Health Promotion & Physical Education

The Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education (HPE) offers undergraduate degrees in Health and Physical Activity Leadership, Integrated Health Science, and Public Health Education. The Department also offers a minor in Public Health and a certificate in Coaching which are open to any degree-seeking undergraduate student at KSU. The department serves the campus community through an extensive array of Instructional Physical Activity (IPAP) and Health and Wellness courses.

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Health Promotion & Physical Education Admission Information

  • Admission to the Public Health Education program is separate from admission to Kennesaw State University. Students must meet the program requirements outlined below to pursue this degree. Students should declare the Public Health Education (PHE) Major-Interest through Owl Express > Student Records > Declare or Change Major/Minor. For more information, view the Office of the Registrar Registration Policies.

    As a gated program, formal admission into the Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education program is based on the following criteria:

    1. Completion of 30 overall course credits including a “C” or better in the following courses: WELL 2000, PHE 2000, and PHE 2100.
    2. An Institutional GPA of 2.5 or higher (please note that maintaining a 2.5 GPA is required for continued program admission and entry into PHE 4750).
    3. Completion of the online Public Health Education application form, which includes dept. referral, PHE involvement statement, and future career goal essay.

    The required Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education program application materials should be completed in consultation with the student’s assigned academic advisor to review and verify academic records and to plan courses of study.


    • Fall Semester (October 1)
    • Spring Semester (March 1)
    • Summer Semester (August 1)
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  • Program of Study

    General Education Core Curriculum (Areas A-E) (42 Credit Hours)
    (see KSU Undergraduate Catalog)

    Listing of requirements & Health and Nursing Majors: Students must take a two-semester laboratory sequence in either physics, chemistry, or biology. Students can choose from CHEM 1151/L & 1152/L, CHEM 1211/L & 1212/L, PHYS 1111/L & PHYS 1112/L, or BIOL 1107/L & 1108/L. See the individual degree program requirement section for majors with these requirements. Nursing majors are recommended to take CHEM 1151/L & CHEM 1152/L.

    Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

    • PHE 2000: Writing and Analysis for Public Health Education
    • PHE 2100: Introduction to Public Health Education
    • PHE 2400: Behavior Theory and Applications
    • WELL 2000: Foundations of Health and Wellness
    • HPE 2250: Functional Anatomy and Physiology
    • HS 2300: Cultural Competence in the Human Services
      One additional hour from General Education Area D2 Program Requirements (42 Credit Hours)

    Public Health Education Core (30 Credit Hours)

    • PHE 3150: Applied Analytic Techniques in Public Health Education
    • PHE 3400: Disease Prevention and Management
    • PHE 3850: Fundamentals of Program Planning
    • PHE 4200:Introduction to Community and Worksite Health
    • PHE 4300: Environmental Health Issues
    • PHE 4350: Methods of Public Health Education Research
    • PHE 4500: Epidemiology
    • PHE 4600: Program Implementation and Evaluation
    • PHE 4650: Health Coaching and Patient Education
    • PHE 4710: Introduction to Public Health Education Internship
    • PHE 3330: Health Systems & Health Policy
    • NURS 3330: Health Systems and Health Policy

    Public Health Education Capstone (12 Credit Hours)

    • PHE 4750: Public Health Education Seminar and Internship

    Upper-Division Related Electives (9 Credit Hours)

    Any 3000 - 4000 level courses with the following prefix: PHE, HPE, IHS, IPE, HS, NURS, SOCI, PSYC, COM, ORGC, TCOM

    Free Electives (9 Credit Hours)

    Any course offered by the university regardless of prefix.

    Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

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  • Public Health Education Policies

    Course and Academic Expectations

    In addition to the specific course and program related expectations and requirements specified by each faculty member in their course syllabi, the PHE program upholds high expectations of PHE Major’s performance in the classroom and in all related academic,
    departmental, professional, and field experiences. These expectations include but are not limited to the following:

    Professional Dispositions

    PHE majors are evaluated on their professional dispositions in every PHE related course in which they are enrolled. Dispositions reflect the values, commitments, behaviors, and professional ethics that demonstrate students’ behaviors toward the PHE Major, instructors, advisors, peers and other students, colleagues, communities, and the profession as a whole. Dispositions serve to guide as well as reinforce students’ learning, academic behavior and performance, as well as professional growth as future PHE practitioners.

    The PHE and program-related faculty complete the disposition assessment either during (as warranted) or at the end of each semester (as warranted)—see below for Dispositions Rubric:

    PHE Dispositions Rubric

    What happens if a major receives a negative disposition evaluation?

    PHE Professional Dispositions Scoring Guide: The minimal acceptable level on the Disposition Rubric is “L3 – Acceptable.” If a PHE Minor/Major is rated as a “L2 – Marginal” on any component of the Disposition Rubric in a course (either during or at the conclusion of a course as  warranted), the course instructor notifies the PHE Program Coordinator and student. The course instructor then meets with the student and PHE Program Coordinator (if necessary), to determine how to improve performance in future courses. If a PHE Minor/Major is rated as a “L1 – Unsatisfactory” on any component of the Disposition Rubric, a formal remediation plan is developed in consultation with the PHE faculty member, academic advisor (if applicable), PHE Program Coordinator, and the student for the following semester. The student may not be formally admitted to nor progress in the program until the remediation plan is completed and disposition concerns are effectively and consistently addressed.

  • Public Health Education Internship

    PHE 4750 - Seminar and Internship in Public Health Education

    12 credit hour capstone experience (2 Seminar credit hours and 10 Internship credit hours which includes 400 field-based hours) offered each semester for eligible PHE Majors.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, applications must be submitted via the "APPLY" link and will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator/Program Admission Committee
  • Applications are accepted each semester.
  • All students who complete the B.S. in Public Health Education will be eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. For further information on CHES, please refer to the following:
  • PHE Areas of Concentration in Community Health, Worksite Health, and Health Coaching and Patient Education are fulfilled through the PHE selected Content and Skill Related coursework.
  • Yes—PHE 4750—PHE Seminar and Internship is a 12-credit hour, capstone course required of all PHE Majors and is taken in the final semester upon successful completion of all required program coursework.
  • Contact the appropriate Department office for the specific course you are trying to add. Include the reasons for your request as well as your full name, major, course and CRN, and KSU ID number.
  • If you are denied registration to a course in your program of study and meet the requirement
    of course prerequisite and are a declared major or minor, please complete the override
    request form found here:  
  • Course substitutions are handled through the Advising Center and/or your assigned academic advisor. For substitutions specific to courses from other institutions, access the Registrar's Transfer Articulation System to determine if a course you have completed has been substituted on your academic records.
  • Students must declare a major or minor via Owl Express.
  • Without exception, students must petition to graduate in the semester prior to your anticipated graduation date. Specific dates can be found on the academic calendar via the Registrars Office. Petitions to graduate are completed directly through your personal Owl Express account. Note that petitions to graduate are in effect for one year.

Department of Health Promotion & Physical Education News

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Doing a World of Good

Maria Mata plans to dedicate her career to addressing global health issues. She’s off to a good start, already traveling the world to gain experience in her chosen field.

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Active Bodies, Active Minds

The machines may remind students of the equipment in the recreation center, but it is not designed for an intense workout.

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