The School Health Graduate Certificate is designed to meet the needs of professionals who work in a school setting or with school-related partners. In addition to developing foundational knowledge in health content areas, students are engaged in learning best practices in health education curriculum development, selection and design of assessments, skills-based teaching strategies, school health program planning and evaluation, and school health advocacy. Throughout the program, ongoing attention is given to equity and justice in health education and to developing health-literate individuals. 


The program admits students for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

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Program Benefits

The School Health Graduate Certificate:

  • Meets ISBE requirements for certified teachers seeking a cross-endorsement in Health Education
  • Prepares students for the Illinois Health Education content test
  • Offers fully online, graduate-level coursework
  • Utilizes an applied practice approach with attention to the adult learner

Career Options

The School Health Graduate Certificate prepares certified teachers to teach health education and to serve in school health leadership roles. It also supports professionals working or seeking to work with schools or school-aged children towards achieving optimal health. These professionals might include nurses, counselors, social workers, coaches, and academic support staff and administrators, as well as professionals employed by park districts, social service agencies, public and private health care organizations, and government institutions. 

In addition to serving as a school health education teacher, additional job titles might include:

  • Health education specialist
  • Community health worker
  • School health program coordinator
  • School health advocate
  • School health policy analysis or advisor

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the School Health Graduate Certificate and the courses offered toward the certificate.

School Health Graduate Certificate

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Health Sciences and Physical Education at (773) 442-5581 or email Dr. James Ball, Chair and Program Coordinator, at

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