Health Education for School and Community Certificate

  • Credits: 12
  • Degree:
    Graduate Certificate

Program Description

This Health Education certificate is for physical educators, community and public health educators, wellness and fitness center employees who want current knowledge of health and how to teach it effectively. Students learn to teach skills-based health education based on the performance indicators of the National Health Education Standards. Two courses are required and two are selected from the initial licensure courses of the Health and Family & Consumer Sciences Master’s program.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes include increased competency in health education content and teaching skills.


For more information, please contact Admissions at 1-800-829-4723.


Health Education Required Courses
Curriculum Implementation in the Health Classroom
EHE 620 3 credit(s)
This course reviews current research findings and practices proven successful in the development of health literate students while stressing critical thinking and reading enhancement. National and state health standards provide guidelines for classroom instruction. Participants develop a skills-based unit derived from student need as determined by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. They model effective pedagogy and assessment to encourage active classroom participation. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Growth & Dev., Human Sexuality and Family Management Skills
EHE 630 3 credit(s)
This course prepares educators to provide young people with sensitive, age and culturally appropriate information on the growth and development of their bodies, including the reproductive system and human sexuality. The maintenance of reproductive health depends upon the young person’s knowledge of and ability to prevent sexually-transmitted diseases, early sexual experimentation, and unintended pregnancy. Sensitive issues, such as diversity in sexual orientation, are discussed. The course includes pre-natal development, infant and child care, parenting skills, and consumer and environmental health issues affecting the family. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Health Education Electives

Choose two courses.

Princ Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Public Health Issues
EHE 610 3 credit(s)
Many common, communicable, and chronic diseases may be avoided through knowledge, and prevention. Children should learn early to build habits to avoid diseases and subsequent disabilities. Working with public and community health agencies and using personal prevention practices, children and adolescents learn to protect themselves, their families, and communities from life-threatening and disabling conditions. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Promoting Wellness: Building Positive Health Behavior
EHE 640 3 credit(s)
How do good nutrition, increased physical activity and the prevention of tobacco use affect lifetime health? In this course, participants examine how improved nutrition, levels of physical activity, and total body fitness impacts learning and prevents cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in later years. Key nutrients and dietary guidelines and fitness strategies for children of all ages are identified. The course includes methods of assisting young people to develop and monitor progress in their personal goals for lifetime health behavior. Emphasis is placed on helping students to analyze media messages that lead to unhealthy lifestyles. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Preventing Unintentional Injury & Violence
EHE 650 3 credit(s)
For young people, accidents are a major source of death or disability. All young people have the right to learn in a safe and protective school environment. Preventing unintentional injuries, violence and suicide in schools improves the learning environment. Teaching young people ways to prevent unintentional injuries and violence, contributes to community-wide efforts of promoting safety. This course will address violence prevention instruction from a developmental and cultural-competence focus that promotes safety and reduces the students’ risk for unintentional injuries and throughout the lifespan. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Teaching Skills for Risk Reduction and Positive Behavior Change
EHE 680 3 credit(s)
In order to reduce adolescent risk factors, we must increase the knowledge and skill of our young people. This course trains the educator to use the National Health Education Standards to reduce risk and increase positive behavior change. The course also reviews research and practice in the development of youth leadership, social responsibility, and community service to contribute to positive behavior change.
Family Interpersonal Health: Promo Mental Health School Based Interven
EHE 660 3 credit(s)
owing number of young people are experiencing serious mental and emotional problems which interfere with their learning and potential for academic success. Depression, anger, anxiety and stress are possible reactions to family and/or community dysfunction. As a result of these reactions young people have more chance of becoming involved in high-risk behaviors. In this course, participants investigate ways to recognize young people who may require school based interventions which may result in a referral to professional counseling, psychological and/or social services. Crisis response models for student assistance and access to community mental health services are investigated and assessed. Participants practice ways of assisting young people to build resilience, communicate constructively with peers, families and others, and manage stress and to seek help from others. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.
Building & Eval. Coordinated School Health Programs
EHE 670 3 credit(s)
The effectiveness of comprehensive skills-based health education is increased when it is a part of coordinated school health where the members of each of the eight components cooperate, collaborate, communicate, and coordinate efforts to support the health of students, staff, and the school community. To help our children be healthy, there must be a coordinated effort among parents, schools, and the community. Students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to build and implement coordinated school health. In this course, the student learns how the components of coordinated school health use data, information technology, collegiality, research, and collaboration to improve the health and academic achievement of regular and special education students as well as English Language Learners and students with culturally diverse backgrounds. Pre-practicum hours of directed field-based training required.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs.

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)

School Requirements

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé

Personal Statement

Learn more about General Requirements 

State Health Requirements

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form 

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.

International Students 

International students are accepted at Massachusetts location only, and need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit

Graduate program applicants, please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more.

Undergraduate program applicants, once you are accepted, your official transcripts are evaluated for transfer credit.



  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,995 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2015, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

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