Public Health Promotion

Public Health Promotion Mission

The purpose of the Public Health Promotion degree is twofold. First, to prepare exceptional public health promotion students that can serve in a variety of health settings of practice, including but not limited to schools, work-sites, communities, with individuals, and in the health care system. The second is to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases within a given population.

The Public Health Promotion degree program provides students with an understanding of a wide range of health topics including public health principles; community health issues; risk factors and prevention; behavior-change theory and application; health promotion program assessment, design, implementation, and evaluation. The Public Health Promotion program educates students to utilize an ecological framework to approach the determinants of health.

Students may wish to begin their career, continue their education, and/or take the national exam for the certified health education specialist (CHES) after graduating from the Public Health Promotion program. No matter the goal, students will be prepared to address emerging individual and public health challenges.

Public Health Promotion Program Learning Outcomes

The B.S. in Public Health Promotion will enable students to:

  1. Locate, evaluate, summarize, synthesize, and attribute information relevant to assessing and improving population health.
  2. Explain the relationship between and impact of social and physical determinants of health and their contribution to health disparities
  3. Identify the fundamental relationship between health, human rights, social justice, ethical practice, and advocacy
  4. Effectively utilize oral and written forms of communication to disseminate health information to diverse audiences
  5. Demonstrate professional and ethical standards and capacity to work independently and collaboratively
  6. Apply techniques used to analyze, monitor, and evaluate public health related data
  7. Develop, implement, and evaluate public health programs conducted in varied settings
  8. Practice cultural humility, responsiveness, and respect when working with diverse populations

B.S. Public Health Promotion Orientation


Public Health Graduate Programs

Select weblinks are provided below to assist with learning more about the topics. 

Public health practitioners work in hospitals, nonprofit or government organizations, doctors’ offices, private businesses, and university settings.

This degree also requires a practicum course your last semester. To learn more, please select the Public Health Promotion Practicum tab. 

Advising Tab

Contact Name Email Phone
Ping Luo, Ed.D. (Professor) 209 667 3565
Brent Powell, Ph.D., CHES (Professor) 209 667 3348
Wura Jacobs, Ph.D., CHES (Assist. Professor) 209 667 3347
Eric Conrad, Ph.D., CHES (Assist. Professor) 209 667 3326
Heidi Santino, M.S. (Practicum Coordinator)  


Outstanding Student Public Health Promotion, 2021 -  Job Medina-Ramirez

Previous Outstanding Health Promotion Students: 

 2016 - Consuelo Hernandez

 2017 - Bryan Jimenez

 2018 - James Nelson

 2019 - Alexxa Banuelos

 2020 - Samantha Nerio