Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in health education and promotion is designed to prepare students as health professionals in community health agencies, health maintenance organizations, as well as business and industry wellness programs. The 120-hour online degree program is also designed to assist the entry-level health educator in taking the National Health Education Credentialing examination. An 18-hour minor program of study is required with this degree.

University Standard Core Courses (18-21 hours)

First Year Experience

Choose 3 hours

College of Business students may take BSAD 1100 for equivalent.

Helps students reach their educational objectives. Interactive instructional methods promote the development of critical thinking skills and positive educational values. Students 1) complete a personal assessment to enha...

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PEAW 1300 First Year Colloquium

3 credit hours

Communication – Written

Choose 3 - 6 hours

(Select 1 set)
RHET 1311 AND RHET 1312
OR
RHET 1320 Honors Composition

1311 - Prerequisite: A minimum ACT English score of 19, a minimum SAT I verbal score of 450, or RHET 0310, or RHET 0321. Practice in writing, with an emphasis on personal, expressive writing, as well as transactional wri...

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RHET 1311 Composition I

3 credit hours

1312 - Prerequisite: RHET 1311 with a C or greater or equivalent. Those students required by state law to enroll in READ 0310 must successfully complete that course before enrolling in RHET 1312. Practice in writing, wit...

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RHET 1312 Composition II

3 credit hours

For students with superior achievement in English. Fulfills first year composition core curriculum requirement. Admission by invitation. Three credit hours.

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RHET 1320 Honors Composition

3 credit hours

Fine Arts

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of art, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the visual arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is required. ...

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ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art

3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. Introduction to the creative process and history of music, vocabulary and descriptive terms used in the musical arts, and how to write about them. Attendance at arts events is require...

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MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music

3 credit hours

A First Experience This course is designed for individuals considering majoring in theatre or dance. It serves as an introduction to the discipline, the profession, career options, and theatre as a “way of knowing.”

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THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance

3 credit hours

Basic elements of movies, the process of movie making, and the approaches to movie aesthetics and criticism. Assignments may include viewing motion pictures at local theatres. Three credit hours.

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MCOM 2306 Introduction to Motion Pictures

3 credit hours

Humanities

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

Prerequisite: completion of the first year writing requirement. Study of selected texts reflecting various Western and non-Western literary heritages and traditions.

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ENGL 2337 World Literature

3 credit hours

This course will examine myths from around the world, exploring how archetypal themes and motifs reflect shared moral, philosophic, and aesthetic concerns. An emphasis will be placed on how these myths are transmitted ac...

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ENGL 2339 Mythology

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Study of selected texts reflecting a variety of ethical systems from Western and non-Western literary heritages and ethical traditions. Assigned works represent several national ethical literatur...

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PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

3 credit hours

Social Sciences

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

PSYC 2300 is recommended for College of Business students.

Prerequisite: RHET 1311 recommended. Examines the concept of culture, cultural processes, and anthropological theories. Topics include subsistence strategies, politics, religion, gender, ethnicity, economics, marriage, s...

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ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology

3 credit hours

Basic understanding of legal and ethical foundations of criminal justice and the major components of the criminal justice system. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number CRJU 1023)

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CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

The wants of individuals and societies are unlimited, while the resources for satisfying these wants are limited. Consequently, choices have to be made. Economics is the science of choice. Survey of Economics introduces ...

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ECON 2301 Survey of Economics

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1302. The theory of the individual firm in the economy, cost and price determination, income distribution, and welfare economics. Three credit hours. (ACTS Course Number ECON 2203)

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ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics

3 credit hours

The nature, distribution, and development of various cultural systems as they interact with each other and with their environment. A study is made of spatial patterns in the elements of culture, including population, rel...

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GEOG 2312 Introduction to Cultural Geography

3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. A cross-cultural, interdisciplinary analysis of gender. Includes examination of gender identity, social roles, and cultural symbolism in politics, economics, family, health, socializa...

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GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies

3 credit hours

Introduction to social science concepts as applied to political analysis. Analysis of individuals, groups, and society, particularly the study of social, economic, and political structures and behavior.

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POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: RHET 1311. Focuses on development of the individual in the context of physical and social environments. Topics include the scientific method and its application to the study of the individual, the relations...

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PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience

3 credit hours

Recommended: RHET 1311. Introduction to sociological concepts. Analysis of society, particularly the study of human organization. An overview of the theories and methods utilized in the discipline is provided and will be...

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SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology

3 credit hours

History of Civilization

Choose 3 hours

(select 1)

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations from their beginnings to approximately AD 1600: the development of integrated political, social, economic, religious, intellectu...

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HIST 1311 History of Civilization I

3 credit hours

Recommended prerequisite: RHET 1311. The history of the world’s significant civilizations since approximately AD 1600: examination of the persistence of traditional civilizations and the changes in the world order due ...

