Course Descriptions

HED 408/508 Cr. 1-2
Microcomputer Applications in Health Education

This course is designed for both school health educators and community health educators. The course will focus on current software programs available for professionals in the health field. Students will be exposed to and learn to utilize a sampling of current software available, as well as assessment techniques to evaluate these programs. Prerequisite: health education majors and minors.

HED 409/509 Cr. 1
Stress Management and Relaxation Skills

An introduction to the detrimental effects of stress on an individual and the corresponding benefits of regular relaxation. This course will emphasize the basic skills of relaxation and will provide an experience that focuses on the practical application of these skills in one's life.

HED 412/512 Cr. 1-3
Women's Health Issues

This course will provide an opportunity for participants to identify major health issues confronting women today and to examine appropriate health prevention and health promotion lifestyle choices. It will explore health issues from the traditional medical model to the holistic model and provide a comprehensive overview of critical, contemporary women's health issues. Repeatable for credit maximum 3. Offered Sem. II.

HED 417/517 Cr. 1
Understanding Child Abuse

This course will provide an opportunity for students to develop an understanding of the dynamics of child abuse as well as a practical framework from which to provide services to abused children and their families. Offered occasionally.

HED 418/518 Cr. 1
Youth Health Issues

An overview of youth health issues examining such topics as anorexia, drug abuse, suicidal tendencies, diseases, violence and emotional health problems. Effective ways of dealing with these issues in both the community and school setting will be discussed. Offered occasionally.

HED 422/522 Cr. 1
Sexual Abuse of Children

This course will provide an opportunity for participants to develop an in-depth understanding of child sexual abuse. Theoretical and research perspectives on the nature of abuse and its dynamics will be included as well as an update of available educational materials. Prerequisite: HED 417/517. Offered every other year and summer.

HED 423/523 Cr. 1
Sexual Health Promotion for Persons with Disabilities

This course is designed to provide health care and allied health professionals and teachers with an overview of sexuality issues regarding persons with physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, and developmental disabilities. Offered occasionally.

HED 425/525 Cr. 3
Violence and Injury Prevention

Participants will review the major forces leading to violent behavior and injury in the United States and globally. Trends over time will be carefully reviewed and analyzed in order to detect risk and protective factors. Violence and injury prevention strategies will be reviewed, resulting in the development of prevention and intervention proposals using community-based programming and curriculum development strategies. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Offered Sem. I.

HED 436/536 Cr. 1
Alcohol, Health and Behavior

This course is intended to help individuals develop a more complete understanding of alcohol as a public health problem. Alcohol's impact on individuals, families, and society will be examined. Emphasis will be placed on information that will assist individuals in making intelligent decisions regarding the use of alcohol. Prerequisite: HPR 105 and PSY 100 or PSY 212. Offered occasionally.

HED 437/537 Cr. 3
Theories of Health Behavior

This course is an overview of health behavior through the examination of health behavior theoretical constructs. Emphasis is on the application of behavior change theories and models to facilitate healthy behavior. Prerequisites: HED 205, CHE 240. Offered Sem. I.

HED 439/539 Cr. 1
Teaching Stress Management and Relaxation Skills

This course examines both theory and cognitive information regarding stress and relaxation and the practical application of this information in a professional setting. The main thrust of the class is on how to develop, implement, teach and evaluate stress management and intervention programs. Prerequisite: HED 409/509.

HED 447/547 Cr. 1
The Body/Mind Connection in Health

Recent developments in health related research are demonstrating a close functioning relationship between the nervous, endocrine, and immune body systems. As the field of psycho-neuroimmunology expands, applications in health promotion, health care and education are being developed. Many of the findings and applications verify health and healing practices from alternative health traditions. This course provides an opportunity to study many of the developments in psychoneuroimmunology and their application in health, healing and learning. Implications for health education methods will also be explored. Health care, human service and education professionals will benefit from the practical information provided. A series of case studies will be the center of the learning experience.

