Doctor of Education in Health Education
What Are the Details, Regarding the Program of Study for the Ed.D.?
- Mission of the Ed.D. Program
- Admission Requirements
- Degree Requirements
- The Required Course Progression
The degree of Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Health Education at Team Motivation Medical Academy emphasizes broad preparation for advanced professional responsibilities through a program based upon extensive study in a specialized branch of the field of education or in an area of instruction. The program of study and research leading to the Ed.D.degree in Health Education is designed to prepare graduates who will assume positions of leadership as program development and evaluation specialists in health education in various educational, governmental, and human-service delivery settings. The program emphasizes the development of advanced competencies in: (1) assessing the cultural, psychological, social, economic, and political determinants of health and health-related behaviors; (2) developing and implementing educational and other interventions based on ecologic models of health behavior and behavioral change that are appropriate to the various educational practice settings (the community, hospitals, schools, and workplace) and which have the potential to result in voluntary health-related behavioral and social change among individuals, groups, and populations, and their communities; and (3) conducting program evaluation and applied research in health education and health promotion.
Admission to the doctoral program in Health Education is limited, being based upon several criteria. These criteria include the following: adequacy and relevance of preparation at the undergraduate levels and in any prior graduate study; relevance of prior professional experience and related activities; and, potential for contributing significantly to professional practice and research in health education or closely related fields. In general, applicants who present strong backgrounds or academic preparation in the behavioral and social sciences, education, nursing, public health, social work, or allied health professions are given priority consideration for admission to the program.
The minimum Academy requirements for the Ed.D. degree include satisfactory completion of a program of 90 points of course work beyond the baccalaureate degree (at least 45 points of which must be taken through Teachers College registration). A maximum of 45 semester hours of graduate transfer credit may be granted for work completed at other recognized institutions to satisfy the minimum College point requirement. Candidates for the Ed.D.degree also are expected to demonstrate satisfactory performance on a departmental Certification Examination and to prepare and defend an acceptable dissertation project. In addition to the College requirements, all candidates for the Ed.D.degree in Health Education must have fulfilled the equivalent of the requirements for the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in health education. For those students entering the program with only a baccalaureate degree, the M.A. degree must be completed first. Those applicants who do not present at the time of admission to the program the equivalent of a Master's thesis are required to prepare and present an acceptable essay or pre-doctoral project prior to or during the term in which 60 points of applicable graduate study have been completed.
The program of study for the Ed.D. degree in Health Education includes required introductory core courses, required advanced courses, elective courses, broad and basic courses to enhance preparation for professional scholarship and practice, as well as research courses. The exact program and sequence of study is determined by the previous academic preparation, professional experience, and professional career objectives of the student. The selection of courses that fulfill an area requirement in the program of study listed below is guided by individual needs of the student; selections are not limited to those courses that are listed. A student who presents evidence of proficiency in required courses or in an area of course work required for the program may, at the discretion of the major advisor and upon approval of the Program Coordinator, select and substitute courses; these substitutions may represent more advanced study in the area in which the student has demonstrated competence, or represent additional preparation in areas in which the student's preparation is less extensive. Programs of study typically exceed the minimum Academy requirement of 90 points, with candidates offering anywhere between 90-120 points for the degree.