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HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

3 credit hours

U.S. History or Government

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(select 1)

Description, analysis, and explanation of the major political, social, economic and diplomatic events through “Reconstruction.” Special attention is devoted to the cross-cultural development of three civilizations, N...

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HIST 2311 US History to 1877

3 credit hours

Description, analysis, and explanation of the political, social, economic and diplomatic events to the present time. Special attention is devoted to the forces of Modernity and the impact of cultural pluralism on traditi...

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HIST 2312 US History since 1877

3 credit hours

College Core Courses (14 hours)

Science

Choose 8 hours

A hands-on examination of the study of past and present human and nonhuman primates as biological organisms. Topics include human genetics, variation and osteology, nonhuman primate taxonomy and behavior, forensic anthro...

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ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology

3 credit hours

1301 - Study of the process of science by which knowledge about our place in the cosmos is obtained. Examples of possible observations and the inferences drawn from them. 1101 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ASTR 1301 or ...

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ASTR 1301/1101 Introduction to Astronomy and Lab

4 credit hours

Evolutionary, ecological, and environmental interrelationships among organisms. Basic biological principles and modern technology form the basis for inquiry and debate.

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BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology

3 credit hours

The process of science, including observation, evaluation, and predictions, will be applied to the understanding of biological principles. Illustration of the methods of science in the study of major biological concepts,...

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BIOL 1401 Science of Biology

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: BIOL 1400 or 1401, or 1411 and 1412, AND CHEM 1400 or 1402, or their equivalents. The morphology, physiology, and classification of microorganisms; the relationship of microorganisms to biotechnology, medi...

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BIOL 2401 Microbiology

3 credit hours

1302 - An introduction to the science of geology, the geological view of the human environment, how geologists learn about Planet Earth, and how society and geology interact. 1102 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1302...

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ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

1303 - An introduction to the science of geology, how geologists have learned about the Earth using geologic time as a theme. 1103 - Prerequisite or corequisite: ERSC 1303. A laboratory course designed to accompany ERSC ...

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ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology and Lab

4 credit hours

1304 - This is an introductory course environmental geology course that examines interactions between human beings and our changing planet, the affects of natural/geologic hazards on humans, and anthropogenic (human-caus...

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ERSC 1304/1104 Earth and the Environment and Lab

4 credit hours

Mathematics

Choose 3 hours

Prerequisite: A grade of C or greater in Math 0301 – Intermediate Algebra, a grade of AA, BA or CA in Math 0321 Pre-Core Mathematics, an equivalent transfer course, or an ACT Mathematics score of 21, or SAT Mathematics...

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MATH 1302 College Algebra

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test Corequisite with consent of instructor: MATH 1302.

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MATH 1303 Trigonometry

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302 or an equivalent transfer course or an ACT Mathematics score of 24. Not intended for mathematical science majors or minors.

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MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I

3 credit hours

MATH 1321 Quantitative and Mathematical Reasoning

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: a grade of C or greater in MATH 1302, an equivalent transfer course, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Differential and integral calculus with applications to economics and management sci...

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MATH 1342 Business Calculus

3 credit hours

The course includes concepts in​ ​algebra and trigonometry that are directly applicable to success​ ​in calculus such as functions, equations, trigonometric identities​ ​systems of equations and conic sectio...

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MATH 1401 Pre-calculus

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: grades of C or greater in MATH 1302 and 1303, equivalent transfer courses, or a suitable score on a mathematics placement test. Limits and limit theorems, continuity, derivatives and the chain rule, implic...

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MATH 1451 Calculus I

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or 1321 or equivalent. Introduction to the fundamental ideas of statistics, including descriptive statistics, normal distributions, sampling experiments, tests of hypotheses, and elementar...

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STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

3 credit hours

Flex

Choose 3 hours

Any additional Humanities from the Standard Core Humanities list

or

Any additional Social Sciences from the Standard Core Humanities list

This course helps students effectively deliver an oral presentation to an adult audience; listen to and critique objectively the oral presentations of others; effectively participate in one-to-one communication experienc...

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ACOM 1300 Speech Communication

3 credit hours

Required Courses (67 hours)

Health Education and Promotion Program Requirements

Choose 50 hours

Designed to develop the understanding, attitudes, and practices which contribute to optimum physical, mental, and social well-being. Emphasis on major health problems and causes of death in various age groups. Three hour...

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HHPS 1370 Personal Health

3 credit hours

A study of dating, engagements, marriage, children, divorce, and sexual behavior patterns. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours.

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HHPS 2374 Family Life & Sex Education

3 credit hours

Training individuals to realize ethical and legal obligations in rendering competent first aid in case of accident or injury until a physician can be found. American Heart Association advanced first aid certification on ...

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HHPS 3372 Advanced First Aid

3 credit hours

An in-depth study of drug education designed to help teachers, administrators, and other special interest groups present drug education programs. Three hours lecture. Three credit hours.

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HHPS 3377 Drug Education K-12

3 credit hours

Fundamental principles of human nutrition, nutritional value of foods, nutritional requirements of individuals at all ages, application of principles of nutrition under various physiological and economic conditions. Four...

