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  • Health Education and Behavior: Community Health Promotion

    The Department of Health Education and Behavior, with a foundation in the social and biological sciences, offers coursework focused on health information and theory application. Students learn techniques to promote healthy lifestyle choices in individual and group settings, with special attention given to diversity and culturally appropriate health education methodologies.

    About this Major

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.


    Critical TrackingModel Semester Plan

    The Bachelor of Science in Health Education - Community health promotion is designed for students with a primary interest in community health education or worksite health promotion. Coursework is focused on illness and disease prevention among special target groups within a particular community, with the ultimate goal of providing practical health information to diverse population groups through the use of behavioral interventions. Community health promotion specialists generally find employment in local, state or national government health agencies (state or county health departments, CDC, NIH) and in voluntary organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes and American Heart Association. Worksite health promotion specialists find employment opportunities within diverse small and large businesses and organizations.

    Community health promotion also is appropriate for students planning to pursue graduate programs in health education or related fields (community or public health, health administration, health policy and epidemiology and disease preventions).

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 6 critical-tracking courses: APK 2100C, APK 2105C, BSC 2005/2005L; MAC 1105 or MAC 1140 or MAC 1147, PSY 2012, STA 2023
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking courses
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete all 6 critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required (and maintained through semester 8)
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    Semester 1 Credits
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    MAC 1105 Basic College Algebra
    Or higher MAC course; GE-M
    ​3
    ​PSY 2012 General Psychology
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    ​Elective
    Recommend GE-N or D
    ​3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    BSC 2005 Biological Sciences, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2005L Laboratory in Biological Sciences, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B
    4
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    State Core GE-M
    3
    SYG 2000 Principles of Sociology or
    SYG 2010 Social Problems
    GE-S; complete before the end of Semester 5
    ​3
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 3 Credits
    APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory
    GE-B
    4​​
    ​SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking
    Complete before the end of Semester 5
    ​3
    Electives
    WR recommended
    8
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory
    GE-B
    4
    HUN 2201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
    GE-B; complete before the end of Semester 5
    3
    ​Electives
    GE-N or D recommended; WR
    7​
    Total 
    14​
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    Semester 5 Credits
    HSC 3032 Foundations of Health Education 3
    HSC 3102 Personal and Family Health
    GE-S
    3
    HSC specialization courses 6
    Elective
    3000/4000 level
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    HSC 3201 Community and Environmental Health 3
    HSC 4713 Planning and Evaluating Health Education Programs 3
    HSC specialization courses 6
    Elective
    3000/4000 level
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    HSC 4302 Methods and Materials in Health Education 3
    HSC 4800 Health Education Professional Development 3
    HSC specialization courses 6
    Elective
    3000/4000 level
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    HSC 4876 Internship in Health Education 15
    Total 15
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    HSC Specialization Courses: 18 credits

    Courses Credits
    ​HSC 4133 Human Sexuality Education 3
    ​HSC 4143 Drug Education ​3
    ​HSC 4233 Patient Health Education ​3
    ​HSC 4574 Nutrition Education for Special Populations ​3
    ​HSC 4579 Women's Health Issues ​3
    HSC 4593 HIV/AIDS Education 3
    ​HSC 4623 Minority Health Issues ​3
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    Related Health Education and Behavior Programs

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