Health Promotion and Wellness (Tempo Competency-Based Learning™)

Help individuals and communities—and even yourself—embrace a healthier lifestyle and achieve optimal wellness.

Explore nutrition, fitness, and health communication strategies. This concentration is ideal if you aspire to promote health literacy and wellness. Coursework is specially developed to prepare you for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. 

In this BS in Public Health concentration, you’ll learn to:

  • Raise health literacy among individuals and populations.
  • Understand fundamental wellness principles.
  • Master best practices for the design and development of effective health promotion strategies.
  • Build a body of knowledge that can be applied to a broad spectrum of health careers.

The Tempo Learning option1 is ideal for busy working professionals like you. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.

Each competency has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with your education and future employment in mind.

If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, this program is also offered in a course-based format.

Degree Completion Requirements

  • 180 total quarter credits
  • General education courses (45 cr.)
  • Core courses (55 cr.)
  • Concentration courses (25 cr.)
  • Elective courses (50 cr.)
  • Capstone course (5 cr.)

Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits.

This represents the minimum credits for program completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 844-767-9522.

The BS in Public Health program with a specialization in Health Wellness and Promotion includes the following competencies grouped within these Areas of Expertise.

AoE: Foundations of Public Health (PUBH 1000)

  • PF1006 Introduction to Public Health: Identify concepts related to public health.
  • PF1007 Professional Goals: Develop professional goals based on program learning outcomes.
  • PF1008 Impact of Chronic Illness: Analyze the impact of chronic illness on communities.
  • PF1009 Public Health Services: Analyze public health services and career opportunities.
  • PF1010 Advocacy of Public Health: Advocate for public health interests.

AoE: Context of Healthcare Delivery (HLTH 1005)

  • HD1001 Bills and Laws: Identify the key points of historical bills and laws in healthcare.
  • HD1002 Healthcare Systems: Compare aspects of the U.S. healthcare system to other countries
  • HD1003 Vertical and Horizontal Integrated Systems: Analyze the benefits and limitations of integrated systems.
  • HD1004 Current Health Issues in the Workplace: Analyze the impact of current healthcare delivery issues.
  • HD1005 Barriers to Care: Apply strategies to mitigate barriers of care.
  • HD1006 Continuum of Care: Develop patient plans throughout the continuum of care.

AoE: Behavioral and Cultural Issues in Healthcare (HLTH 2110)

  • BC2001 Health Disparities: Demonstrate understanding of health disparities.
  • BC2002 Cultural Competence: Apply culturally competent practices when working with patients and other healthcare professionals.
  • BC2003 Social Ecological Model: Apply the social ecological model to community health issues.
  • BC2004 Health Disparity Programs: Evaluate intervention programs aimed at mitigating health disparities.
  • BC2005 Advocacy: Advocate for changes to policies or programs that positively impact the health of vulnerable populations.

AoE: Theories of Health Behavior (HLTH 2500)

  • HB2001 Influences on Health Behavior: Analyze the influences of personal, social, and environmental factors on health behaviors.
  • HB2002 Health Behavior Theories and Models: Describe key concepts associated with health behavior theories and models.
  • HB2003 Changing Health Behaviors: Analyze theory-based strategies to change health behaviors.
  • HB2004 Applying Health Behavior Theories and Models: Apply theories and models to the development of strategies that influence health behaviors in specific populations with health issues.

AoE: Environmental Health (PUBH 3000)

  • EH3001 Introduction to Environmental Health: Analyze the impact of environmental factors on health.
  • EH3002 Agents of Environmental Disease: Analyze the health effects of agents of environmental disease.
  • EH3003 Environmental Policy: Explain local, national, and global environmental policies relating to air, food, water, and waste management.
  • EH3004 Environmental Health Assessment: Apply findings from an environmental health assessment to home and workplace safety.

AoE: Human Disease and Prevention (PUBH 3100)

  • DP3001 Public Health Trends: Analyze the impact of public health trends on disparities.
  • DP3002 Biological Factors: Analyze how the impact of disease on the human body informs public health strategies.
  • DP3003 Spread of Disease: Recommend public health strategies informed by the epidemiologic triangle and change of infection.
  • DP3004 Culture and Psychosocial Factors: Analyze the impact of culture and psychosocial factors on the incidence and prevalence of chronic disease.
  • DP3005 Emerging and Re-Emerging Risk: Recommend strategies to address emerging and re-emerging disease risk factors.
  • DP3006 Modifiable Risk Factors: Recommend strategies to address modifiable risk factors aimed at preventing disease.

