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Master of Science in Community Health Education
Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)*
Teachers College, Columbia University is the largest graduate school of education in the United States, spearheading programs in health, education, leadership, and psychology. Our newly accredited Master of Science Program in Community Health Education, within the Department of Health and Behavior Studies, brings together the interdisciplinary expertise of our faculty—spanning research and practice in clinical psychology, epidemiology, health policy, and school health. Our rigorous curriculum prepares students for leadership in public health education and community health education. Graduates are equipped to address the needs of the most vulnerable populations, contemporary health care challenges, public health crises and epidemics, and disparities in health. The rich internship and community-based experiences students engage in via their fieldwork directly complement their coursework. Our diverse student body brings a breadth of experience to their coursework, while enjoying the option of participating in not only in-person classes, but also a broad selection of online classes.
About Our Accreditation Process
Our process of receiving accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) involved our submitting a Final Self-Study Report in February 2017—which you can download here
After our CEPH site visit in March 2017, we responded to concerns with an August 2017 Response to Site Visitors Report—which you can download here.
CEPH approved our program for accreditation at its October 2017 meeting, and sent us their Final report (Review for Accreditation of the Public Health Program at Teachers College, Columbia University)—which you can download here.
A Highlight of the M.S.Program
The MS Program honors their Outstanding MS Graduates each May at their end of year Annual Celebration. The photographs and bio of the Outstanding MS Graduates appear along the program’s Hall of Fame located in the program’s main building location.
As shown in the photographs above, from left to right, Prof. Barbara Wallace honored Choumika Simonis for 2015; Prof. John Allegrante honored Stephane Labossiere for 2016; Prof. Sonali Rajan honored Haley Nelson for 2016—with Wallace at center, as the Program Director who led the CEPH accreditation process. For 2017, Elizabeth Bonomo was so honored, yet unable to attend the ceremony to be photographed with faculty.
About the M.S Program
The program of study leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Health Education is a 42 point degree, two-year program 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, as well as in-depth preparation in an area of specialization or in one of the behavioral and social sciences underlying the practice of health education. 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.S. 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.
M.S. Program Requirements
I. MAJOR - PUBLIC HEALTH 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 and Summer Session (B) Online
3. HBSS4118 Principles of Health-Related Behavioral & Social Change:Initiation to
Maintenance to Maintenance (3)
-Offered Fall Online/In-Person & Summer Session (A-B) Online
4. HBSS4160 Introduction to Biostatistics for Community Health Educators (3)
-Offered Fall Online/In-Person
5. HBSS4161 Environmental Health (3)
-Offered Spring Online/In-Person
6. HBSS4162 Health Services Administration (3)
-Offered Spring Online/In-Person
7. HBSS6100 Program Evaluation (3)
-Offered Spring & Summer A
II. COMMUNITY HEALTH CORE KNOWLEDGE [9 Points]
8. HBSS4114 Competency with Multicultural Populations: Research & Practice (3)
-Offered Spring Online/In-Person & Summer Session (A-B) Online
9. HBSS5111 Planning Health Education Programs (3)
-Offered Fall, Spring, Summer Session (B)
10. HBSS5112 Social Marketing and Health Communications (3)
-Offered Fall, Spring and Summer Session (A) Online/In-Person
III. BROAD AND BASIC AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP
AND PRACTICE [6 Points]
11. Any Non-HBSS Course Out of Department/Program (3)
12. Any Non-HBSS Course Out of Department/Program (3)
-Select 2 NON-HBSS courses or 2 out-of-department courses for 3 points each.
-Several Non-HBSS courses are offered in the Fall, Spring, & Summer Online/In Person.
IV. ELECTIVE COURSE [3 Points]
13. HBSS Elective (3)
-Select 1 course for 3 points from among the options listed in the M.S. Program of Study Guide.
V. PRACTICAL SKILLS (FIELDWORK) [3 Points]
14. HBSS5410 Practicum in Health Education (3)
-Offered Fall, Spring & Summer Session (A-B) [15 weeks -- May to August]
VI. CULMINATING PROJECT FOR RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP AND
INQUIRY [0 Points]
15. NOT A COURSE Culminating Project for Research, Scholarship and Inquiry (0)
-This involves an opportunity for students to work closely with their advisor and to integrate what they have learned throughout the program (e.g. major research paper; community health education curriculum; design a health promotion, disease prevention, or health education program; research project; grant application; or, an approved alternative).
VII. CAPSTONE PORTFOLIO [0 Points]
16. NOT A COURSE Submission of Capstone Portfolio as a requirement for
-As the very last requirement for the 42 point MS Program in Community Health Education, students must compile and submit a Capstone Portfolio (0 points) in order to be eligible for graduation. Students are to create a digital compilation of the following materials: Capstone Portfolio Introduction (1-2 pages) that provides an overview of the materials in the portfolio, being placed at the beginning of their digital portfolio; all of the student's Course Competency Evaluation Projects associated with every HBSS course they have taken during their 42 point degree
program-'"including their out-of-program coursework's final/major projects; all of the student's Course Competency Evaluation Project Scoring Rubrics completed by faculty to evaluate/grade each of their Course Competency Evaluation Projects; a copy of their Culminating Project for Research Scholarship and Inquiry; a copy of their Advisor's Evaluation of the Culminating Project for Research Scholarship and Inquiry; and, finally, a Capstone Portfolio Conclusion (3-4 pages) that summarizes and synthesizes their materials, including an analysis of what they feel they have personally accomplished through their degree studies. Finally, students are to include a Resume updated to the month before graduation. Students should place all materials in sequential order from the first to last semester. It is recommended that students work closely with their advisor to ensure that they have followed all of the above instructions.
Approximately 70% of the Minimum Required Courses for the M.S. Degree are Available Online
- The 42 Point M.S. can be completed in 2 years if you take courses # 1, 2, 3, 4 in the Fall, courses # 5, 6, 7, 8 in the Spring, and courses # 9, 10, 11 in the Summer. Your second year as an M.S. student you must enroll in courses # 12, 13, 14 in the Fall and courses # 15 and 16 in the Spring.
2017 GUIDEBOOK FOR STUDENTS
2017 FIELDWORK/INTERNSHIP GUIDE
*THE OFFICIAL ACCREDITATION REPORT