Health Courses


All students are required to take one semester of Health to satisfy the New York State graduation requirements. We recommend that students take Health in 10th grade and should consider taking both Health electives as well.

**Beginning with the class of 2021 Monroe-Woodbury is requiring that students take a second semester of health in Junior or Senior year to graduate. The following 2 courses will meet that requirement:

  • Generation Health
  • Critical Issues in Health

First Aid & CPR for College Credit does NOT meet the graduation requirement; it is for interest only.

Research shows that health is directly linked to educational achievement, quality of life and economic productivity. By acquiring health related knowledge, values, skills and practices, students can be empowered to pursue a healthy life. The following courses provide a structure and commitment to health education that enables young adults to be healthy physically, emotionally and socially.

1/2 Credit

Health is a mandated New York State course required for all students for graduation.

Students will follow the New York State standards and the New York State Guidance Document for health education to develop personal and social skills that support lifelong wellness. Students will experience skills driven activities that will promote proper decision making, problem solving, and effective communication. Topics covered in this class will include:

  • Mental Health Literacy- awareness and recognition, treatment and recovery services and support.
  • Depression and Suicide Prevention
  • Unintentional Injury Prevention- with a focus on distracted driving
  • Violence Prevention
  • Hands only CPR Graduation Requirement
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Tobacco and E-Cigarettes/Vape/Juul
  • Sexual Risk
  • Family Life and Sexual Health

First Aid & CPR for College Credit
1/2 Credit M-W
2 Credits SUNY Orange

First Aid/CPR does NOT meet the second semester graduation requirement, it is for interest only.

This semester course is designed to parallel the American Red Cross certification program in Responding to Emergencies, First Aid and CPR. Certification includes Adult, Child and Infant CPR, First AID, & AED. Students will be required to meet all examination requirements in order to receive official Red Cross certification.

Juniors with an overall GPA of 90 or better and Seniors with an overall GPA of 85 or better will be eligible to receive 2 SUNY Orange college credits upon successful completion of the course. Students are required to pay a fee for certification cards through the American Red Cross as well as the credits through SUNY Orange. The class may be taken for interest only without any fees. This course is open to Juniors and Seniors only.

Generation Health
½ Credit M-W
Sociology 110 – Marist College
1 Credit

This course is designed to address the health issues facing young adults. The class will help students’ development in both the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a healthy adult lifestyle. Emphasis will be on topics that are relevant to the needs of today’s youth such as: mental and emotional health; healthy dating relationships; sexuality; substance abuse; safe driving skills; health related decisions; fitness and nutrition. Topics based on student need and interest will also be considered.

One month of this course will be dedicated to a Marist course called Sociology 101. Students who successfully complete the course, including this one month sub-course, will receive one credit through Marist College. The cost for this course would be $100.00

The class may be also taken for interest only without any fees. This course is open to Juniors and Seniors only who have successfully passed Health.

Critical Issues in Health
1/2 Credit

This course provides students with decision-making skills and experiences related to critical health issues on a mature level. This is an excellent course to take to prepare for life after high school. Topics covered in the class include: violence and crime prevention; stress management; teen depression and suicide prevention; values clarification, body image, AIDS education; alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, sexual orientation, disease prevention; parenting; healthy relationships and sexuality. Various guest speakers and a field trip to a Correctional Facility are part of the curriculum whenever possible. Open to juniors and seniors that have successfully passed Health.