Requirements for Program
The Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion offers undergraduate courses and degree programs in kinesiology (exercise science and physical education) and health promotion. The health promotion program includes two tracks (health promotion non-teaching certification and health promotion teaching certification).
Students with the degree in Health Promotion non-teaching certification will be eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, apply to graduate schools in health related areas of study, seek employment in hospitals, health departments, worksite wellness, state or national agencies and organizations, or other similar settings.
Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health. It moves beyond a focus on individual behavior towards a wide range of social and environmental interventions. The purpose of health promotion is to promote quality of life for all people. This area of study is interdisciplinary, extending into biology, psychology, sociology, and medicine. Health promotion generally focuses on the whole individual, including social and emotional dimensions, not just the physical. The Health Promotion track 2 is guided by the standards of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
The B.S. in Education with a major in Health Promotion (non-teaching certification) requires completion of the following: (1) the UK Core requirements; (2) specified course work in Program Related Studies and Health Promotion course requirements; (3) practicum internship hours; and (4) completion of a university-approved minor.
Probation, Dismissal and Reinstatement Policy
An undergraduate health promotion major may be dismissed from the College of Education Kinesiology and Health Promotion Department for failure to make satisfactory progress. In the KHP program, the college continuously monitors the progress of all KHP students. Consistent with University regulations and the College of Education, requirements are that KHP programs have policies for terminating a student’s enrollment for reasons of academic and professional performance.
The following rules apply in the College of Education, Kinesiology and Health Promotion Department, Health Promotion major (non-teaching certification).
- All students in the health promotion track 2 will enter the major with lower-division standing.
- Students must take KHP 230, ANA 209 and PGY 206 or ANA 109 and ANA 110, and BIO 103 to be admitted to upper division standing.
- At 45 hours, students will have to have taken the courses listed above and have an overall 2.2 grade-point average (GPA) to be admitted to upper division standing.
- For students in the nonteaching health promotion major (track 2), these courses will be restricted to those who have upper division standing: KHP 325, KHP 330, KHP 420G, KHP 520, KHP 509, and KHP 590. Students who are enrolled in the minor in health promotion and students taking these courses as electives will still be allowed to enroll in the courses.
- Students will fill out a brief application form to gain upper division status and turn this form in to their advisor. KHP advisors in the College of Education will assume responsibility to review students’ transcripts to determine if students should gain upper division status.
- A 3-person appeals committee of Health Promotion faculty will be established to determine standards for accepting students who may have extenuating circumstances and to review appeals.
- Once admitted to upper division status, students will be required to maintain a 2.2 GPA. Should their GPA drop below a 2.2, they would have one semester to bring their GPA up to a 2.2. If that does not occur, the student will no longer be in the program.
- After admittance to the program, students must not only maintain a 2.2 GPA, they must continue to exhibit desirable professional characteristics to remain in the program. Students who demonstrate a lack of commitment, effort, professional behavior, and knowledge may be removed from the program until these characteristics are demonstrated.