Department Information

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Bonni Hodges
Donna Videto (Acting)
Moffett Center, Room 105
Phone: 607-753-4225
Fax: 607-753-4226

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Program Details

Health Education [HEC] (Major)

This degree program in the Health Department focuses on school health education and the preparation of health education specialists to work within school settings. Students complete a full semester of student teaching.

Career Potential

  • Elementary health education specialist
  • High school health educator
  • Junior high school health educator
  • Prevention specialist in school district or community
  • District health education coordinator
  • Public health educator

Special Features

  • Health Science honorary chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma
  • Study abroad in London, Belize, Australia, Africa
  • Student teaching in Australia
  • Concentrations available in
    • College Health Promotion and Prevention Services
    • Health Communication
    • International Health
    • Wellness and Health Promotion

Changing Your Major to a Health Department Program

Students meeting the criteria listed below who wish to change majors to the community health or the health education program must submit an application for consideration no later than the end of the third week in the semester prior to when they would like to enter the health department program. Decisions will be made 3-4 weeks after the start of each semester for entry the following semester.

Those students meeting the criteria listed below wishing to change to the human service studies major must have completed an associate's degree in human services or chemical dependency counseling to be eligible for consideration.

Criteria

  • Minimum overall GPA:
    • 2.5 for 46 or more credit hours completed
    • 2.35 for 0-45 credit hours completed
  • Ability to clearly articulate why you want to be a health major
  • A high level of interest, indicated by volunteer/work/educational experience
  • Ability to articulate a connection between a health major and career interests

Meeting minimum overall GPA does not guarantee admittance to the health major.

A. Program Requirements: 12 credit hours
  • BIO 301 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 302 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
B. Required Courses: 58 credit hours

Professional Education: 12 credit hours

  • EDU 326 - Methods and Materials of Health Education: Level I (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 426 - Methods and Materials of Health Education: Level II (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
    And, choose one from the following:
  • PSY 231 - Child Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PSY 232 - Adolescent Psychology (3 cr. hr.) or
  • PSY 333 - Developmental Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Health: 30 credit hours
  • HLH 203 - Community Health (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 210 - Wellness and Health Promotion (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 220 - Safety Education and Emergency Response (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 232 - Nutrition (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 302 - Human Sexuality Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 314 - Mental Health and Counseling (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 345 - Parenting Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 367 - Drug Problems: Intervention and Prevention (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 492 - Chronic and Communicable Diseases (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 494 - Assessment and Evaluation of Health Programs (3 cr. hr.)
Student Teaching and Field Experiences: 16 credit hours
  • EDU 497 - Field Experience in Health Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 498 - Health Education Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 499 - Student Teaching in Health Education (14 cr. hr.)
C. Health electives: 6 credit hours

The following are typical health electives selected by health education majors:

  • HLH 111 - International Health and Culture (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 137 - Child and Adolescent Sexual Abuse (1 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 163 - The HIV Epidemic (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 201 - Health Problems of the Underserved (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 265 - Health and the Child (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 301 - Stress Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 309 - Child Abuse (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 394 - Health-Related Behavior: Formation and Change (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 493 - Community Health Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 513 - Death, Bereavement and Suicide (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 530 - Family Life Education and the Classroom Teacher (3 cr. hr.)
D. Optional Concentration Requirement

Students in the Health Education program may also elect one of the following concentrations in addition to the core course of study: College Health Promotion and Prevention Services, Health Communication, International Health, or Wellness and Health Promotion.

Required Workshops

Complete the following workshops prior to student teaching:

  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting (CARR)
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

Example of the B.S. in Health Education over Four Years

First Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15-16
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • Free elective
  • BIO 110 - Principles of Biology I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 100 - Writing Studies I (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 102 - Writing Studies in the Community I (4 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15-16
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • BIO 111 - Principles of Biology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • CPN 101 - Writing Studies II (3 cr. hr.) or
  • CPN 103 - Writing Studies in the Community II (4 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 203 - Community Health (3 cr. hr.)
Second Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • BIO 301 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3 cr. hr.)
  • CAP 100 - Introduction to Computer Applications (3 cr. hr.)
  • COM 210 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr. hr.)
  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • GE course
  • GE course
  • BIO 302 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 210 - Wellness and Health Promotion (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 220 - Safety Education and Emergency Response (3 cr. hr.)
Third Year
Fall Total credit hours: 15
  • Health elective
  • Education elective
  • HLH 232 - Nutrition (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 314 - Mental Health and Counseling (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 367 - Drug Problems: Intervention and Prevention (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 16
  • Free elective
  • EDU 326 - Methods and Materials of Health Education: Level I (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 497 - Field Experience in Health Education (1 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 302 - Human Sexuality Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 345 - Parenting Education (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPE 275 - Teaching Students with Disabilities in Adolescence Classrooms (3 cr. hr.)
Fourth Year
Fall Total credit hours: 16
  • Health elective
  • GE course
  • EDU 426 - Methods and Materials of Health Education: Level II (3 cr. hr.)
  • EDU 498 - Health Education Seminar (1 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 492 - Chronic and Communicable Diseases (3 cr. hr.)
  • HLH 494 - Assessment and Evaluation of Health Programs (3 cr. hr.)
Spring Total credit hours: 15
  • EDU 499 - Student Teaching in Health Education (14 cr. hr.)
Note

All-college requirements, such as liberal arts requirements and total credit hours toward graduation, have to be carefully monitored as part of the free elective and department elective selection process. Because the credit hours for individual courses vary from .5 credit hours to four credit hours, completing each elective course noted above will not guarantee that the student will also meet all of the degree requirements.