Community Health Education (A.S.)

Community Health Education is the study and improvement of health characteristics among specific populations. Community health is focused on promoting, protecting and improving the health of individuals, communities, and organizations. You will learn to positively influence the health behavior of individuals, groups, and communities while addressing lifestyle factors (i.e., nutrition, physical activity, sexual behavior and drug use) and living conditions that influence health.

The program focuses on career preparation and teaching individuals and groups how to better care for themselves. The Community Health Education degree is a general health degree that prepares you to work in hospitals, community-based organizations, wellness centers or the fitness industry. It provides a foundation for careers in health promotion, disease prevention, fitness, health education and healthcare administration. It is also an entry point for those interested in pursuing clinical degrees.


With an associate degree in community health education, you can pursue entry level positions as Health Education Specialist, Patient Advocate, HIV/AIDS Educator, Wellness Coach, Fitness Instructor or Diabetes Educator.

Transfer Options

You will have the option to transfer to CUNY colleges such as York, Hunter, Lehman and Brooklyn College or to private schools such as Long Island University Brooklyn and Hofstra to major in Community Health Education, Health Administration, Public Health, Gerontology, Physical Therapy, Exercise Science, or Nursing.BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education studies there.

Academic Program Maps

Required Common Core

Flexible Core3

Curriculum Requirements

Electives: Choose 2 courses(6 credits) from:

Total Curriculum Requirements
Total Program Requirements

Please note, these requirements are effective the 2018-2019 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.
1. Consult with an advisor on which courses to take to satisfy these areas.
2. These areas can be satisfied by taking a STEM variant.
3. No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.

Health Education Dept.

199 Chambers Street, Room N-798

New York, NY 10007

Phone: (212) 220-1453

Hours of Operation:


9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m