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Bachelor's Degree Program

Health Promotion

The health promotion bachelor’s degree program at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan allows you to develop the skills and tools needed to ensure everyone has the skills and tools they need to be healthy.

In the Bachelor of Kinesiology in Health Promotion program, you will gain a foundation in movement science and a background in the determinants of health, equity, diversity and inclusion, wellness, evaluation, and program delivery. You’ll learn how programs and policies, like housing, access to healthy food, and mental health supports, can affect health. In addition, you will learn how to assess, develop and implement programs that are designed to achieve specific health results.

Health promotion can be applied in all areas of society, including workplaces, schools, health care facilities, your personal life, and the community. This field is growing as workplaces and organizations recognize the importance of promoting health and wellbeing among their employees and members.

The health promotion bachelor’s degree program at the U of R will prepare you for a health career that has a positive impact on our world. Get career-ready with a 15-week, full-time fieldwork experience, applying what you learned from studying your major. This level of experience prior to degree completion is not common in other undergraduate kinesiology programs.

Kinesiology and Health Studies provides multiple pathways to multiple destinations. Come and find the pathway that’s right for you.

What Is Health Promotion?

Health promotion helps people to have more control over their health. Health promotion focuses on ways to ensure people have the tools and supports they need to make sure that their health and wellbeing is a priority in the places they live, work, and play. Health promotion focuses on prevention, including a wide range of social and environmental interventions that can reduce the health risks of individuals and communities.

Health promotion also focuses on achieving equity in health. The goal is to reduce differences in current health status and to have equal opportunities and resources so all people can achieve their fullest health potential.

Some unique courses in the University of Regina’s health promotion bachelor’s degree program include the following:

  • Advanced Health and Wellness Promotion is an in-depth examination of health and wellness in the context of health and health-care trends. The course also examines the development of evidence-based health programs from needs assessment and program plan/implementation to evaluation.
  • Program Delivery and Management looks at the planning process and various program applications in sport, recreation, and physical activity delivery systems.
  • Indigenous Health Studies focuses on health science emphasizing Indigenous perspectives. Topics include health and health care history, health theory, personal health, consumerism, interpreting health information and statistics, and health careers.
  • Indigenous Health and Sport in Historical Perspective introduces students to current challenges facing Indigenous people in North America using sport and health as its central themes. The course surveys topics from prehistory to current events. Another focus is student participation in Indigenous cultural events.

 

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Degree Type: Bachelor of Kinesiology in Health Promotion
Length: 4 years
Location: University of Regina
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Why Study Health Promotion at the University of Regina?

By studying health promotion at the U of R in Saskatchewan, you will learn about health promotion across the lifespan, with an emphasis on population health principles and approaches. Health promotion is increasingly important in addressing and maintaining healthy lifestyle choices.

You will benefit from unique programs such as Indigenous Health Studies and Indigenous Health and Sport in Historical Perspective.

You will also apply what you learned from your studies during your 15-week, full-time fieldwork placement. This level of experience before degree completion is not common in other undergraduate kinesiology programs. It is a major benefit of the University of Regina health promotion bachelor’s degree program.

 I quickly learned how diverse the options would be as I navigated my first few years of the program. I realized I had made the right choice to support my future career path, as the classes gave me a new, more diverse perspective on recreation and leisure, and the greater social impacts on our community. What I will never forget about the program is the relationships I built with a faculty that cared so much about the students. I have held onto these relationships, which have ultimately helped me navigate graduate studies, and have also supported me in my career path.

The program was, and continues to be foundational to my career path. I reflect often about the path that I have been privileged enough to follow, the key relationships I have made along the way, and the experiences that I had because of the leverage that this program gave me. Its all very connected, and key moments for me included my initial introductory classes to recreation for people with disabilities, and a practicum experience with the health region that had significant impacts on me, personally & professionally. All of these experiences continue to help me in my day-to-day work, and assist me as I work alongside, and support the community in Regina.

David Slater '09, '19
Bachelor of Kinesiology in Adapted Physical Activity & Fitness & Lifestyle (2009); Master of Science in Kinesiology (2019)
Manager, City Projects, City of Regina

Health Promotion Frequently Asked Questions

What clubs, campus events, and networking opportunities do health promotion bachelor students participate in?
  • Kinesiology and Health Studies Student Society
  • SEARCH (Student Energy and Action in Regina Community Health)
  • Clubs and activities open to all U of R students
Can I transfer into the health promotion program?
Yes! You can transfer from another U of R program, or from other college and university programs.

 

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! We offer the following scholarships to undergraduate Kinesiology students:

  • Queen City Vending – Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies Entrance Scholarship
  • Don Powell Award
  • Douglas and Margaret Cuddington Scholarship in Kinesiology and Health Studies
  • Dayna Brons Memorial Bursary

Use our online Student Awards Management System (SAMS) to find other awards and scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Can I study abroad?
Yes! There are study abroad opportunities for eligible students. For details, visit Study Abroad & Global Mobility.

 

Health Promotion Program Concepts and Goals

A Bachelor of Kinesiology in Health Promotion will prepare you to assess, develop and implement programs that are designed to achieve specific health outcomes. These programs can be targeted to an individual, an organization, or a community.

Learn

Learn to be a critical thinker and to apply theories and models of health and wellness promotion in real-life settings.

Get experience

The 15-week fieldwork placement lets you take what you’ve learned in the classroom and apply it in a working environment. Gain valuable work experience and a network of contacts before you graduate. This level of experience before completing your bachelor’s degree is not common in undergraduate kinesiology programs.

Succeed

You’ll be prepared for a dynamic health career in multiple settings. Our graduates make a difference and have a positive impact in their communities.

What Can You Do With a Health Promotion Degree?

Upon successfully completing your bachelor’s degree in health promotion, you will be prepared for an impactful health career or for graduate programs in areas such as public health, public policy, and health care administration. The degree also prepares you for application to professional programs, such as medicine, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.

Our graduates have gone on to jobs such as those listed here.

To explore minors that may be available in this program area, please visit the Academic Calendar or meet with your faculty advisor in the Academic Advising Office after you are admitted.

  • Health Policy Analyst
  • Workplace Wellness Coordinator
  • Community Health Specialist
  • Safety Coordinator
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