Department Information

Chair:
Bonni Hodges
Moffett Center, Room 105
Phone: 607-753-4225
Fax: 607-753-4226

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Graduate Programs

Community Health [CHEA] M.S. (Graduate)

Health Department
Bonni Hodges, chair
Jena Nicols Curtis, graduate coordinator
Moffett Center, Room 105
607-753-4225
Fax: 607-753-4226

Overview

No matter what your background, if you want to promote personal and community health through community-based organizations such as local health departments, the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society and others, you can begin by studying for the M.S. in community health at SUNY Cortland. Options include:

  • Full time, on campus
  • Part time, on campus
  • Part time, through combined classroom and online delivery methods

Program Highlights

Consistent with national standards, our program offers you the opportunity to learn about research methods and techniques for assessment and evaluation in health education and promotion, as well as applied epidemiology and methods and practices in community health education. You’ll also explore current issues in community health and health education through seminars where you can meet new professional colleagues, collaborate with your peers and engage with SUNY Cortland’s distinguished faculty.

Culminating Experience

Your culminating project in community health will provide you with an opportunity for hands-on experiences with a community agency where you will work on a special project that affords you the resources to address a health issue in depth. You might undertake a needs assessment regarding services of the local Cancer Society office, generate an educational program about smoking avoidance for teenagers through the local Lung Association or create a program to help residents at a local senior center learn about exercise and nutrition.

Career Potential

If you currently work or would like to work in a local community health department, voluntary health agency, health care facility or human service agency, the community health program at SUNY Cortland provides excellent preparation. You’ll also gain the skills to make a career change into community health, or move up in the workplace by adding the M.S. in community health to your undergraduate studies. 

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application - Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office
  3. Names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references, submitted online with the application

Admissions Criteria

Entry into the Health Department graduate programs is very competitive with more eligible applicants than can be accommodated. The 2.8 cumulative undergraduate grade point average criterion is the minimal acceptable grade point average but does not guarantee admission into a degree program.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.

Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Community Health [CHEA] M.S.

Health Education [HEA] M.S.T. (Graduate)

Health Department
Bonni Hodges, chair
Jena Nicols Curtis, graduate coordinator
Moffett Center, Room 105
607-753-4225
Fax: 607-753-4226

Overview

Follow your passion for making the world a better place. Help people learn how to live health-enhancing and productive lives by studying for the M.S.T. in health education at SUNY Cortland. Depending on your background and your personal and professional goals, you’ll select one of three paths to a degree and certification in health education.

Program Highlights

Track A (HEA_CRT)

Your initial teaching certificate in an area other than health education opens the door to Track A (HEA_CRT), where you’ll learn about assessment and evaluation, research methods and how to create health education curricula as you examine school health programs, family life education and human sexuality in discussions with your peers and our distinguished faculty. You’ll also have the option to investigate your own research problem, develop a master’s thesis or sit for a comprehensive examination as a culminating activity for the degree.

Track B (HEA_NCRT)

If you do not hold any initial teaching certificate, Track B (HEA_NCRT) offers the opportunity to explore teaching health education, curriculum construction, research methods, assessment, evaluation and school health programs, as well as family life education and human sexuality. In addition, you’ll gain field experience and pre-service student teaching opportunities, and can decide on a culminating activity that involves investigating a research problem of interest, creating a master’s thesis or sitting for a comprehensive examination.

Track C (HEA_PCRT)

Track C (HEA_PCRT) is for you if you are one of a select group of physical education students who hold an initial certificate and were accepted into the 4+1 health education M.S.T. program as an undergraduate student at SUNY Cortland. In addition to professional education and field experience courses, including curriculum construction, you’ll examine topics such as drug education for teachers, research methods, school health programs, family life education, human sexuality, and assessment and evaluation. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake an investigation into a research problem, develop a master’s thesis or sit for a comprehensive examination.

Career Potential

With the M.S.T. in health education from SUNY Cortland, you’ll be well prepared to pursue certification for teaching in New York state or to work as a health educator for public and private agencies that help individuals and families create healthy and fulfilling lives. This degree also will provide the academic portion of professional certification in a second area if you are coming from a related teaching certification field.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application – Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office
  3. Names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references, submitted online with the application
  4. Documentation of initial certification in an area other than health education for admission to tracks A or C.

Admissions Criteria

Entry into the Health Department graduate programs is very competitive with more eligible applicants than can be accommodated. The 2.8 cumulative undergraduate grade point average criterion is the minimal acceptable grade point average but does not guarantee admission into a degree program.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Health Education [HEA] M.S.T.

Health Education [HEC] M.S.Ed. (Graduate)

Health Department
Bonni Hodges, chair
Jena Nicols Curtis, graduate coordinator
Moffett Center, Room 105
607-753-4225
Fax: 607-753-4226

Overview

Build on your passion for teaching and helping people improve their health and the health of communities by pursuing the M.S.Ed. in health education at SUNY Cortland. Now that you hold both an undergraduate degree in health education and your initial teaching certificate in health, you’re ready to extend your capacities in curriculum and instruction, or administration.

Program Highlights

Through a combination of required and elective courses, you’ll investigate health-related topics such as drug education for teachers; death, bereavement and suicide; family life education; human sexuality; safety problems and programs; public health and the environment; HIV and AIDS education; school health programs; health and aging; women’s health and global health problems, among others. Your professional education encompasses curriculum construction, research methods, assessment and evaluation, and the option to pursue a special research problem, a master’s thesis or sit for a comprehensive examination.

Career Potential

When you successfully complete the M.S.Ed. in health education at SUNY Cortland, you’ll be well prepared to enjoy a career such as health educator in schools, many types of community agencies or community colleges. You also may choose to pursue a position as a prevention specialist in school or community agencies, a school district health education coordinator or a public and community health educator.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Required Materials

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application – Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office
  3. Names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references, submitted online with the application
  4. Documentation of initial certification in health education

Admissions Criteria

Entry into the Health Department graduate programs is very competitive with more eligible applicants than can be accommodated. The 2.8 cumulative undergraduate grade point average criterion is the minimal acceptable grade point average but does not guarantee admission into a degree program.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1

Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.

Program Details for Health Education [HEC] M.S.Ed.