As a student in the Petrock School of Public Health, you’ll develop into a leader -- engaged, culturally competent, strategically and politically astute. You’ll have career options -- in academia as an advocate and as an activist in your field. 

The Petrock School of Health Sciences is committed to forging a bold path to ensuring the health in our communities. We suffuse health equity, aging and lifespan health, and health policy/advocacy into all of our programs. 

The School is based on a foundation of academic excellence within a framing context of community partnership and participation supported by pillars of innovation and relevant research. We aim to address the health needs of the community, the nation and the world by focusing on the education and preparation of students while maintaining clear linkage to and immersion in community health and policy initiatives. 

Read on to find the major that fits your interests.

Department of Aging Studies

As an Aging Studies student, you’ll develop a robust set of skills and knowledge that will make you a leader in the field -- that will enable you to address professionally and effectively the needs of an aging population. The program prepares you for a choice of careers, including public health, administration, policy, research and education. 

Coursework is interdisciplinary, pulling together various aspects of aging needs and challenges to give you a complete picture. You’ll get hands-on training, with experiential learning on the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging. 

The mission of the Aging Studies program is to produce the next generation of problem-solvers, innovators and entrepreneurs in the field of gerontology and aging services--leaders who will affect change in our global community. Our vision is to recognize the inherent value of aging populations and support healthy, active aging; optimal quality of life; and necessary interaction with the community.

The Department of Aging Studies offers a degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Aging Studies.  As an Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education Program of Merit, the department also prepares students for the pursuit of graduate education in gerontology or a related discipline.

Program of Merit

As an Aging Studies student, you’ll develop a robust set of skills and knowledge that will make you a leader in the field -- that will enable you to address professionally and effectively the needs of an aging population. With a Bachelor’s degree in Aging Studies, you will be prepared for graduate study, on the way to administrative and research positions. Also, a Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for employment in community and government agencies, retirement communities, and the network of agencies for the aging.

Refer to the vertical curriculum for all course requirements.


To be accepted, you must meet the admission requirements of Bethune-Cookman University as described in the Admissions and Enrollment Services section of this catalog. In addition, students changing majors, must have a cumulative GPA of 2.500 or higher.

A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all major courses.

Aging Studies Minor

The minor consists of 18 Hours, all of which must be completed at Bethune-Cookman University

Department of Rehabilitative Sciences

This degree provides you with an in-depth understanding of exercise science, health appraisal, strength and conditioning as well as knowledge, skills and abilities for overall human performance. The program prepares you for the workforce or for graduate/professional school as health and rehabilitation science professionals.

The program addresses regional and national needs for competent, skillful employees and entrepreneurs in the fields of strength and conditioning, clinical exercise sciences, personal training, and health and wellness. There are two tracks to choose from:

Track 1: Sport, Fitness & Health - Refer to the vertical curriculum for all course requirements. 

Track 2: Pre-Clinical Health - Refer to the vertical curriculum for all course requirements.


Applicants must meet the admission requirements of Bethune-Cookman University. Students coming from the School of Nursing must have the permission of the dean of the School of Nursing, the chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Services, and a cumulative GPA of 2.750 or higher.

The minor is designed for students pursuing a major in the University who desire additional knowledge in the broad area of exercise science  It is open to students pursuing any major at B-CU, yet recommended for pre-medicine, pre-chiropractic, nursing, psychology, and aging studies majors. The program consists of 6 courses totaling 21 credit hours and allows students to gain general knowledge of the field of exercise science. A grade of “C” is required for all courses in the minor.

The Athletic Training Program delivers professional instruction and clinical experiences in athletic training to all MAT students. Professional instruction in athletic training will be taught in the following content areas: Prevention and Health Promotion, Clinical Examination and Diagnosis, Evidence-Based Practice, Acute Care of Injury and Illness, Therapeutic Interventions, Psychosocial Strategies and Referral, Healthcare Administration, and Professional Development and Responsibility. Clinical practicums in athletic training provide integrated traditional and nontraditional settings that may include the following: university, community college, high school, professional sports, hospitals, and rehabilitation clinics.

