Public Health

Important Course Changes:

Beginning Fall, 2017, Health Promotion (HP) courses have changed.  Students who need to take an HP course should review the Public Health (PH) schedule of classes.


The Appalachian State University Health Promotion is designed to prepare students to work in diverse public health settings and/or to matriculate into graduate programs for health sciences or public health. Health promotion is defined as, "any planned combination of educational, political, environmental, regulatory, or organizational mechanisms that support actions and conditions of living conducive to the health of individuals, groups, and communities" (The Joint Committee on Terminology). Therefore, our students are trained to help individuals improve their lifestyles or groups through behavior change, but also to understand how to intervene at a population level through community-building and coalition building, environmental and systems change, and to advocate for health in all public policies. Our students are prepared for a variety of professional certifications to include (but not limited to): the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc., the Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Physical Activity Society, and Health Coaching (offered through numerous organizations).

Students earning the B.S. degree in Health Promotion will have the competencies needed to provide leadership in local and state public health agencies, nonprofit agencies, worksite health promotion and wellness programs, college and university student wellness departments, and in health education within fitness, medical, and hospital settings.

Minor in Health Promotion

A minor in Health Promotion consists of 17 semester hours. Required courses are: HP 1105, HP 2200, HP 3700, HP 3800, HP 4300; and NUT 2202. Eight semester hours in sequence of biology or chemistry are required.

Health Promotion Faculty & Staff

Jennifer Zwetsloot
Assistant Professor
PhD, Bioenergetics
Health Promotion Program Director
Edwin Duncan 327C
(828) 262-6800
Richard Christiana
Assistant Professor
PhD, Health Promotion and Behavior
Edwin Duncan 327B
(828) 262-6335
Adam Hege
Assistant Professor
PhD, Public Health Education
Edwin Duncan 327A
(828) 262-7985
Alan Utter
PhD, Exercise Physiology
Convocation Center 038
(828) 262-3094
Melanie Austin
Senior Lecturer
MS, Exercise Science
Convocation Center 055
(828) 262-3142
Erin Bouldin
Assistant Professor
PhD, Epidemiology
Edwin Duncan 327D
(828) 262-6892
David Nieman
DrPH, Public Health
Human Performance Lab, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis
(828) 773-0056
Janice Rowe
Senior Lecturer
EdD, Educational Leadership
Convocation Center 072A
(828) 262-7160
Christopher Shreve
Senior Lecturer
MSEd, Health and Physical Education
Convocation Center 017
(828) 262-7685
Colleen Tarantino-Utter
Senior Lecturer
MA, Community Counseling
Convocation Center 047
(828) 262-6331