Community Health Promotion Minor

Minoring in Community Health Promotion will provide you with the chance to examine multiple dimensions of health and wellness along with analyzing individual components of health.

You will explore multiple areas of Community Health Promotion, such as physical, nutritional, emotional, social, and occupational or financial health promotion and how they are interrelated.

Castleton educates students on the importance of community health through offering a minor. You will learn about health issues going on in our society and will strategize ways to reverse negative trends. You will also learn how to promote health and wellness within a community and how to organize programs for a community.

Benefits of a Community Health Promotion Minor

  • Learn both health benefits and explore a variety of areas in health promotion
  • Learn how to assess, analyze, organize, and plan promotion of physical activity

Community Health Promotion Minor Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

The Community Health Promotion minor is offered by the Department of Health, Human Movement, & Sport. The minor prepares candidates in non-school health settings such as public health departments, hospitals, work site health promotion, and non-profit community agencies.

This program prepares students to take the Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

This is also a valuable minor for Exercise & Sports Science, Health Science, and Health Psychology majors.

Complete the following courses (23 cr):

Code Course Credits

AHS 2120

Wellness for Life

This course examines the multiple dimensions of health and wellness. Students will learn about the various factors affecting each dimension (including physical, nutritional, emotional, social, occupational /financial) and understand how dimensions are interrelated. An emphasis is placed on the individual behaviors that influence health, physical fitness, and wellness. Students will participate in completing research and self-assessments that provide information about their health and wellness behavior. In addition, students will learn goal-setting and decision strategies that improve lifetime health and wellness. Student participation in classroom-based experiences using light to moderate levels of physical activity are required.

This course fulfills the Social and Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Every semester


HED 2010

Current Health Issues

Exploration of the aspects of life that have a great impact on your health, in order to develop the decision making skills needed to make intelligent, informed health care choices throughout life. Examines the concept of health and the role and responsibility of individuals for their health. Emphasizes wellness and health promotion and their relationship to the quality of life.

Every semester


HED 2310

Health Education Methods

This course examines comprehensive school health education and the research and theory of health behavior. Course content includes the following: the historical development and philosophy of health education; knowledge of health education concepts and skills delineated in current national and Vermont health education standards, laws and regulations; the impact of societal values, norms and priorities on health education practice; the process of selecting and using current, valid and reliable sources of health information, to include national, state, and local organizations/associations, publications and educational materials/resources; and analyzing research relative to health risks among school-age youth and translating research into recommendations for the design and implementation of health education programs. This course also explores the purposes, components and approaches to coordinating school health initiatives based on the national Coordinated School Health model, including partnerships with families, school staff, and community members to improve health literacy and health behaviors.

Prerequisite: PED 2420, or permission of the instructor.



HED 2330

Drug and Alcohol Curriculum

This course will examine the issues of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, specifically the physiological, psychological, and sociological effects of substance use and abuse on the individual, family, and society. The course will also consider legal issues, and curriculum and teaching strategies for effective substance abuse prevention.

Prerequisite: HED 2310 or permission of instructor.

Spring, odd years


HED 3051

Health and Physical Activity Promotion I

This course deals with the analysis of principles of program planning in health and physical activity promotion. Topics include: needs assessment, community analysis and organization, program planning and selection, program implementation and coordination, and program evaluation.

Prerequisite: HED 2310 or PED 2410 or permission of instructor


HED 4052

Health and Physical Activity Promotion II

This course builds off the knowledge and skill base in HED 3051 Health and Physical Activity Promotion I. Additional topics include: administration and management of health and physical activity promotion programs, serving as a health and physical activity resource person, and communication and advocacy for health and physical activity promotion.

Prerequisite: HED 3051 with a grade of C or better


PED 3125

Psycho-Social Aspects of Health, Physical Activity and Sport

Examines the psychological and sociological frameworks of health, physical activity and sport for participants at all levels. Includes topics such as motivation, performance enhancement, group dynamics, aggression and socio-cultural influences.

Every semester


PED 2370

Community Health

A study of current community and world health issues to include an overview of epidemiology, communicable disease, environmental health, health services and consumerism.



(Total credits required: 23 cr)