Mission Statement

To prepare leaders equipped with the skills and knowledge to coordinate, teach and advocate for school health programs.


The Master of Science in School Health Education prepares school health educators for leadership roles in the field of school health education. The mission is to prepare leaders with the skills and knowledge to advocate for school health programs for grades pre-K through twelve.

Students will be engaged in a contemporary program addressing curriculum development; design of student assessment strategies; skills-based teaching strategies; program planning, promotion and evaluation; advocacy and health communications.


School health programs are believed to be one of the most efficient strategies to develop and promote healthy behaviors and prevent major health and social issues. Next to family, schools are the major institution of providing the instruction and experiences that prepare students for their roles as healthy, productive adults. Appropriate school interventions can foster effective education, prevent unhealthy behaviors and promote enduring health practices. Read more about characteristics of effective programs.

The US Department of Labor Statistics states that the job outlook for Health educators and Community Health Workers is expected to grow 11% through 2028 which is higher than the national average. It is believed that the growth of the profession will be buoyed by the need to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people healthy behaviors.

Program Features

  • Meets requirements for certified teachers seeking a cross-endorsement in health education
  • Curriculum driven by contemporary issues and national standards
  • Courses offered in online, hybrid and on-ground formats
  • Delivered by national and state renowned leaders
  • Only graduate school health education program in Connecticut

Program Requirements

Visit the graduate catalog for program requirements and further information.


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Contact Us

Sarah Benes, PhD
Assistant Professor / Coordinator of School Health Education
(203) 392-6091
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