2011-12 Student Catalog 
    Nov 27, 2022  
2011-12 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Studies, AS

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Associate in Science





Major Code


The Career

Preventing disease and promoting healthy lifestyles

The job market for health educators is strong. Health educators work to encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness through educating individuals, communities, schools and worksites. Seventy percent of disease and premature death is attributed to lifestyle diseases that are preventable, treatable and controllable.

“The choices we make today can determine the choices we make tomorrow.” Breaking the Silence-AIDS WNED

The goal of health education is to promote, maintain and improve individual and community health. Duties of health educators include assessing the needs of a specific population, planning the programs, implementing programs and evaluating the outcomes of those programs. The jobs vary greatly depending on the type of organization in which they work. Most health educators work in medical settings, colleges and universities, schools, public health departments, nonprofit organizations, corporations, health insurance companies and private business.

The NCCC Approach

Core topics of substance abuse, nutrition, community health, sexuality and foundations of health education make up the core of the curriculum. Additional emphasis in anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, history and speech complete the liberal arts experience. Professional development activities and career exploration is emphasized early and throughout the Health Studies degree.

In addition to earning an Associate in Science degree in Health Studies, students are positioned to transfer to teacher education (K-12) at Brockport and Ithaca College. Those individuals wishing to transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in public or community health can do so at Daemen College, Buffalo State College and Brockport.

For individuals who are currently certified in Physical Education and wish to have dual certification in health the program offers 18 credits in Health Studies and an additional 21 credits in liberal arts (by advisement). In addition, many courses are available through online learning.


Students admitted in September and January. Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of full-time study (15-17 credits per semester) if a student begins this program in a spring semester.

Articulation Agreements

Canisius College
Ithaca College
SUNY College at Brockport

Dual Admissions

Daemen College B.S. in Health Care Studies. Professional Training Certification in three areas:

  • Community Health
  • Complementary and Alternative Health Care Practices
  • Health & Fitness Training


The Health Studies program is housed in the Division of Health and Physical Education. A 2,500 square foot fitness center, Olympic-size pool, two gymnasiums, dance studios, racquetball, squash, tennis, Outdoor Adventure Education and extensive Intramural Recreation program provides activity for everyone.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • To provide individualized advisement that will assist each student with developing specific educational and career goals that will facilitate transfer to the upper-level institution of choice.
  • To develop students’ knowledge about the sociological, philosophical, historical, and psychological aspects of American health education.
  • To assist students in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to develop their own philosophies of health education taking into consideration the influences of the New York State and National Health Education Standards.
  • To provide students the necessary knowledge to understand the operation of computer systems and related pedagogical health issues in education.
  • To assist students with the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to make intelligent decisions that will lead them to certification in health education.
  • To develop students’ understanding of those characteristics which define responsible and successful health educators.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associate of Science Degree in Health Studies, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of computers and their basic functioning.
  • Have customized his/her professional education course work to facilitate transfer-articulation to the upper-level school of choice.
  • Demonstrate the application of knowledge required to implement a health improvement program following a 4-part plan of Assess, Plan, Implement and Evaluate.
  • Successfully complete 7 out of 10 General Education objectives.

Minimum Degree Requirements (HED)

  1. A total of at least 64 credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundation courses do not count toward the degree.
  2. Health Studies: A minimum of 18 credit hours to include:
    2.   *
    3.   *
    5.   or
    6.   (spring only)
    7.   (fall only)
  3. Social Sciences: A minimum of 6 credit hours to include:
  4. Electives by Advisement: A minimum of 12 credit hours to include:
    1. CIS — Computer elective (CIS 100 or higher)
    3. HIS — History elective (AH)
    4. HIS — History elective (Other World)
    6. Liberal Arts elective
    7. Language elective
  5. Science: A minimum of 10 credit hours to include:
  6. Mathematics: A minimum of 3 credit hours to include:
    1. MAT — Mathematics elective (MAT 111 or higher)
  7. Arts & Media: A minimum of 6 credit hours to include:
    1.   or
    3. SPE — Communication elective (SPE 101 , SPE 102 , SPE 103 )
  8. Humanities: A minimum of 9 credit hours to include:
    3. Humanities elective by advisement

* These course are also available as distance learning/online courses.

Typical Program

First Semester

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 15

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 17

Fourth Semester

Total Credit Hours: 17

Scholarship Opportunities

All matriculated students in this curriculum are eligible for scholarships. See scholarship  area of this catalog for specific information and criteria, including the following:

Dolce-Valvo Scholarship 

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