Master’s in Health Promotion Management at American University

Master’s in Health Promotion Management at American University

October 18, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Our program in Health Promotion Management
is the oldest program in the country. We are leading the change to help people live
healthier lives through the decisions they make or the policies that they create. Something that really stuck out to me about
AU was that it really encompassed every aspect of health – the psychology behind it, the
diet, the fitness. I was excited about the management portion
of it. I was looking for something that would give
me the next step and I wanted to get a master’s degree. When I was working in corporate America, everyone
was burnt out and tired and stressed and they were not performing well, at their optimal
level at all. We need to go further upstream to help people
prevent these kinds of chronic conditions that we see in today’s society. People from all over are coming to health
now so it’s really exciting. We have some people that studied public health
or studied community health in undergrad. There are some people that studied exercise
science or some people that studied English or History. Our cohort especially of first years, I think
we’ve gelled. You know a lot of us are runners, so we’re
all doing actually the DC Rock n’ Roll half marathon together in March. We’ve had class programs where we actually
have to go and talk to a congressperson on Capitol Hill. It’s an awesome experience. If I had to go through the whole process of
applying for grad school and finding a program to do again, I would still pick here. I think you really have to grab on to every
opportunity that AU gives you, cause it gives you a lot of opportunities. Just recently we have been studying the Healthy
Schools Act in Washington DC. The grad students served as the data collectors
in these studies. Their energy fuels the energy that we have
in the classroom to continue to answer the research questions that will improve the health
of our society.