New York Medical College

School of Health Sciences and Practice

Graduate Certificate In Health Education Course Descriptions


BSHP 5001 Behavioral and Social Factors in Public Health

This course is an overview and introduction to the way in which behavioral and social factors contribute to health. It covers a wide range of topics: theories of behavioral science which have been applied to health behaviors; socio-cultural factors in disease etiology and the role of social conditions and social policy in addressing critical public health problems; individual, group, community, and technology-based strategies for health behavior change; and current issues in behavioral sciences for health promotion including its application to achieving the Healthy People 2010 goals.

BSHP 6001 Principles and Techniques of Behavior Change

This course is designed as a practical and theoretical approach to health behavior change. It explores the principles and methods of health behavior change for problems such as obesity, smoking, and alcohol and substance abuse. Strategies for individual behavior change, worksite wellness programs, self-help groups, 12-step programs, and public health programs are examined. Techniques such as cognitive behavior therapy, deep muscle relaxation, imagery and self-monitoring are practiced, and students are given experience in the design, development, and evaluation of health behavior change.

BSHP 6003 Stress and Health

This course covers a cross section of the many exciting recent developments in the area of stress and health. Substantive research in the field is examined, focusing on methodological and measurement issues as well as definitions of stress. Classic research and seminal ideas are discussed including the contributions of Selye, Lazarus, and Janis. New research areas including HIV, immigration, concentration camps, disasters, Type A behavior pattern and coronary disease, stress and alcoholism, physical abuse, stress related to gender, and contemporary sex roles are also explored. Research in personality and individual differences, stress and brain chemistry, and the effects of emotion are also examined.

BSHP 6004 Introduction to Health Education

This course provides a conceptual framework for students who seek careers in health education and presents clear, succinct principles of health education, health promotion, and disease prevention. The course is designed to introduce students to the competencies necessary for being a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), and the concepts and skills required for carrying out effective health education programs in a variety of different settings, including school, community, health care and worksite settings. Through a combination of text readings, online module sessions, and self-study, students will gain an understanding of the CHES competencies and certain core concepts in the fields of public health and health promotion.

BSHP 6012 Fundamentals of Research Methodology

The course provides an overview of the principles of research as applied to public health issues. Students gain an understanding of the process of research from the initial development of research questions through the final presentation of research findings. Topics covered include: selection of an appropriate research design, discussion of issues of measurement, data collection strategies, and interpretation of data. Examples are drawn from health education, health promotion, disease prevention, and community health services.

BSHP 6014 Communications and Health Behavior: Theory and Practice

Communications can be powerful mechanisms of behavior change; communications can promote or inhibit health behaviors. This course examines the theoretical underpinnings in the field of communications and reviews how communication strategies are used to influence health behavior. The focus is on print and electronic media and touches on individual communication. Topics include: how communication theory informs health behavior change interventions; steps involved in planning communication campaigns about health; and skills useful in the execution of communications, such as pre-testing, designing health materials, and writing press releases.

BSHP 6021 Health Program Planning and Evaluation

This course covers the basic concepts and principles of the health planning process. Topics include: needs assessment, program planning, and implementation and evaluation of public health interventions and programs. The use of quantitative and qualitative data is discussed. Examples are drawn from health education, health promotion, disease prevention and community health services.

BSHP 6023 Health Promotion Strategies

This course will describe effective health promotion strategies for use by a variety of health professionals in diverse settings where health promotion and prevention of illness are addressed. A common foundation of how, why, what, and when people of all ages learn will be first established. Then, how learning can positively affect patients’, families’, and diverse communities’ ability to understand, manage, prevent and live well with illness are discussed. Using evidenced-driven case studies, which demonstrate both successful and unsuccessful strategies, this course will help public health professionals identify best practices to implement, preserve, and replicate. Additionally, the coursework will help professionals to understand and explain why unsuccessful efforts might have failed and how those cases could be have been handled differently.  Pre-requisite:  BSHP 5001.

ENV 5001 Environmental Influences on Human Health

This survey of the major environmental determinants of human health covers physical, chemical and biological sources of exposure; routes of exposure in humans; etiology of environmental disease and mortality; and the complexities of environmental public policy. Topics include airborne pollution, contaminated water and food, solid and hazardous waste, and risk assessment as a tool for regulation. Students have the opportunity to tour a local public works facility.

BIOST 5002 Introduction to Biostatistics

This course presents the fundamental statistical approaches employed in clinical and public health research. Lectures cover basic probability, common distributions, samples and populations, interval estimation, and inferential statistical approaches. Students learn how data are presented and interpreted in the professional literature by considering published articles, professional reports and public health data.

EPI 5002 Introduction to Epidemiology

This course introduces students to the principles and practices of epidemiology and provides them a population-based perspective on health and disease. Students learn the basic measurements of frequency and association and the methods employed in describing, monitoring, and studying health and disease in populations.


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