Health Promotion (BS)


We are now accepting applications for our Summer 2016 cohort.  Click here to access the application.


Program Description:

This degree-completion program, leading to the Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion, is designed to prepare students to work as health promoters.  Students completing the Health Promotion degree are fully equipped to lead out in programs geared toward helping people to stop smoking, lose weight, eat better, exercise more, stop abusing drugs, and manage stress. Graduates typically find employment in public health agencies, clinical facilities such as hospitals and medical clinics, college and university student wellness departments, voluntary agencies, and worksite health promotion departments. 

Two certifications are available to students completing the degree program. These include the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. (offered at various national sites), and the Health/Fitness Instructor from the American College of Sports Medicine (offered at ASU).

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Program Structure:

The online Health Promotion BS degree-completion program admits 20-30 students each first summer session.  Courses are sequenced to take into account pre- and co-requisites. This is a part-time (typically 2 courses/semester), 62-hour, year-round program.  A minor is included in the program (online options include Business, Sociology, and Communication). Students complete a 320-hour, local internship arranged in consultation with academic advisors. Because the program is delivered fully online, students must have reliable access to the internet and a high-speed/broadband access (cable or DSL) is strongly recommended.  See minimum computer requirements.


  • General Education Requirement. Appalachian State University's general education requirement can be met by transfer students who have completed the North Carolina CAA (44-hour) core or an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree with at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale when all courses taken as part of the 44-hour core have grades of C or higher (C- is not accepted).  (Note: The Summer 2014 semester was the last semester in which students can begin the NC Community College 44 hour transfer core, and must maintain continuous enrollment at the community college as defined by their community college.)  Students may choose to apply individual transfer courses to Appalachian's General Education requirement versus completion of one of the options listed above. 

    AA/AS degrees from out-of-state will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine if general education requirements have been met.  Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degrees are not accepted for transfer, and coursework completed as part of these applied science degrees is articulated and accepted on a course-by-course basis. 
  • Lower Division major requirements. Met by transferable coursework from accredited institutions; typically community colleges.

    • Includes coursework required for major and some minor courses.
    • Completion is recommended prior to entry into Appalachian's program, or no later than the fifth cohort semester.
    • Equivalent community college courses wil be identified through official College of Health Sciences Program of Study list, and other advising support
    • Concurrent enrollment (in Appalachian and North Carolina community college courses) is permitted, and may be supported by financial aid for those eligible.
    • Community college grades do not transfer; however a minimum 2.0 GPA on transferred lower-division coursework must be maintained.

    Degree-Specific Lower-Division Course Requirements

    Appalachian State University Course Title

    NC Community College Course

    NUT 2202 Nutrition and Health  (this course is delivered by ASU online to the HP cohorts as well)

    BIO 155 or NUT 110

    ES 2030 Anatomy and Physiology

    BIO 163 or BIO 165+166 or BIO

    HP 3100 Emergency Care and CPR

    Choose one of the following options:

    • HEA 112 (2 hours) + relevant experience/training or CPR certification
    • HEA 110 (3 hours) + relevant
      experience/training + CPR certification
    • EMS 110 (7 hours)

    SOC 1000 Intro to Sociology

    SOC 210

    SOC 1110 Sociology of Intimate Relationships

    SOC 213

    COM 2101 Public Speaking

    COM 231 or ENG 115

    CIS 1026 Computing Fundamentals or CS 1410 Intro to Computer Applications

    CSC 120 or CIS 110

    Biology or Chemistry Sequence:  Two courses (8sh total);

    BIO 110 or BIO 111 + BIO 112 or 140+A
    OR CHM 151 +152


    For Business Minor Only


    ECO 2030 Principles of Economics, Price, Theory

    ECO 251

    ACC 2100 Principles of Accounting

    ACC 120


  • Upper-division major and minor requirements. Delivered online by Appalachian faculty.
    • Typically two (6sh) courses delivered each semester. fall semester (16-week), spring semester (16-week), and summer semester (5-week or 10-week session).
    • Total of ten semesters (year-round-three years and one semester).
    • Appalachian courses delivered only ONCE to each cohort; completion of courses is the student's responsibility, including make-up if necessary (via another cohort, on-campus in Boone, or approved substitute from another institution).

Typical course schedule for all online cohorts (subject to change)

Semester 1

HP 2100 Health Program Planning & Evaluation
HP 3000 Fitness in Health Promotion

Semester 2

HP 4200 Principles of Epidemiology
NUT 2202* Nutrition and Health

Semester 3

HP 3700 Health Behavior Change
SOC 3100 Gerontology

Semester 4HP 2200 Lifestyle Disease & Risk Reduction
Semester 5

HP 4400 Weight Management (Prerequisite: NUT 2202)
HP 3200 Health Risk Appraisal

Semester 6

HP 4800 Health Promotion Interventions (Prerequisite: HP 2100 and Senior Standing)
HP 3130 Environmental Health

Semester 7

HP 4701 Seminar in Health Promotion (Prerequisite: HP 3200)
HP 4300 Smoking Cessation/Alcohol Treatment Program

Semester 8

HP 4100 Biostatistics
COM 1200 (for Communication minor)
COM course (for Communication minor)
MKT 3050 (for Business minor)
SOC 1100 (for Sociology minor)
HP 4900 Internship (CAP) (Senior standing and with approval)

Semester 9

CIS 2050 (for Business minor)
COM course (for Communication minor)
COM course (for Communication minor)
MGT 3630  (for Business minor)
SOC 3550 (for Sociology minor)
HP 4900 (if not already taken)

Semester 10

FIN 3010 (for Business minor)
SOC 3885 (for Sociology minor)
SOC 2850 (for Sociology minor)
HP 4900 (if not already taken)


 BS Health Promotion Program of Study



Applicants must present a minimum of 30 semester hours of transferrable, lower-division coursework by entry, and are strongly encouraged to complete an NC Associate of Arts degree, an NC Associate of Science degree or the NC Community College 44-hour Core before admission; the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree does not meet the core requirement. A NC community college advisor can identify coursework required for one of the three core alternatives.


A complete application (submitted online, fee paid, and all required supporting documents received by Appalachian; ACT/ SAT test scores not required) are due by the applicable deadline. Applicants who are admissible to the University will be invited to enter the program first-come/first-served - based upon the date their application was complete. Application information and instructions will be provided prior to the application period.

Appalachian State University reserves the right to cancel the start of any Distance Education program due to the lack of sufficient, sustainable enrollment (typically 15 for Graduate programs and 18 for Undergraduate programs).  In the event of a cancellation for insufficient enrollment, application fees will be refunded.  Refunds will also be issued for any tuition and fees paid by applicants.  These refund policies apply ONLY to canceled programs.   When program starts are delayed, students may opt for a refund or apply their application to the new semester.  If you have any questions concerning this policy, contact the Distance Ed Program Manager (contact info below).

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Academic Program CoordinatorMr. Chris Shreve
Advisor for upper division coursework – e.g. courses delivered to cohort and internship
Phone: 828-262-7685

Program ManagerMs. Lisa Houser
Toll-free Phone: 800-355-4084 ext. 2906
Local Phone: 828-262-2906
Fax:  828-265-8673

Major Code: 
Health Promotion
Houser, Lisa