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Health Promotion

This specialization is designed to prepare students for careers in fields whose primary emphasis is on facilitating individual, family, group, worksite, and community behavior change to promote healthy lifestyles andhealthy child behaviors (e.g., increase exercise, smoking cessation, manage stress). It also aims to improve life quality via the prevention and improved management of chronic illness and to help increase the length of life by reducing disease and increasing health-promoting behaviors.

Course Options

For the Health Promotion specialization, students must select a minimum of 18-24 credits (6 courses) from the list below. At least 4 courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. Courses selected must be from at least three different disciplines/departments.

Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
BPS 201 (3 cr) How Drugs Work
BPS 202 (3 cr) Maintaining Health in Age of Chemicals

Human Development and Family Studies
HDF 201 (3 cr) Life Span Development II
HDF 310 (3 cr) Adolescent Growth and Development
HDF 312 (3 cr) Adult Development
HDF 314 (3 cr) Introduction to Gerontology
HDF 357 (3 cr) Family and Community Health
HDF 450 (3 cr) Introduction to Counseling

KIN 275 (3 cr) Introduction to Exercise Science
KIN 325 (3 cr) Exercise Testing and Prescription
KIN 401 (3 cr) Current issues in Health Education
KIN 425 (3 cr) Fitness and Wellness Program Development

Nutrition and Food Sciences
NFS 207 (3 cr) Nutrition
NFS 276 (3 cr) Food, Nutrition and People
NFS 360 (3 cr) Nutrition in Exercise and Sport
NFS 394 (3 cr) Nutrition in the Lifecycle I
NFS 395 (3 cr) Nutrition in the Lifecycle II

PSY 255 (3 cr) Health Psychology
PSY 381 (3 cr) Physiological Psychology
PSY 460 (3 cr) The Substance Troubled Person
PSY 479 (3 cr) Topics: Human Behavior Change
PSY 479 (3 cr) Topics: Stress Management

Women's Studies
WMS 350 (3 cr) Women and Health
WMS 351 (3 cr) Women and Mental Health


Join Rhode Island Public Health Association (RI PHA)

Health Studies is an institution member of the Roide Island Public Health Association (RI PHA), which allows Health Studies majors to become student members for $10/year.

RIPHA is a professional organization that works toward the advancement of public health. The vision of RIPHA is a safe and healthier Rhode Island and the mission of RIPHA is to influence public health policy and promote public health practice in Rhode Island. RIPHA brings together professionals in a unique, multi-disciplinary environment for idea exchange, study, and action

For more information

URI Announces New Major


New Health Studies major is unique to public Higher Education in New England

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Stephanie Champlin
Phone: (401) 874-2470



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