Advancements in the fast-growing health care field – coupled with a more health-conscious population and an increasing emphasis on preventative care – are driving the growing need for policymakers, administrators and health educators in school systems, communities and health-related organizations.
The field of health science bridges the gap between scientific discovery and the application of that knowledge to help people lead healthier lives. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of health educators is expected to increase dramatically by the end of this decade. If you have an interest in health and making a real impact on the lives of people, then this is the program for you.
Undergraduate students learn to apply health education principles and practices through multidisciplinary courses and internships. Both the undergraduate and graduate health science programs prepare you to play important roles as school health leaders in grades K-12, as well as educators and leaders in your local community and in organizations around the world.
Faculty members bring unique perspectives to the classroom, based on years of practical experience and their ability to engage students in important discussions of real-world problems. Choose from a range of courses and prepare to participate in small classes that offer plenty of opportunities for interaction with fellow students and instructors.
The Department of Health Science has received national recognition from the American Association for Health Education, one of the nation’s oldest and largest health educator associations, for the high-quality initial preparation of school health educators. The department also prepares students to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and to receive certification in Maryland as a health teacher (7th-12th grades). In addition, the graduate program is a multiple event provider for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), Inc.
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Become a member of the Beta Zeta Chapter of the national honor society for health science majors.