Health promotion improves the health status of individuals, families, communities, states and the nation.

The need for individuals who can plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs is crucial. Students enrolled in the Health Promotion major, administrated by the College’s Department of Health Promotion & Behavior, gain the skills necessary to assess individual and community needs; plan, implement, and evaluate health education programs; write grants; develop social marketing and mass media campaigns aimed at promoting health; as well as organize and mobilize communities for action.

Health Promotion Emphasis

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 Emphasis

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.

Behavioral Medicine Emphasis

The behavioral medicine area of emphasis prepares students for medical programs with an emphasis on disease prevention and community health.

More Information

  • Admission Requirements

    Standards for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion (B.S.H.P.) degree program at the College of Public Health are the same as those for those admitted to the University.

    The following grade point average (GPA) will apply:

    • All external transfer students must have a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.7 for acceptance to the major of Health Promotion.
    • All transfers within the University must have a minimum overall GPA of at least 2.7 for acceptance to the major of Health Promotion.
    • All students who are intended in the major of Health Promotion must have a minimum 2.7 overall GPA in order to declare the major.  Admission requirements may be reviewed on the UGA bulletin.

    Entrance Criteria:

    • Overall grade point average (GPA) minimum of 2.7.   Student must be in Good Standing.
    • Completion of General Education Areas I-VI (one core course in areas I-V may be finished after admission)
    • GPA in General Education Area I (Foundation skills) minimum of 2.7
    • GPA in General Education Area II (Sciences) minimum of 2.7
    • GPA in General Education Area VI (Courses related to program of study) minimum of 2.7 and no grade less than C (2.0). The area VI requirements are:
      • HPRB 1710
      • BIOS 2010
      • COMM 1100 (HP or HS Emphasis)
      • CBIO 2200/L (HP or HS Emphasis)
      • CBIO 2210/L (HP or HS Emphasis)
      • PHYS 1111-L or 1211-L (BM Emphasis)
      • PHYS 1112-L or 1212-L (BM Emphasis)
      • CHEM 1212/L or 1312H (BM Emphasis)
    • You must also complete the following University requirements
      • Federal Constitution
      • Georgia Constitution
      • U.S. and Georgia History

    Course pre-requisites to note:

    • CBIO 2200-2200L and 2210-2210L (Human Anatomy and Physiology) are prerequisites for KINS 3700, KINS 4630L and KINS 4310.
    • KINS 3700 (or KINS 4630L) is a prerequisite for KINS 4320 and 4640-4640L.
    • BIOS 2010 or STAT 2000 is the pre-requisite for BIOS 3000
    • HPRB 3020 is the pre-requisite for HPRB 3700

    Special requirements once admitted into the major:

    • Minimum GPA to graduate: A grade of C or better is required for all courses included in the Major Requirements, including major electives.
    • Undergraduate Portfolio: It is recommended that all HPRB students compile and maintain a portfolio documenting and exhibiting work or experiences gained throughout the undergraduate program including the practicums and field experiences.
    • Required Field Experience (HPRB 5560): The student, with the cooperation of the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior’s Practicum or Field Experience Coordinator, is responsible for arranging their own practicums and professional field experiences. Please note that, paid field experiences should not be expected. While paid experiences can be found, they are rare. See Field Experience Section for more information.
    • First Aid/CPR Certification: A student must be certified in First Aid and CPR prior to the internship or Practicum C. This requirement may be fulfilled through American Red Cross or American Heart Association classes.
    • Field Experience Application Deadline: Application for HPRB 5560 (Field Experience) must be completed by the midterm of the semester preceding the anticipated field experience. For example: a student that expects to do a field experience in Summer Semester should have completed an application by the mid-term of Spring Semester. Field Experience materials are available from the Field Experience Coordinator.
  • How to Apply

    Due to the high demand for the health promotion major, the College of Public Health requires both an application and essay for admission into the degree program. Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring Semester.

    Prerequisites:

    A student may apply to the health promotion major after satisfactory completion of the University General Education Curriculum requirements (or the core curriculum) (one course may remain incomplete at time of application). A student in the process of completing the required course work may be provisionally accepted contingent upon satisfactory completion of the required courses while maintaining the required 2.7 GPA for admission.  One core course may remain incomplete although it should be completed within one semester of beginning the major.  University requirements, including US and Georgia history and constitution requirements, must also be completed upon application. See “Admission Requirements” for further details.

    Application Materials:

    1) Admissions Essay: Describe your career goals as you currently envision them.  What is your interest in health promotion and disease prevention?  Be sure to consider how this major fits with your goals. Suggestions to consider include volunteer experience, work experience, personal experience, or relevant coursework that sparked your interest in health or in health promotion.

    You should write this essay in the first person, and limit your answer to one-page, double-spaced, 12 font print with one-inch margin.

    Please save essay in PDF format and name the file as follows: LastName_FirstName_CurrentSemester.pdf  (example: McEachern_Heather_Fall2017.pdf)

    2)   B.S. in Health Promotion Application: Complete and submit this online form. Remember to upload a PDF version your Admissions Essay (see above).

    Selection process:

    Each year, approximately 100 students will be accepted into the major (50 in the fall and 50 in the spring). Applicants are rank ordered based on overall GPA, GPA for area VI courses, GPAs for areas I and II, and their admission essay. The highest ranking students up to the quota for that semester are admitted. Simply meeting the admission requirements will not guarantee acceptance. Applicants who are not accepted may apply again the following semester. Students may apply for admission in the Spring if requirements will be completed in the Summer.

