Public Health Promotion

Suggested Schedule for the  Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Health with a focus on Public Health Promotion.

The suggested schedule integrates requirements for the major, College of Education, Health & Society, and the Miami Plan and provides a structure for completing the major within a 4-year period.

Please consult with your advisor to determine how electives can contribute to your academic goals.

Sample Course Outline

Public Health Promotion examines the principles and practices of health promotion to address current and emerging public health problems. The focus of the concentration is on the development of public health education prevention strategies across the life span.

First Year

Recommended courses by semester
First Year
Fall Spring
KNH125 Intro to Public Health KNH218 Applied Health Behavior Change
Miami Plan classes Miami Plan classes

Second Year

Recommended courses by semester
Second Year
Fall Spring
KNH221 Social Marketing in Public Health KNH295 Research and Evaluation Methods
STA261 Statistics KNH321 Health Policy and Administration
Elective KHN262 Public Health Education
Elective GHS101 Introduction to Global Health

Third Year

Recommended courses by semester
Third Year
Fall Spring
KNH362 Public Health Communication IES|KNH441 Environmental Public Health
MBI361 Epidemology Elective
Elective KNH424 Public Health Disparities Past and Current

Fourth Year

Recommended courses by semester
Fourth Year
Fall Spring
Capstone KNH340 or KNH377R Internship or research project
KHN462 Public Health Program Planning and Evaluation Electives

Public Health Promotion Concentration

Miami University offers two undergraduate degrees in public health. Undergraduate students take a variety of courses to build general public health knowledge and develop a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of how to address existing and emerging public health problems. Students choose from two degrees—a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Kinesiology and Health—with a major in Public Health hosted by the College of Education, Health, and Society or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Health hosted by the College of Arts and Science. Both degrees require a set of integrated core courses with additional requirements that encourage students to explore a breadth of coursework. Both degrees prepare students seeking future training in the health sciences, such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, kinesiology, pharmacy, and social work.

Students who have an interest in the complex interplay of cultural, ethical, social, economic, political, and social justice forces that shape human health.

Students who would like to pursue careers in health education and promotion or non-profit/governmental work.

Course Requirements

The requirements represent the faculty’s consolidation of the standards specified by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) and a thorough review of undergraduate public health programs offered by other universities. The program is intentionally broad in focus within the discipline in order to expand the opportunities of the graduate. Our curriculum requires a set of core courses needed by all public health majors, focus course selections and a capstone course that provides more in-depth coverage of disciplines within the field, and elective courses to complement the students’ career objectives and interests.

Recommended courses by semester
Public Health (All Required)
Introduction to Public Health
Community Health Perspectives
KNH 125 or MBI 131 3
Epidemiology MBI 361 3
Environmental Public Health IES/KHN 441 3
National and Global Health Policy
Social Policy & Programs in Gerontology
KNH 321 or GTY 365 3
Applied Health Behavior Change KNH 218 3
Applied Statistics
STA 261 or STA 301 4 or 3
Total 18-19


Recommended courses by semester
Concentration (Required)

Public Health Promotion

Take all

KNH 221 - Social Marketing in Public Health (3)
KNH 262 – Public Health Education (3)
KNH 295 – Research and Evaluation Methods (3)
KNH 362 – Public Health Communication (3)
KNH 424 – Public Health Disparities Past & Current (3)
KNH 462 – Public Health Planning & Evaluation (3)


Choose one  (1-3)

KNH 340 – Internship
KNH 402 - Critical Reflection
KNH 377R – Research
KNH 477R – Research

19-21 Credits

Major Total: 46-49

Host: Kinesiology and Health

Contact: Dr. Paul Branscum
202P Phillips Hall

*this is a capstone


Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize valid and reliable public health information.
  • Students will be able to communicate evidence based public health information in either oral or written forms.
  • Students will be able to apply public health information to planning the design, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs.

Career Opportunities

  • City and County Health Departments
  • Employee Health & Wellness
  • Government
  • Health Coach
  • Health Educator
  • Health Promoter in Schools
  • Hospital Wellness Programs
  • Private Health Organizations
  • Public Health Organizations
  • University Wellness Program Coordinator

*If you are interested in sitting for the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) Exam through the NCHEC (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing) meet with your academic advisor for the CHES Exam eligibility requirements.