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Graduate Programs in the Department of Health Science

Gary Metz teaches a Health Science class 

About the Program

The College at Brockport is a leader in health education in Western NY. We offer master’s degree programs in Health Education (PreK-12), Community Health Education, and Alternative Health Education (PreK-12). Learn more about our admission criteria and procedures.

In the video below our Associate Professor, Patti Follansbee, offers an introduction to the program.


MSEd (Health Education)

The Department of Health Science offers the Master of Science in Education (Health Education) program for the preparation of professional health educators. Professional preparation for the field of health education focuses on skills for the promotion of health, and strategies for enhancing and encouraging change toward positive health behaviors.

The Department of Health Science master's degree offers opportunities for advanced study related to the planning, implementation and evaluation of health education programs in multiple community settings, including public health departments, voluntary health associations, medical and mental health care agencies and organizations, work site settings, and various health advocacy organizations. Completion of this degree prepares the candidate to be eligible for certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), as set forth by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

The Health Science master's degree program also meets the academic requirements established by the New York State Department of Education for professional certification as a health teacher for those individuals initially certified in health education. Completion of this degree prepares the candidate for professional certification in health (K-12) only if the candidate has already obtain initial certification in health (K-12).

Alternative MSEd (Health Education)

This program is designed for students who do not have initial certification to teach but seek certification as a health teacher (K-12). These students may have completed an undergradute health science liberal arts program, or other related undergraduate major. They would need to fulfill specific requirements, including student teaching, to satisfy the New York State Department of Education. Additional courses are required to complete the MSEd which would lead to professional certification to teach health (K-12) in New York state.

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Last Updated 2/3/15