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Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion & Wellness

Teaching others how to live a healthy lifestyle is challenging. Health promotion from the University of St. Thomas teaches you how to generate awareness in the community about leading a healthy life while providing you with practical experiences at the same time.

Why Study Health Promotion & Wellness at St. Thomas?

As medical costs continue to rise nationwide, the study of health promotion gains importance as we strive to create programs centered on healthy lifestyles for individuals and communities. When you graduate from St. Thomas, you will be familiar with the intricacies of physical health, as well as the challenges of motivating communities toward health awareness. Whether you choose to work for a corporate health promotion program, or even work in a position influencing public policy, our program will give you the skills and knowledge needed for success.

Creating a Healthier World

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Internships
  • Scholarships
  • Course Requirements

    You complete courses focusing on human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics, supplementing your knowledge further with courses in nutrition and personal health and wellness. You also have options for applying your expertise in specific fields, such as marketing, biology, chemistry or communication.

    Four-Year Plan

    You start by completing foundational biology and chemistry courses, progressing to classes focusing on enhancing your communication skills and knowledge of personal health and wellness. We recommend connecting with a faculty member to plan your four years at St. Thomas.

    Degrees Awarded

    Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion & Wellness

    Internships

    All of our students complete a 100-hour internship with one-on-one guidance from a faculty member. We often see students intern with large corporations, community-based organizations and nonprofits. They have also interned with health clubs, small businesses and physical therapy clinics.

    Scholarships

    We offer the Bridget A. Duoos Endowed Research Fund Scholarship to students each year, sponsoring faculty-mentored research and travel funds for other student research. Dr. Duoos was a St. Thomas professor from 1995 to 2016 and chair of the Health and Exercise Science Department. She was a highly productive scholar, making significant contributions to the discipline and was a dedicated advocate to student academic success.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    You complete courses focusing on human anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and biomechanics, supplementing your knowledge further with courses in nutrition and personal health and wellness. You also have options for applying your expertise in specific fields, such as marketing, biology, chemistry or communication.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    You start by completing foundational biology and chemistry courses, progressing to classes focusing on enhancing your communication skills and knowledge of personal health and wellness. We recommend connecting with a faculty member to plan your four years at St. Thomas.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion & Wellness

    Internships

    Internships

    All of our students complete a 100-hour internship with one-on-one guidance from a faculty member. We often see students intern with large corporations, community-based organizations and nonprofits. They have also interned with health clubs, small businesses and physical therapy clinics.

    Scholarships

    Scholarships

    We offer the Bridget A. Duoos Endowed Research Fund Scholarship to students each year, sponsoring faculty-mentored research and travel funds for other student research. Dr. Duoos was a St. Thomas professor from 1995 to 2016 and chair of the Health and Exercise Science Department. She was a highly productive scholar, making significant contributions to the discipline and was a dedicated advocate to student academic success.

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    Career Paths

    There are a number of career paths available to you after graduating from St. Thomas.

    • Athletic trainer
    • Wellness coordinator
    • Community recreation director
    • Recreation and fitness specialist
    • Health promotion program manager
    • Pharmaceutical sales representative

    Opportunities Aplenty

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    One-hundred percent of our students complete a 100-hour internship with department faculty support and guidance.

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    Thirty-six percent of American youth between the ages of two and 19 consume fast food on a given day. Health promotion majors learn how to help change these habits.

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    Five minutes of moderate exercise usually gives you a “mood-enhancement effect,” making your day a little brighter!

    Get Involved

    Whether you are volunteering in the community or presenting your research at a conference, we are sure you will find plenty of opportunities to get involved at St. Thomas.