The major in health education and promotion prepares students to serve as health education specialists in a variety of settings that include, but are not limited to, governmental health agencies, community health agencies, clinical health settings, and in business and industry.

A minor is recommended for this program. Minors often selected include, gerontology, interpersonal relations, marketing, professional selling, business administration and environmental or emergency management.

Students will be guided by the outline of baccalaureate degrees of the Ball State Undergraduate Catalog, the University Core Curriculum, and the health education and promotion program. Please pay close attention to prerequisites - if you register for a course but have not successfully completed its prerequisite, you will be dropped from the class.

An internship with an approved health agency or educational institution is required for majors. This professional experience takes place under the supervision of the internship coordinator and the agency administrator for a period of time commensurate with academic credit.

To graduate in four years (8 semesters), students must average 16 credits  per semester and complete the internship (HSC 479) during the last semester of senior year.

For more information about the undergraduate major in health education and promotion, contact Sarah Gremer.


(Prerequisites for each course will be listed in parentheses, where applicable.)


Begin University Core Curriculum requirements and include:

  Fall Semester
HSC 160 - Fundamentals of Human Health
   Spring Semester
      HSC 180 - Principles of Community Health


Continue coursework for University Core Curriculum, electives, and second major or minor(s):

  Fall Semester
      HSC 200 - Introduction to Health Education & Promotion
      ANAT 201 -  Fundamentals of Human Anatomy

  Spring Semester
      HSC 210 - Health Behavior Theories (HSC 180 & 200)
      HSC 220 - Population, Race, & Culture in HP (HSC 180 & 200)
      PHYS 205 - Fundamentals of Human Physiology

JUNIOR YEAR - 21 hours

Continue coursework for minor(s), electives and include:

  Fall Semester 
      HSC 301 - Program Planning in HP I (HSC 210 & 220 & Mjrs/Mnrs only)
      HSC 344 - Disease Management in Health Promotion (HSC 160 & 210 & PHYS 205)
      HSC 387 - Quantitative Methods & Epidemiology in HP (HSC 180 & MATH 108 or higher &
      Junior status) 
      HSC 482 - Environmental Health (Can be taken any semester once HSC 180 completed)

  Spring Semester
     HSC 302 - Program Planning in HP II (HSC 301)
     HSC 310 - Healthcare Systems (HSC 180 & 200 & Junior status)
     HSC 388 - Organization & Administration in HP (HSC 301)

SENIOR YEAR- 15 hours

Continue with coursework for minor(s), electives, and include:

   Fall Semester
      HSC 487 - Applied Research, Writing, & Evaluation in HP (HSC 387 & Senior status)
      HSC 494 - Health Communication (HSC 220 & 301)
      HSC 495 - Professional Preparation in HP (HSC 302)

  Spring Semester
      HSC 479 - Internship (Professional Preparation in HP)
In order to enroll in HSC 479, health education and promotion majors must have taken a minimum of 25 credit hours in health science and must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the following courses: HSC 200, 210, 220, 301, 302, 310, 344, 387, 388, 487, 494

Required Coursework:         51 hours
HSC Approved Electives:     12 hours                  
Internship:                             6 hours     
Total Program Hours =      69 hours

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