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)
Implementing skills-based health education in the health classroom provides teacher candidates with the knowledge and skill to design and implement skills-based health education based on state and national standards. Candidates learn to access and analyze youth risk behavior data, use backwards design, infuse performance indicators, and plan assessment and instruction, including a skills-based unit and lesson plans. This pedagogy helps students in the school and community develop and maintain healthy behaviors. 10 hours of Pre-practicum field experience is required. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Growth & Dev., Human Sexuality and Family Management Skills
EHE 630 3 credit(s)
The teacher candidate learns how pre-natal development, infant and child care, parenting skills, consumer and environmental health issues affect developing adolescents and their families. The candidate learns to teach skills and age and culturally appropriate information about growth and development, the reproductive system, human sexuality, maintenance of reproductive health, knowledge of and skills to prevent sexually-transmitted diseases, early sexual experimentation, and unintended pregnancy. Diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity are also examined and discussed. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience 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 prevention. Teacher candidates learn the knowledge and skill required to teach children how to develop and maintain healthy practices and behaviors and avoid diseases and subsequent disabilities. Working with public and community health agencies, candidates identify the personal prevention practices children and adolescents need to protect themselves, their families, and communities from life-threatening and disabling conditions. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience 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, teacher candidates learn how improved nutrition, levels of physical activity, and total body fitness impact learning and prevent cardiovascular and pulmonary disease in later years. The course includes identifying key nutrients, analyzing media messages, utilizing dietary and fitness guidelines and designing strategies to develop and monitor progress in achieving personal goals for lifetime health behavior. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Preventing Unintentional Injury & Violence
EHE 650 3 credit(s)
Accidents are a major source of death or disability for youth. The teacher candidate learns how to teach the knowledge and skills necessary to help youth avoid injury at home, in the school, neighborhood, and larger community. The course focuses on interpersonal and institutional violence prevention. Candidates examine youth violence research, behavioral surveys, resources for students affected by violence, science-based curricula, negotiation and mediation skills, bullying, sexual harassment, domestic violence, sexual assault, homophobia and racism. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Teaching Skills for Risk Reduction and Positive Behavior Change
EHE 680 3 credit(s)
In order to reduce adolescent risk factors, the teacher candidate understands the factors that contribute to the behavior then strategizes to increase protective factors such as functional health knowledge and skill. This course trains the teacher candidate to use the state and National Health Education Standards to reduce risk and increase positive behavior change. The candidate also reviews research and practice about the development of youth leadership, social responsibility, and community service. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Family Interpersonal Health: Promo Mental Health School Based Interven
EHE 660 3 credit(s)
A growing number of young people are experiencing mental and emotional problems which interfere with academic success. The teacher candidate learns to identify youth needing a school based intervention and how to refer to professional counseling, psychological and social services. The candidate investigates and assesses student assistance models and access to community mental health services as well as practicing strategies that assist youth to build resilience, communicate constructively with peers and families, manage stress, and seek help. 10 hours of pre-practicum field experience required.
Improving School Health Through Coordination
EHE 670 3 credit(s)
The effectiveness of comprehensive skills-based health education is increased when it is a part of a coordinated approach where school staff, administration, family and the community cooperate, collaborate and coordinate efforts to support the health of students, staff, and the school community. In this course, the teacher candidate learns how to build and implement a coordinated school health program by using data, information technology, research, and collaboration while recognizing the unique academic, cultural and language needs of students. Five hours of pre-practicum field experience required.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

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

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

School Requirements

See Admissions Requirements for School of Education


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

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

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