Health Education

The central focus of the health program is the preparation of health educators for schools, community health centers, and corporate settings. The program stresses independent student work and innovative strategies of broad-spectrum intervention to benefit the individual and contribute to the well being of society

The Health Education Program offers two study sequences. First, health education licensure track prepares students to teach health education at both elementary and secondary schools. This sequence is a state-approved licensure program. Second, health education non-licensure track sequence addresses the broad range of services offered to communities through health agencies, hospitals, rehabilitation organizations, neighborhood centers, and community action programs. This non-licensure sequence provides students with an academic background in nutrition wellness, substance abuse, and exercise. It can include attention to comprehensive health care or persons with disabilities.

Licensure Track: The Licensure Track is for students who know they want to teach in public schools. Upon completion of the program, you will meet the requirements for an initial licensure to teach health education to students in grades K–12.

Non-Licensure Track: The Non-Licensure Track is designed for students who have attained licensure or who want the flexibility to design a program around individual interests and educational goals.

Health Education students are required to complete a five-hour community service  during their time in the program. There are a variety of opportunities for community service through the program including: creating and assisting in implementing a physical education lesson that intergrates health education content, teaching health education lessons at a local elementary school and teaching lessons about physical activity at a Sports Day at a local elementary school.

Program Fast Facts

  • Program Requirements: To view a listing of program requirements and coursework information, please visit the Boston University Bulletin for the EdM in Health Education.
  • Program Duration: Two semesters. Duration for part-ime students vary.
    Start Term: You may begin the program during the fall, spring, or summer semester.
  • Licensure: Upon completion of required coursework and Massachusetts testing requirements, you may receive initial licensure to teach health education to students in grades K–12.
  • Faculty Contact Information:  Professor Sarah Benes, ssparrow@bu.edu, 617-353-3300
  • Graduate Admissions Contact Information: sedgrad@bu.edu, 617-353-4237

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.