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MASTER OF ARTS IN HEALTH EDUCATION


The program of study leading to the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Health Education is a 32 point degree designed for those who wish to develop the skills necessary to plan and implement health education programs for a variety of populations and in a range of practice settings. Thus, the program of study enables students to prepare, through the selection of courses in required areas and through elective course work, for professional practice as a health education specialist in community, hospital, school or workplace settings. The M.A. degree may serve as an entry-level professional credential for a career in health education or may serve to prepare qualified students to go on for more advanced professional study in health education or other health-related fields. Completion of the degree program makes graduates eligible to qualify for certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is also appropriate for in-service teachers who wish to continue their professional preparation and become eligible for permanent teaching certification in the special area of health in the State of New York.

M.A. Program Requirements

I. MAJOR – HEALTH EDUCATION CORE KNOWLEDGE [21 Points] 

1. HBSS4100 Behavioral and Social Science Foundations of Health Education (3)
    -Offered Fall & Summer Session (A) Online

2. HBSS4102 Principles of Epidemiology in Health Promotion (3)
    -Offered Fall & Summer Session (B) Online

3. HBSS4118 Principles of Health-Related Behavioral & Social Change:
                       Initiation to Maintenance (3)
    -Offered Fall Online/In-Person & Summer Session (A-B) Online

4. HBSS5110 Determinants of Health Behavior (3)
    -Offered Fall Online & Summer Session (A) Online/In-Person

5. HBSS5111 Planning Health Education Programs (3)
    -Offered Fall, Spring, & Summer Session (B) Online

6. HBSS5112 Social Marketing and Health Communications (3)
    -Offered Fall, Spring, & Summer Session (A) Online/In-Person

7. HBSS0000 Elective Courses (3)
    -Select 1 course for 3 points from among the options listed in the M.A. Program of Study Guide offered in the Fall, Spring, or Summer Online or In-Person.

II. BROAD AND BASIC AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL
    SCHOLARSHIP AND PRACTICE  [6 Points]


8. Any Non-HBSS Course Out of Department/Program (3)

9. Any Non-HBSS Course Out of Department/Program (3)

    -Select 2 Non-HBSS courses or 2 Out-of-Department/Program courses for 3 points each. Several Non-HBSS courses are offered in the Fall, Spring, & Summer Online or In-Person.

III. RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP AND INQUIRY [3 points]

10.  Research Course Approved by Your Advisor (3)

       -You can select HBSS 5040 Research Methods in Health and Behavior Studies I that is offered in the Fall
                                 OR
       -You can select the HIGHLY ACCLAIMED NEW COURSE HBSS4160 Introduction to Biostatistics for Community Health Educators that is offered in the Fall Online/In-Person.

IV. CAPSTONE PROJECT FOR RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP
     AND INQUIRY [2 points]


11.   A course Approved by Your Advisor (2)
        -Select 1 of the following to assist you in completing this requirement:

         HBSS 4901 Research and Independent Study in Health Education Offered Fall, Spring & Summer
                                  OR
         HBSS 5410 Practicum in Health Education Offered Fall, Spring & Summer Session (A-B) [15 weeks – May to August].

MINIMUM REQUIRED TOTAL = 32 POINTS
Over 90% of the Minimum Required Courses for the M.A. Degree are Available Online

  • The 32 Point M.A. can be completed in 1 year if you take courses # 1, 2, 3 in the Summer, courses # 4, 5, 6, 10 in the Fall,  and courses # 7, 8, 9, 11 in the Spring.

  •                                             Guidebook for Students

For more information on the Health Education Program at Teachers College download the Recruitment Guide Information