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.