About the Department of Health Promotion Studies

UNE’s Department of Health Promotion Studies offers four undergraduate majors and three minors. All of our programs provide a foundation for advanced graduate-level study at UNE and beyond.

Building a Culture of Health

The UNE Department of Health Promotion Studies provides you with opportunities for hands-on learning with real-world applications in health disciplines that promote overall wellness. Whether you have a passion for public health, nutrition, social work, or occupational therapy, you’ll learn from experienced faculty and gain the skills needed to build a stronger culture of health.

We emphasize the importance of whole-person wellness. Students support each other through classes and combined experiential learning activities.

UNE does a great job of connecting your classes to outside experiences. What I’m learning in my classes applies to my experience in the community.” — Jared Benoit ’25

Student Success by the Numbers


in Maine for getting a job

Zippia 2023

of undergrads employed or in ongoing higher education within one year of graduating

2016-2022 UNE graduate surveys

Global Opportunities

See the World

There is no better way to learn about other cultures than to live in them. Find out firsthand by studying abroad.

As a major in any program in the Department of Health Promotion Studies, you are encouraged to expand your horizons and immerse yourself in new cultures by studying abroad. Spend a semester in Spain, France, Iceland, or Morocco. Or you may choose from several shorter, faculty-led travel courses. Explore comparative education in Ireland, or anatomy and art of the Renaissance era in Italy. Other courses include trips to Mexico, Cuba, and Kenya.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.

A student is underwater and waving to the camera while snorkeling
Photo of students riding camels in Morocco
A group of U N E students and guides pose in a jungle in Kenya
Two students pose in front of the Belvedere Museum buidling in Vienna, Austria
A student poses on an outdoor stairway amongst the blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen, Morocco

Beautiful Location

As a student in one of our Department of Health Promotion Studies programs, you study on UNE's scenic Biddeford Campus, where the waters of the Saco River flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Over the years, this confluence of natural resources has inspired students and faculty from around the world. Recently named the youngest city in Maine, Biddeford and its twin city, Saco, boast an up-and-coming, hip downtown offering delicious eateries, exciting social and cultural events, and more. With the transformation of the old Biddeford/Saco mills into restaurants, breweries, housing, fitness facilities, salons, and retailers, there is something for everyone to explore in downtown. Looking to try a new type of food, grab a coffee, or shop for locally-made clothes? Biddeford/Saco has it all.

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