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HEP-BS - Health Education and Promotion


Official Name of Program

Health Education and Promotion

Plan Code


Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

BS - Bachelor of Science



NYSED Program Code

02587 - HEP-BS

CIP Code


Health education aims primarily to motivate individuals and groups in various settings to assume greater responsibility for their health by learning and adopting behaviors that promote health and prevent disease. This is a rapidly expanding field that has received added impetus from recent Federal legislation emphasizing disease prevention and health promotion as major priorities of national social policy.

The program is designed to prepare students for careers in community health education. Students will be able to develop, manage, and evaluate health education and promotion programs in a variety of settings where such programs are implemented. These include public and community agencies, business and industry, hospitals, and other types of clinical facilities.

The program includes two options, one in community health and the other in community health and nutrition. Satisfactory completion of all program requirements in community health enables students to apply for certification as a Health Education Specialist, awarded by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

Departmental Grading Policy:
Students must earn a C- or above in all courses required for the major and the minor. If a grade is lower, the student must repeat the course. D grades in courses for the major that are transferred in from another institution are acceptable.