M.A. degree program in community health
HEGIS code 1214
NYS SED program code 78495

The master of arts degree in community health serves both national and international students who are pursuing a career in health promotion/disease prevention. Many of our graduate students are in practice in the field and come to Brooklyn College for advanced training and professional development.

The program has two concentrations: community health education and thanatology. The community health education concentration develops professionals who design, conduct, and evaluate activities that help improve the health of individuals and communities. Graduates typically find employment in public health departments, community-based organizations, hospitals, and clinics as patient educators, health education teachers, health coaches, community organizers, public health educators, and health program managers.

The thanatology concentration focuses on the development of expertise in the area of dying, death, and bereavement. Graduates hold a variety of positions including that of hospice program director, hospital bereavement coordinator, hospice volunteer coordinator, funeral aftercare counselor, and bereavement counseling program director.

Program Heads

Name
Title
Phone
Email
Office Hours
Grov, Christian Graduate Health Deputy 718 951 5000 x 1230 4110F Ingersoll cgrov @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Tuesdays 2-4pm or by appointment

 

Admission Requirements

Department Health And Nutrition Sciences
Fall Application Deadline March 1st
Spring Application Deadline November 1st
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; two letters of recommendation; essay on academic interests and goals.

Non-degree applicants must submit transcripts and an essay on academic interests and goals.
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) 500, 173, 61
Examinations

 

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Matriculation requirements
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Applicants must offer at least 18 credits in acceptable health-related courses and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Experience in a health-related field is required for the thanatology concentration.

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Degree requirements
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Thirty-three to thirty-six credits are required for the degree. Students must complete one of the following two concentrations of study: Community Health Education (36 credits) or Thanatology (33 credits).


Community health education concentration.

Required courses (30 credits): Health and Nutrition Sciences 7110X, 7120X, 7140X, 7141X, 7150X, 7161X, 7170X, 7171X, 7925X, and 7930X.
Elective courses (6 credits): Students who satisfy the exit requirements (see below) by passing a comprehensive examination must complete 6 additional credits (for a total of 36 credits) chosen from 7000-level health courses after consultation with their faculty advisor.


Thanatology concentration.

Required courses (27 credits): students must complete 24 credits from the following courses: Health and Nutrition Sciences 7180X, 7181X, 7182X, 7183X, 7184X, 7185X, 7186X, 7187X, 7188X, 7901X.
Students must also complete Health and Nutrition Sciences 7930X (3 credits) and elect one of the exit requirements (see below), either of which requires two courses (6 credits) for a total of 33 required credits in this concentration.

Students with advanced preparation may substitute other courses for required courses with the permission of the deputy chairperson.

As part of the selected required concentrations ("Community Health Education" or "Thanatology"), students have the option of completing a specialization in Maternal, Child, Reproductive, and Sexual Health (MCRSH) by taking 9 of their 36 or 33 degree credits in courses designated as MCRSH, competing their fieldwork placement (HNSC 7925X or HNSC 7901X) in a MCRSH-related project, and (if applicable) writing their master's paper (HNSC 7940X, HNSC 7950X) or master's thesis (HNSC 7935X, HNSC 7999X) on a MCRSH-related topic. Students in the community health education concentration who elect to take the Comprehensive Examination as their exit option will be tested on MCRSH material. All MCRSH coursework and requirements are subject to approval by the deputy chairperson. MA students wishing to pursue the MCRSH specialization should notify the deputy chairperson in writing within their first two semesters of coursework.

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Exit requirements:
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Students matriculated in the community health education concentration are required to pass a comprehensive examination administered by the Health and Nutrition Sciences Department, or submit an acceptable master's thesis or master's paper.

Students matriculated in the thanatology concentration are required to submit either an acceptable thesis or an acceptable master's paper.

Students in either concentration electing to submit a thesis must complete Health and Nutrition Sciences 7935X (3 credits) and 7999X (3 credits). Information about the thesis is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures" of the Graduate Bulletin.

Students in either concentration electing to submit a master's paper must complete Health and Nutrition Sciences 7940X (3 credits) and 7950X (3 credits) with a grade of B or better. The student is not allowed to take 7940X more than twice. The grade for Health and Nutrition Sciences 7950X will be the same as the grade for the master's paper. The student must earn a grade of B or better for a master's paper to be acceptable.

Students opting for the Comprehensive Examination will be evaluated on: 7110X, 7120X, 7170X, and 7930X. Students wishing to pursue the MCRSH specialization wil also be tested on MCRSH coursework.

Students must have completed all four courses before registering for the Comprehensive Examination. If the examination is failed on the first try, students must retake and pass all of the parts that they failed in the previous examination.

Students in the community health education concentration who pass a comprehensive examination must complete an additional 6 elective credits chosen from 7000-level health courses (for a total of 36 credits) after consultation with their faculty advisor.

Note that Health and Nutrition Sciences 7930X is a prerequisite for Health and Nutrition Sciences 7935X and for Health and Nutrition Sciences 7940X.

Courses in the Health and Nutrition Sciences Department offered toward the degree must be 7000-level courses.

The program of study must be approved by the department.

Community Health Education students interested in national certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) may take the examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.