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

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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 three concentrations: Community Health Education, Thanatology, and Food and Health Equity. The Community Health Education concentration provides broad knowledge of community health and health services with an emphasis on community planning and assessment. Graduates will design educational programs, conduct, and evaluate community and public health activities and services to help improve the health of communities and individuals. Graduates typically find employment in public health departments, community-based organizations, hospitals, and clinics as patient educators, health coaches, community organizers, public health educators, and health program managers.

The thanatology concentration provides community health training with a focus on the development of expertise in the area of dying, death, and bereavement. Graduates are prepared for a variety of positions in community health settings, including community-based organizations, hospitals, clinics, and in hospice and palliative care.

The Food and Health Equity concentration prepares graduates to work in community settings with a focus on addressing inequities in our food and nutrition systems that disproportionately impact vulnerable and economically disadvantaged groups. Program graduates may work in preventive health services, including clinical healthcare, in corporate wellness centers, community nutrition outreach centers, college health services. Food and health equity program organizers and developers may work in healthcare settings creating food and nutrition programs that focus on diversity; programs that address access to healthy and affordable foods in urban neighborhood.

Students who have completed a Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (DPD) from an ACEND (Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics) -accredited program may also apply to the Brooklyn College Dietetic Internship (DI) after completion of 24 credits in the MA Food and Health Equity program. The DI provides students with the supervised practice needed to sit for the Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist (RDN) exam administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).

Program Heads

Office Hours
Mirotznik, Jerrold Graduate Deputy 718.951.5026 4123 Ingersoll Hall jerrym @ brooklyn.cuny.edu Email for appointments


Admission Requirements

Department Health and Nutrition Sciences
Fall Application Deadline March 1st - Rolling Admissions
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

2. Two letters of recommendation; essay on academic interests and goals.

3. Non-degree applicants must submit transcripts and an essay on academic interests and goals.


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to instructions at http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


Matriculation requirements

Applicants for the Community Health Education and Thanatology concentrations must have at least 18 credits in acceptable health-related courses at the undergraduate or graduate level and a minimum GPA of 3.0. One year of relevant experience in the field may be accepted in place of up to 18 credits.

Applicants for the Food and Health Equity concentration must have at least 18 credits in acceptable health and/or nutrition courses including as well as a course in human nutrition. Credit for coursework in the Food and Health Equity concentration may be accepted for relevant experience in the field (up to 6 credits). Credit will be determined by the Chair

Degree requirements (30-36 credits)
Thirty-three Thirty to thirty-six credits are required for the degree. Students must complete one of the following two three concentrations of study: Community Health Education (36 credits), Thanatology (33 30 credits), or Food and Health Equity (30 credits). The MA in Community Health with a concentration in Thanatology can be completed fully online, depending on the courses selected. The other concentrations in Community Health Education and Food and Health Equity can be completed partially online.

Community Health Education concentration
Required courses (33 credits): Health and Nutrition Sciences 7110X, 7120X, 7140X, 7141X, 7150X, 7163X, 7170X, 7171X, 7925X, and 7930X.

Elective courses: 3 credits

Thanatology concentration
Required courses (30 credits): Students must complete 24 18 credits from the following courses: Health and Nutrition Sciences 7175X, 7180X, 7181X, 7182X, 7183X, 7184X, 7185X, 7186X, 7187X, 7188X, 7901X. Students must complete Health and Nutrition Sciences 7110, and 9 additional credits from the following courses: Health and Nutrition Sciences 7120X, 7141X, 7150X, 7163X, 7170X, 7171X, 7930X, 7950X

Food and Health Equity concentration
Required courses (21 credits): Health and Nutrition Sciences: 7110X, 7221X, 7230X 7242X, 7243X, 7244X, 7931X
Elective courses: Students must complete 9 credits from the following: Health and Nutrition Sciences 7140X, 7184X, 7212X, 7232X, 7233X, 7234X, 7950X

Students who choose a capstone project as the exit requirement must complete Health and Nutrition Sciences 7950X.

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

Exit requirements
Students matriculated in the community health education Community Health Education concentration are required to submit an acceptable capstone project at the culmination of HNSC 7925X.

Students matriculated in the Thanatology concentration are required to pass a comprehensive exam or complete HNSC 7950X Capstone.
Students in the Food and Health Equity concentration must pass a comprehensive examination or complete a capstone project - the course 7950X must be completed as the capstone course. Information about the requirements for the comprehensive examination is in the section "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

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

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.

Thanatology students interested in national certification in Thanatology (CT) may take the examination administered by the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC).