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Bachelor of Science in Community and Public Health Promotion​

Select one of three concentrations:

Health and Aging

Public Health Promotion

Women's Health​


The Bachelor of Science in Community & Public Health Promotion

is a multidisciplinary degree program offering concentrations in

Public Health Promotion, Health & Aging, Women’s Health

Be prepared for jobs in Public Health, Clinics, Hospitals, Non‐Profits, and For-Profit Health Businesses

Intern with agencies and organizations such as the RI Department of Health, the RI Food Bank, Hasbro Children's Hospital, House of Hope, and Thundermist Health Center


According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of people in health promotion and healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19% from 2014 to 2024. This growth is the direct result of the rising costs of healthcare, and state and national initiatives to support health for all.

Our Vision:

As students, alumni, faculty, and members of a global community, we serve as public health promotion professionals and as recognized change agents who further health equity and social justice in our socioculturally diverse communities.

Our Mission:

The Community and Public Health Promotion major will be known for

  • The expertise and leadership of our faculty, students and alumni,
  • Our critical work in promoting health literacy and equity and eliminating health disparities,
  • Our adaptability to the changing social and economic environment within which our communities and populations strive for social and environmental justice,
  • The high-impact community-based programs and partnerships that prepare our students to serve as vital community and public health professionals,
  • And our collective impact on the cultures of health in Rhode Island, New England, and beyond.

Building on their extensive field experiences, our students graduate into their communities as reflective practitioners who model lifelong learning, technological competence, and skills in advocacy and collaboration to help our clients achieve optimal health outcomes.

More About our Major:

The B.S. in Community and Public Health Promotion is a multidisciplinary degree program originating in the Health and Physical Education department. Community and public health educators, health promotion professionals, and other graduates of this program possess the passion, interests, and skills to improve individual and population health outcomes by assisting individuals and communities in voluntarily adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors and lifestyles. These professionals

  • Assist individuals and communities in developing behaviors and skills that reduce health risks and enhance quality of life.
  • Create, develop and evaluate culturally-responsive interventions and health promotion programs based on community needs and evidence-informed practices.
  • Improve health outcomes through support and development of policies or systems changes that address social determinants of health and health disparities.
  • Engage in advocacy initiatives related to community and public health.

The major includes core courses in community and public health, nutrition, epidemiology, biology, psychology, interdisciplinary electives, additional health-focused classes, as well as a practicum that focuses on experiential learning and professional skill development, and a full-semester internship experience in a community and public health setting. Students can select from one of three concentrations:

  1. Health and Aging
  2. Public Health Promotion​
  3. Women's Health​

Graduates are well prepared to pursue careers in a variety of community and public health promotion settings such as health departments, hospitals, community health centers, private for-profit businesses, governmental health organizations, non-governmental health organizations, and social service agencies. Graduates are also prepared to pursue graduate study in a variety of fields and professional certification in multiple areas (e.g., as an NCHES Certified Health Education Specialist or as an NBPHE-certified Public Health specialist).

BS in Community and Public Health Concentrations: 

Program Requirements (click here)​​​​​

Page last updated: March 01, 2021