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The Health Promotion major in the College of Education prepares students for careers in health promotion and disease prevention in community health settings, school health, corporate fitness and wellness, government and nonprofit agencies, and personal training. Many of our students pursue graduate degrees in health promotion or related fields of study such as public health, physical therapy, nursing, nutrition, or counseling. The major includes required courses in epidemiology, foundations of health promotion I and II, evaluation and research design, physiology, and anatomy. There are also opportunities for training in clinical testing and personal training.

Declare This Major

Students interested in the Health Promotion and Behavioral Science (HPBS) major will enter the College of Education as an Applied Movement Science major. The College of Education has established specific GPA requirements that students must meet in order to transfer into the Kinesiology and Health majors. View the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education internal transfer policy for additional information.

**Getting admitted to Applied Movement Science and completing all the prerequisite classes does not guarantee you a spot in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science.**

Students that meet all the internal transfer criteria can declare Applied Movement Science as their major with the intention of applying to Health Promotion and Behavioral Science by discussing it with an academic advisor in the College of Education. Once a student completes all the prerequisite classes, they will apply submit an application by the May 1 deadline for Fall entry or the December 1 deadline for Spring entry.

Students must complete or be enrolled in the following prerequisite courses prior to "officially" applying to Health Promotion and Behavioral Science:

  • HED 311
  • PSY 301
  • BIO 301L or BIO 311C

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit UT Admissions to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View a degree plan to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Education Health Promotion major.


Students are required to complete a certificate, minor, track or one of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education's seven specializations available to kinesiology and health students.

Any of the following Specializations are suitable for this major:

  • Athletic Health Care
  • Coaching
  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Disability Studies
  • Health Fitness Instructor
  • Medical Fitness and Rehabilitation
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaching
The Specializations in Community Health and Wellness, Health Fitness Instructor, Health Sciences, and Medical Fitness and Rehabilitation are recommended for this major.

Due to their chosen specialization area, many Health Promotion students will complete a semester-long internship and seek professional certifications such as Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Personal Training Certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Certified Personal Trainer (NCA-CPT), and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), amongst many others.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


Health Promotion students need to possess strong interpersonal skills and be comfortable conducting research via the internet, journal articles, and other resource materials. Students in Health Promotion typically describe themselves as outgoing, people-oriented individuals who have a special interest in learning and researching past, new and upcoming health issues.