Master of Sciences in Health Promotion

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Program Description
The Master of Sciences degree in Health Promotion is designed to prepare students for advanced study and practice in Health Promotion related areas. Graduates are prepared to take leadership roles in designing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in various settings at local, state and national levels.

What is Health Promotion?
Health promotion is a discipline that seeks to improve the health of individuals and communities through education, behavioral change, and environmental improvement. Health promotion draws from a number of complementary disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, the biological and clinical sciences, and business (marketing and management) to help individuals and communities change their behaviors and improve their environments. In short, health promotion is "the process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health."  

Is a Degree in Health Promotion Right for You?
Are you excited to read about the latest news in health? Are you concerned about the health of your community? Would you like to learn how your lifestyle affects your health? Are you interested in why people behave the way they do? Would you like to be an advocate for healthy living? Do you like to work with other people? Do you like to innovate and come up with creative solutions to complex problems? If you answer YES to any of these questions, a degree in Health Promotion at UCCS may be right for you!

What Do Students in Health Promotion Learn?
Students in our program:

  • Learn how to convey health information in effective ways in order help individuals and communities adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles that are meaningful to them.
  • Learn about theories of behavior change and how to apply these theories along with effective communication strategies to help individuals, organizations, and communities decrease the health consequences of unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.
  • Learn the science behind developing, implementing, and evaluating programs designed to help individuals and communities adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles
  • Engage in creative problem solving and decision making with other professionals in order to more effectively support systems change


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Last Updated: January 25, 2017
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