2012-2013 Student Catalog 
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2012-2013 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Studies, AS

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Contact Information

Program Requirements

Typical Program

Degree/Certificate:    Associate in Science
HEGIS Code:            5299
SUNY Code:             1731
Major Code:             HED

The Career

“Preventing disease and promoting healthy lifestyles”

Health Studies begins the professional preparation of health educators working in communities, schools and worksites.

What kind of work do they do?

  1. Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the health improvement needs of specific populations (young children, elderly, specific races, gender, geographic region, etc.)
  2. Determine and coordinate services for these individuals on a local, state and federal level.
  3. Apply research principles to enhance quality of life.

Where do they work?  Communities, schools and worksites.

►  School Health
          ♦  Teach K - 12, staff wellness coordinator, school guidance

►  Community Health “A defined group of people”
Assess, plan, implement and evaluate health improvement

►  Public Health “Preserve, promote and protect”
Local, state and federal level

►  Worksites
          ♦  Human resources, risk management, health improvement programs
          ♦  Health and life insurance specialist
          ♦  Patient educators in hospitals, doctor’s office, clinics

►  Health Organizations, Foundations and Agencies
          ♦  American Cancer Society
          ♦  American Lung Association
          ♦  Planned Parenthood
          ♦  American Red Cross

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 Athletics Building. 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.


Program Requirements (HED)

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

Health & Physical Education Division Award

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