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Community and Public Health

Everyone wants to be healthy—don’t they? Even so, there are many interesting reasons why people engage in unhealthy behaviors. Graduates of Community and Public Health can help people change health-compromising behaviors such as drug misuse and abuse, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, and physical inactivity and can help people stick to medical treatment. Health professionals help individuals learn how to plan, implement, and evaluate programs that lead to healthier lives. Community and Public Health majors choose to study Public Health or Health Education and Lifetime Wellness.

Getting off to a healthy start

Meri-Leigh Smith, an alumna of MTSU’s Health Education Program, discovered her passion for health while playing high school and college softball. After previously serving as health educator for the Rutherford County Health Department, Smith now is hitting it out of the park as supervisor of Coordinated School Health in Murfreesboro City Schools. In this role, Smith “creates and implements programs, such as the BAM! (Body and Mind) program, that teach lifetime nutrition and fitness skills. Programs such as this work with children in an after-school setting so that they can learn to make lifestyle choices that will lead to better health.” Smith says MTSU Health and Human Performance faculty and staff “gave me the tools and confidence I needed to make a difference in my community.”

Student Research on Binge Drinking Part of Capitol Program

Lenzie Howell, a health education student from Chapel Hill, Tenn., was selected to represent the Department of Health and Human Performance and the Health Education and Promotion Program at the annual Posters at the Capitol poster session in Nashville in February 2014. Her research project was titled "YES, BINGE DRINKING IS A PROBLEM!!! The Relationship Between Binge Drinking and Risky Sexual Behavior among High School Students in Tennessee.”  Howell’s presentation evaluates the extent to which binge drinking is related to sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancies among high school students in the state. A junior, Howell and nine other MTSU student researchers were among 61 university undergraduates from across Tennessee participating in the annual event.

There are many interesting and exciting job opportunities working in elementary and high schools, health care, businesses and industries, and colleges and universities. Graduates also can find employment on the federal, state, county, or local government levels. Examples of professions graduates might pursue include

  • Health education specialist
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Lifestyle coach
  • Policy advisor
  • Program analyst
  • Program evaluator
  • Program planner
  • Project coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Wellness coordinator

Employers of MTSU alumni include, but are not limited to

  • American Diabetes Association
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Foundation for Wellness Professions
  • Golden Living Center (nursing home and assisted living)
  • Healthways Inc.
  • Human Resources/Health Benefits Departments
  • Kandy Kastle 2nd Generation Daycare
  • Middle Tennessee Medical Center
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Onlife Health
  • RMS Spectrum Services
  • Rutherford County Department of Health
  • Southeast Michigan Beacon Community
  • Sports 4 All Foundation
  • Tennessee Cancer Coalition
  • Tennessee Department of Health
  • Unique Medical, Inc.
  • Vanderbilt General Pediatrics
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • York VA Medical Center

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Undergraduate

The major in Community and Public Health provides basic experiences for those interested in preparing for many health and health-related professions. Students majoring in Community and Public Health can choose between two concentrations: Public Health or Health Education and Lifetime Wellness. Both lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

The Public Health concentration, approved by SABPAC (SOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee, is designed to teach health educators about community and public health strategies so that they may influence changes in public health practice for people, organizations, and/or communities.

The Health Education and Lifetime Wellness concentration offers preparation for lifetime wellness instructors for grades 9–12.Students in this  concentration will be required to have a minor in Secondary Education as part of their teacher licensure.

The department offers undergraduate minors in Athletic Coaching and Officiating, Driver and Traffic Safety Education, Communication Disorders, Health, Health and Physical Education, Health and Human Performance, Recreation, and Somatic Movement Education.

Graduate

Graduate programs in the department leading to M.S. degrees are majors in Exercise Science; Health and Human Performance, which has two concentrations: Health and Physical Education; and Leisure and Sport Management, which also has two concentrations: Recreation and Leisure Services and Sport Industry.

Other programs offered by HHP

Other undergraduate majors offered by the Health and Human Performance Department that lead to a B.S. include Athletic Training; Exercise Science; Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies; and Physical Education. Both a B.S. and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree are available through the Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology concentration under the Speech and Theatre major.

