Health Education Certificate

  • Credits: 15
  • Degree:
    Post-Master's Certificate

Program Description

This certificate in health education provides 12 graduate credits of health education content knowledge and pedagogical skill to professionals with a master's degree, initial license, and/or at least three years of experience, who are seeking additional professional expertise but do not need an additional license.

Certain courses may be transferrable to professional licensure programs approved by the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education. Consultation with the program chair is encouraged.

Learning Outcomes

This certificate will provide students with increased competency in health education content and teaching skills.


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


Health Education

Choose four courses.

Additional course choices:

EHE714 Assessment in the Health Classroom

EHE715 Health Education for Diverse Classrooms

EHE716 Health Education for a Culturally Diverse Population

EHE717 21st Century Technology for Health Educators

Assessing Health Literacy
EHE 713 3 credit(s)
Young people who are health literate have knowledge and skills to maintain and develop healthy behaviors. To determine the acquisition of knowledge and skill, student literacy must be assessed. The purpose of this course is to train educators to increase health literacy by becoming proficient in teaching the National Health Education Standards. Assessing health literacy insures that teaching and learning are improved and students acquire the knowledge and skill needed to maintain healthy behaviors. In this course, educators design authentic assessments based on student need, then select national and state standards to reduce the need. They design rubrics to score assessments, provide exemplars, develop formative and summative assessments, evaluate portfolios, and learn the value of student self-assessment.
Current Research on the Interrelationship of Risk Factors
EHE 701 3 credit(s)
This course investigates youth risk behaviors and protective factors. Societal, psychological, family, and environmental influences are analyzed as well as the inter-relationship between depression, tobacco use, drug and alcohol use and abuse, violent behavior and early sexual activity. Students analyze successful strategies for building student skills to avoid participating in or continuing in risky behaviors and investigate support services available in the school and community to assist students who are having problems.
Promoting Wellness in a Media-Saturated Society
EHE 705 3 credit(s)
How does the media influence youth? How do we teach our children to be healthy when they receive so many unhealthy messages from the media? In this course, students analyze how media influences youth decisions regarding alcohol and other drugs, injury, violence, tobacco use, nutrition, physical activity, and risky sexual behaviors and design content and skill instruction to decrease these risk factors.
New Perspectives in Teaching Human Sexuality
EHE 703 3 credit(s)
Health educators must be knowledgeable in human sexuality content and context in order to design and implement quality instruction for all grades levels. Issues addressed are: cultural and religious attitudes toward teaching about sexuality, gender identity, homophobia, strategies for building support for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth and building acceptance of diverse family structures. Other areas to be discussed are: local, state and national policies, teaching sexuality to youth with disabilities, methods of handling controversy, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and updated statistics on sexually-transmitted diseases. Special attention is given to sensitive issues and strategies for involving parents in the teaching program.
Violence Prevention in Today's School Environment
EHE 707 3 credit(s)
In this course, students analyze school violence and learn effective ways to respond. Students investigate new approaches to dealing with bullying and discuss policies, and legal ramifications of school incidents. Materials and sample school policies are shared. Participants review interactive strategies to prevent or de-escalate various forms of bullying and harassing behavior, exchange ideas about strategies that have worked and develop their own plans for the use of the strategies in their classrooms and schools.
Interdependence betw .the Ecological Environment & Human Health
EHE 709 3 credit(s)
Healthy People 2010 states that…”An estimated 25 percent of preventable illnesses worldwide can be attributed to poor environmental quality. In the United States, air pollution alone is estimated to be associated with 50,000 premature deaths and an estimated $40-50 billion in health-related costs annually.” The behavior of each person and the society affects individual, family, community and global health through energy use, water use, waste disposal, food production and care of the natural environment. In this class, students investigate the relationship between personal responsibility and the maintenance and improvement of the ecological environment. Students explore strategies for teaching young people about conservation and the effects of not conserving on the future health of all people. Participants also investigate strategies to involve young people in advocating for responsible ecological behavior both in school and the community.
Evaluation of School Health Programs
EHE 711 3 credit(s)
The evaluation of school health programs involves a comprehensive examination of the strengths and needs of a program and a design to address each. This course presents the theory and practice of program evaluation with an emphasis on coordinated school health design, implementation, diagnosis, and action plans.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor



  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

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

General Requirements

Official Transcript
Two Completed Recommendation Forms
Current Résumé

Personal Statement

Learn more about General Requirements 

State Requirements

College students are required to comply with state laws regarding individual health insurance and immunization. Compliance requirements currently exist for students in Massachusetts, Virginia and Tennessee. Learn more

International Students – Additional Requirements

International Students will need to complete supplemental documentation when applying. International transcripts must also be translated prior to submission in order to be evaluated for applicability. Learn more about international student requirements.

Transfer Credit Request Form

Only needed if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer credit. Learn more about transferring credits.



  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students; $100 for EdD)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

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