Do you want to make a difference in the health and well-being of others? Today, Americans are living longer, living lifestyles that are increasingly stress filled and living through rising healthcare costs – all of which make taking care of ourselves absolutely paramount.
The online Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion program from Southern New Hampshire University combines aspects of psychology, sociology, communications and healthcare management with a love of fitness, nutrition and wellness. Learn how to apply education, behavior modification and developing strong one-on-one relationships to teach the importance of preventative care, focusing on topics in weight loss, smoking cessation, stress reduction and human sexuality, among others.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the demand for health educators and community health workers will increase by 21 percent through 2022. SNHU’s health promotion degree online will put you right on the cusp of exciting and historic cultural, social and economic changes that will affect the way we live today and well into the future.
In the BS in Health Promotion program, you'll learn how to:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of enrolling in the health promotion bachelor’s program online at SNHU include:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for health and community health workers will increase by 21 percent by 2022. Growth in this field is a direct result of a population increasingly concerned about living healthy lifestyles to enjoy life and to reduce healthcare costs.
With a health promotion degree online, you can seek roles in health education and community health. Health educators teach individuals how to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. They’re responsible for creating and implementing health education programs and materials and making sure people have easy access to those services and information. Duties often include supervising employees who run the health programs, advocating for new health policies at the government level, and collecting and analyzing data to evaluate and improve programs.
Community health workers assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. They advocate for individuals and community health needs, conduct outreach for medical personnel or health organizations, and implement programs in the community that promote, maintain and improve health.
Careers in public health departments are common. You may also find yourself working for a nonprofit organization or in a hospital, managed care facility or private business.
In the health promotion degree online, you’ll build a foundation in public health and health psychology while developing essential interpersonal and communication skills. You’ll also learn how to research, plan, implement and evaluate public health programs.
This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as literature elective.
Twitter, Facebook, blogs, podcasts - the possibilities of social media today are countless and ever-changing. This course is a broad approach to the history, theory, technology, impact and strategic uses of social media. These tools are relatively inexpensive and accessible technologies that enable anyone to create, publish, edit and access messages intended for the smallest to the largest of audiences. Students will examine the strategic uses of social media for community building, civic and political participation, advertising, marketing, public relations, and journalism. This course provides hands-on experience with the most current technology.
Health Promotion is a problem based course designed to give students an overview of health promotion issues, explore selected current topics in health and health policy from a national and global perspective and investigate the consequences these issues have for the health status of individuals, populations and society. This course will provide the theoretical foundation to look at issues to change health behaviors. Healthy People 2020 and the national health agenda will be explored. The concepts of health literacy, consumer advocacy and their impact of health promotion will be explored.
An introductory course in normal and therapeutic nutrition designed for students in allied health programs. The course focuses on the application of basic principles of nutrition to health promotion and disease prevention, as well as the role of nutritional intervention as a therapeutic tool in specific pathologies. It will include discussions of contemporary issues in nutrition.
This course will introduce recent findings on the study of human sexual behavior, with emphasis on the interaction between psychological, social, and biological factors. Topics include sexual differentiation and development, the sexually transmitted infections and HIV, sexual orientation, and patterns of sexual behavior. Students will receive an overview of the dynamics of human sexuality, specifically, examining the influence and importance of human sexuality as it relates to individuals, communities, and global populations with specific aim towards health promotion activities.
This course examines the comorbidity of mental and physical disorders, taking a life-span epidemiological approach. The increasing complexity in the field of mental health, with clients who live and work in the community with a variety of disorders, is explored. Emphasis is placed upon theories and empirical research clarifying comorbidities, risk factors, and mechanisms and strategies to help these individuals live productive and satisfying lives.
This course presents the basic principles of epidemiology with particular emphasis on applications in healthcare management. Topics include specific tools of epidemiology used for purposes of planning, monitoring, and evaluating population health. These include identification of disease, measures of incidence and prevalence, study designs, confidence intervals, p-values, statistical interaction, causal inference, and survival analysis. Methods for managing the health of populations using an understanding of the factors that influence population health are discussed. Strategies that health care organizations and systems can use to control these factors are also considered.
This course addresses population-focused healthcare within a global context. The principles and foundations of public health are examined with special attention to the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention related to health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction through six case studies. This course is designed to meet domains 1 & 2 of the ASPH undergraduate curriculum.
This course explores the major determinants of human disease from an integrated ecological perspective that brings together population-based approaches to the study of infectious disease and genetically determined diseases. Students learn about how infectious diseases are transmitted, risk factors and biological processes for common diseases, and the impact of these and control strategies on public health.
Students in this class will develop the introductory knowledge and skills to apply assessment instruments, data collection, research designs, and statistical analysis to assess need, assets, and capacity for health education programs. Existing data sets will be introduced that will increase access to information to develop and implement health promotion projects that are fiscally feasible while meeting specific health promotion needs of a targeted population.
This course will cover contextual issues surrounding evaluation, evaluation designs and methodological issues, steps involved in conducting an evaluation, communicating the results, and ensuring that evaluation findings are used by intended users.
The purpose of this course is to provide basic knowledge in public health sciences, and practical skills to effectively plan, implement, and manage programs that address public health problems in a variety of settings. The course explores key concepts, theories, and methods in planning and implementing successful health promotion programs and healthy public policy.
This course, which focuses on classics from non-Western traditions, is meant to enrich students' understanding of philosophical works that have shaped entire cultures. Selections are drawn from the literary, religious and philosophical works of Africa and western, southern and eastern Asia, giving students a greater appreciation of the contemporary world and basic philosophical issues. Global marker.
This course emphasizes the nature of human learning, with a study of the concepts of readiness, motivation, retention, individual differences, development, reasoning and measurement in relation to the learning process. Consideration of the psychological principles of testing and learning technology are also emphasized. Offered as needed. Writing intensive course.
This course introduces students to the field of health psychology through an exploration of ways in which the biopsychosocial (holistic) model is applied to promote health and improve coping with illness. Topics include health beliefs and behaviors, delay in seeking medical care, factors influencing individuals' responses to the health care system and practitioners, acute and chronic illness, treatment adherence, pain and pain management, stress and coping, social support and psychoneuroimmunology. Offered as needed.
Students in this course analyze contemporary social problems in America and other societies. Issues include economic limitations, class and poverty, race and ethnic relations, sexism, ageism, and environmental and population concerns. Offered every year.
Students in this course examine the basic social processes and problems of aging. Social and psychological issues and issues involved with death and dying are discussed. Offered every other year.
Free Elective Credits: 24
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
*Tuition rates are subject to change. Changes are generally implemented in June each year.
Additional Costs Books (course by course).
Students are responsible for providing their own internet access.
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