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Do you want to help children and youth lead healthier lives? 

In the Health Promotion teaching program, you will prepare for P-12 certification to teach health education to children and youth from kindergarten through 12th grade. Our program also offers a double major in Kinesiology and Health Promotion for those who are interested in teaching both Kinesiology (physical education) and health promotion. Graduates of our program may also choose to continue to graduate school in a health-related area or pursue work in a community health setting.


What makes our program stand out:

  • Our program is interdisciplinary, extending into biology, psychology, sociology, and medicine.
  • You will learn to focus on the whole individual, including social and emotional dimensions, not just the physical.
  • You will get hands-on experience as you prepare to lead your own classroom after you graduate.
  • Learn and grow through travel with student teaching abroad.
  • Graduates of our program are in high demand, with an excellent job placement rate.

The Health Promotion program is approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


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Graduation Requirements

The B.S. in Health Promotion requires completion of the following: (1) the UK Core requirements; (2) specified course work in Program Related Studies and Professional Education; (3) the health promotion major; and 4) completion of a university-approved minor. Students wishing to pursue certification both in health and kinesiology must follow the kinesiology program description.Graduation Requirements


Apply for College of Education Scholarships

In addition to automatic and competitive scholarships from the University of Kentucky, our students are also eligible for a variety of scholarship awards from the College of Education.

For incoming freshmen the scholarship application deadline is February 1. 

For transfer and current students the scholarship application deadline is April 1.

Student Organizations

Students can find many opportunities to join organizations. Learn more about student organizations in our college.

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.

Refund Policy

You can find tuition refund policies, deadlines, amounts, and other important information on the UK Student Account Services website.