 Refer to the vertical curriculum for all course requirements.

And connect with the MAT faculty here.

Outcomes MAT 3 year aggregate



Admission to the program is competitive and predicated on a strong academic background, a demonstrated interest, and a successful interview. This is a selective admission process. All qualified applicants may not be accepted. Newly admitted students begin the program in the summer semester each year. To be considered for the proposed MAT program, applicants should meet the following minimum requirements:

Completion of a bachelor’s degree with minimum overall 2.75 grade point average

The following courses must be completed with at least a “C” before entering into the program:

  • Biology with lab
  • Human Anatomy I
  • Human Physiology II
  • Statistics (Algebra-based)
  • Nutrition or Sports Nutrition
  • Chemistry with lab
  • Physics with lab
  • Psychology

Other requirements:

  • A minimum of 50 documented hours working, volunteering, or shadowing with a certified athletic trainer (ATC) prior to admission to the program. At least 30 of these hours must be in a traditional athletic training setting (college, high school
  • or professional).
  • All students must have taken and submitted scores for the Graduate Record Examination.
  • All students must interview with MAT panel
  • All students must have three letters of recommendation (at least one from
  • A faculty member).
  • A written personal statement of educational goals
  • Pass a level II background check

Department of Public Health and Health Equity

The Department of Public Health and Health Equity trains local and national leaders in public health who are prepared to impact policies, practices, and service delivery to improve the health and well-being of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in diverse communities. The department is committed to provide services to the broader community through a focus on equity, social determinants of health, social justice, research, service learning and community engagement.

The vision of the Department is that every community will have optimal health through the achievement of health equity.


The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health, and public health programs outside schools of public health.

Listing information can be found here: CEPH List of Accredited Schools and Programs

Date of Initial Accreditation: 2019
Year of Most Recent: 2017
Year of Next Scheduled Review: 2024

Council on Education for Public Health
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Tel. (202) 789-1050

The Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Health Equity is a professional graduate degree that will prepare you in the three core functions of public health: assessment, policy development and assurance. MPH graduates develop knowledge and skill sets that are applicable across various disciplines and professions. The MPH degree opens an extraordinary number of pathways to a meaningful career in research, teaching, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and the health industry. Bethune-Cookman’s program is one of the few master’s in health equity in the country.

Refer to the Vertical Curriculum for all course requirements.

Program Application/Admission

Following are the requirements for admission to the program:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or its equivalent
  • Official, original academic transcripts from each institution attended beyond high school/secondary level.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE test scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • A one-page personal statement describing your professional and research experience in relation to your goals in the MPH program
  • TOEFL test scores as applicable. Foreign credential evaluation if applicable
  • Completion of BCU Graduate Application

Minor in Nutrition

The Minor consists of 18 credit hours. Courses provide students with a foundational knowledge in nutritional sciences, food studies, food systems, and population health.  Students will examine food and nutrition practices and policies that affect sustainable diets and long-term health.

Department of Counseling

B-CU’s counseling degree programs deliver graduate education and a professional licensure track for getting your license as a mental health counselor. The program seeks qualified students from various populations. The department offers a master of science with concentrations in clinical mental health counseling and social services

The Department of Counseling trains counseling professionals using the highest standards in the field. Highly qualified faculty design and deliver counseling programs through a wide range of instructional approaches.  

The Master of Science in Counseling is designed to provide students with the ability to understand and combine information from multiple counseling perspectives and to utilize the methods developed for integrated treatment approaches. The course curriculum meets the Florida Department of Health regulations through the Division of Medical Quality Assurance and the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling.

Refer to the vertical curriculum for all course requirements.


Student handbook 

Site Supervisor Manual

Practicum Manual

Internship Manual

Site Supervisor Training

If you are a site supervisor or intend to become a site supervisor for the Bethune-Cookman University Masters of Science in Counseling Program, please click the link below and complete the online training. After completing the training, you will be prompted to complete and sign the On-Line Site Supervisor Training Agreement Form following the Presentation. This form can be submitted by email to or delivered by mail to: 

Bethune-Cookman University 

Department of Counseling

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