The Health and Human Performance Department also offers a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Human Performance with specializations in exercise science, health, kinesmetrics, leisure studies, and physical education.

Community and Public Health Health Education and Lifetime Wellness


Community and Public Health, Public Health Concentration, B.S.

Department of Health and Human Performance 
615-615-898-5878
Andrew Owusu, program coordinator
Andrew.Owusu@mtsu.edu

The major in Community and Public Health provides basic experiences for those interested in preparing for numerous health and health-related professions. Persons majoring in Community and Public Health  may choose from two concentrations: Public Health and Health Education and Lifetime Wellness. Those seeking teacher licensure will complete a Secondary Education minor.

The Community and Public Health major, approved by SABPAC (SOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee), is designed to prepare health educators in community and public health strategies so that they may influence changes in public health practice for individuals, organizations, and/or communities. In consultation with an advisor, the student will include the curriculum below.

Curriculum: Community and Public Health, Public Health Concentration

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness  3 credit hours  recommended (Soc/Beh Sci) AND

    HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 1531. Explores the role and importance of health and wellness in the lives of individuals and society in general. Laboratory venues will allow opportunities for assessment of lifestyles, decision-making, and research data on health and wellness. Lectures will provide concepts, information, and data involved in maintaining optimum health and wellness. Two lectures and one laboratory.

 

  • HLTH 3320 - Community and Public Health

    3 credit hours

    Basic preparation for health educators in community and public health programs with an emphasis on identifying and solving problems. Concentrates on the role of the health educator in needs assessment, effective communication, and the management of public health concerns.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours (BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 rec.)
  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Sophomore

 

  • BIOL 2030 - Anatomy and Physiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111. Corequisite: BIOL 2031. General structure and physiological activities of human systems. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Math 3 credit hours
  • Public Health area of focus class 3 credit hours
  • Minor or cognate courses 6 credit hours
  • HLTH 3340 - Foundations of Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Historical issues, philosophical foundations, ethical considerations, and theories of health behavior and learning which provides a foundation for the practice of health education.

  • NFS 1240 - Principles of Nutrition

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of normal nutrition and its relationship to health and physical fitness with emphasis on the scientific, psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of nutrition. (Credit not allowed for Nutrition and Food Sciences major.)

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

 

  • HLTH 4340 - Fitness Education for the Adult

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHED 4340/REC 4340.) Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for the adult. Offers preparation for administering and interpreting assessments of related components with understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the adult. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

  • HLTH 4360 - Teaching Human Sexuality

    3 credit hours

    Assists individuals in developing, implementing, and evaluating human sexuality curricula and programs for schools (K-12) and other educational venues.

  • HLTH 4400 - Drugs and Violence in Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Offers an understanding of the nature of drugs, relationships people form with drugs, and consequences of those relationships. Relationship of drugs to acts of violence considered as well as educational programs addressing issues related to drug use/abuse and acts of violence.

  • HLTH 4450 - Technology Applications  1 credit hour credit hours  AND

    HLTH 4450 - Technology Applications

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: An introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission; corequisite: HLTH 4451. Understanding and competency using a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in corresponding lab during the same semester.

  • HLTH 4451 - Technology Applications Lab

    2 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 4450. Investigation and application of profession-specific software and hardware applications.

  • HLTH 4430 - Program Planning in Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 3320 and HLTH 3340. Historical and contemporary health education philosophy and theories, Health Objectives for the Nation, the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) process, ethical issues, diversity issues, and practice in various setting.

  • Minor or cognate course 3 credit hours
  • Public Health area of focus classes 10 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Senior

 

  • HLTH 4460 - Introduction to Epidemiology

    3 credit hours

    Epidemiologic analysis including measures of disease frequency, measures of effect, association and causation, sources of inaccuracy, experimental and observational study designs.

  • HLTH 4810 - Measurement and Evaluation

    3 credit hours

    Concepts and procedures used for applied measurement and evaluation in health and human performance settings. Basic statistics, reliability and validity, measurement instruments in field and laboratory settings, and the administration of a variety of tests within discipline.