AoE: Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare (HLTH 3100)

  • EA3001 Ethical Decision-Making Models: Apply ethical decision-making models.
  • EA3002 Code of Ethics: Apply codes of ethics to health-related issues.
  • EA3003 Legal Issues: Apply healthcare-related laws to healthcare settings.
  • EA3004 Good Samaritan Laws: Synthesize information on Good Samaritan Laws.
  • EA3005 Informed Consent: Apply informed consent criteria.
  • EA3006 End of Life: Analyze the ethical and legal issues related to completed advanced directives.

AoE: Global and Public Health (HLTH 3115)

  • PG3001 Global Health Trends and Practices: Identify key influences on global health trends and practices.
  • PG3002 Global Health Populations: Describe key public health populations and global health factors that affect diverse populations, cultures, as well as women and children.
  • PG3003 Infectious Disease: Identify and describe infectious diseases and their modes of transmission.
  • PG3004 Chronic Disease: Identify and describe chronic diseases and their modes of transmission.
  • PG3005 Global Health Organizations and Strategies: Describe global health agencies, their roles, and the ways which they support global public health.
  • PG3006 The Future of Global Health: Recognize emerging trends in global public health as they relate to population growth, new technology, and ethical/legal considerations.
  • PG3007 Apply Principles of Global Public Health: Recommend strategies to positively affect global public health in an identified population.

AoE: Principles of Epidemiology (HLTH 4200)

  • PE4001 Descriptive Epidemiology: Identify the personal, temporal, and spatial aspects of disease.
  • PE4002 Study Designs: Apply study designs to the surveillance of diseases.
  • PE4003 Role of the Epidemiologist: Analyze the role of the epidemiologist in informing scientific, ethical, economic, and political decisions within public health.

AoE: Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis (HLTH 4205)

  • RM4001 Research Questions: Develop health-related research questions designed around the scientific method.
  • RM4002 Literature Review: Evaluate peer-reviewed research surrounding health-related topics.
  • RM4003 Research Design: Apply research design to health-related topics.
  • RM4004 Ethics in Research: Apply ethical principles to health-related research.
  • RM4005 Data Collection and Analysis: Apply data collection and analysis tools to health-related topics.
  • RM4006 Presenting Your Proposal: Present formal research proposals.

AoE: Public Health Education and Communication (PUBH 4000)

  • PU4001 History and Trends: Identify key historical events and trends in the health education profession.
  • PU4002 Professional Organizations: Analyze the role of professional organizations in public health advocacy.
  • PU4003 Professional Development Plans: Apply certification standards to a professional development plan.
  • PU4004 Codes of Ethics: Apply the Health Education Code of Ethics.
  • PU4005 Communicating to Populations: Apply communication strategies for public health education.

AoE: Introduction to Healthcare Management (HLTH 4000)

  • HM4001 Manager vs. Leader: Differentiate the characteristics of managers and leaders.
  • HM4002 Emotional Intelligence: Analyze the influence of emotional intelligence on leadership style.
  • HM4003 Roles and Responsibilities: Delegate responsibilities within a healthcare management team.
  • HM4004 Leadership Strategies: Apply leadership strategies to management scenarios.
  • HM4005 Leadership Philosophy: Develop a personal leadership philosophy reflective of emotional intelligence and leadership style.

AoE: Healthcare Economics from a Population Health Perspective (HLTH 4530)

  • HH4001 Introduction to Economics: Identify concepts related to healthcare economics.
  • HH4002 Health Insurance and Reimbursement: Analyze the impact of health insurance, reimbursement, and the social determinants of health on the management of chronic diseases.
  • HH4003 Economics of Population Health: Analyze the impact of social determinants of health.

AoE: Planning Public Health Programs (PUBH 4030)

  • PP4001 Community Assessment: Justify the selection of public health problems within targeted communities.
  • PP4002 Planning Models: Justify the selection of planning models to address chose public health problems within targeted communities.
  • PP4003 Mission, Goals, Objectives, and Strategies: Develop measurable goals, objectives, and intervention strategies to address chosen public health issues.
  • PP4004 Program Plan Implementation: Develop budgets, timelines, and marketing strategies for program plan implementation.
  • PP4005 Program Proposal: Develop proposals to resent program plans.

