Health Promotion is the process of empowering others to improve their physical, mental, and social well-being.

Health promotion specialists are communicators and problem solvers who identify solutions to advance the health and wellness of those in need.

Why Iowa?

Health Promotion students at the University of Iowa boast a 96% pass rate on the Certified Health Education Specialist exam. Our combination of a well-rounded and evidence-based curriculum and experiential learning opportunities prepares students for the workforce.

Degree programs in Iowa's Department of Health and Human Physiology are versatile and designed for students with widely varying academic objectives.

Faculty members place a high priority on teaching and research. Their research focuses on understanding the determinants of lifestyle behaviors, conducting interventions designed to improve health behaviors, and exploring the physiological benefits of improved health behaviors. Faculty work with a variety of populations including children, older adults, pregnant women, and many clinical populations. Many of them collaborate with faculty members in the university’s Carver College of Medicine and the College of Public Health.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


Health Promotion
  Honors Courses
  Four-Year Graduation Plan
Admission Process

Careers and Outcomes

Iowa graduates have job placement rates ranging from 86-100 percent, depending on their area of study, and our Pomerantz Career Center offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs.

The most common careers for graduates include health educators, community health workers, wellness coordinators, and health promotion coordinators.

Student Opportunities

In addition to having nearly 500 Student Organizations, Iowa students choose from multiple Living-Learning Communities, Study Abroad Programs, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities.


The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.

The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid are great resources for students seeking scholarships.


Iowa’s undergraduate program provides students with hands on training and experiential learning. All major courses are taught by full-time, PhD level faculty who are considered experts in the field.