With a health promotion major, you will focus on helping people to increase control over their own health. These majors examine a wide range of social and environmental interventions that are designed to benefit and protect individual people’s health and quality of life. Upon graduation, you will understand how to address and prevent the root causes of poor health, not just focusing on treatment and cure.
Health Promotion Majors
Our Educational Philosophy
Built around a professional core, each of our health promotion majors offers specialized areas of concentration. For example, students in health care management can minor in business or pre-MBA. Many of our students in the health sciences prepare for advanced study, aspiring to attend medical school, obtain a master's degree in public health, or become a registered dietitian. Some of our public and community health majors choose to concentrate in a specific area of health, while others develop an individualized plan of study in consultation with their adviser. Each degree program culminates in an internship, providing the opportunity to work with outstanding professionals in a real-world setting.
Select your area of interest:
Health Care Management
I would like to learn more about combining a solid business foundation with an understanding of pressing health care delivery and policy issues.
Health Sciences (food and nutrition, planned clinical, premedical)
I would like to learn more about obtaining a solid foundation for graduate work in fields as diverse as clinical research, nurse, nurse practitioner, nutrition, medicine, occupational therapy, physician assistant, and physical therapy.
Public and Community Health
I would like to learn more about helping people best eat, live, work, and exercise or communities pursue ethical, fair, and cost-effective public health policies.
Unique Experiences Outside of the Classroom
We conduct a campus-wide emergency preparedness exercise in conjunction with the Tompkins County Health Department. This Point of Dispensing exercise uses the distribution of the annual flu vaccine to simulate an emergency event necessitating rapid vaccination. Students fill about three-quarters of the worker positions, including three of the six leadership positions, rotating through roles such as intake and vaccinator assistant.
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G56 Hill Center
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850