AoE: Evaluating Public Health Programs (PUBH 4100)

  • EV4001 Purposes of Program Evaluation: Analyze purposes of program evaluation and distinguish between types of evaluation.
  • EV4002 Program Evaluation Steps: Apply the steps in designing and conducting program evaluations.
  • EV4003 Program Evaluation Standards: Assess program evaluation criteria to meet standards.
  • EV4004 Data Collection: Recommend valid data collection tools applicable to program evaluation plans.
  • EV4005 Data Analysis and Reporting: Develop plans for data analysis and reporting results.

AoE: Public Health Policy for Social Change (PUBH 4200)

  • SX4001 Introduction to the U.S. Government: Recognize the structure and function of the branches of the U.S. government.
  • SX4002 Policy Development: Analyze the development of policy to address public health issues.
  • SX4003 Legal and Ethical Ramifications of Policy: Analyze the legal and ethical ramifications of public health policy.
  • SX4004 Critiquing Policy: Recommend amendments to public health policy.
  • SX4005 Advocacy Skills: Develop advocacy plans for public health issues to affect positive social change.

AoE: Capstone (PUBH 4900)

  • CS4001 Professional Standards: Analyze health knowledge as it applies to professional standards.
  • CS4002 Professional Development: Apply communication skills related to professional development.
  • CS4003 Annotated Bibliography: Evaluate resources relating to selected health issues and professional standards.
  • CS4004 Communication Skills: Apply communication skills to selected health issues and professional standards.
  • CS4005 Social Change: Apply social change concepts to a selected health issue.

AoE: Strategies for Health Communication and Wellness (HLTH 4380)

  • CW4001 Key Characteristics of Health Communications: Analyze the components and processes of health communication.
  • CW4002 Resource Evaluation: Evaluate credible sources.
  • CW4003 Health Behavior Theories: Apply health behavior theories and models to develop effective communications.
  • CW4004 Designing Health Communications: Design targeted health communications for diverse and low literacy populations.
  • CW4005 Emerging Technologies: Recommend technology-based strategies to communicate to diverse populations.
  • CW4006 Social Marketing Plan: Develop social marketing plans.

AoE: Personal Health and Wellness (HLTH 4300)

  • WE4001 The Dimensions of Health: An Overview: Identify how the dimensions of health relate to personal health and wellness.
  • WE4002 Dimensions of Health: Physical and Environmental: Analyze the environmental and physical dimensions of health as they apply to personal health and wellness.
  • WE4003 Dimensions of Health: Financial and Occupational: Analyze the financial and occupational dimensions of health as they apply to personal health and wellness.
  • WE4004 Dimensions of Health: Emotional and Spiritual: Analyze the emotional and spiritual dimensions of health as they apply to personal health and wellness.
  • WE4005 Dimensions of Health: Social and Intellectual: Analyze the social and intellectual dimensions of health as they apply to personal health and wellness.
  • WE4006 Behavior Change Plan: Develop a behavior change plan to improve your own personal health and wellness.

AoE: Nutrition Across the Lifespan (HLTH 4320)

  • NU4001 Nutrition Guidelines: Evaluate the U.S. government's evidence-based nutrition guidelines.
  • NU4002 Understanding Food Labels: Interpret food labels in order to improve personal nutrition for one’s self and others.
  • NU4003 Nutrition Facts and Myths: Distinguish between nutrition facts and myths in order to interpret misinformation that is commonly available. 
  • NU4004 Nutrition Across the Lifespan: Analyze nutritional needs during various stages of lifespan development.
  • NU4005 Nutrition Advocacy: Advocate for people with nutrition-related health conditions or disorders, educating for disease prevention.
  • NU4006 Improving Personal Nutrition: Recommend personal nutrition improvements based on diet analyses.

AoE: Stress Management and Wellness (HLTH 4360)

  • SM4001 Assessing Stress Level: Assess personal stress level.
  • SM4002 Theories of Stress: Analyze theories of stress.
  • SM4003 Sociology of Stress: Analyze the sociological stressors that affect populations.
  • SM4004 Stress and Disease: Apply theoretical models of stress and disease to explain and manage disease.
  • SM4005 Stress Management Techniques: Evaluate stress management techniques.
  • SM4006 Group Stress Management Programs: Develop group stress management programs for targeted populations in a community setting.
1Walden University’s competency-based options are priced as an all-you-can learn model, where students subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. Walden offers monthly starts, the first Monday of every month, for the competency-based option.
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