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Health Education Major

The goal of the health education program is to prepare graduates to be critical and creative thinkers as well as lifelong learners in the dynamic field of health education. Coursework and fieldwork focus on developing the knowledge, understandings, competencies, and experiences required of professionals teaching health education in a variety of community settings. Worcester State University also offers Initial Licensure for health education programs in middle and secondary education (grades 5-12).

Major Requirements: 39 credits

HE 100             Personal Health
HE 120             Health and Nutrition
HE 200             Consumer Health
HE 220             Mental Health Education
HE 230             Human Sexuality and Sex Education
HE 275             Fitness for Life
HE 285             Drugs and Society
HE 390             Environmental Health
HC 415             Community Health Planning and Promotion
HE 440             Practicum in Health
First Aid/CPR: Red Cross or American Heart Association non-credit certification, or 1-3 credit course

Major Electives (6-9 credits) without Education minor
(n.b. Evening and summer courses may be necessary)

With Education minor (in lieu of Health electives and Health Practicum)
PS 215             Psychology of Adolescence
ED 149             Introduction to Teaching Profession
ED 250             Educational Psychology
ED 251             Foundations of Education
ED 270             Multicultural Education
ED 351/2          Principles and Evaluation
ED 353/4          Effective Teaching
ED 370/1          Contemporary Issues
ED 424             Seminar
ED 480/485       Practicum in Teaching (replaces HE 440: Practicum in

Required Ancillary Courses for the Health Education major:
20 credits
The following courses combined must average C or better; they may be taken concurrently with major course requirements:
BI 161               Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BI 162               Human Anatomy and Physiology II
PS 101             General Psychology and PS Elective or PS 215 for
                        Education Minor
PS elective
SO 100             Introduction to Sociology
SO 275             Social and Behavioral Statistics or HC 235 Statistical
                        Applications to Community Health

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