What can I do with a major in Health Promotion?
UGA Specific Information for Health Promotion
The Department of Health Promotion and Behavior (HPB), through research, teaching, and service, prepares professionals in process-related competencies in health promotion programming that are based on a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the determinants of health. Health promotion efforts are directed at influencing or facilitating health-related behavior, advocating public health policy, creating supportive environments, strengthening community action, developing personal skills, and reorienting health services. Students are prepared to work in health promotion and wellness positions in public, community, health care, and worksite settings.
There are two areas of emphasis that you can choose from in this major:
Health Promotion- The health promotion area of emphasis prepares students for health promotion and wellness positions in public, community, worksite, and health care setting, as well as for graduate level work in public health.
Health Services- The health services area of emphasis prepares students for graduate level work with an emphasis on disease prevention and wellness. Graduate work may include pre-physician’s assistant, pre-medical or pre-dental, or other professional health services programs.
** Includes Self-Employed
- Future Health Promoters Club
- Association of Teachers of Preventative Medicine
- Student Chapter, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
- Student Membership with the Gerontological Society of America
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Where are health educators employed?
In schools health educators teach health as a subject and promote and implement Coordinated School Health Programs, including health services, student, staff and parent health education, and promote healthy school environments and school-community partnerships. At the school district level they develop education methods and materials; coordinate, promote, and evaluate programs; and write funding proposals.
Working on a college/university campus, health educators are part of a team working to create an environment in which students feel empowered to make healthy choices and create a caring community. They identify needs; advocate and do community organizing; teach whole courses or individual classes; develop mass media campaigns; and train peer educators, counselors, and/or advocates. They address issues related to disease prevention; consumer, environmental, emotional, sexual health; first aid, safety and disaster preparedness; substance abuse prevention; human growth and development; and nutrition and eating issues. They may manage grants and conduct research.
In companies, health educators perform or coordinate employee counseling as well as education services, employee health risk appraisals, and health screenings. They design, promote, lead and/or evaluate programs about weight control, hypertension, nutrition, substance abuse prevention, physical fitness, stress management and smoking cessation; develop educational materials; and write grants for money to support these projects. They help companies meet occupational health and safety regulations, work with the media, and identify community health resources for employees.
In health care settings health educators educate patients about medical procedures, operations, services and therapeutic regimens, create activities and incentives to encourage use of services by high risk patients; conduct staff training and consult with other health care providers about behavioral, cultural or social barriers to health; promote self-care; develop activities to improve patient participation on clinical processes; educate individuals to protect, promote or maintain their health and reduce risky behaviors; make appropriate community-based referrals, and write grants.
In community organizations and government agencies health educators help a community identify its needs, draw upon its problem-solving abilities and mobilize its resources to develop, promote, implement and evaluate strategies to improve its own health status. Health educators do community organizing and outreach, grantwriting, coalition building, advocacy and develop, produce, and evaluate mass media health campaigns.
*Taken from "What is Health Promotion & Behavior?," UGA College of Public Health
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Additional Career Research Resources
- O*NET (click on Find Occupations)
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (type in general term for career of interest)
- Georgia Career Information Center (accessible only on campus computers)
- Career Insider: Vault Guides (Under the "Resources" tab and select "Online Resources")
- Candid Career (View professionals speaking about their careers under the "Resources" tab and select "Online Resources")
- Health Promotion Jobs
- Online Sports Jobs
- Public Health Jobs
- CDC Employment Opportunities
- American Public Health Association Job Board
- Georgia State Department of Health Job Board
- Public Health Employment Connection
- National Association of County & City Health Officials Job Board
- Premier Health and Fitness Resources
- University Positions
- Cool Works (Summer and Seasonal Positions)
- Northeast Health District-Athens (Jobs and Internships)
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Internships
- American Journal of Health Promotion
- American College Health Association
- American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
- American Public Health Association
- Association of Schools of Public Health
- Society for Public Health Education
- Centers for Disease Control
- National Association of County and City Health Officials
- Coach U (For students interested in coaching)
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Graduate/Professional Schools Attended by UGA Health Promotion Majors for the Class of 2017*
Augusta University | Boston University | Denver College of Nursing | Durham Technical Community College | Eastern Illinois University | Emory University | Georgia State University | High Point University | Mercer University | Morehouse School of Medicine | Oakland University | Piedmont College | The Medical University of South Carolina | The University of Alabama at Birmingham | The University of Florida | The University of Georgia | The University of Miami | The University of North Carolina at Greensboro | The University of South Carolina | The University of South Florida | The University of West Georgia | Vanderbilt University