  • HLTH 4870 - Methods of Communicating and Marketing Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 3320 and HLTH 3340. Theory and practice of planning, implementing, and evaluating marketing and communication programs in community and public health education. Includes a review of health communication theories, social marketing, assessment of population needs, coalition-building, health literacy, health advocacy and campaign design, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Minor or cognate courses 6 credit hours
  • Public Health area of focus classes 12 credit hours

Subtotal: 27 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Community and Public Health, Public Health, B.S., Academic Map 


Community and Public Health, Health Education and Lifetime Wellness Concentration, B.S.

Health and Human Performance 
615-898-5878
Andrew Owusu, program coordinator
Andrew.Owusu@mtsu.edu

The major in Community and Public Health provides basic experiences for those interested in preparing for numerous health and health-related professions. Persons majoring in Community and Public Health may choose from two concentrations: Public Health and Health Education and Lifetime Wellness. Those seeking teacher licensure will complete a Secondary Education minor.

The Health Education and Lifetime Wellness concentration is designed to prepare lifetime wellness instructors for grades 9-12. In consultation with an advisor, the student will include the curriculum below.

Curriculum: Community and Public Health, Health Education and Lifetime Wellness

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • HLTH 3320 - Community and Public Health

    3 credit hours

    Basic preparation for health educators in community and public health programs with an emphasis on identifying and solving problems. Concentrates on the role of the health educator in needs assessment, effective communication, and the management of public health concerns.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 credit hours (HLTH 1530/1531 rec.)
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours (BIOL 1030/1031 rec.)
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

 

Choose 3 hours from:

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Sophomore

 

  • BIOL 2030 - Anatomy and Physiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111. Corequisite: BIOL 2031. General structure and physiological activities of human systems. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • PHED 1190 - Aerobic Dance  1 credit hour credit hours  

    PHED 1190 - Aerobic Dance

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

  • PHED 1290 - Tai Chi  1 credit hour credit hours  

    PHED 1290 - Tai Chi

    1 credit hour credit hours

    All 56 postures of Chen-style tai chi taught in one semester. Includes an overview of the history, philosophy, principles, and benefits of tai chi. Class meets for two hours.

  • NFS 1240 - Principles of Nutrition

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of normal nutrition and its relationship to health and physical fitness with emphasis on the scientific, psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of nutrition. (Credit not allowed for Nutrition and Food Sciences major.)

  • YOED 2500 - Planning and Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 45 semester hours and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for planning instruction, assessing student learning, and understanding how classroom assessment and standardized testing should impact instruction. Introduces education policy, professionalism, and theory which informs students as they enter and practice the profession. Field experience required.

  • HLTH 3300 - First Aid and Safety Education

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHED 3300.) Deals with first aid measures, accident prevention, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Addresses issues related to drug use/abuse and related acts of violence. Satisfactory completion of the course qualifies the student for Emergency Care and Safety Institute Standard First Aid and CPR certificates.

  • HLTH 4300 - The School Health Program

    3 credit hours

    Offers preparation for leadership roles in school health services, instruction, and emergency situations, with special emphasis on evaluation.

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Math 3 credit hours
  • Lifetime area of focus 1 credit hour
  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

 

  • HLTH 4340 - Fitness Education for the Adult

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHED 4340/REC 4340.) Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for the adult. Offers preparation for administering and interpreting assessments of related components with understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the adult. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

  • HLTH 4360 - Teaching Human Sexuality

    3 credit hours

    Assists individuals in developing, implementing, and evaluating human sexuality curricula and programs for schools (K-12) and other educational venues.

  • PHED 1270 - Yoga  1 credit hour credit hours  

    PHED 1270 - Yoga

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Offers preparation for future participation in this activity by developing basic competencies in fundamental skills. Class meets for two hours.

  • PHED 1280 - Beginning Pilates  1 credit hour credit hours  

    PHED 1280 - Beginning Pilates

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Series of floor exercises developed by Joseph H. Pilates designed to increase strength, flexibility, stamina, and concentration. Focus on postural alignment and body mechanics; facilitates enhancement of kinesthetic sense overall and increases body awareness. Class meets for two hours.

