Master of Sciences in Health Promotion

Master of Sciences in Health Promotion

What is Health Promotion?

Health promotion is a discipline that seeks to improve the health of individuals and communities through education, behavior change, and environmental improvement. Health promotion draws from a number of complementary disciplines including psychology, sociology, biological and clinical sciences, and business (marketing and management). In the words of the World Health Organization, health promotion is "the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health." 

Is a Degree in Health Promotion Right for You?

  • Would you like to learn how lifestyle influences health?
  • Are you passionate about personal and community health?
  • Would you like to learn how to be a more effective advocate for healthy living?
  • Are you interested in why people behave the way they do?
  • Would you like to learn how to create and evaluate health behavior change programs?

If you answered YES to several of these questions, a master’s degree in Health Promotion at UCCS may be right for you!

What Should You Expect from UCCS’s Program?

Our 34-credit hour Health Promotion master’s degree program equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to apply the principles of health promotion in a variety of community, research, clinical, business, and school settings. Graduates of this program are prepared to take leadership roles in designing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in various public and private agencies at organizational, local, state, and national levels.


Become a Certified Health Coach before the end of your degree program

A Health Coach is an expert on behavior change and works with people on making behavior changes that can lead to them meeting or exceeding their health and wellness goals.

Health and Wellness Coach Certification through Real Balance Global Wellness

  • Accredited certification
  • Pathway to the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches

Course Information

  • Course taught on campus from UCCS faculty, Gina Burton
  • Health Coaching Course is required for Health Promotion degree and offered as an elective for other programs.
  • Health Coaching course is offered as 3 credit hours

In the first three semesters of program operations, peer health coaches helped more than 40 University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) students, faculty, and staff.

 “[I have received] tools and ideas to help me organize and plan out my goals, and recommendations for tools and techniques that will help me accomplish my goals,” comments one client.

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What Makes the Program Distinctive?

Focus on Health Behavior

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Students who graduate from our program understand how to work with individuals and groups in real time to modify health behaviors utilizing communication strategies that are respectful of individual and cultural differences.

Interdisciplinary Program

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Our students take courses and engage in practicum experiences with students from other disciplines such as Sport Nutrition.

Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice

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Our coursework provides opportunities to develop interprofessional competencies in communication, quality, and teamwork.

Applied and Service Opportunities

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We have a variety of sites on-and off-campus in our Colorado Springs community where students are active in service delivery and research. Possible settings include community, clinical, corporate, and commercial.

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