Program Description


The BS in Health Promotion provides students with three options: Community Health, Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness, and Health Administration. All Health Promotion majors complete an 8 semester hour, 320 clock hour internship in a workplace setting appropriate to their career goals.

The Department of Health Promotion includes dedicated academic advising for all students, an internship coordinator who facilitates internship identification, placement, and supervision, and faculty with interdisciplinary training grounded in practical experience. Faculty facilitate student research and supporting student professional development with their personal time and resources. Students present their research at University, regional, and national conferences. Each spring, the Department takes an undergraduate team to the SOPHE Undergraduate Case Study Competition at the national convention. Teams from EIU have won twice and placed twice in the 12 years since the competition began.

Community Health is an ideal option for students who want to work with individuals and communities to find ways to improve people’s health status. Students will be trained to evaluate and assess both individual and community health issues by examining risk factors, protective factors, available resources, community support for change, and characteristics of vulnerable populations. Students build on these analytical skills by developing program plans including assessment and evaluation components. Students in this option are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam in their last term of study.

Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness is a FEMA-approved program - - designed for primarily two groups of students: (1) students who are interested in working in emergency management, and (2) students interested in first responder professions which require a bachelor’s degree for career advancement (firefighter, paramedic, police).

Health Administration is the best option for students who are more interested in the management and administration side of healthcare delivery. Typically, students enrolled in this option prefer to be making the decisions and implementing the processes that ensure direct care providers have all the necessary resources to do their jobs, rather than working directly with health-related clients. Students complete the Business Administration minor as part of their curriculum, which meets admissions requirements for most MBA programs. Students in this option are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam in their last term of study.


Community Health, Teacher Licensure 6-12, Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness (2 Year), Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness (4 Year), Health Administration

About Eastern Illinois University

Eastern Illinois University is a state university located in Charleston, Illinois, United States. Established in 1895 as the Eastern Illinois State Normal School, a teacher's college offering a two-year degree, Eastern Illinois University gradually expanded into a comprehensive university with a broad curriculum, including Baccalaureate and Master's degrees in education, business, arts, sciences, and humanities.