  • PHED 3720 - Fitness Education K-12

    3 credit hours

    Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for K-12. Offers preparation to administer and interpret assessment of related components with the understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the K-12 student. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

  • PHED 3900 - Adapted Physical Education

    3 credit hours

    For physical education teacher candidates interested in improving the quality of physical education programs for students with disabilities. Includes best practices and approaches to planning and implementing physical education instruction for the inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in the educational, recreational, and physical fitness process and placement in the least restrictive environments and community programs. Addresses the unique needs of future physical education teachers.

  • YOED 3000 - Classroom Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Introduces a variety of classroom management strategies and techniques that will foster a positive learning environment in the classrooms. Provides an overview of behavior management models, theories, and research as a foundation for classroom practice. Facilitates, through the use of field experiences, the analysis of school-wide policies/procedures and insight on real life classroom management expectations of the first-year teacher.

  • YOED 3300 - Problem-Based Instructional Strategies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for students to develop and present instructional strategies that frame curriculum content in problem-solving contexts. Field experience in a public school setting required.

  • Lifetime area of focus courses 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Senior

 

  • YOED 4020 - Residency I: Grades K-12

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300 with a grade of B or better; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A school-based clinical experience in a problem-based learning format in art, drama, music, or physical education.

    NOTE: All students must obtain a grade of B or better in this course to move forward to Residency II.

  • YOED 4400 - Residency II  12 credit hours  

    YOED 4400 - Residency II

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion (with grade of B or better) of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300, YOED 4020,YOED 4030, or YOED 4040; passing score(s) on the specialty area exam(s) of Praxis II; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A full-day, full-semester supervised teaching experience in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail grading.

  • HLTH 4400 - Drugs and Violence in Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Offers an understanding of the nature of drugs, relationships people form with drugs, and consequences of those relationships. Relationship of drugs to acts of violence considered as well as educational programs addressing issues related to drug use/abuse and acts of violence.

  • Lifetime area of Focus courses 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 27 Hours

 

Total hours in program: 120

 

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

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Health

HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness
3 credit hours

Corequisite: HLTH 1531. Explores the role and importance of health and wellness in the lives of individuals and society in general. Laboratory venues will allow opportunities for assessment of lifestyles, decision-making, and research data on health and wellness. Lectures will provide concepts, information, and data involved in maintaining optimum health and wellness. Two lectures and one laboratory.

HLTH 1531 - Health and Wellness Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: HLTH 1530.

HLTH 2600 - Introduction to Health Professions
3 credit hours

Examines select health professions. Includes admission procedures, training, post-graduate training, licensure, practice options. Designed to assist students interested in a health career make a more informed choice early in their undergraduate preparation.

HLTH 3000 - Service Learning in Health Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: HLTH 1530/HLTH 1531 and HLTH 3320. Health and health care services and the principles, techniques, and context for service. Insight into service organizations, the basic methods and concepts of service learning, and the impact of actual service experiences. Offers background in the cultural, political, and social contexts of service experiences and serves as a forum for discussion of issues surrounding civic engagement and social responsibility. (An EXL course.)

HLTH 3020 - Terminology in Health and Human Performance
3 credit hours

Develops vocabulary skills and provides content important to the health and human performance field. Self-study using the Internet.

HLTH 3300 - First Aid and Safety Education
3 credit hours

(Same as PHED 3300.) Deals with first aid measures, accident prevention, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Addresses issues related to drug use/abuse and related acts of violence. Satisfactory completion of the course qualifies the student for Emergency Care and Safety Institute Standard First Aid and CPR certificates.

HLTH 3320 - Community and Public Health
3 credit hours

Basic preparation for health educators in community and public health programs with an emphasis on identifying and solving problems. Concentrates on the role of the health educator in needs assessment, effective communication, and the management of public health concerns.

HLTH 3340 - Foundations of Health Education
3 credit hours

Historical issues, philosophical foundations, ethical considerations, and theories of health behavior and learning which provides a foundation for the practice of health education.

HLTH 3590 - Workshops and Instructional Methods in Health Education
3 credit hours

Preparation for conducting workshops in a variety of professional settings.

HLTH 3760 - Teaching Water Safety
2 credit hours

(Same as PHED 3760.) Prerequisite: Beginning Swimming or pass a swimming assessment (must take before drop/add period ends). Designed to provide knowledge and skills needed for physical educators and recreational leaders to teach water safety.

