James Madison University

Program Description

Thank you for your interest in the Health Assessment & Promotion concentration. This concentration prepares students for positions in wellness, hospital, and corporate-based health promotion and assessment programs. Students are trained to develop and implement comprehensive health promotion activities by combining health education, assessment techniques and fitness concepts and use these experiences to develop health communication skills prior to graduation. The concentration includes 12-18 hours of electives which can be used to complete any minor requirements or which pre-professional students can use to finish prerequisites for their selected professional program.

Applied laboratory experiences enable students to master an array of health-related physical and clinical assessments. Mastery of these skills is put into practice in the Senior Client Project where each student is assigned a client for the year. These documented experiences culminate in a personal portfolio that has been used by past HAP graduates to successfully demonstrate their qualifications during internship, graduate school, and job interviews.

This broad based program provides a strong foundation for related graduate studies in Allied Health professions such as Medical School, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Physician Assistant, and Physical Therapy. Upon completion, students are prepared to enroll in the Health/Fitness Specialist certification program sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Overall, the Health Assessment & Promotion program is roughly divided into two emphasis areas of study where:

  • Health Assessments are conducted for the purpose of identifying individuals who are at high risk for a specific health condition. Practical hands on experiences in several classes are conducted in the Human Performance Laboratory.
  • Health Promotion is any planned combination of educational, political, regulatory and organizational supports for actions and conditions of living conducive to the health of individuals, groups or communities. Numerous practical experiences include behavior change interventions, health program planning, student research projects, and website design.


  • August 28
    First Day of Classes
  • November 17-25
    Thanksgiving Break
  • December 9-15
    Final Examinations
  • December 15-16