Bachelor of Science in Health Education

Currently the Health Education major has entered impaction status, as approved by the CSU Chancellor's Office. Please refer to our Undergraduate Program Impaction Page for information on the process to apply to the Health Education major.

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Bachelor of Science in Health Education

Undergraduate Program Coordinator: Ingrid Ochoa

Road Map for students declared Health Education Fall 2014 and after.

The community health education program is designed to facilitate voluntary changes in individual health behaviors as well as to advocate for social and economic policies which lead to health promotion and disease prevention for all. This program prepares individuals to plan, implement, and evaluate programs for health and human services such as public health departments, voluntary health agencies, community-based organizations, community clinics, and hospitals.

The course work and field experience in health education have three primary objectives:

  1. To provide a theoretical and philosophical foundation in principles of community health education;
  2. To facilitate the development of professional skills in program planning, implementation, and evaluation;
  3. And to offer broad course work in personal, community, and school health.

Students are also expected to complete course work in biological, social, and behavioral sciences.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated.

Course descriptions are available online.

Foundation Courses

The following foundation courses or their equivalents must be completed prior to graduation. While it is not mandatory to complete the foundation courses before taking the core courses, individuals are encouraged to work toward completion of foundation courses prior to the junior year. Students entering from the community college system, or other four-year universities, should have their transcripts evaluated by a department adviser in order to receive credit for equivalent courses taken elsewhere. To determine whether courses taken at another college or university may be accepted as foundation courses, individuals should seek the assistance of an advisor in the Department of Health Education or consult ASSIST. Some foundation courses may be counted for SFSU lower division general education credit; a GE advisor available in Undergraduate Advising can help determine this.

  • BIOL 100 Human Biology; and
  • BIOL 101 Human Biology Laboratory (1 unit); and
  • BIOL 210 General Microbiology and Public Health; and
  • BIOL 211 General Microbiology and Public Health (1 unit); and
  • MATH 124 Elementary Statistics or ISED 160 Data Analysis in Education

Program Requirements - for students declared Health Education Fall 2014 and after

Review the Major Road Map for the recommended semester coursework and list of emphasis electives for students declared Health Education Fall 2014 and after.

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise noted.

Semester One (15 units)

H ED 400 GW*  The Health Education Profession 

H ED 405*         Introduction to Community Health Education

H ED 425*         Introduction to Research and Statistics in Health

H ED 655         Environmental Health

HH 205 or H ED 210 or H ED/HH 290 or HH 380

Semester Two (12 units)

H ED 430*         Community Health Education Theory

H ED 420         Epidemiology

H ED 455         Community Organizing and Community Building for Health

H ED 410 or H ED 450

Semester Three (12 units)

H ED 431*         Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

H ED 520         Race, Class, Gender and Health Promotion

H ED/HH Elective (titles vary; see emphasis areas below for options)

H ED/HH Elective (titles vary; see emphasis areas below for options)

Semester Four (12-15 units)

H ED 480*         Fieldwork and Reflective Seminar (9 units)

H ED/HH Elective (titles vary; see emphasis areas below for options)

H ED/HH Elective (required for Holistic Health or School Health emphasis)

* Course must be passed with C or better. CR/NC not a grading option.

Emphasis Areas

(Please see the SFSU Bulletin for a complete list of electives for the following emphasis areas.)

Community-based Public Health Emphasis

Is an approach that unites the community by organizing, empowering, and participating in shared-leadership partnerships for health. This emphasis gives students freedom to choose electives from their particular health-related area of interest. Students design programs rooted in the values, experiences, knowledge, and interests of the community itself.

3 courses/9 units selected from the following (one course must have a H ED prefix):

H ED 100         H ED 120         H ED 200          H ED 200          H ED 204          H ED 221

H ED 231         H ED 241         H ED 280          H ED 290          H ED 303          H ED 305

H ED 310         H ED 315         H ED 320          H ED 414          H ED 415          H ED 417

H ED 434         H ED 450         H ED 527          H ED 528          H ED 630          H ED 635

H ED 640         H ED 650         H ED 670          H ED 671          H ED 677          H ED 685/699

HH 205            HH 380             HH 381              HH 382              HH 430              HH 433

HH 540           HH 690

AFRS 370        AA S 591          BIOL 326          BIOL 327           BIOL 332          LTNS 210

PHIL 383         PSY 442            PSY 465           WGS 593         

Holistic Health Studies

Explores diverse cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary concepts and practices from around the world providing students with a deeper understanding of health, healing, and optimal well-being. A holistic perspective informs course content, one that recognizes the fundamental interdependence of life on this planet. Experiential learning is an essential component of the curriculum.

9 units selected from the following courses:

HH 380            HH 381             HH 382              HH 383

3 units selected from the following on advisement:

HH 200           HH 290              HH 420              HH 430            HH 433               HH 530

HH 535           HH 540              HH 660              HH 670            HH 680               HH 690

HH 699

School Health

Fills the need of recent increases in demand for credentialed teachers in public schools. The emphasis provides essential course work that satisfies the newly developed California State Standards in Health Science. Upon graduation, students will be ready to enter the teaching credential program with virtually all course work in the single subject program completed.

4 classes/12 units selected from the following courses

H ED 210        H ED 315          H ED 320           CFS 355         H ED 660

Metro Academies Student Success Program

Department of Health Education - Supplemental Credential

Individuals who already possess a single subject credential in another area may add health sciences to their existing teaching credential by completing a specified number of semester hours in health sciences. Individuals seeking a supplemental credential should seek the assistance of an adviser in the Department of Health Education.


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