HED 449/549 Cr. 1
Values Development for Health

Practical systematic process in values formulation for healthy living. Decision-making and problem solving strategies for understanding of beliefs, attitudes and perception that affect health status. Experiential skill learning applicable to professional health promotion and personal well-being. Prerequisite: HPR 105 and PSY 100. Offered occasionally.

HED 467/567 Cr. 1-2
Experiential Learning Strategies for Health Education

This course examines emerging educational processes, strategies, and issues and how they can be applied in the facilitation of health education and health promotion programs in the school and/or community setting. Topics will vary per offering and target audience. Prerequisite: SHE 210 or CHE 240 (or equivalent) or teacher certification. Offered occasionally.

HED 469/569 Cr. 3
Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior

This course is directed at introducing social, psychological, pharmacological, and cultural aspects of drug use, misuse, and abuse. In addition, the methods, materials, and theories of drug abuse prevention in the school and community will be introduced. Prerequisite: BIO 103 or BIO 105. Offered Sem. II.

HED 471/571 Cr. 1
Entry-Level Health Educators: Responsibilities and Competencies

This course is designed to review the responsibilities and competencies for entry-level health educators. The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, professional development, professional preparation, and the certification of health education specialists will be central topics of discussion. Through dialogue, group interactions with Certified Health Education Specialists, and written assignments, students will examine the seven responsibility areas of importance to entry-level health educators. Offered occasionally.

HED 472/572 Cr. 3
Sexual Health Promotion

A review of current information on health and human sexuality. Emphasis is given to biological, psychosocial and educational aspects of human sexuality with special emphasis on instructional activities related to interpersonal communication, decision-making ability and clarification of values. Prerequisite: ESS 205, 206 or BIO 312, 313.

HED 473/573 Cr. 3
Health Aspects of Aging

An exploration of the lifelong aging process and an examination of health factors affecting the elderly. Emphasis is given to the changes in a variety of health areas including, but not limited to, physical activity, nutrition, mental health, long-term care, sexuality, and death, dying and grief. The course will also include a service-learning component. Prerequisite: HED 205 and CHE 240. Offered Sem. II.

HED 474/574 Cr. 3
Nutrition Education

Basic principles of nutrition are covered as well as current problems and topics regarding both personal and world nutrition today. Designed for the public school teacher, the community health educator, or those in related fields.

HED 477/577 Cr. 3
Grant Seeking in Health, Human Services, and Education Professions

The grant seeking enterprise is studied and applied. Generic grant seeking content, practices, and concepts are presented for application in most disciplines and areas of interest. Content includes locating and communicating with funding agencies, writing and reviewing grant proposals, analyzing requests for proposals (RFPs), using technology in grant seeking, and implementing and evaluating grant funded projects. Prerequisite: HED 205, CHE 240, 340, 350. Offered Sem. I.

HED 485/585 Cr. 1-3
Confrontations of Death

This course is designed to allow students to consider death both generally and on an individual basis. Various programs and experiences will be used to help individuals confront their own mortality and its relationship with the vitality of life. Offered occasionally.

HED 486/586 Cr. 1-3
Introduction to International Health

An introduction to the world health conditions/status; the different health care delivery systems, manpower and resources of selected countries in Asia, Europe and Africa in comparison to the United States. The course is designed as a survey of the condition of health and health care in the international setting. The roles/functions/ responsibilities of the major international agencies and the governments will also be discussed as they relate to health. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit - maximum 3.

HED 495/595 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study in Health Education

Individualized study of areas not available in existing courses. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.

HED 619 Cr. 1-2
Health Curriculum Development: From Theory to Practice

This course establishes a theory base for the effective implementation of Comprehensive School Health Education (CSHE) complementing primary prevention and health promotion strategies for youth. This training experience incorporates selected curricular materials which provide the format to assess, design and implement curricular plans reflecting effective theory in CSHE. The class structure highlights experiential, interactive and integrative approaches which provide a model for effective curriculum implementation. Prerequisite: HED 307 or commensurate course. Offered Summer Session.

