Welcome to Health Promotion

What is Health Promotion?

  • Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over their health and its determinants, and thereby improve their health. The Health Promotion concentration at Mississippi State University is based on a social ecological approach to health, health education and health promotion.
  • This includes empowering individuals and communities in a collaborative process to reduce social inequalities and health disparities. The program emphasizes the reciprocal relationship between health related behaviors and the environments (physical and social) in which people live.
  • Students learn to plan, implement and evaluate comprehensive, multi-faceted approaches to health using a shared framework for change at the individual and environmental level.

Careers in Health Promotion

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines health educators (SOC 21-1091.00) as those who promote, maintain, and improve individual and community health by assisting individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors, collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments. They may also serve as a resource to assist individuals, other professionals, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs. http://www.bls.gov/soc/soc_f1j1.htm

According to the BLS:

  • 5 out of 10 health educators work in health care and social assistance and an additional 2 out of 10 work in State and local government.
  • A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement for entry level jobs, but many employers prefer to hire workers with a master's degree.
  • Rapid job growth is expected.
  • Employment of health educators is expected to grow by 18 percent, which is faster than the average occupations through 2018. Growth will result from the rising cost of healthcare.

Health Promotion Graduates find employment in:
  • Corporations
  • Schools and universities
  • Hospitals and other health care settings
  • Public policy advocacy and lobbying
  • Voluntary agencies (American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, etc.)
  • Epidemiology

Program Coordinators

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