New Health Promotion & Health Equity Degree Program at UW

UW Madison Kinesiology Lab

CCHE is thrilled by the news that UW System’s Board of Regents has approved a new undergraduate degree program at UW-Madison in health promotion and health equity!

The development of the program is responsive to student interest and employer demand for health-related expertise and health education careers. The new bachelor of science in Health Promotion and Health Equity (HPHE) will be housed in the School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. The program will be run in collaboration with two other units within the School, the Department of Counseling Psychology and the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education.

This new major will launch with classes starting in September 2019 and will train students to practice as health educators. The program is broadly designed to provide students with the skills and perspectives to facilitate healthy practices at the individual and societal levels. Students may enroll directly to the HPHE program as current UW-Madison students, or upon admission to the university as new freshmen or new transfer students.

The HPHE program — which is expected to enroll about 230 students by the 2022-23 academic year — also reflects a long-standing commitment by the School of Education to engage with disadvantaged communities, as graduates will be taught the skills to work effectively with diverse and underserved populations.

CCHE Director Dr. Dorothy Farrar-Edwards, Professor of both Kinesiology and Medicine, was instrumental in getting this undergraduate health major off the ground. CCHE AHEAD Program Director, Dr. Stephanie Budge, and former AHEAD Director Dr. Carmen Valdez (now at UT-Austin) from the Department of Counseling Psychology were also involved in the program development.

Our congratulations to EVERYONE who helped this exciting program become a reality! The coursework will help prepare students for emerging career opportunities as health educators within: non-profit community health organizations; insurance companies; hospitals; mental health centers; senior care centers; home visitation programs; and governmental health offices and couldn’t have come to fruition at a better time.

Read the School of Education News piece.

For more information about the bachelor of science in health promotion and health equity, email: