Jun 20, 2024  
2019-2020 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Springfield College Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Health Promotion for Schools and Communities

Program Information

The mission of Springfield College’s health promotion for schools and communities major is to advance the quality of life in our society by providing students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate health programs in schools, community organizations, healthcare organizations, and worksites. The program promotes the growth and development of students in health classes by fostering decision making, critical thinking, and communication skills that lead to personal and social responsibilities.

Positions are available in the professional field for health educators in government and social agencies, public and private schools, and clinical settings such as hospitals and medical facilities (some of these positions may require preparation beyond the bachelor’s degree). Specialists in this field also serve in public health departments; in social service agencies such as the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and the American Lung Association; and in the allied areas of research, medicine, patient education, schools, and health maintenance organizations. With increasing attention and concern focused on the state of health and health practices in all segments of American society, the future employment opportunities for qualified health educators are increasing and expanding.

Degree Information

Degree: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Health Promotion for Schools and Communities.

(120 credit hours) Requirements are subject to change.

Contact Information

For more information about the health promotion for schools and communities major, both teaching and non-teaching concentrations, contact  Dr. Michelle Moosbrugger or Dr. Ted France, co-chairpersons of the Physical Education and Health Education Department or the Admissions Office at (800) 343-1257.

Curricular Requirements

General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)

The General Education program at Springfield College is informed by its century-old Humanics tradition of educating the whole person in spirit, mind, and body, for leadership in service to humanity. These requirements have the goal of developing literate, thoughtful, socially responsible students, and instilling in them a spirit of inquiry into the nature of humankind and the universe. Towards those ends, the requirements emphasize and encourage: the acquisition of knowledge, understanding, and competency essential for the improvement of the human condition in a diverse society; a search for personal and spiritual values; and the development of an understanding and appreciation of physical well-being. 

For specific requirements, see the General Education Program (40 - 46 credits)  section.

II. Major Requirements

C. Related Skills Requirements

III. Electives (to complete a minimum of 120 credits)

IV. Program Standards

Health Promotion for Schools and Communities majors must achieve the following standards for successful completion of the degree program:

  1. Earn a minimum professional GPA of 2.75 or higher for all major requirements.
  2. Earn a minimum cumulative GPA (all courses) of 2.50 or higher.
  • Note: Students completing this program who wish to apply to the graduate program will need a minimum 3.000 GPA to be accepted.