Health Promotion and Physical Education

Master of Science in Health Education

(30 credits, with or without thesis)

This program is designed for individuals with an undergraduate degree in health education who hold initial teaching certification in health education. Students without an initial teaching certification, but with a degree in community health, wellness, health promotion, or a closely related degree may also apply to the program, though they may be required to complete additional coursework prior to admission. This program does not lead to initial certification in health education.

Professional Core Courses

(9 credits)

Research Methods in Health and Physical Education 3
Survey of Statistical Methods 3
Critical Perspectives in Health and Physical Activity 3

Health Education Courses

(12 credits)

Teaching and Learning for Healthy Growth and Development 3
Models and Theories in Health Education 3
Methods of Assessment in School and Community Settings 3
Epidemiological Approaches to Disease Prevention and Control 3

Selected Seminars

(3 credits; change on a yearly basis)

War on Drugs 1
Sexuality Education 1
Media Literacy 1
Grant Writing 1
Critical Thinking in Nutrition 1
Reading and Understanding Research 1

Electives, Thesis Option*

(6 credits)

Thesis I 3
Thesis II 3

Electives, Non-Thesis Option*

(6 credits)

Supervision in Physical Education 3
Analysis of Teaching and Coaching Behavior 3
Stress Management 3
Strategies for Teaching Physical Education 3
Curriculum Design and Analysis in Physical Education 3
Physiological Basis of Fitness in School-Age Children 3
Multicultural Health Issues 3
Environmental Dimensions in Health Education 3
Technological Applications in Education 3
Fieldwork 3
Independent Readings 3
Independent Research 3

With the approval of the chair, electives can be taken from graduate courses that are offered in any department or through the Ithaca College exchange program at Cornell University.

*Thesis students must successfully complete an oral defense of their thesis. All non-thesis students must pass a comprehensive examination prior to graduation. To be eligible for the oral defense or comprehensive exam, the student must have completed the required coursework and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.