Course Descriptions

HED    551  Mapping for Health Research, Planning, Policy Development and Marketing (4985) - 3 credits

Based on the ARCVIEW Geographic Information Systems (GIS), this course is a practical introduction to the use of computer mapping and spatial analysis. The course uses the most current GIS technology to understand the environment and how it impacts public health. There is a large computer lab component to the course.

HED    552  Epidemiology (4805) - 3 credits

An introductory course exploring the basic concepts of epidemiology as a public health science, including rates and ratios, risk and association, causation and investigation of outbreak.

HED    553  Program Planning for Wellness (4775) - 3 credits

A foundation course in the development of health education programs for hospitals, work sites, community, and schools. Discusses models for health behavior, assessment of health education needs, design and implementation of interventions, program marketing, and evaluation of efficacy.

HED    554  Curriculum Strategies for Health Educators (4845) - 3 credits

Techniques combining the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor domains in individual and group learning are discussed. Leading models for curriculum development and implementation are emphasized. Mechanics for construction of goals, curriculum design, objective writing, and learning behaviors are stressed. Models for evaluation and needs analysis are examined. The role of the trainer in the organization is also explored, along with strategies for maximizing one's position in the organization. Ethical, legal, and moral questions arising in the health education arena are examined. Prerequisite: HED 553 (4775)

HED    560  Aging in America (4835) - 3 credits

Areas of study include theories of aging, bio-psychosocial/spiritual characteristics of older people, family systems and non-systems, resources, policy, legislation, and activism.

HED    561  Human Sexuality (4875) - 3 credits

Content provides sexual awareness and personal growth in the area of interpersonal sexuality. Through participation in a variety of class activities, students increase comfort level in communicating about sexual attitudes, feelings, and behaviors. Sexually transmitted infections, reproductive inefficiencies, and cultural issues are discussed.

HED    562  Children and Healthcare in the Community- 3 credits

Inquiry into the health needs of children and their treatment by the health care system and the community.  Study includes history, epidemiology, access to and utilization of health care services, school health and legislation affecting children's health issues.

HED    571  Employee Assistance and Occupational Health (4625) - 3 credits

An overview course designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to help organize, develop, manage, and evaluate employee assistance programs. Emphasis is placed on the positive role of health promotion as a preventive tool. Course explores the role of addictions, family, financial, and legal issues in the life of the impaired employee or student and codependent.

HED    572  Concepts of Mental Health (4785) - 3 credits

Basic concepts of mental health and illness. A range of theories and psychotherapies, and psychological aspects of health, illness, and addiction are studied.

HED    573  Women and Health Care (4795) - 3 credits

Inquiry into the health needs of women and their treatment by the health care system. Study includes history, role of women as healers, epidemiology, access to and utilization of health care services, health research, and legislation affecting women's health issues.

HED    574  Concepts of Nutrition and Health (4815) - 3 credits

A comprehensive examination of the principles of good nutrition during the life cycle. Emphasis is placed on practical applications, including the use of food composition theory to evaluate food intakes, regional, cultural, and religious influences on food habits, fads, preventive health promotion, and health restoration through health education.

HED    575  Stress and Crisis Management (4855) - 3 credits

Study of health problems related to stress and exploration of methods to reduce the impact of stressors to improve bio-psychosocial health. Demonstrates how to identify, isolate, and manage a crisis and how to foresee future crises, as well as how to develop contingency plans. Physiology of stress, relaxation, biofeedback, fear control, and cognitive reacting are skills studied in relation to stress management.

HED    576  Addictions (4885) - 3 credits

The study of the nature, causes, and intervention of substance abuse. Historical and sociocultural trends are evaluated in view of current addiction theories. Emphasis is placed upon the relation of addiction to family and work environments, as well as the development of alternate lifestyles.


HED    577  Health Education in HIV/AIDS (4685) - 3 credits

The retrovirus of AIDS, the people, and the society it infects are the center upon which this course is based. Current public health policy, ethics, and politics of AIDS are examined. Emphasis is placed on skill-building in health education, counseling, and referrals for persons with AIDS, their families, and those individuals who test positive. The school and corporate sectors are explored, as well as high risk groups and global AIDS.

HED    579  Behavioral Health of Children and Youth (4825) - 3 credits

This course will provide an introduction to behavioral health issues related to children and adolescents. Problems, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment will be considered in the context of developmental theory.

HED    600  Directed Research in Health Services (4955) - 3 credits

An opportunity to conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Note: students may register for a directed research study only after (a) submitting a research proposal to the program director; (b) arranging for a faculty member to serve as mentor; and (c) receiving explicit approval from the department chair.

HED    601  Fieldwork in Health Education (5025) - 3 credits

Individually arranged fieldwork in approved health education environment. Students need permission of the program director before registering. The program is designed to meet individual professional goals and may only be taken once during a student's completions of this degree program. All five core courses must be taken prior to enrolling in this course.

HED    650  School Nursing Practice (4215) - 3 credits

This course is designed to provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the school nurse. Methods of assisting students with chronic medical and mental health issues under both Chapters 14 and 16 will be addressed. Skills needed to develop health education/health promotion activities which will strengthen the link between good health and academic achievement will be developed.

HED    651  School Nurse Practicum (5145) - 3 credits

The course is the field work and classroom review program for the School Nurse Preceptorship. It covers assessment areas including health assessment, documentation and record keeping and health management. It's a 10 week program consisting of 150 hours of field work along with in-class discussion and review. The practicum component will be done under the direct supervision of a licensed school nurse working in a school environment.

HED    770  Special Topics in Health Education (4905) - 3 credits

The learning objectives of this course will be geared toward a specific topic of current interest in the field of health education. The specific topics and perquisites will be announced in the course schedule.

HSV    550  Health Services Research (HED 4025) - 3 credits

Designed to help health services professionals read and critically evaluate research in their respective fields. The course will include basic principles of research design and statistical analysis, and a survey of health services research approaches including epidemiology, program evaluation, case studies, curriculum development, ethnography, and sociology/health psychology. Prerequisites: HED 553 (formerly 4775) and HED 552 (formerly 4805). Nurse Anesthesia students: no prerequisites.

HSV    700  Integrative Capstone Course in Health Services (HED 6025) - 3 credits

An integrative capstone course in which the student is expected to integrate and synthesize prior course work and to demonstrate competence in health services through the analysis of complex cases in health services delivery and management and the development of a case of his/her own based on experience and observation. This should be the final course in the curriculum. Prerequisite: all five core courses and four administrative components. Offered in Spring Semester only.