If you enjoy sharing health information and working with young people, consider teaching health in the school systems.  The school health education program at CMU will prepare you to become certified to teach in grades kindergarten through 12.  You may teach students a variety of topics such as nutrition, personal growth, substance abuse prevention, first aid, environmental health, physical fitness, human sexuality, and disease prevention and control.

The major in School Health Education leads to certification to teach health education in grades K-12. The student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Prior to declaring the major, the student must have an overall 2.5 GPA, a 2.6 GPA for a minimum of 6 semester credit hours in HSC classes.
  2. Must maintain a 2.7 GPA for all classes on major and minor.
  3. Must have successfully completed, or be concurrently taking HSC 222 OR 223 OR 224, or FNS 370 before taking HSC 340.
  4. Have a combined GPA of 2.6 for HSC 340 and 346 before student teaching.
  5. Achieve a grade of C (2.0), or better, for each HSC class.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (29 hours)

​Principles of normal nutrition as related to the health of all age groups. This course may be offered in an online format. May be offered as Writing Intensive. (University Program Group II-A: Descriptive Sciences) 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Focus on individual health and wellness concepts using quantitative reasoning. Designed to assist the individual in striving for lifelong learning about healthier lifestyles. Quantitative Reasoning. 

Credits 3(2-1) 

Contact Hours (2-1) 

Course Syllabus

​Theory and practice in sexuality education within communities and schools. Emphasis is on legal implications, program requirements and implementation to meet national and state guidelines. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

One of two introductory content courses covering: tobacco, alcohol and drug use and prevention; growth and development; disease prevention; nutrition; and physical activity. Pre/Co-Requisite: HSC 106. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​One of two introductory health content courses covering: violence prevention/safety; emotional/mental health; character education; intentional/unintentional injuries; community, environmental and consumer health. Pre/Co-Requisites: HSC 106. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​This course will enable health education students to develop planning skills for health programs in the school setting. Pre/Co-requisites: HSC 222 or 223 or 224. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​A study of health education programs and practices for teachers at the elementary school level. Prerequisite: Tier One: Pre-Admission of Candidacy to Teacher Education. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

Methods in teaching school health education. Prerequisites: HSC 340. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Course addresses competencies, professionalism, and issues in school health education, including a 60-hour onsite field experience. Pre/Co- requisite: HSC 346. 

Credits 3(2-1) 

Contact Hours (2-1) 

Course Syllabus

Content, skills and application to develop and use assessment and evaluation strategies for health education. Prerequisites: HSC 222, 223, 224 Co-requisites: HSC 340, 346. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Electives (1-3 hours) Select 1-3 hours in consultation with an advisor:

​Elementary concepts in chemistry. For students on curricula needing minimal chemical background or students who need additional preparation for CHM 131. This course provides suitable preparation for the successful completion of the laboratory courses, CHM 112 or CHM 127. Cannot be counted on a Chemistry/Biochemistry major or Chemistry minor. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: High school Algebra II or MTH 105. (University Program II-B: Quantitative and Mathematical Science) 

Credits 4(4-0) 

Contact Hours (4-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Includes CPR and first aid care. American Red Cross certification for first aid and CPR can be earned. 

Credits 2(1-2) 

Contact Hours (1-2) 

Course Syllabus

Covers basic structure and function of the human body. Prepares non- science majors and health profession students to take advanced human anatomy and physiology courses. Recommended: Successful completion of a college level science course or a strong background in basic sciences, i.e. high school biology or chemistry. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

The study of psychoactive drugs: what they are; how they work; and why people use and/or abuse them; and their impact on society. Not open to students with credit in HSC 528, 529, or 530. This course may be offered in an online format. Recommended: Any natural or social science course. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Introduction to public health, and services provided to citizens and educators by official and voluntary health agencies. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Investigates today’s environmental problems related to health, air, water, radiation, housing, urbanization, disease, weapons, and humans’ responsibilities for and remedial actions to these problems. This course may be offered in an online format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Study of body’s physiological responses to disease states. Emphasis is placed on the interactions among body systems and deviations from homeostasis. Prerequisite: HSC 211 or HSC 215 or BIO 392. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Obesity will be studied with special emphasis on prevalence and etiology. Modes of prevention and treatment including diet and exercise will also be discussed. Prerequisites: 56 hours completed or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​A holistic study of the cultural, spiritual, legal, ethical, psychological and controversial aspects of death. Emphasis will also be placed on suicide prevention. Prerequisites: must have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours of coursework. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Issues of consumer health related to the individual, the community, and society. 

Credits 2(2-0) 

Contact Hours (2-0) 

Course Syllabus

​A concentrated study of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome including the origin, prevalence, spread, disease process, psychosocial aspects and implications for society. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: HSC 106 or teaching certificate. 

Credits 1(1-0) 

Contact Hours (1-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Concentrated study of mental health and illness as related to home, school, and community. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

​Concentrated study of physiological, psychological, sociological, and educational aspects of smoking. Not open to students with credit in HSC 235. 

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

​Concentrated study of physiological, psychological, and sociological aspects of alcohol education. Not open to students with credit in HSC 235. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. 

Credits 1(1-0) 

Contact Hours (1-0) 

Course Syllabus

Concentrated study of the effects of drugs and narcotics. Roles of home, school, and community in drug education. Not open to students with credit in HSC 235. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. 

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

​This course covers diversity issues in order to help students become effective, multiculturally competent health practitioners. This course may be offered in an online format. Prerequisites: ATR 383 or HSC 317; or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Concentrated study of the physiological aspects of the cardiovascular system and its adaptation to stress. 

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Systematic evaluation of stress and methods used to effectively reduce stress to promote and maintain health and wellness. Prerequisite: 50 credit hours completed or graduate standing. 

Credits 1(Spec) 

Contact Hours (Spec) 

Course Syllabus

Examine cardiovascular and chronic disease risk factors and management of those risk factors with emphasis on current clinical guidelines and lifestyle interventions (e.g., physical activity/exercise). Prerequisites: 56 credit hours completed or graduate standing. 

Credits 3(3-0) 

Contact Hours (3-0) 

Course Syllabus

Total: 30-32 Semester Hours