Program Details

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

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


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.


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 Requirements

Professional education courses: Six credit hours

  • EDU 631 - Curriculum Construction in Health Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 632 - Seminar in Health Education (3 cr. hr.)
Health courses: 24 credit hours
  • Health free elective (6 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 601 - Research Methods in Health Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 635 - The School Health Program (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 694 - Assessment and Evaluation in Health Education and Health Promotion (3 cr. hr.)
Health Content and Pedagogy electives (9 cr. hr.)

The following courses have been identified and/or specifically designed to link health content and pedagogy:

  • HLH 509 - Drug Education for Teachers (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 510 - Proseminar in Health Foundations (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 511 - Global Health Problems (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 513 - Death, Bereavement and Suicide (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 530 - Family Life Education and the Classroom Teacher (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 535 - The Family in Health and Disease (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 550 - Women’s Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 555 - Health and Aging (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 565 - Elementary School Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 573 - Safety Problems and Programs (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 590 - Public Health and the Environment (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 603 - HIV and AIDS Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 630 - Human Sexuality (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 635 - The School Health Program (3 cr. hr.)
Culminating activity: 1-6 credit hours
  • HLH 651 - Research Problem in Health Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 652 - Master’s Thesis - Research in Health Education (6 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 653 - Comprehensive Examination in Health Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 697 - Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.)
    Students who do not successfully complete HLH 651, HLH 652 or HLH 653 must register for HLH 697.
Required Workshops

Complete the following workshops:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Total Credit Hours Required: 31-36