    Application Deadlines and Admission Decisions:

    The deadline for turning in an application for the major is the second Friday in September for fall admission cycle and the second Friday in February for spring admission cycle.

    Admission decisions will be made by mid-October for fall admission and mid-March for spring admission.  You will be notified by email of an admission decision.

    • 2017 Fall Semester Deadline:  Applications due by 5:00 PM Friday, September 8, 2017.
    • 2018 Spring Semester Deadline: Applications due by 5:00 PM Friday, February 9, 2018.

    Admissions Contact:

    Heather McEachern
    College of Public Health
    105D Rhodes Hall, Health Sciences Campus
    University of Georgia
    Athens, GA 30602
    cphadm@uga.edu
    706-542-3187

  • Field Experience

    Rationale of the professional internship

    The professional internship in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior is one phase of the total pre-service training program. The two parts, the course of study and the internship, are designed to contribute to the basic objective of providing opportunities for the student to develop the competencies necessary to assume professional responsibilities in the field of Health Promotion.

    Although academic study and field work are often thought of as two distinctive types of experience, they have much in common: theoretical insight and the development of sound concepts are important parts of both academic course work and/or testing of hypotheses and of the classroom experience. Both experiences are learning experiences and the same educational principles must apply to both situations.

    The professional internship must contribute to the student’s goals for professional growth. These goals must be clearly perceived and consciously striven for by both student and supervisor.

    Effective field training principles must be followed to insure sound educational experiences. The following principles are starting points for planning sound field training:

    • Field training for an individual student must be planned in terms of his/her abilities, and needs and interests as an integral part of the total training experiences in which he/she is participating;
    • The student must be an active participant in planning his/her field training experience;
    • Students should meet real needs of the agency in program development, implementation, and evaluation. If at all possible, the student should be given the opportunity to function as a full-fledged staff member;
    • The training experience should be so designed that the student has an opportunity for responsible participation in a wide variety of tasks and relationships common to the activities of professionals in health promotion and education. The resources available must be adequate for this purpose;
    • Field training must be under the guidance and supervision of an individual who is able to make a learning experience out of a work situation and who is professionally competent in the student’s area of specialization;
    • The agency provides experiential learning to improve student competencies;
    • Evaluation of the field training experience must be in terms of:
      • the student’s growth in understandings and abilities needed in situations faced by health promotion professionals; and
      • the student’s contributions to the agency’s program. 

    General information about the internship

    • The internship is a requirement for all Health Promotion undergraduate students who are completing the Health Promotion area of emphasis.
    • In general, the student will arrange for the internship to be completed during one semester for six (6) credit hours.
    • The internship will be completed no earlier than the student’s final semester of study for the degree.
    • The internship may be taken any semester including summer session. The student is allowed to take two online or traditionally offered non-essential or elective courses along with the internship, but all major-required coursework must be completed prior to the internship.

    General goals of the undergraduate internship

    • Develop an understanding of the structure and functions of the participating agency;
    • Learn to function effectively in an agency environment with existing staff members and administrators;
    • Apply the elements of basic program planning, implementation, and evaluation while developing and/or participating in a project or projects that is/are consistent with the goals and functions of the host agency; and
    • Develop and refine communication skills through direct participation and contact with agency clients.
    • Learn about the agency administrative processes including internal and external funding sources and issues.
    • Improve skills in long-range planning including the areas of needs assessment and funding.

    Overview of time spent during the internship

    • Practical experience at the participating site as a functioning health promotion specialist at the planning/administrative/evaluation level (300 hours*).
    • Development of a professional blog.
    • Updating professional website to include internship development.
    • Review and analysis of the field work experience and performance evaluation.

    *Note: These hours are minimally expected. Often internship students will exceed these hours and students are encouraged to do so. Field sites may require more than 300 hours.

    Criteria for evaluating the internship

    • Successfully completing all on-site practical experience hours and responsibilities.
    • Completion of the professional blog.
    • Updating professional website to include internship development.
    • Satisfactory final evaluation by the site supervisor.

    The internship is graded A-F.

    Pre-internship requirements at the undergraduate level

    1. Completion of all major-required courses with a grade of “C” or better.
    2. All required paperwork for the internship process must be complete and approved by the HPRB Internship Coordinator.
    3. Adult and Pediatric First Aid and CPR certification cards must be submitted to the student’s advisor.

    Site supervisor responsibilities

    • Meet and interview students as potential internship interns and discuss specific possibilities for the internship. Students must meet competency areas for health promotion professionals within the internship.
    • If the student is selected as an intern, negotiate with the student a proposal for an acceptable internship. This proposal form is to be completed by the student and signed by the site supervisor. The student will submit the proposal to the Internship Coordinator for final approval. The proposal should be as specific as possible as to the nature of the interns’ expected work, weekly hours, etc. This proposal form must be submitted to the Internship Coordinator by the midpoint of the semester prior to the internship, and approved by the Internship Coordinator, before the student may begin the internship.
    • Arrange for office or workspace for the student.
    • Provide structured orientation period at the beginning of the internship.
    • Be available, on an appointment basis if necessary, to provide guidance to the student on specific issues. Meeting with the student regularly to discuss progress, problems, and insights will benefit the student in his/her practical learning process.
    • Contact the Internship Coordinator if problems occur which cannot be resolved and it is felt the students should not continue the internship.