Health Promotion and Behavioral Science

student with a stethoscope

The Health Promotion and Behavioral Science (HPBS) major provides an interdisciplinary perspective on health and well-being across the life span, with emphasis on the prevention of illness and the promotion and maintenance of optimal health. Coursework focuses on the interactions among individual, family, group and community factors. Students completing the program have a strong foundation in theory, epidemiology, program planning and evaluation. Graduates will be prepared for careers in public health, community health promotion, university/college health, government agencies, voluntary health agencies, corporate fitness and wellness, and healthcare centers. Students are also well prepared to pursue graduate and professional education in a variety of fields. 

Program Application

Beginning with the 2016-2018 catalog, the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health degree with a major in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science will be a restricted program.

Students interested in the program must complete required prerequisite courses and apply to the program by the deadline: May 1 for Fall entry or December 1 for Spring entry; there is a two time application limit for this program.  Applications may be picked up in Bellmont Hall (BEL) Room 1005 or Sanchez (SZB) 216. Any questions regarding deadlines, applications, or prerequisite courses should be directed to an Advisor in BEL 1005 or SZB 216.

Fall 2017 Health Promotion and Behavioral Science ApplicationGet Word Viewer

Program Prerequisites

The following criteria are the minimum requirements for consideration for admission into the program and do not guarantee admission:

1. Minimum UT grade point average (GPA) of 2.75; the actual cutoff might be considerably higher depending upon the applicant pool. 

2. Completion of all prerequisite courses with a minimum GPA of 2.75. The GPA for the prerequisite courses will be calculated and the students will be rank-ordered on the basis of the prerequisite coursework GPA. Students may take the Biology and Psychology courses outside of UT Austin, but only courses taken at UT Austin will be utilized in calculating this GPA.

Students interested in applying to the Health Promotion & Behavioral Science major must complete these prerequisites:

  • HED 311
  • PSY 301
  • BIO 301L or 311C

3. A personal resume. Due to the professional development focus of our program, students must submit a completed resume as part of their application. If you need assistance with developing a resume, please visit with the Career Services representative.

If admitted to the Health Promotion and Behavioral Science major, students are required to maintain a 2.75 GPA in their KHE Core and Cognate courses to remain in the program. Students who do not maintain this GPA will be placed on academic probation for one semester. If they do not meet the criteria after one semester, they will be dismissed from the program.

Degree Plans and Four-Year Guides


The first and second year course listings in these documents are to be used as guides to assist you with selecting a schedule, and should be used with the degree plan. These courses can be taken during the fall, spring or summer terms. Twelve to fifteen hours are recommended during the fall and spring semesters.


Health Professions Preparation

Students majoring in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science may be interested in pursuing some of the allied health professions upon graduation. These students must complete their degree requirements, plus the prerequisites for the allied health profession of their choice. With careful planning, it is very possible for our majors to graduate within four years, including the addition of the allied health prerequisites. For more information on allied health professions, please visit the Health Professions Office.

Certificate, Minors, Specializations and Tracks

Students in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science are required to choose a certificate, track, minor or specialization to complete their degree requirements.

Certificates and Minors

The University of Texas at Austin offers various programs that allow students to choose from a set of courses in order to focus on an area of study in addition to their major. Certificates and minors are recognized on transcripts. University-wide requirements and the available options can be found in the university's Undergraduate Catalog.


Students interested in furthering their education in Kinesiology and Health are encouraged to choose a specialization. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education offers seven specializations. For details, please visit our KHE Specializations page.


Tracks do NOT appear on UT Austin transcripts or diplomas; they are reflected only on a student's profile record and degree audit. Tracks consist of 15 hours, 6 of which must be upper-division; the list of tracks are available in the advising offices.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students majoring in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science prior to 2014 may choose one of three options to fulfill the foreign language requirement:

  1. complete second semester proficiency at the college level in any language other than English,
  2. take an exam to reach second semester proficiency in any language other than English,
  3. complete three of the foreign language substitution courses from our approved list.  Get Adobe Reader

Students majoring in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science after 2014 are only required to complete a foreign language requirement if they do not have two or more years of foreign language in high school. Students without two years of high school foreign language coursework must earn credit for the second college-level course in a foreign language; this credit does not count towards the degree. 

Please see the above degree plans for more information.