Online Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion

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Program at a Glance

  • Experience curriculum aligned with the educational requirements for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination.*
  • Gain valuable real-world experience through an optional internship
  • Obtain knowledge and skills to make a positive impact on communities and health care systems.
  • Explore topics designed to meet the needs of health educators and community health workers.
  • Shorten your path to a master’s degree in health education or public health with the accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s option.
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
4 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
180
(120 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$371

Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion Overview

The bachelor’s degree in health education and promotion teaches you to plan, implement, and evaluate health programs at the community level, including marketing, advocacy and financial aspects. The online degree program provides the flexibility to study on your schedule, wherever you are.

The curriculum for the online bachelor's degree in health education and promotion aligns with the educational requirements for the CHES® examination, offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

The Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion program will develop skills in the following areas:

  • Critical-thinking and problem-solving: Assess needs, resources, and the capacity for health education/promotion in a variety of settings.
  • Research and analysis: Plan health education/promotion programs.
  • Leadership and teamwork: Implement health education/promotion programs.
  • Communication: Serve as a health education/promotion resource person.
  • Professionalism and ethics: Advocate for health, wellness, and the profession of health education/promotion.


See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Accelerated Master’s Degree Options

You can work toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in health care administration, health informatics, health information management, public health, or health education while you earn your bachelor’s degree.


Complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admission Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Prior Work Experience

    You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

    Your Experience Counts

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

    Financial Aid FAQ

  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

Coursework focuses on providing a solid foundation in health education program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.

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Sample Courses
  • Research Methods for Health Sciences
  • Models for Health and Wellness
  • Social Determinants of Health and Health Behavior
  • Health Education Program Assessment and Planning
  • Health Education Program Implementation and Evaluation

Program Requirements

  • Major Credits
    66
  • Elective Credits
    69
  • Total Credits
    180

Career Opportunities

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health education specialist and community health worker occupations are projected to grow much fastest than the average for all occupations from 2020 through 2030.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Speaking
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Active Listening
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Writing

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Health Education Specialists and Community Health Workers, www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.