I. MAJOR (45 Points)
- Introductory Core Courses (Required 9 points) HBSS4100 Behavioral and Social Science Foundations of Health Education - 3 HBSS4102 Principles of Epidemiology in Health Promotion - 3 HBSS4118 Principles of Health-Related Behavioral and Social Change: Initiation to Maintenance - 3
- Advanced Core Courses (Required 15 points) HBSS5110 Determinants of Health Behavior - 3 HBSS5111 Planning Health Education Programs - 3 HBSS5112 Social Marketing and Health Communications - 3 HBSS6100 Program Evaluation - 3 HBSS6145 Health Psychology - 3
- Elective Courses (21 points), to be selected from among: (There is variability with regard to the courses actually being offered within an academic year.) HBSS4001 Health Provider Communications and Health Promotion - 3 HBSS4110 Health Promotion for Children and Adolescents - 3 HBSS4111 Addictions and Dependencies - 3 HBSS4112 Social Policy and Prevention - 3 HBSS4113 Human Sexuality Education - 3 HBSS4114 Competency with Multicultural Populations: Research & Practice - 3 HBSS4115 Health Promotion for Aging Adults - 3 HBSS4116 Health Education for Teachers - 3 HBSS4117 AIDS Education - 3 HBSS4120 Topics in Health Education (See the Topic covered) - 3 HBSS4121 Death Education - 3 HBSS4122 Women's Health - 3 HBSS4123 Violence and Its Prevention - 3 HBSS4130 Alcohol and Health - 3 HBSS4140 Developing Workplace Health Promotion Programs - 3 HBSS4141 Health and Illness in Cross-Cultural Perspective - 3 HBSS5113 Community Health Analysis - 3 HBSS5116 Social Relations, Emotions and Health - 3 HBSS5408 Practicum in Individual Health Advisement- 3 HBSS5410 Practicum in Health Education - 1 - 6 HBSS5551 Bioethics - 3 HBSS5800 Health Disparities Research Conference - 1 HBSS6100 Program Evaluationn - 3 HBSS6500 Grant Writing - 3 HBSS6901 Research and independent study in health education - 1 - 4
II. BROAD AND BASIC AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP AND PRACTICE (9 Points)
- Nature of Education, Persons, and Learning Processes (Required 6 points) Students should take two courses approved by their advisor in learning theory, human development, or counseling pertaining to a population group of interest, such as the child, adolescent, adult, or older adult.
- Recommended courses include, but are not limited to those offered by the Departments of:
- Organization & Leadership (e.g. Program in Adult Learning and Leadership)
- Counseling & Clinical Psychology (e.g. Program in Counseling Psychology)
- Human Development (e.g. Developmental Psychology Programs)
- Recommended courses include, but are not limited to those offered by the Departments of:
- Mathematics, Science and Technology (e.g. Programs in: Communication, Computing, and Technology in Education; or Computing in Education; or Instructional Technology and Media)
- Education Policy and Social Analysis
- International and Transcultural Studies
III. RESEARCH, SCHOLARSHIP AND INQUIRY: METHODS OF EVALUATION, STATISTICS, DISSERTATION PREPARATION (26 Points)[SPECIAL NOTE: Professor SonaliRajan has new course offerings that are highly recommended and serving as important substitutes for some of what is recommended in this overall section. Please check with your Advisor and Professor Rajan for details.]
- Introductory Core Courses (Required 9 points) Students should take courses selected in consultation with their advisor. Recommended courses include, but are not limited to: HBSS5040 Research Methods in Health and Behavior Studies I - 3 HUD4120 Methods of Empirical Research - 3 MSTU5020 Methods of Social Research - 3 ORLJ4009 Understanding Behavioral Research - 3 ORLJ5040 Research Methods in Social Psychology I - 3 ORLJ5041 Research Methods in Social Psychology II - 3
- Measurement and Evaluation (Required 6 points) Students should take courses selected in consultation with their advisor. Recommended courses include, but are not limited to: HUDM4050 Introduction to Measurement - 3 HUDM5055-5056 Evaluation of Institutions, Programs, and Curricula - 3 ORL5522 Evaluation Methods I - 3 ORL5523 Evaluation Methods II--Seminar - 3 ORL5524 Instrument Design and Validation--Seminar - 3
- Statistics (Required 6 points) Students should take courses selected in consultation with their advisor. Recommended courses include, but are not limited to: HUDM4122 Probability and Statistical Inference - 3 HUDM5122 Applied Regression Analysis - 3 HUDM5123 Linear Models and Experimental Design - 3 HUDM6026 Statistical Treatment of Mass Data - 3
- Research Seminar and Preparation of the Dissertation (5 Points) HBSS 6510 Research Seminar in Health Education - 3 HBSS 7501 Dissertation Seminar in Health Education - 2 HBSS 8900 Dissertation Advisement in Health Education - 0