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HHPS 3401 Nutrition

4 credit hours

This course is designed to give the student an initial fitness assessment and exercise prescription experience. Basic concepts of assessment and principles of physical training will be covered. Students will implement an...

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HHPS 3422 Exercise, Wellness, & Lifestyle

4 credit hours

Examination of methods to be used by teachers to develop the mental health of individual students. Emphasis on the health educator’s role in reducing mental and emotional problems. Three hours lecture per week. Three c...

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HHPS 4376 Mental Health Education

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: HHPS 1370 Personal Health or departmental approval. An introduction to the scientific basis for developing health education interventions from program assessment through program evaluation. History, theory,...

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HHPS 2303 Theory & Practice of Health Education

3 credit hours

A study of the historical development of organized physical activity designed to improve the understanding and appreciation of the purpose, value, nature, scope, and significance of physical education throughout history....

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HHPS 3320 History/Principles of Health & Physical Education

3 credit hours

Principles and practices of public health and voluntary health programs and agencies. Students make guided observation in laboratory situations and engage in seminars. Three hours lecture per week. Three credit hours.

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HHPS 3374 Community Health Agencies

3 credit hours

Examination of the concepts, philosophy, and applications of health education in public, private, professional, and commercial organizations that exist to improve and maintain health. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Ca...

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HHPS 4371 Health Education Concepts & Applications

3 credit hours

Designed to expand the health educators knowledge of health issues as they are influenced by laws, public opinion, and scientific knowledge; an in-depth study of current controversial issues in health education. Dual-lis...

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HHPS 4373 Controversial Issues in Health Education

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: HHPS 2303 and HHPS 4380 or department approval. This course is designed to provide a foundation in the organization and management of community-based health education programs. The purpose of this course i...

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HHPS 4378 Organization & Administration of Health Education

3 credit hours

Prerequisite: HHPS 2303 or department approval This course will focus on basic philosophic structure of an efficient, meaningful, and effective application of health education, teaching methods, learning models and theor...

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HHPS 4379 Methods & Techniques of Teaching Health Education

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: HHPS 4371 or department approval. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about program evaluation and measurement concepts in health education and their application. Conte...

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HHPS 4380 Health Education Program Evaluation

3 credit hours

This course is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the importance of cultural competence in health education and community health promotion. Focus will be on culturally appropriate communication, health l...

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HHPS 4382 Cultural Competence in Health Education

3 credit hours

Related Area Requirements

Choose 8 hours

Listed courses + 1-hour HHPS "short course"

This course is designed to develop within the prospective health, physical education and wellness professional an understanding and applicable knowledge of the human organism. Those systems appropriate for understanding ...

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HHPS 3412 Applied Human Science

4 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1302 or 1315 or equivalent. A study of descriptive research techniques. Emphasis on design and statistical analysis of descriptive experimentation. Topics include central tendency and dispersion, proba...

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PSYC 2340 Statistics and Methods

3 credit hours

HHPS Short Course Requirement

Choose 1 hour

A practical short course designed to teach the proper methods of dieting and controlling body weight. Students will be taught how to determine, achieve, and maintain their correct body mass by using the scientific princi...

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HHPS 1101 Dieting & Weight Control

3 credit hours

A practical short course designed to provide basic knowledge of drug abuse and addiction. Students will evaluate the role of drugs and other addictive behaviors in their life, and identify their risk factors for abuse or...

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HHPS 1102 Substance Abuse & Addiction

3 credit hours

A practical short course designed to explore nicotine dependency/addiction and smoking cessation options. Based on assessment of individual tobacco use and knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of smoking cessati...

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HHPS 1103 Smoking Cessation

3 credit hours

A practical short course designed to assist the individual in identifying sources and situations that trigger reactions, both positive and negative, that display the physiological stress response. The individual will be ...

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HHPS 1104 Stress Management

3 credit hours

a 1-hr LESC course

3 credit hours

Professional Area Requirements

Choose 9 hours

Requires instructor approval

Prerequisites: HHPS 2303, HHPS 4371, HHPS 4373 or department approval. The course will emphasize the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing seven areas of responsibility. It is the designated capstone cou...

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HHPS 4381 Health Sciences Seminar

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: senior standing (last semester), 3195, 3196, consent of program coordinator. Directed observation and supervised field work in a health education professional setting. Emphasis on administration, supervisi...

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HHPS 4695 Internship in Health Education

6 credit hours

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted to the program with a 2.00 GPA and a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Graduation Requirements

This degree program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours, including an 18-hour minor course of study. All required courses for the health education and promotion major are available online in traditional semester-length format. See the Undergraduate Catalog for more details about this program.

Program Advisor

Dr. Bennie Prince | 501.683.7201 | bfprince@ualr.edu
Health Education and Promotion Program Coordinator

Health, Human Performance and Sport Management website

Accreditation

UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $280