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Description

Students in the health science major pursue one of 2 independent tracks which serve the distinct needs of individual students:

Admission to the Major

Any undergraduate student can declare a health science major.

The health science faculty has a professional responsibility to deny admission or continuation in any of its undergraduate or graduate programs to any student whose level of performance and/or personal characteristics or dispositions do not adequately meet academic, professional, or ethical standards.

Professional School and Community Health Education Track

Description

The program in School and Public Health Education prepares students for entry-level positions as health educators in various settings: government agencies, community agencies, work sites, patient education settings, and schools. Students choosing student teaching (HLP 495) as their capstone experience will fulfill the academic requirements for NYS teaching certification in health (grades pre-K-12). For more information on the health education profession see What is a Health Educator?

Program Requirements

Undergraduate students in this program pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

Students enrolled in the professional program must earn a grade of "C" or higher (a grade of "C-" does not meet this requirement) in each required health science course (HLS and HLP) and each required course taken outside of the Department of Health Science to complete this program. In addition, students must achieve a minimum 2.5 grade point average for all course work completed at Brockport to enroll in any 400-level professional course (HLP).

Required Health Science Liberal Arts Courses(24 credits)

  • HLS 303 Environmental Health (A)
  • HLS 311 Nutrition (A)
  • HLS 312 Mental Health (A)
  • HLS 313 Introduction to Safety (A)
  • HLS 314 Family Life Science (A)
  • HLS 409 Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drugs (A)
  • HLS 419 Human Sexuality (A,W,Y)
  • HLS 488 Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology (A,M)

Required Courses in Other Disciplines(14 credits)

Students should note that BIO 321 and BIO 322 have prerequisites. Students are strongly encouraged to take PSH 110 or PSH 112 prior to PSH 384.

  • Either:
    • BIO 221 Survey of Anatomy and Physiology (A,L)
    OR:
    • BIO 321 Anatomy and Physiology I
    • BIO 322 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PSH 384 Child Psychology (A)
  • EDI 413 Introduction to Special Education (B)

Required Professional Health Education Courses(30-42 credits)

Normally taken as a second semester sophomore or first semester junior:

  • HLP 302 Foundations of Health Education (B)

These five courses are taken concurrently and only during the fall. Students may enroll in these courses only after completion of all General Education requirements and all professional program requirements specified above. A request for variance from this policy must be approved by the Professional Education Program Committee and the department chair.

  • HLP 485 Dimensions of Teaching School and Community Health (B)
  • HLP 486 Field Experience (B)
  • HLP 491 Methods for Health Education (B,Y)
  • HLP 492 Interpersonal Communication in Health Education (B)
  • HLP 493 Health Eduction Program Planning and Evaluation (B)

HLP 495 and 496 may be taken only after the successful completion of all General Education and professional program requirements. A request for a variance from this policy must be approved by the Professional Education Program Committee and the department chair. Students in the professional program must complete one, but may choose to complete both of these practica.

  • HLP 495 Practicum in School Health Education (B)
  • HLP 496 Practicum in Community Health Education (B)

Certification

The State of New York Department of Education certifies health education teachers for grades K-12. This program meets the academic requirements of this certification provided students take HLP 495 Practicum in School Health Education. As of the production of the catalog, additional requirements for initial certification by NYS include:

  • Completion of appropriate workshops
  • Passing all applicable tests
  • Fingerprinting clearance
  • apply to Brockport's Certification Office for an endorsement to TEACH
  • An application for the certification through TEACH
  • Payment of an application fee

However, because the State of New York Department of Education controls the criteria for eligibility, this College and Department cannot be held responsible for changes made during your matriculation and/or after your graduation. Students are advised to consult with Brockport's Certification Office and maintain awareness of changes that may happen to their certification requirements.

Liberal Arts Track

Description

The Undergraduate Public Health track prepares students to pursue graduate study in a variety of health related areas including public health and allied health disciplines. Students choosing this track are encouraged to also choose a complimentary minor or second major that uniquely prepares them to meet their health-related career goals. The Undergraduate Public Health track also provides a comprehensive, approved area of study for students who intend to enroll in the Department of Education and Human Development's Childhood Teacher Certification programs. The Undergraduate Public Health program provides students with an extensive education in the knowledge, values, problems, and issues related to health and wellness, disease, disability, and premature death in human populations. The program consists of four parts: a required core, one course in the philosophies and approaches of public health, 15 credits from the content core, and a capstone experience.

Program Requirements

Undergraduate students in this program pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

Students must achieve a grade of "C" or better in each health science course. (A grade of "C-" does not meet this requirement.)

Part 1: Required Core(9 credits)

  • HLS 317 Introduction to Public Health (A)
  • HLS 488 Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology (A,M)
  • HLS 303 HLS 303 Environmental Health (A)

Part 2: The Philosophies and Approaches of Public Health (3 credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

  • HLP 302 Foundations of Health Education (B)
  • HLS 489 Epidemiology (A)
  • HLS 450 Introduction to Global Health (A,I)

Part 3: Content Core (15 credits; 5 courses)

These 15 credits may come from transferred health science credits, or from the following:

  • HLS 301 Principles of Healthful Living (A)
  • HLS 306 Contemporary Issues in Health (A,I,Y)
  • HLS 311 Nutrition (A)
  • HLS 312 Mental Health (A)
  • HLS 313 Introduction to Safety (A)
  • HLS 314 Family Life Science (A)
  • HLS 399 Independent Study in Health Science (A)
  • HLS 402 Women's Health (A,W,Y)
  • HLS 409 Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drugs (A)
  • HLS 418 Alcohol Use and Abuse (A)
  • HLS 419 Human Sexuality (A,W,Y)
  • HLS 425 Women and Safety (A,W,Y)
  • HLS 426 HIV/AIDS: Issues and Implications (A,W,Y)
  • HLS 428 Substance Abuse and the Criminal Justice System (A)
  • HLS 470 Health Implications of Stress (A)
  • HLS 471 Childhood and Adolescent Stress (A)
  • HLS 475 Computer Applications in Health Education (A,Y)
  • HLS 490 Selected Topics in Health Science (A)
  • HLS 499 Independent Study in Health Science (A)

Note: core courses HLS 317 and HLS 488 are pre/co-requisites for most of the content courses. However, HLS 301, 306, 311 do not have prerequisites.

Part 4: Capstone

Students select one of the following. Those who do not take HLS 495 must take an additional 3 credits from the list of courses in Part 3.

  • HLS 495 Public Health Research Methods
  • Student Teaching
    1. EDI 455 Practicum and Seminar inInclusive Childhood Education (B)
    2. EDI 475 Practicum and Seminar in Inclusive Adolescence Education (B)
    3. PEP 487 Elementary Student Teaching/Coaching (B)
    4. PEP 488 Secondary Student Teaching/Coaching (B)
  • Honors/Delta Project
    1. DCC 420 Delta Capstone
    2. HON 490 Sr. Honors Thesis
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