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.

Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Health Promotion*

** Includes Self-Employed

Campus Resources

College of Public Health Activities, Clubs and Honor Societies

  • 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

Find additional clubs and organizations here.

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Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations

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")
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The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.

Employer Position Title(s)
American Family Care Medical Assistant
Anthem, Inc. Project Administrator
Arbor Pharmaceuticals Sales Operations
Athens Neighborhood Health Center Intern
Athens Retina Center Ophthalmic Technician
Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition Community Outreach Intern
Bafrow Women's Clinic Intern
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) DNPAO ORISE Fellow, Health Communications ORISE Fellow, Intern, ORISE Fellow
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Registration Associate
Chugh Legal Assistant
Clinical Research Research Associate
Dermatology Affiliates Medical Assistant
Emory Healthcare Medical Assistant, Patient Services Coordinator
Epic Software Tester
GI Care for Kids Medical Assistant
GoPivot Client Relations Coordinator
Greater New York Hospital Association Project Manager
Hanger Clinic Clinical Care Extender
Hearts & Hands Clinic Inc Intern
Jackson & Coker Anesthesia & Radiology Consultant
Laura and John Arnold Foundation Health Care Analyst
Leadership Development Program Intern Licensing Coordinator
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Intern
North Atlanta Dermatology Certified Medical Assistant
Northside Hospital Atlanta Physician Practice Project Analyst
Northwest Georgia Department of Public Health Health Educator
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Program Assistant
Peace Corps Public Health Educator
Peachford Hospital Mental Health Assistant
Resurgens Orthopaedics Certified Medical Assistant
Spiralyze Market Research Analyst
St. Mary's Hospital Physical/Occupational Therapy and NICU Intern
Summit Surgery Center Of Buckhead Medical Scribe
The Campus Kitchens Project UGA Communications and Recruitment Intern
The Walker Group Administrative Assistant
Triage Consulting Group Associate, Associate Consultant
U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant - Chemical Corps
University of Georgia Wesley Foundation Intern
WellStar Health System Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistant
YMCA of Metro Atlanta Community Program Coordinator
* denotes no responses received.
*Source: Areas above marked with an Asterisk (*) have been created utilizing data taken from the UGA Career Outcomes Survey. The "Employers Hiring...," "Job Titles of...," "Career Outcomes for...," and "Graduate/Professional Schools and Programs..." information listed above represent UGA Class of 2019 Graduates. The lists are not exhaustive and therefore do not represent all potential career options. Click here for more detailed Career Outcomes information regarding this major.


Graduate School Program(s)
Augusta University Dental Medicine, DMD; Nursing, ABSN; Nursing, Not Specified; Nursing (Clinical Nurse Leader), MSN-CNL; Occupational Therapy, MHSOT; Physician Assistant, MPA
Austin Community College Pre-Health Sciences, BS
Emory University Global Epidemiology, MPH; Nursing, ABSN/MSN
Georgia Gwinnett College Not Specified
Georgia State University Healthcare Administration, MHA; Public Health, MPH
Georgia State University- Perimeter College Business Administration, Degree Not Specified
Jacksonville University Occupational Therapy, OTD
Johns Hopkins University Health Administration, MHA
Kennesaw State University Biology, Degree Not Specified
Medical University of South Carolina Occupational Therapy, Not Specified; Occupational Therapy, OTD
Mercer University Medicine, MD; Nursing, Not Specified; Pharmacy, PharmD; Physician Assistant, MMSc
Not Specified Physician Assistant
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Business Administration, MBA
Tufts University Dental Medicine, DMD
University of Georgia Business Analytics, MSBA; Epidemiology, MPH; Gerontology, MPH; Health Administration, MHA; Health Adminstration, MHA; Health Promotion and Behavior, MPH; Health Promotion and Behavior, PhD; Public Health, MPH
University of South Carolina Exercise Science, MS
University of South Florida Health Promotion and Behavior, MPH; Public Health, Not Specified
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Nursing
Virginia Commonwealth University Medicine, MD
* denotes no responses received.