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Department of Health Studies

Offering programs in health promotion, nutrition education, and public health.

Department of Health Studies

The mission of the Department of Health Studies is to educate and empower future leaders in the field to improve the health status and wellbeing of individuals, communities, organizations, and societies. This mission is achieved through innovative education, transformational research, creative partnerships, and policy-change advocacy. Health issues are of universal interest and relevance, transcending the boundaries of race, religion, culture and national origin.

Degree Programs & Careers


Our graduates put their expertise to work promoting health outcomes, policy, and research locally, nationally, and globally. Here are just a few recent examples of alums' career paths:

  • Research Associate at National Institute of Health
  • Nutrition Educator at Maryland Snap-Ed
  • Program Associate at Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
  • Wellness Coordinator at NFL Players Association
  • Assistant Fitness Director at Sport & Health
  • Health Communications Specialist at USAID
  • Senior Director, Customer Engagement at Cigna
  • Research Associate at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
  • Lifestyle Educator at Kaiser Permanente
  • Education Specialist at the Capitol Area Food Bank

Master's in Health Promotion Management


Faculty and students discuss what sets this program apart.


Department News

Anastasia Snelling and Caitlin Lavigne are quoted in this article from the College of Arts and Sciences titled AU Providing Emergency Resources to DC Teachers and Children

Michelle Kalicki, Sarah Irvine Belson, Robin McClave & Anastasia Snelling published an article in the Journal of Education and Human Development called Healthy Educators, Healthy Children: A Pathway to Lifelong Health Starts in Early Childhood

Melissa Hawkins, Erin Watts, Sarah Irvine Belson, and Anastasia Snelling published an article in the Journal of Education and Human Development called Design and Implementation of a 5-Year School-Based Nutrition Education Intervention

Faculty In the Field

  • Professor Jolynn Gardner recently co-published a text book called Health Promotion and Education, 2nd Edition 
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27 Number of grants awarded to our department to promote health in Washington, DC

126 Students, faculty, staff, and volunteers working with us

69 Number of publications, reports, and presentations to disseminate this work