Bachelor of Science in Health - University of Houston
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Current healthcare reforms have increased the demand for public health educators, health promotion specialists, and allied health professionals. The University of Houston’s Bachelor of Science Health program is dedicated to meeting those needs by offering three-degree tracks: public health; health promotion; and health promotion for allied health professionals. These tracks will prepare graduates to work in a variety of settings including public health agencies, worksite health promotion, and voluntary health agencies.

About the Program

Healthcare reforms have increased the need for public health educators, health promotion specialists and allied health professionals with bachelor of science degrees. Our program is dedicated to meeting these needs by offering three degree tracks:
  • Public Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Promotion for Allied Health Professionals

The UH Health program offers three degree tracks:

1. Public Heatlh

UH is one of just a few U.S. universities offering a BS degree in Health with a Public Health Track. This degree option provides courses required for entry-level public health jobs found in government agencies, health corporations, community non-profit organizations and health care facilities. The Public Health Core, combined with a Health Promotion Specialization and Health Electives offers numerous strong opportunities to Public Health majors for employment. It provides key concepts and competencies nationally deemed necessary in undergraduate public health coursework by national organizations such as the Association for Prevention, Teaching, and Research and the American Public Health Association Graduates are well prepared to take the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certification. It also serves as a feeder-program for graduate study in our College of Education programs, local Schools of Public Health, and health professional schools in the Texas Medical Center and statewide

2. Health Promotion

The Health Promotion Track consists of core Health Promotion Courses and Advanced Health Electives designed to provide the student with the flexibility to develop areas of individual competencies desirable for future employment. Socio-cultural, behavioral, psychological, and biological factors contributing to wellness and disease are emphasized. It is an ideal major for students interested in public/community health practice, health behavior research, program planning, and delivery, and pre-professional or graduate preparation. Graduates are well prepared to take the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certification.

3. Health Promotion for Allied Health Professionals

This Track consists of Health Promotion Core, Health Electives, and Approved Electives. Students who have completed a two-year Associate degree program in an allied health field (e.g., dental hygiene, respiratory therapy, health information technology, speech-language pathology assistant, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, pharmacy technician, radiologic technology, physical therapy) may transfer in University core course requirements and advisor-approved courses from their Allied Health Field. This curriculum provides a program that coordinates well with previous backgrounds and training and allows students to progress to a Bachelor's Degree. Graduates are well prepared to take the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certification.


Since degree plans change periodically, students will follow the degree plan that is in place at the time in which they complete an official, approved degree plan. Following are the most current sample degree plans for Health majors:

Please see a Health Undergraduate Advisor for more information.

Students in the Health program typically pursue the following career settings:

  • Community and Public Health Agencies – coalition building, needs assessments, grant writing, media advocacy, budgeting, and health promotion.
  • Healthcare settings – provide patient education, develop and conduct health and wellness programs, and develop health outreach services in the community.
  • Worksite Health Promotion – employee wellness programs, health screenings, health resource person, annual health fairs.
  • Schools, Colleges and Universities – health educator for wellness programs and recreational activities.
  • Voluntary Health Agencies - plan, implement and evaluate components of the agency’s programs. Train volunteers, fundraise and educate the community.

In addition to these careers, students are well-prepared for graduate studies - in education, schools of public health and allied health professional schools in the Texas Medical Center and statewide. Graduates are well prepared to take the CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) certification . CHES competencies are generic to the practice of health promotion and health education, whether it takes place in schools, colleges, workplaces, health care settings, or other settings within a community.

The following is a list of current Health faculty:

Dr. Chakema Carmack

Assistant Professor - Health

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Dr. Virmarie Correa-Fernández

Assistant Professor - Health

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Dr. Kelli Drenner

Clinical Assistant Professor - Health

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Dr. Theresa M Fedor Amador

Clinical Assistant Professor - Health

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Dr. Rosenda Murillo

Associate Professor - Health

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Financial Aid

All Health program students are encouraged to apply for scholarships through the UH and the College of Education. To learn more about the types of financial aid available to undergraduate students, visit the COE's Financial Aid and Scholarship page.

Application Process Overview

The following is an overview of the application process. For full instruction, visit the COE's Financial Aid and Scholarship page.

Step 1: Review

Review the list of scholarships to familiarize yourself with the GPA requirements, areas of specialization and other criteria.

Step 2: Prepare

Prepare the following materials:

  1. A written narrative that tells reviewers what makes you a strong candidate for a COE scholarship. Be sure to take each scholarship's criteria into account as you write your essay.
  2. You will need to provide two professional references. If you're a current College of Education student, you'll need at least one COE faculty member. Please ensure you have each person's permission to list them as a reference.
  3. A professional resume.
  4. An unofficial transcript (You can download an unofficial transcript at MyUH.
  5. Review each scholarship's criteria to learn about any additional required documents.

Step 3: Submit require documents via the online application system

NOTE: The application system is currently closed.

All application questions must be completed and all required documents must be submitted for the application to be considered complete.

To learn more about funding your education, contact the COE's Office of Undergraduate Studies at coeug@uh.edu or call 713-743-5000.

Houston, Texas

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and one of the nation's most diverse cities. This fact benefits our students and faculty both personally and professionally. Home to more than 100 different nationalities and where more than 60 different languages are spoken, Houston is the perfect environment to practice what you're learning in the classroom. The city also boasts more than 12,000 theater seats and 11,000 diverse restaurants featuring cuisines from around the globe (Don't know where to start? Just ask a Houstonian, and they're sure to bombard you with at least a dozen places to eat.) 

Houston is bustling with culture, energy and offers something for everyone inside and outside the classroom.

(Background photo: “Metropolis” by eflon is licensed under CC BY 2.0.)

Ready to Apply?

Are you ready to apply to the University of Houston Health program? Yes? You can learn more about the application process by visiting the College of Education's Undergraduate Admissions page.

We recommend students speak with an advisor to discuss their plans. Student can visit the COE's Advisor page to learn more or go directly to the Navigate app to schedule an appointment.

If you need more information about the Health program, we are here to help. You can always contact the COE Office of Undergraduate Studies by phone at 713-743-5000 or by email.

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Contact Us

The Health program is a member of UH's Psychological, Health, & Learning Sciences department.

Program Director: Dr. Kelli Drenner

UH College of Education
Stephen Power Farish Hall
3657 Cullen Blvd., Room 491
Houston, TX 77204-5023

Undergraduate: coeug@uh.edu or 713-743-5000
Graduate: coegrad@central.uh.edu or 713-743-7676
General: coecomm@uh.edu or 713-743-5010

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