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Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion

Graduates of this program can become health educators, community education specialists, exercise specialists, fitness club managers, or community service coordinators. As society becomes more and more interested in maintaining good health, career opportunities in this field are expected to grow.

The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion is issued by USC Beaufort.


Health promotion is one of the fastest-growing areas of specialization in the field of professional health care today. Graduates of USCB’s Bachelor of Science with a major in Health Promotion will be able to exert a positive influence on a wide range of lifestyle, social and environmental issues. These include: alcohol and substance abuse, tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity, chronic diseases, depression and more.

Today’s Health Promotion graduates may apply their counseling skills in primary and secondary schools, in colleges, hospitals and health care facilities, in the workplace, in community centers, hotels and resorts, on cruise ships, in fitness centers, in local and state government organizations, and in health agencies worldwide.
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Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science with a major in Health Promotion is to prepare students for the multidisciplinary field of practice that is concerned with designing, implementing and evaluating interventions that enable individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to play active roles in achieving, protecting and sustaining health. The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. identifies seven areas of responsibility for health educators. The program is grounded in these seven areas and students will be prepared to sit for this optional certification exam.


Prerequisites & Requirements

Students must have 45-60 hours of previous college credit to apply for this online degree program. Program specific prerequisites courses include Anatomy and Physiology I and II or Biology 101 and 102, Chemistry, Nutrition, Psychology 101, Developmental Psychology and Statistics. If you haven't earned your hours or taken the program specific prerequisite courses yet, you can do so at any of our Palmetto College campuses statewide, or at any technical college. To find out if you're qualified to apply for this program, please contact a Palmetto College representative.

Total requirements for this degree: 120 hours
Major requirements available online: 57 hours
GPA: 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)


Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program should take about two years—the same as if you were attending class in-person. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load.

Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.


Important Dates

Semester Application Deadline Missing Documents Final Registration  Tuition Deadline Class Start
Summer 2018 May 7, 2018  *Tentative* TBD May 14, 2018 May 7, 2018 May 14, 2018
Fall 2018 August 1, 2018 TBD August 23, 2018 August 16, 2018 August 23, 2018



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