Stephen F. Austin State University

Health Science

Health Science

About Us

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Science is a dynamic major that is interdisciplinary in nature, and provides options that allow students to prepare for various careers in public health education and health promotion in settings, such as schools, hospitals, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and worksite health promotion programs.

This degree exposes students to a wide-range of health science careers, while providing the foundational courses required for professional post-graduate work, such as public health, health education, physical therapy, occupational therapy, environmental health and more!

Community Health

For students planning to conduct health education and health promotion in a non-classroom setting, the curriculum includes advanced concepts in consumer health, environmental health, chemical dependency, human sexuality, and evaluation and administration of health programs. Community Health majors will complete 39 hours, a minimum of 18 hours advanced. HSC 121, 216, 235, 337, 351, 425, 430, 436, 489, 470, 475 (topical course) and HSC 480 internship.

Students will complete an internship in a community health agency.

Degree Plan

EC-12 Health Education

For those planning to teach in schools, the curriculum in Health EC-12 includes, among other courses, principles and foundations of health education, first aid and safety, social/sexual health, and drug prevention education. The faculty provides students with the tools for teaching through both content and methods-and-materials courses. EC-12 Health Education majors are required to complete 36 hours a minimum of 18 hours advanced. HSC 121 and KIN 470. 30 hours from HSC 151, 216, 235, 337, 345, 351, 425, 430, 436, 475 (topical course), 489 or KIN 332.

Degree Plan

Health Science Minor

A minor in Health Science requires 18 hours in the Health Science area, nine of which must be advanced.


HSC 121 Core Concepts in Health
HSC 151 ARC First Aid for Health Emergencies
HSC 216 Introduction to Community Health
HSC 235 Health Concepts for Children and Adolescents
HSC 337 Consumer Health
HSC 345 Prevention and Control of Diseases
HSC 351 Substance Prevention Education
HSC 425 Social Health and Sexual Interactions
HSC 430 Health and the Maturation Process
HSC 436 Environmental Health
HSC 470 Senior Seminar
HSC 475 Special Topics
HSC 480 Internship
HSC 489 Health Assessment and Intervention


Internships are one of the major strengths of the Health Science curriculum. Properly structured experiences compliment and reinforce the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom and laboratory course.

For more information on internships click here.

Certifications and Endorsements

Certification in standard First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation are provided in the Health Science program, as well as the opportunity to receive a Driver Education certification endorsement.

Scholarships and Awards

University Regents Scholarship

Each academic department awards two academic scholarships to academically gifted undergraduates. The recipient must be an incoming freshman, a sophomore or junior who has not previously attended SFA. Emphasis will be placed on awarding these scholarships to incoming freshmen who have declared Kinesiology, Health Science, or Dance as a major.

The Alvera Griffin Health Education Scholarship

Founded by Dr. Griffin in 1979, this scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior Health Science major or minor.

The Dorothy Allen Health Education Scholarship

Established in 1990, this scholarship is awarded annually to a Health Science major or student selecting Health Science as a second teaching field.

Health Science Faculty

Krogen-Morton, Cyndra
Krogen-Morton, Cyndra - Visiting Instructor Educational Background: Cyndra Krogen-Morton received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University and B.A. in Psychology from California State University. Research/Areas of Interest: Mrs. Krogen-Morton's interests include sexual violence. prevention, sexual health, and alcohol, tobacco and other drug education and prevention. Office: HPE room 208 Phone: 936.468.3988
Mrs. Krogen-Morton is a registered yoga teacher and a group running coach. Her professional background includes service as a university health educator and a peer education coordinator as well as a tobacco cessation faciliatator and trainer.
Rust, DawnElla M., Ed.D.
Rust, DawnElla M., Ed.D. - Professor Educational Background: Dr. Rust received her B.S. in Community Health from Oklahoma State University, her M.S. in Health and Physical Education from Emporia State University, and her Ed.D. in Health Promotion from Oklahoma State University. Research/Areas of Interest: Dr. Rust's professional goal is to make "healthy" the easy choice through policy, environmental change, and system change. Office: HPE Room 215 Phone: 936.468.1495