HED 701 Cr. 3
Contemporary Issues

Current basic issues and problems in health education. Designed to reinforce and extend the student's knowledge of contemporary health issues as they apply to the improvement of personal, family, and community health. Offered Sem. I.

HED/C-I 702 Cr. 1-3
Health Issues and Resources for Teachers and Other School Professionals

Current health issues and available community resources will be addressed. Representatives from community agencies and the facilitating faculty will clarify the meaning of specific health issues related to the school setting along with various ways to address them through available agency resources. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. (Cross-listed with C-I; may only earn credit in HED or C-I.)

HED 703 Cr. 3
Foundations in Health Education

A study of scientific, social, psychological, ethical, legal, and educational foundations of health education. Professional competencies and practice settings will be reviewed. Applications of health concepts and effective educational strategies will increase the competencies of health education planning and program implementation. Offered Sem. I.

HED 706 Cr. 3-6
Research Tools and Processes

The design, analysis, and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data relative to health education, health promotion, public health, medicine, and epidemiology are covered. Attention is given to assisting students in being critical consumers of the research literature as well as designing their own studies. Prerequisite: CHE 350 or equivalent. Offered Sem. II.

HED 707 Cr. 3
Environmental Health

Examination of how environmental mechanisms influence human health and how humans impact on environmental conditions. A critical analysis of current environmental problems and evidence linking these problems to disease causation and health enhancement. Solutions to environmental health problems will also be critically analyzed. Offered Sem. I.

HED 710 Cr. 1
Risk Reduction for Adult Fitness and Cardiac Rehabilitation

A study of health risk reduction strategies for adult fitness and cardiac rehabilitation program participants. Provides an overview of health promotion concepts for professional application in health care and worksite settings. Offered occasionally.

HED 712 Cr. 1-3
Selected Health Topics for Elementary School Teachers

An in-depth study of research and trends in selected health topics. A variety of instructional techniques and resources will be used to focus upon the current theories suggested for the most effective coverage of these topics in the elementary school. Delimited to elementary teachers only. Offered occasionally.

HED 720 Cr. 3
Program Assessment, Planning and Evaluation in Health Promotion

This course is designed to provide the learner with program assessment, planning, communication, and evaluation skills. Emphasis is placed on community organizing principles, intervention planning, community assessment, group communication dynamics, evaluation design, and grant writing skills. Opportunities to apply these skills to a variety of community health settings are provided. Offered Sem. II.

HED 725 Cr. 1-3
Seminar in Health Education

Reading and reports on selected topics in health education. Prerequisite: permission of adviser and instructor. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6.

HED 752 Cr. 3
Mental Health

Theory and application of principles of mental health in human relationships.

HED 755 Cr. 3
Epidemiology and Public Health Issues

Examination of epidemiologic concepts in relation to specific public health issues. Disease investigation techniques, casual factors, case histories, and related biostatistics are examined and educational implications are discussed. Prerequisite: CHE 340 or equivalent. Offered Summer Session.

HED 770 Cr. 3
Health Counseling

This course is designed to develop basic skills in interviewing and counseling for the health educator. Three basic components include an understanding of self, knowledge of helping skills, and experience in applying these skills. Offered Sem. II.

HED 790 Cr. 3
Public Health Administration and Organization

Principles of effective administration as applied to public health practice, leadership, personnel, and management skills will be emphasized with a special focus on organizational concepts related to health and human service agencies. Offered Sem. II.

HED 798 Cr. 1-4
Graduate Project in Health Education

This capstone experience provides the health education master's degree candidate with an opportunity for in-depth individual study of a health education problem and demonstration of advanced professional program development, implementation, and evaluation. The project will be planned and carried out under graduate faculty approval and supervision. An oral and written project presentation will be required. Repeatable for credit - maximum 4.

HED 799 Cr. 1-4
Research: Master's Thesis

Independent study on a problem selected for a thesis under the direction of a graduate faculty member. Prerequisite: HED 706.