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 and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Students in the school health concentration receive certification to teach grades PreK-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 Core (or SAT or ACT or GRE) and Praxis II examinations. View all degree requirements and course descriptions 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 PreK-12. View all degree requirements and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.
The Department of Health Sciences offers an accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program. Accelerated programs allow you to begin your graduate education as an undergraduate, offering you the opportunity to save time and money while you advance your academic career. The combined B.S./M.S. in Health Science enables students to substitute nine credits in the Master’s in Health Science program for undergraduate classes in the Health Science major.
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 Sciences 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 Sciences 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.