Andrew Creer, Coordinator
Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Physical Education Center 119
The Health Promotion (HP) graduate possesses the knowledge, skills and abilities to enhance awareness, change behavior, and create environments that support good health practices, including, but not limited to exercise and physical activity. The HP professional assists people to develop self-responsibility for their own health and wellness, and implement health assessments and wellness programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. Health Promotion professionals work and study in commercial, clinical, and workplace settings to improve health and quality of life of the general population. In the area of exercise, which promotes better health or may enhance the performance of athletes.
Application for admission to the Health Promotion major occurs during a student’s sophomore year. The number of students accepted each year is based on availability of facilties and staff; there may be more students applying that can be accepted, so the process may be more competitive.
Minimum admission requirements include: sophomore standing with a 2.75 GPA or higher, completion of PE 180 and WEL 100 and a “C” or better in the following courses: WEL 100, HDFS 210, BIOL 221 and CHEM 108. Students are required to choose classes from a career orientation emphasis area to complete course work for the major.
The Health Promotion program at South Dakota State University is endorsed and recognized by the American College of Sports Medicine for meeting the knowledge, skills, and abilities expected of an ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor.