About HEP

Health Education and Promotion - About Us



The Department of Health Education and Promotion offers five academic programs and a variety of experiences for students. Our academic programs include a BS in Environmental Health, BS in Public Health, MS in Environmental HealthMA in Health Education, Minor in Public Health, Minor in Environmental Health, and a Certificate in Environmental Health Foundations. Our departmental office is located in 2101 Carol Belk Building and can be reached at 252-328-6000 or by filling out the “Contact HEP” form.

Our Mission

The Department of Health Education and Promotion is committed to advancing health equity and enhancing health outcomes through excellence in teaching, research, and service to foster an environment in which all community members feel included, respected, safe, and valued

Our Students

Our students are exposed to many different opportunities and experiences. These experiences and opportunities range from unique research opportunities, professional internships, community service projects, study abroad opportunities, just to name a few. Graduates from all of our programs have an extremely high job placement rate after graduation. For example, HEP is one of the country’s top ten producers of professionals sitting for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination. To learn more about specific student experiences click here.

Our Faculty

Our award winning faculty enthusiastically engage our students in and out of the classroom through interactive lectures, research collaboration, community service projects, as well as other activities. Much of our faculty’s research can be found in national and international publications and has been presented at regional, national and international conferences. Many of our faculty offer classes and/or seminars on professional etiquette, media interviewing skills, etc. Click here to view the HEP faculty listing.


HEP Alumni can be found in many different professional fields and actively engage with current students through internships, classroom presentations, community service projects as well as social activities. Our alumni can be found in the community health agencies and health departments, health care field, environmental agencies, collegiate and professional athletic organizations, educational institutions, just to name a few. Many Alumni go on to receive advanced degrees in medical and research fields. Examples of specific job placements include Health Education Specialists in community-based organizations, Physicians, Athletic Trainers in Major League sports such as Baseball, Health Officers on cruise ships, etc.