualify


A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The B.S. in Health Promotion online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $269
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Tuition Per Course $807

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The Schedule for Our Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion Program


Our B.S. in Health Promotion is a flexible online program featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

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Fall 2022 7 wk 08/23/2022 10/07/2022 08/08/2022 08/12/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 09/24/2022
7 wk 10/17/2022 12/09/2022 10/03/2022 10/07/2022 10/13/2022 10/14/2022 11/26/2022
Spring 2023 7 wk 01/10/2023 02/24/2023 12/14/2022 12/16/2022 01/05/2023 01/06/2023 02/10/2023
7 wk 03/06/2023 04/28/2023 02/20/2023 02/24/2023 03/02/2023 03/03/2023 04/15/2023
Summer 2023 5 wk 05/30/2023 06/30/2023 05/15/2023 05/19/2023 05/25/2023 05/26/2023 06/16/2023
5 wk 07/03/2023 08/04/2023 06/19/2023 06/23/2023 06/29/2023 06/30/2023 07/21/2023
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Admissions

FIND YOUR FIT IN OUR ONLINE HEALTH PROMOTION DEGREE PROGRAM


Arkansas State University has a streamlined admission process that makes it easy for you to enroll in the Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion online program. Enrollment specialists are available to walk you through the admission process, so you will be able to complete your application quickly.

There are several paths to admittance at A-State:

  • If you have 13 or more transferrable college credit hours, you would be admitted if you have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been out of high school for five years or more, you would be admitted if you:

    • Have a high school diploma or state-approved equivalent
    • Have completed 12 or fewer earned college hours
    • Have never enrolled as a student at A-State

    Note: If you’re admitted as non-traditional first-time freshman, you may be required to successfully complete a predesignated curriculum of 12 hours (Certificate or Non-Degree). Upon successful completion, you will be transitioned to a degree seeking program.

  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been in high school within the last 5 years, you would be admitted if you have one of the following:
    • 3.0 cumulative high school grad point average (or GED test score equivalent), OR
    • 19 minimum ACT super score or minimum 990 combined SAT super score, OR
    • Class rank in the top 20% of your graduating class

Submitting your application takes three easy steps: filling out the application, submitting your documents and paying the application fee.

  1. When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps on the online application.
  2. Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit all official college transcripts.
  4. Submit official high school transcripts (if applicable).
  5. Submit official ACT/ SAT test scores (if applicable).

Note: If you have 0-12 transferrable college hours, test scores will still need to be submitted for reporting purposes to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE); however, they are not needed for an admission decision. Accuplacer test scores are an acceptable alternative to ACT/SAT scores.

If you have any questions along the way, call us at 866-621-8096 and we’ll be happy to help answer questions.

Additional Information

Students who have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

For students who have:

  • Fewer than 12 college hours: Submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Submit all documents to:

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P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

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Courses

What You'll Learn in Your Online Health Promotion Program Courses


To earn your Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 71 credit hours of major courses, and 11 credit hours of electives. You can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree. You may choose between NRS 3353 and SOC 4353. HPES 1883 must be completed only if HPES 1013 is not completed or if a corresponding “connections” course is not transferred in.

COMS 4403: Health Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study of the major cultural, interpersonal, and public communication issues affecting health communication.

GCOM 3673: Desktop Publishing and Publication Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course examines electronic publishing and publication design using desktop publishing software programs.

HLTH 2513: Principles of Personal Health

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines principles, problems, and practices in the development of positive health behavior.

HLTH 2523: First Aid and Safety

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines fundamentals, techniques, and practices of Standard First Aid and CPR as prescribed by the National Safety Council. Emphasis is on programs of accident prevention in schools, homes, recreational areas, traffic safety.

HLTH 2533: Mental Health

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to behavioral and mood disorders, mental health stigma, recognition of signs/symptoms, and the importance of appropriate resource referral.

HLTH 2543: Stress Management

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course teaches a basic understanding of stress management concepts, including the effects of stress, the relationship between stress and health, stress management techniques, and stress management programs.

HLTH 3513: Multicultural Health

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the effect of diversity on health and illness, including the creation, implications, and improvement of health programs to meet the needs of a diverse population.

HLTH 3523: Public and Community Health

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an examination of public and community health problems, their causes, and possible solutions from a local, state, national, and international perspective. Roles of the individual and the community, and functions of the various agencies involved with health-related issues will also be studied.

HLTH 3533: Strategies for Teaching Health Education

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines theory and teaching techniques for effective health instruction.

HLTH 3563: Human Sexuality

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis in this course is given to human reproduction, courtship, marriage, parenthood, premarital and extramarital sex, and deviate sexual behavior. Fall, Spring.

HLTH 3573: Health Behavior Theories

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the theory and application of health promotion/education planning, implementation, and evaluation by health professions in several environments, with an emphasis on the determinants of health behavior and interventions used by professionals to promote health.

