Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Health Department

SUNY Cortland’s health program will prepare you for a variety of health professions or for admission into advanced degree programs. It is designed to help you develop the skills and background that employers and graduate schools seek.

Our graduates make their careers in a wide range of settings, including county health departments, hospitals and other health care facilities, community health organizations, corporate and private wellness facilities and environmental agencies.

If working in public schools interests you, a major in health education might be good for you. You can even student teach in Australia.

You may take courses abroad to partially fulfill your degree requirements. The University of North London, England, offers 15 credit hours and is open to second-semester sophomores, juniors and seniors. Internships are also available in Belize, Africa or Australia.

Our programs will support you in  becoming a high quality health professional and a positive contributor to your community.

Certified Health Education Specialist

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) offers health education professionals the opportunity to reaffirm the skills and knowledge already obtained through their health science or health education degrees by becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

The CHES test is offered twice yearly. The Health Department at the State University of New York College at Cortland recommends and encourages all health majors to research this national credentialing process to enhance their resumes and to show prospective employers their commitment to the health education profession

For further information, contact The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, INC., 944 Marcon Boulevard, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18103


Cortland lands SUNY grant for food pantry

April 20, 2021
The SUNY Cortland Cupboard will add fresh food to the menu.

SUNY Upstate researcher to discuss global future of COVID-19

March 30, 2021
Stephen Thomas was lead principal investigator for Pfizer vaccine phase three trial.

Health scholar to discuss COVID-19 in Africa

March 23, 2021
Professor Ben Wodi will give the annual Poskanzer lecture on April 6.

Men of Color Leadership Summit held

March 9, 2021
Cortland's Male Multicultural Initiative aims to improve the admission and retention of men of color.

Join the 21-day anti-racism challenge

Feb. 9, 2021
The new three-week virtual event creates individual paths to awareness.


The Eta Sigma Gamma Kappa chapter of the State University of New York College at Cortland takes great pride in being one of the first chapters established. We began in 1956 and have maintained an active chapter over the years with the support of dedicated faculty and student leadership.

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