Health Sciences

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles...Building Healthy Communities

Students who enjoy focusing on the health and well-being of others may want to complete a concentration in Health Sciences. In our undergraduate program you will develop the knowledge and skills that will encourage success in your chosen path. With an interdisciplinary approach this program includes both basic sciences and behavioral sciences into an applied discipline to promote healthy living.

The Health Sciences concentration allows you to pursue your interests among the various health professions. It is grounded in health promotion theory and strategies, but offers elective hours to allow you to align your program with your own professional goals. With outstanding classroom teaching and an emphasis on practical application the program will prepare you to enter the job market or pursue a graduate education in a variety of health fields.

We encourage students to extend their knowledge and skills beyond the classroom through an internship program where they will take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it in settings across the community. Internship settings will be selected by students according to their professional goals and may include health departments, rehabilitation centers, community centers, hospitals, schools, corporate settings and a variety of other sites. Upon program completion, students may choose to enter the workforce in government, community, corporate and hospital settings or they may pursue a graduate program in a variety of health-related fields such as:

• Health Promotion
• Public Health
• Dentistry
• Dental Hygiene
• Occupational Therapy
• Medicine
• Physician Assistant
• Physical Therapy
• Optometry
• Pharmacy
• Sonography/Radiology

Our faculty is comprised of highly regarded researchers, talented teachers and professional and community leaders who actively engage students in the learning environment. We are committed to providing not only formal training but also leading students toward becoming contributing members of society and making positive contributions to the world. Our research interests reflect this commitment with an emphasis on community based participatory practices and engaged scholarship practices as we explore, plan, implement and evaluate a variety of health issues and behaviors such as obesity, physical inactivity and osteoporosis in a variety of populations.


Our graduates begin their careers or continue their education in a variety of areas such as:

Health Promotion
Health Education
Health Counseling/Coaching
Community Wellness
Corporate Wellness
Public Health
Fitness and Wellness Specialist

Pre-Professional Focus
Dental/Dental Hygiene
Occupational/Physical Therapy
Medicine/ Physicians Assistant
Other Allied Health Sciences

Internship and Employment of SHS Alumni


Health Studies

• Concentration: Health Sciences
Degree Sheet: BS (subject to change)

Courses offered by semester

Specific academic focus areas in Health Sciences include:

• Health Promotion and Lifestyle Management
• Pre-Dental
• Pre-Dental Hygiene
• Pre-Occupational Therapy
• Pre-Medicine
• Pre-Physician Assistant
• Pre-Physical Therapy
• Pre-Optometry
• Pre-Pharmacy
• Pre-Sonography/Radiology


Mandy Aycock

"Whether you want to be a health coach or community educator, manage non-profit organizations or gyms, or coordinate worksite wellness programs, the field of Health Promotion offers versatility in career choice and the University of Memphis Health Promotion program prepares you to take your career as high up as you want to go."

Evan Gerrard

"The University of Memphis' Health Promotion program offers information around several different health and fitness organizations, courses on leadership, counseling, fitness instruction, and health habits and ways to apply each of these topics into real life scenarios. I feel as if this program is helping me gain the confidence I need to begin a successful career in the field of health and fitness."

Michael Gratton

"The Health Promotion Program has presented a way to narrow the many career and research opportunities that interested me. My research interests now involve holistic health, motivation and psychological health. Additionally, my background in psychology and counseling was easily integrated within this program and many of its courses."

Tara Hill

"After one Health Promotion course I knew this was the right program for me. The curriculum is designed to prepare you for a variety of Health Promotion jobs, the professor's care about your success and the classes are fun and interactive. If you have a passion for health and wellness and enjoy working with others the Health Promotion program may be right for you too."

Maddie Meadows

"I graduated from the University of Memphis with my masters in Health Promotion and I am now a student in Occupational Therapy. There is currently a push in Occupational Therapy to combine their interventions with health promotion techniques. Not only do I get to learn something new in my current field, I am able to apply what I gained from the Health Promotion program."

Misty Rackham

"The classes included in the Health Promotion curriculum have been the most valuable learning experiences for me. Classes such as marketing, program development, counseling, aerobic and resistance training, and exercise physiology have all really helped. Actually, all of my Health Promotion classes have been influential in my new career!"

Stephanie Rozar

"The Health Promotion program offers a variety of classes that advanced my skills not just in making healthier lifestyle choices, but also in marketing, leadership, and program implementation and evaluation. These are skills that I will need to take with me to my next career or graduate school."

Laura Todd

"I chose the Health Promotion field because I wanted to work with people. In this field I get to work with so many different people and I get to help make a difference in their life."


Within the Health Sciences and Health Promotion programs in the School of Health Studies, faculty pursue research devoted to the applied study of health including personal health and wellness, behavior change, and community programming and design. Faculty members secure external funding to support their research, and their work is published in both national and international peer-reviewed journals.

Recent Projects

PACE - Partnership for Active Community Environments (PACE) was a two year project funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). PACE was a participatory based project focused on the incentives and barriers to building active community environments.

Memphis Healthy U - Memphis Healthy U is an initiative that encourages students, employees, and visitors to our campus to eat healthier, move more, and become tobacco free. HPRO faculty are involved in the ongoing implementation of campus activities and events that promote a healthy lifestyle.

GLITTER - Girls Learning Interrelated Techniques Targeting Environmental Risks (GLITTER) is a home-based intervention implementing multi-systemic practices aimed at increasing physical activity, improving diet quality, and attenuating BMI increase among pre-adolescent girls who are at risk for becoming obese.

Memphis Grizzlies Family Fitness Challenge - The Family Fitness Challenge is a healthy lifestyle intervention and research study sponsored by the Grizzlies as part of the Memphis Grizzlies Healthy Home Court initiative. Four local families have been recruited to participate in this challenge that encourages healthy eating and physical activity through partnerships with local dietitians and fitness professionals at the YMCA.