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Western Connecticut State University


The mission of the HPX Department is to link education and research with service learning, student teaching, and internship experiences. In addition, the department educates and creates opportunities about making healthy lifestyle choices.
The strategies that we use to achieve this mission include an experiential learning approach that incorporates team building, knowledge enhancement, skill building, volunteerism, and continuous quality improvement. Students create health promotion programs for the university and surrounding community organizations. The service learning approach provides students with an opportunity to gain “real‐life experience” and help the community at the same time. Mentoring, advising and leading by example are key components of our student‐centered approach.
Our competency‐based curriculum prepares students for careers in education, community outreach, clinical settings, worksite health promotion, public health, health and wellness coaching, and sports and fitness. Students are well‐prepared for graduate studies in Public Health, Nutrition, Physical, Occupational and Recreational Therapy, Naturopathy, Chiropractic, Exercise Physiology, and more.
Service learning is intertwined in the program's unique experiential learning component. The core of our competency‐based program consists of five courses that provide group process experience to allow students to work together to plan, develop, market, implement and evaluate a health promotion program. Our students choose content courses to expand their knowledge base, identify career choices and enhance their understanding of diversity. These courses prepare students for their capstone experience ‐ a 450 hour internship which takes the experiential learning to the next level. Internship planning begins in the second year and allows for selective placement. Students apply and interview for competitive positions in local, state‐wide, national, or international organizations. These experiences allow the students to showcase what they have learned and continue the learning process as they create innovative programs applying what they've learned in the real world.
HPS Program Goals
1. Prepare students with the proficiencies to become life‐long learners, and provide the skills needed to contribute to a healthy lifestyle and improved quality of life for themselves and the people they educate.
2. Provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary academic curriculum that prepares its graduates for careers in a variety of health education and promotion fields.
3. Prepare students to meet the standards set by state and national credentialing organizations for careers in health promotion and education.
4. Provide a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to health promotion and education.

Degree Programs:
  • U: School Health (BA/BS)
  • U: Community Health / Ed. (BA/BS)
  • U: Health Promotion (BA/BS)
Dept. Name: Department of Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences
Dept. Phone: 203.837.8612
Website: Visit Us Online
Street Address:
181 White Street, Danbury, CT, United States, Berkshire Hall Suite 230, Connecticut, USA 06810
Dept. Chair / Program Head: Robyn A. Housemann
Dept. Chair / Program Head Email:
Dean's Name: Jess House
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