The School and Community Program in Health Education provides students with competencies for entry-level positions as health teachers in elementary and secondary schools and as health educators in various community agencies, work sites, and patient education settings. The school and community program in health education requires students to complete 24 credits of liberal arts health science courses, 8 credits in required general science, and 3 credits in behavioral science, plus 30 credits in professional health science courses, including a semester of either a school or community health education practicum. 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 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Studies Program is designed to assist students in meeting the education and training requirements for the credentialing examination for the Alcoholism/ Substance Abuse Counselor Credential (CASAC) administered by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Students pursuing this concentration must complete several courses in the area of alcoholism and substance abuse education and counseling. In addition, each student pursuing this concentration must complete an internship Seminar (HLP 497) and an internship (HLP 498) of six to 12 credits subject to advisement.
The Health Care Administration Program prepares students to become managers and administrators in health-care settings. A health-care administrator is responsible for planning, goal setting, soliciting and allocating resources, directing staff, and evaluating outcomes. To successfully complete this track, students must complete a total of 30 credits of courses in both business and health science, as well as a three-credit internship in health care administration.
The Liberal Arts Program (Public Health focus) provides students with an extensive understanding of the knowledge, values, problems, and issues related to health and wellness, disease, disability, and premature death in human populations. The liberal arts program does not include specific prerequisite courses, but students are encouraged to study in areas such as biology, psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, political science and philosophy. To earn a degree in health science, liberal arts program students are required to take 30 credits of health science by advisement. Many students in the liberal arts program have a second major (e.g. elementary education, physical education) and/or use the degree as preparation for graduate education. Health science courses for the liberal arts degree are offered in downtown Rochester SUNY MetroCenter, as well as on the campus.
The new BS/MPH Program with the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health and Health Professions allows qualified students to complete the equivalent of three years of undergraduate study at Brockport and complete two years of graduate study at UB to qualify for both the Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. Brockport Health Science students have several curricular options with this initiative; however, the Public Health and Health Care Administration tracks offer the most likely pathways. Two MPH programs are available at UB: Health Behavior and Health Services Administration.
All students considering a Department of Health Science program or concentration are invited contact the department's chair or any member of the department faculty for further information and guidance.
Department of Health Science
SUNY College at Brockport 23 Hartwell Hall
350 New Campus Drive Brockport, NY 14420-2979