Academic Programs

Health Education (B.S.)

Young people are bombarded with messages concerning their health. Should they smoke? Use alcohol or illegal drugs? Become sexually active? Young women especially are faced with challenges concerning their bodies and diet, young men by invitations to take risks. That’s why health education is a requirement in many K-12 schools.

As a health education major, you'll learn how to teach young people about attitudes, motivation, and practices related to health issues and messages -- and how to guide them through this maze of difficult decisions.

Our faculty teach you to use the "discovery learning" model. Rather than simply telling young people what’s right and wrong, you'll learn to encourage them to find their own solutions and to develop their own set of ethics concerning health and wellness.

You'll also participate in experiential learning: our program is designed so that you spend time working with young people during each of your four years. These experiences culminate in your senior year, when you'll student teach for an entire semester. Half of that time you'll spend in an elementary or middle school, the other half in a high school. With a B.S. in health education, you’ll be qualified to apply for teacher certification and to teach in both public and private schools.

School of Health Sciences and Human Performance  ·  Ithaca College  ·  Ithaca, NY 14850  ·  (607) 274-3237  ·  Full Directory Listing