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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 (DHS) 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, creative partnerships, policy-change advocacy, and transformational research. Health issues are of universal interest and relevance, transcending the boundaries of race, religion, culture and national origin.

Degree Programs

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 alum career paths:

Health Promotion students in front of the Capitol building

  • 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


2022 Graduate Student Award Winners for the August/December 2022:

  • Outstanding Student Achievement – Health Promotion Management ($500)
    Michaela Brown
  • Outstanding Student Achievement – Nutrition Education ($500)
    Tricia Goldberg
  • Excellence in Innovation – Nutrition Education ($1,000)
    Chloe Campiglia (Grandin)

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Research ·

"A Match Made in Heaven": Unique Collaboration Promotes Health and Wellness in DC

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CAS student Ekua Hudson used AU's Design and Build Lab to construct a sustainable farming system.

Environment ·

A Bountiful Future: AU Student Crafting Sustainable Food Plan for DC Public Schools

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Number of grants awarded to our department to promote health in Washington, DC


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