Health Science Teaching Credential
Preparation Program

The School Health Concentration is the appropriate choice for all students who want to teach health science in schools. It meets the requirements for secondary level subject matter competency in health science. Students wishing to be recommended for a single subject teaching credential in Health Science must complete the requirements for this concentration as well as certain prerequisites to the teacher education program. For information about the professional education component, admission to the teacher education program, or specific requirements for the single subject waiver program see page 152 in the CSUSB Bulletin or contact the Credentials Office (C.A.S.E.).

For teachers needing to clear their credential, the following courses meet the Single Subject Waiver Requirement for Health:
HSCI 540 School Health Programs and Practices

For teachers wishing to add Health Science as a Supplemental Authorization to their existing credential, passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) is required. In preparation for the CSET, the following coursework is highly recommended:

  1. HSCI 310. Health and Human Sexuality
  2. Relationship between health and human sexuality with a theme of prevention of disease, disorder and dysfunction through education. Prerequisite: HSCI 120 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

  3. HSCI 342. Nutrition for Your Health
  4. Application of basic nutrition principles including functions of food and nutrients in health and disease prevention through the life cycle; understanding the impact of food choices and lifestyle on health; discussion of current trends, fads and fallacies in nutrition, including dietary supplements. May not be counted towards fulfilling requirements in the Nursing or the Nutrition and Food Sciences Programs. (4 units)

  5. HSCI 364. Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse
  6. Analysis of factors influencing human use or abuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances and their effects on the health and well-being of the individual, family and society. (4 units)

For Liberal Studies majors wishing to add Health Science as a concentration, 16 units must be selected from the following courses:

  1. HSCI 310. Health and Human Sexuality
  2. Relationship between health and human sexuality with a theme of prevention of disease, disorder and dysfunction through education. Prerequisite: HSCI 120 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

  3. HSCI 432. School Health Administration and Planning
  4. Philosophical framework and history of the school health education program, including organization, funding, administration, and legal aspects. Emphasis on the roles of health teachers and school nurses within the context of a coordinated school health program, including parent-community advisory groups. Formerly HSCI 334 and 434. (4 units)

  5. HSCI 433. School Health Education
  6. Health education concepts and content applied specifically to grades 7-12. Stresses instruction in health education for the teacher/school nurse, within the context of a coordinated school health system; teaching strategies and their adaptation to special populations; the identification and assessment of instructional resources; alignment with state and federal standards for health education. Formerly HSCI 333. Prerequisite: HSCI 120 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

  7. HSCI 342. Nutrition for Your Health
  8. Application of basic nutrition principles including functions of food and nutrients in health and disease prevention through the life cycle; understanding the impact of food choices and lifestyle on health; discussion of current trends, fads and fallacies in nutrition, including dietary supplements. May not be counted towards fulfilling requirements in the Nursing or the Nutrition and Food Sciences Programs. (4 units)

  9. HSCI 364. Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse
  10. Analysis of factors influencing human use or abuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances and their effects on the health and well-being of the individual, family and society. (4 units)

  11. HSCI 271. Introduction to Public Health
  12. Introduction to health issues and needs in various types of communities, and to the concepts underlying public health efforts of public, private and voluntary organizations. Formerly HSCI 371. (4 units)