HLTH 4513: Consumer Health

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course features an analysis of the health services and health products offered in the marketplace and study of principles involved in making wise consumer health choices.

HLTH 4523: Current Issues in Health

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines current issues and trends in personal, public, and international health with stress on individual research and readings.

HLTH 4543: Drug Use and Abuse

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course features an exploration of the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of drug use and abuse. Special attention will be focused on proper use of drugs within contemporary society.

HLTH 4643: Health Promotion Implementation and Evaluation

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to facilitate students understanding of the process of program implementation and evaluation. Students will implement and evaluate various health interventions. Prerequisite, HLTH 4633.

HP 2013: Medical Terminology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines basic language related to medical science and the health professions, word analysis, construction, spelling, definitions. Special course fees may apply.

HPES 1883: Foundations of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This introductory course provides insight to the history, sociological impact, and objectives of physical education and sport, with emphasis on current professional literature and vocational opportunities. HPESS majors must make a C or better in this course. Must be completed ONLY if HPES 1013 is not completed as the First Year Making Connections Course or if the student has not transferred in a qualified “connections” course.

HPES 4863: Internship in HPESS I

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is the capstone experience for Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Sport Management majors. Enrollment must occur during the last semester of the degree program. Must have completed all departmental requirements, including C or better in all major courses. Prerequisite for Exercise Science majors only and departmental permission.

HPES 4893: Internship in HPESS II

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is the capstone experience for Exercise Science, Health Promotion, Sport Management majors. Enrollment must occur during the last semester of the degree program. Must have all departmental requirements, including C or better in all major courses. Prerequisites for Exercise Science majors only and departmental permission.

ISBA 1503: Microcomputer Applications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Students will learn basic computer skills that can be used immediately, throughout college and beyond. Emphasis is on learning basic office applications in word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation graphics.

NS 2203: Basic Human Nutrition

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines basic concepts of nutrition including factors that have an impact upon nutritional practices. Special attention to age related nutritional needs.

OESH 3013: Occupational Health and Safety

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to major concepts and issues in occupational health and safety, including general principles, human work environment, control of hazards in the occupational environment, and occupational safety and health program requirements.

PE 1002: Concepts of Fitness

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course provides knowledge and appreciation of the importance of physical fitness for lifelong health, wellness, and a quality life, and opportunities for psychomotor development.

NRS 3353: Aging and the Older Adult

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Analysis of the aging process, including theories of aging, ethical issues, biopsychosocial aging changes, impact of changing needs on support systems. Designed for Nursing, Health Care, and Health Promotions majors.

SOC 4353: Sociology of Aging

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Survey of theories, methodologies, concepts, and major research findings regarding the aging of individuals and societies, using the U.S. as a central example.

COMS 1203: Oral Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.

You must complete 11 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses may be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered as long as prerequisites are met.

You must take the following courses.

First-year course: Students must take the following Making Connections online course.

HPES 1013: Introduction to Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Course content will focus on the historical perspective of physical education, professional and vocational opportunities, and skills/knowledge needed to be a successful student.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of either College Algebra or any higher-level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

MATH 1023: College Algebra

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

MATH 1043: Quantitative Reasoning

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative reasoning as the approach to understanding relationships using mathematical and algebraic methodologies. Contemporary topics will be used to identify, analyze, generalize, and communicate quantitative relationships.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

Students must complete 3 hours of Arts courses (MUS 2503, ART 2503 or THEA 2503) and 3 hours of Humanities courses (ENG 2003, ENG 2013 or PHIL 1103).

ART 2503: Fine Arts Visual

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course Description: Introduction to major artists, media, styles and works of art within their cultural and historical contexts for the non-art major.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Introduction to World Literature II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

PHIL 1103: Introduction to Philosophy

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

Basic problems of philosophy based upon readings in the works of selected leading philosophers. A prerequisite for upper level philosophy. Fall, Spring.

THEA 2503: Fine Arts – Theatre

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to aesthetic and critical appreciation of the art of theatre through lecture, live and video performance, and discussion.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 9 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from POSC 2103, HIST 2763 or HIST 2773.

HIST 2763: The United States to 1876

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

United States history. Social, economic, and political developments from Columbus to the end of Reconstruction.

HIST 2773: The United States Since 1876

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

The social, economic and political developments Social, economic, and political developments from Reconstruction to the present. Fall, Spring, Summer.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

BIO 2203: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the biology of atoms, molecules, organelles and cellular functions, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and central nervous systems, interaction with external environment.

BIO 2201: Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

The behavior of matter with respect to life processes, cells, tissues, functional anatomy of integumentary, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems, cat anatomy, nerve and muscle preparations and recordings. It is recommended this course be taken concurrently with BIO 2203.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

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