Why study Health Promotion at Dal?

Learning for life in a tight-knit program

Health promotion is about encouraging the health and well-being of individuals and their communities. This program is unique in Canada, accepting only 40 students each year so we can develop a small, strong, well-rounded group of health promotion specialists. You'll work together in the program and in the community upon graduation.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Health Promotion (BHP)
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Health and Human Performance
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September

What will I learn?

The Health Promotion program offers you the chance to take a variety of unique courses that will prepare you for a successful career. In first year you’ll take a broad range of introductory courses in the School of Health and Human Performance as well as from different departments including Computer Science, Statistics, Anatomy, Sociology, and Physiology.

After your first year you'll choose between entering the Community Health Promotion stream or the Research and Policy stream. In your final year you'll complete a 14-week internship; taking you out of the classroom and providing you with hands-on work experience.

Sample courses:

  • Health Promotion Policy
  • Introduction to Disease Prevention
  • Mental Health Promotion

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

The opportunities are growing as governments, organizations, and private businesses see the value of preventative health and enhancing wellness. Since you'll not only learn the theory, but also put it to practice in real-world situations, you'll be well prepared for exciting careers in many areas where health has an impact on people’s lives. These careers include:

  • community health worker
  • health promoter for chronic disease and injury prevention agency
  • child injury health promotion specialist

Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in health services research, medicine or business administration.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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