HLTH 4080 - Alternative Therapy in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

(Same as ATHT 4080.) Examines the didactic and psychomotor concepts of various alternative and complementary therapies as they relate to the profession of athletic training.

HLTH 4260 - Curriculum and Teaching Methods in Health Education
3 credit hours

Curriculum planning and teaching methods for prospective school, community, and public health personnel who aspire to teach health education.

HLTH 4270 - Bioethical Issues in Health Education
3 credit hours

An analysis of current bioethical issues, problems, needs, trends, and interests in health education.

HLTH 4280 - Instructor's Course in First Aid and CPR
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: HLTH 3300 or current Red Cross certification in multi-media first aid and CPR or standard first aid. Organization, planning, and teaching American Red Cross safety course. Red Cross instructor certification for successful completion.

HLTH 4300 - The School Health Program
3 credit hours

Offers preparation for leadership roles in school health services, instruction, and emergency situations, with special emphasis on evaluation.

HLTH 4340 - Fitness Education for the Adult
3 credit hours

(Same as PHED 4340/REC 4340.) Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for the adult. Offers preparation for administering and interpreting assessments of related components with understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the adult. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

HLTH 4360 - Teaching Human Sexuality
3 credit hours

Assists individuals in developing, implementing, and evaluating human sexuality curricula and programs for schools (K-12) and other educational venues.

HLTH 4390 - Women's Health
3 credit hours

Applies and extends the knowledge base of health care for women and provides students with the knowledge to help them enhance their own and others' health.

HLTH 4400 - Drugs and Violence in Health Education
3 credit hours

Offers an understanding of the nature of drugs, relationships people form with drugs, and consequences of those relationships. Relationship of drugs to acts of violence considered as well as educational programs addressing issues related to drug use/abuse and acts of violence.

HLTH 4430 - Program Planning in Health Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: HLTH 3320 and HLTH 3340. Historical and contemporary health education philosophy and theories, Health Objectives for the Nation, the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) process, ethical issues, diversity issues, and practice in various setting.

HLTH 4450 - Technology Applications
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: An introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission; corequisite: HLTH 4451. Understanding and competency using a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in corresponding lab during the same semester.

HLTH 4451 - Technology Applications Lab
2 credit hours

Corequisite: HLTH 4450. Investigation and application of profession-specific software and hardware applications.

HLTH 4460 - Introduction to Epidemiology
3 credit hours

Epidemiologic analysis including measures of disease frequency, measures of effect, association and causation, sources of inaccuracy, experimental and observational study designs.

HLTH 4700 - Coordinated School Health
3 credit hours

Offers preparation for individuals to assume roles as school health coordinators. Emphasizes comprehensive school health and how it fits into K-12 education.

HLTH 4810 - Measurement and Evaluation
3 credit hours

Concepts and procedures used for applied measurement and evaluation in health and human performance settings. Basic statistics, reliability and validity, measurement instruments in field and laboratory settings, and the administration of a variety of tests within discipline.

HLTH 4870 - Methods of Communicating and Marketing Health Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: HLTH 3320 and HLTH 3340. Theory and practice of planning, implementing, and evaluating marketing and communication programs in community and public health education. Includes a review of health communication theories, social marketing, assessment of population needs, coalition-building, health literacy, health advocacy and campaign design, implementation, and evaluation.

HLTH 4900 - Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Review
1 credit hour credit

For Health majors; to be taken with HLTH 4990. Responsibilities and competencies on the Certified Health Education Specialist examination.

HLTH 4920 - Independent Study
1 to 3 credit hours

(Same as ATHT 4920/EXSC 4920/PHED 4920/LSTS 4920.) Independent study topics based on a study plan prepared in cooperation with a faculty supervisor. Culminates in a formal paper and/or comprehensive examination. Application forms must be completed and approved prior to enrollment. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward degree.

HLTH 4990 - Internship
12 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department and must be taken after all major classes are complete. No additional classes may be taken during the internship semester with the exception of the 1 hr. HLTH 4900, Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Review course. On-site practical experience in a community health agency.

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