The field of health education and promotion explores the complexities of human behavior and identifies ways to promote healthy behaviors.
Gain the foundation you need to be an effective health professional based on principles from the behavioral, biomedical and social sciences. Internships broaden your ability to apply teaching and learning principles to a variety of health-related issues.
The competency-based curriculum provides the content and practical experience to prepare you to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
Health science majors can choose from three concentrations: school health, community health and the dual school and community health.
Community health educators seek to educate and empower community members to understand their health, make healthy choices, improve their quality of life and reduce disease and disability. The community health concentration gives you a solid foundation in a variety of health topic areas, health education theory and practice, and program planning and evaluation. All students complete a 12-credit internship in a community setting. View all degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Students in the school health concentration receive certification to teach grades 7-12 in Maryland and other states around the country. Towson University’s teacher education programs are approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the Maryland State Department of Education. Applicants for Maryland teacher certification must have qualifying scores on the Praxis I (or SAT) and Praxis II examinations. View all degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
The dual concentration in school and community health prepares you to work in community health settings and to receive certification to teach grades 7-12. View all degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
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.
The Department of Health Science Health Education Handbook (PDF) provides important information regarding courses of study for all health science majors. Students should carefully review the handbook and discuss questions with their advisers.