Health Promotion Practices Department

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The Health Promotion Practices Associate of Arts Degree is designed for health professionals who want to pursue a career in health and wellness. Students completing this degree will be prepared to educate and assist clients with behavior change, chronic disease prevention and management, health promotion, and motivation to achieve a healthier lifestyle. The curriculum is uniquely designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with American Indian/Alaska Native populations. Students with this degree may transfer to other colleges that offer four-year programs in public health, health education, health promotion, or community health.

AA Health Promotion Practices

The Health Promotion Practices A.A. will provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to fill new and/or enhanced positions in health education and health promotion in American Indian/Alaska Native communities and urban areas. The Degree prepares students to work in positions such as health promotion in clinics, social services, and public health agencies or as associates working in grant-funded projects related to health promotion and disease prevention.

Upon completion of the Associate of Art in Health Promotion Practices, students will have learned to:

  • Explain the basic principles of health and wellness, chronic disease prevention and management, and the use of health promotion practices to address local and national public health needs. 
  • Research credible health information to develop and deliver effective health education across a variety of topics, with specific emphasis on issues salient to tribal communities.
  • Demonstrate personal health planning, goal setting, motivation, and strategies for behavior change related to nutrition, exercise, and related behaviors associated with increased risk of poor health outcomes.
  • Apply critical thinking in the application of evidence- and practice-based approaches to promoting health, using both Western and Indigenous perspectives.
  • Utilize effective communication and advocacy in community health settings.

There are no special requirements or prerequisites to start working towards this degree program. SKC does require students to complete a writing and math assessment in order to get them started in the correct English and Math courses.

Program Contacts

Kindra McQuillan, Chair
(503) 545-8913
Health Sciences Bldg 122

Apply now and enjoy a unique educational experience that blends Western academic knowledge with Native American perspectives and practices. Benefit from smaller class sizes, personalized attention, and opportunities for hands-on learning and research. Join a supportive community that values cultural diversity and academic excellence, and prepare for a successful career and leadership role in your community. Apply today and start your journey towards a brighter future at SKC!