Health education is both a science and an art that deals with the complexities of human behavior with the expressed purpose of promoting healthy behaviors. In order to develop the competencies necessary to be an effective health educator, students need a foundation built on principles derived from behavioral, biomedical and social sciences, as well as education. The expertise common to all health education specialists, regardless of the setting in which they practice, is the ability to apply teaching/learning principles to health/illness issues.
The Department of Health Science has received National Recognition from the American Association for Health Education for Initial Preparation of Health Educators. The program is recognized through the semester and year of Towson University’s next NCATE accreditation decision in 2014.
Offered through the Department of Health Science, the competency-based curriculum provides the content and practical experience needed to prepare students to become Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). Students who choose to study health education must also decide if they want to apply their skills to the three following areas: