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Community Health Promotion

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The Health Promotion and Education program at Illinois State University prepares students for professional positions in a variety of fields focused on health promotion, wellness, and disease prevention.

Community Health Promotion specialists work in settings such as health care, public health, nonprofit agencies, worksite wellness, health promotion businesses, and educational institutions. Graduates are qualified to become Certified Health Education Specialists as well as gaining other certifications and credentials.

Why Study Community Health Promotion?

Health promotion and health education promote healthy behaviors by designing and delivering programs and services in a variety of settings. People who have a sincere interest in health and wellness and who see the importance of maximizing healthy lifestyles and preventing health problems enjoy this career.

Health promotion plays an important role in the well-being of people and communities. This is accomplished by working with individuals through health coaching and patient education, groups of people through health education programs, and communities by leading efforts to create healthy environments and policies.

If you want to help people lead healthy lifestyles and enhance their satisfaction with life, the Community Health Promotion sequence is for you. You will develop knowledge and skills to assess individual and community health needs and strengths, design health promotion and health education programs and services, delivery effective presentations and educational programs, analyze health behavior, lead community health initiatives, advocate for health-enhancing policies, provide effective health coaching, and write grants.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Interested in educating
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Desire to improve health of others
  • Strong communication skills

Being Successful in the Field

  • Be able to develop strategies to help improve attitudes, skills, behavior, and knowledge about health on an individual level to a community

Related Fields

  • Agency coordinator
  • Educational Services Coordinator
  • Education Administrator
  • Health and Fitness Manager
  • Health Educator
  • Patient Advocate
  • Professor
  • Teacher’s Aide
  • Training Aide
  • Wellness Coordinator

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Megan Kayfish  110 Student Services Building  (309) 438-0735 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Jim Broadbear  FSA 341  (309) 438-8807 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for fall transfer students is September 1-January 15. For the spring semester, the preferred filing period is from April 1-August 1. You are encouraged to apply early in the preferred filing period for best consideration for admission into competitive majors. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!

Minimum GPA


Middle 50% GPA

2.77 - 3.25

Required Courses


Recommended Courses

  • Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110)

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Anjie Almeda  Felmley Hall 311  (309) 438-5353 

Middle 50% GPA

2.77 - 3.25

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

September 1 - September 30, February 1 - February 28

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Anjie Almeda  Felmley Hall 311  (309) 438-5353 
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