Wirtz Hall 235, DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-1384
Fax: (815) 753-5406
Serving primarily as community educators, health promotion professionals work to promote health and prevent disease by positively influencing the behavior of individuals as well as their living and working conditions. Health promotion professionals begin their work by collecting and analyzing data to identify community needs. They then design, implement, monitor, and evaluate programs to meet those needs.
To accomplish their work, health promotion professionals need good communication skills and specialized training in techniques that encourage healthy lifestyles, policies and environments.
Programs to prevent cancer, violence, substance abuse or heart disease or to promote healthy lifestyles through physical exercise and proper nutrition are typically designed by health promotion professionals. As healthcare costs continue to rise, policy makers will increasingly turn to the preventive approaches of health promotion professionals.
The curriculum for Health Promotion pairs the Public Health curriculum with a menu of courses from health education, communication studies and counseling that are relevant to health promotion/education and social service professions.
The Public Health Program is affiliated with over 120 health care agencies in the Northern Illinois Region which offer Internships to students. These same sites also frequently employ our alums.