IV. ELECTIVE COURSES, ADDITIONAL RESEARCH, OR INDEPENDENT STUDY (10 Points)
Elective courses or additional research and independent study enable the student to develop a specialization in an area of interest pertaining to a practice setting and the populations specific to that setting (e.g., schools and children, hospitals and chronically ill adults, or workplaces and well adults), or may be used to develop additional preparation in a related professional area or one of the behavioral or social sciences underlying the practice of health education. Course work or other learning experiences are selected by the student in consultation with the major academic advisor, and may be taken in other departments of Teachers College or in other divisions of Columbia University with permission of the academic advisor. Recommended courses include, but are not limited to: HBSS6901 Research and independent study in health education - 1 - 4 Note on Total Points/Credits for the Ed.D. Degree: Variability There may be variability in the total number of points/credits accumulated in each of the requisite categories shown above: i.e., 1) Major; 2) Broad and Basic Areas of Professional Scholarship and Practice; 3) Research, Scholarship and Inquiry: Methods of Evaluation, Statistics, Dissertation Preparation; and 4) Elective Courses, Additional Research, or Independent Study. This variability in points/credits in each of the requisite categories usually becomes apparent when the student and their advisor review and approve the student's Statement of Total Program, including approving any variability in the number of points/credits taken. The Statement of Total Program is completed before the student takes the last 20 credits in the program and the Certification Examination. At the time of completion, the Statement of Total Program will list all courses already taken at Teachers College, any credits transferred (up to 45 credits), and all courses to be taken (projecting into the future and up to the last semester of matriculation). Some students accumulate up to 120 credits, while 90 credits is the required minimum for the Ed.D. degree. Also, while the present document has listed (above) 45 points for the Major, on the Statement of Total Program this number may vary (e.g. 50 credits) for Major, as well as for the other areas; as just one example, a student might accumulate 18, 22, 26 or more points for the category Research, Scholarship and Inquiry: Methods of Evaluation, Statistics, Dissertation Preparation. Thus, please consider the points indicated on the prior pages as a guide, given this variability.
- Additional Requirements In addition to the above minimum program requirements, students enrolled in the Program in Health Education are expected to fulfill requirements and achieve goals that transcend the completion of the requisite course work and other formal requirements for a degree. Although these additional requirements are difficult to define precisely, and the extent to which a student has fulfilled them equally difficult to evaluate, they are nevertheless recognized as being important in enabling the student to grow and develop both intellectually and professionally during the period of graduate study and afterward. Theseadditionalrequirementsincludebutarenotlimitedto:
- Demonstrating a willingness to attend and become actively involved in the breadth of departmental, college, and university functions (e.g. conferences, colloquia, etc-') which facilitate interaction with faculty and other students, and which have the potential to enrich the student's intellectual and professional growth;
- Developing the capacity to undertake the complex and challenging tasks associated with graduate study and other related learning experiences in such a manner that demonstrates the student's intellectual discipline, including integrity, creativity, and innovativeness, as well as the student's abilities to conceptualize at a high level, think critically, communicate effectively both orally and in writing, and provide leadership;
- Demonstrating ability to appreciate, relate to, and communicate with ethnically, racially, and linguistically diverse individuals and groups of people who possess different personal, social, and cultural histories than one's own;
- Developing a strong sense of professional identity and commitment to professional affairs in or related to heath education which are demonstrated through active membership in appropriate national, regional, or local professional organizations, and through participation in such activities as attending a professional meeting, presenting an abstract or a paper at professional meeting, or serving on a professional committee.