The UW-Platteville Health Promotion degree plan emphasis prepares graduates to serve as future wellness and fitness career professionals advocating for the development of positive health behaviors and facilitating preventative health care in private, corporate, and public wellness settings. In addition, graduates of the health promotion emphasis also use this undergraduate degree in preparation for acceptance into graduate exercise science programs.
The Department of Health and Human Performance has established a set of internal standards of professional practice which are used to assess the development of the knowledge, skills and disposition of successful health promotion specialists. The eight standards are presented as follows:
1. Advocacy: The health promoter understands, responds to, and interacts with the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context that affects health promotions.
2. Collaboration: The health promoter fosters relationships with professional colleagues, clients and agencies in the larger community to support client learning and well being.
3. Professional Knowledge: The health promoter understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of health promotion and creates learning experiences that make specific aspects of health promotion meaningful to the client.
4. Diverse Learners: The health promoter understands how clients differ in their approaches to learning and creates a variety of education/training methods that are adapted to diverse learners.
5. Leadership: The health promoter leads by facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of healthy lifestyle that is shared by the health promotion community.
6. Communication: The health promoter uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration and supportive interaction.
7. Reflection: The health promoter is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (clients, volunteers and other professionals in the health promotion community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
8. Assessment: The health promoter understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the client.