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School of Social and Behavioral Science

Behavioral Science: Community Health Overview

The Behavioral Science Major with Specialization in Community Health is designed for people who are interested in improving the health and well being of people in the community.

The specialization focuses your major and gives you knowledge and experiences that are directed toward an eventual goal of being a community health educator. 

The Behavioral Science major is a great choice of major for transfer students, as it is possible that classes you may have already taken will count towards either required or elective courses. Additionally, the program offers many opportunities for career development through credit-earning internships at a variety of NYC area worksites.

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Career Opportunities

This program is appropriate for anyone who is interested in improving the health of individuals in the community.

Career opportunities include:

  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Health Educator
  • Health Program Coordinator

What You'll Get

  • Flexible scheduling to fit around your busy life

  • Study your specific interests

  • Professors with real-world experience in their fields

  • Internship opportunities 

Full-Time Faculty

Carmela Dormani
Carmela Dormani Assistant Professor
Behavioral Science
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Sarah Hahn Assistant Professor
Behavioral Science
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Serah Shani, Ph.D. Associate Professor, School of Social & Behavioral Science

Part-Time Faculty

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Rudolph Aikens Adjunct Instructor
Behavioral Science
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Thomas Culhane Lecturer
Behavioral Science
George D'Arbeau
George D'Arbeau Adjunct Instructor
Behavioral Science
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Douglas Evans Adjunct Associate Professor
Behavioral Science

Faculty Emeritae/i

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Hind Rassam Culhane Associate Professor Emerita
Behavioral Science
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Mary Kraetzer Professor Emerita
Behavioral Science

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does earning a degree take?

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Are department faculty available for academic advising?

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

How many credits can be transferred from another institution?

Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.

How can the behavioral science major help me define my path?

Within the Behavioral Science, opportunities to help you decide what you want to do after college abound. A wide variety of courses such as Career and Life Planning Credit, and internships can help you decide. All courses in the Behavioral Sciences are taught by professors who have much experience in a variety of workplaces, schools, corporations, health centers, which they are ready to share with you.

What can I do with a Behavioral Science major?

You’ll be prepared for employment in education, human services, business, government and law enforcement. A Behavioral Science major helps to prepare a person for any occupation involving people.

What is the specialization in Community Health?

The specialization in Community Health provides courses within the Behavioral Sciences that have to do with health, wellness and health promotion.

Is this program offered online?


Does a specialization mean that I will need more credits?

No, the specialization courses are within the 36 credits of the major.

Can I take a combination of campus and online courses?


Where is this program offered?

The Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses.

I am a transfer student. Is the Behavioral Science major feasible for me?

Yes. The major has 4 required courses and 8 electives which means that courses that you have taken already may be evaluated and may be credited toward your major. Such courses may also be counted as electives.

Program Details & Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

Major Concentration
Behavioral Science: 36 Credits
Open Electives: 24 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog. 


Academic Program Sequence Map

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Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, students should be able to: 

  • Construct a coherent explanation of major theoretical paradigms and major concepts in psychology and sociology 
  • Identify, and compare quantitative and qualitative methods, research designs, and basic statistical tools during social research
  • Explain how the study of social class, ethnicity, gender, age, race, and religion can facilitate cultural competencies focusing on how the individual develops in family, school, work, and community
  • Apply psychological and sociological principles, theories, and research to personal, cultural, and organizational situations