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Health Education and Health Promotion (HED)

HED 307/507 Cr. 3
Health Education in the Elementary School

Introduction of the school health program for the elementary education major and physical education major. Consideration is given to school health services and healthy school living, with a further emphasis on health instruction and health content for the elementary school. Prerequisite: admission to teacher education.

HED 416/516 Cr. 1
Developing Comprehensive School Health Education for Year 2000 and Beyond

Procedures for comprehensive health education curriculum development from philosophy through identifying sources, to developing objectives will be considered in discussion and group interaction. Final projects will include the writing of a partial curriculum.

HED 418/518 Cr. 1
Youth Health Issues

Introduction to the school health program responsibilities of the secondary education teacher. How to identify health issues such as anorexia, drug abuse, suicidal tendencies, diseases, and emotional health problems will be presented as well as effective ways schools are presently dealing with health issues. Prerequisite: admission to teacher education. (Not applicable for credit on health education major or minor.)

HED 331/531 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. Prerequisites: junior standing, CHM 100 or 103.

HED 332/532 Cr. 1
Safety and First Aid Curriculum and Instruction

The focus of this course is to identify curricular topics, content, resources, and methodology for developing instruction in safety and first aid for schools and community. Prerequisite: ESS 201 or current certification in First Aid and CPR.


HED 333/533 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. Prerequisites: BIO 101 and CHM 100 or 103.

HED 334/534 Cr. 1
Environmental Health Concerns and Issues

This course will focus on present and future issues regarding the people-resource-pollution crisis. Specific emphasis will be placed on enhancing awareness and understanding of the environment's impact on health and welfare. Sustainable earth ethics and the individual's ability to influence public policy will be stressed. The infusion of environmental awareness into the current education curriculum will be discussed.

HED 342/542 Cr. 2
Health Promotion and Wellness Methods

Methods for modifying health behaviors will be studied. Integration of fitness, stress management, weight control, nutrition, and smoking cessation techniques into wellness programs for worksite, hospital, community, and school settings will be demonstrated. Prerequisite: HPR 105.

HED 343/543 Cr. 1-2
Facilitating Self-Help Groups for Health Promotion

Self-help and support groups provide a structure to enhance well-being in the face of adversities, major lifestyle changes, and personal problems. Using the INTEGRITY GROUPS model developed by O. Hobart Mowrer, participants will develop an understanding of the principles of self-help group processes and practice the skills of facilitating such groups. Particular emphasis will be placed on mutual help groups as a means of preventing problems in living and providing support for individuals with a chronic health problem or disease. Prerequisites: junior standing and HPR 105.


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 psychoneuro-immunology 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 351/551 Cr. 1-2
Microcomputer Applications in Health Education

A course designed for the health educator to learn specific applications of microcomputers to the field of health education. Students will be exposed to a sampling of available micro-computer software in health education and how to evaluate software programs. The focus of this course is applications-oriented. Prerequisite: health education major/minor.

HED 354/554 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 360/560 Cr. 1
Medical Terminology for Health Education

Skill development for working with the special language used in clinics, hospitals, and other health agencies. Students in various health fields will learn to use medically related terms in their professional communication. Prerequisites: HPR 105, ESS 205 and 206.

HED 361/561 Cr. 1
Coordinator's Training: La Crosse Wellness Project

This course is designed to prepare the learner with the background and skills to administer the La Crosse Wellness Inventory, process inventory results, and facilitate the Wellness Development Process. The course will emphasize application of the La Crosse Wellness Project in a number of settings to include: public schools, health care facilities, community agencies, and business and industry. Wellness concepts and theory will be presented to assist the participant in coordinating efforts for individual behavior change. The successful completion of the course will result in certification as an LWP Coordinator.

HED 362/562 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. Prerequisites: HPR 105 and PSY 100.

HED 363/563 Cr. 1
Men's Health Issues

This course will assist men to develop a larger perspective of the mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and social issues of their own health. Major health issues, transitions, and health hazards that impact upon males' health in our society will be examined. Prerequisite: junior standing.

HED 364/564 Cr. 1-3
Women's Health Issues

This course will provide an oppportunity 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 wholistic model and provide a comprehensive overview of critical, contemporary women's health topics. Prerequisite: junior standing.

HED 365/565 Cr. 1
Health Education Marketing

Designed for health educators-this course provides a survey of marketing concepts as applied to health education programs. Marketing as part of the health planning and evaluation process will be discussed. Marketing strategies for both public agencies and private businesses will be presented. Prerequisite: HED 240.


HED 366/566 Cr. 1-3
Worksite Health Promotion

This course will focus on building an understanding of the components necessary for successful worksite health promotion. Included will be the development, implementation, and evaluation of worksite health promotion programs. There will be a direct emphasis on actual worksite conditions and situations, including constraints and advantages. The course will examine the relationship of a worksite health promotion program to the organization as a whole and the potential benefits for both the employee and the employer. Not repeatable for additional credit.

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: HED 210 or 240 (or equivalent) or teacher certification.

HED 477/577 Cr. 1-3
Grantseeking in Health, Human Services, and Education Professions

The grandseeking enterprise is studied and applied. Generic grantseeking 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 grantseeking, and implementing and evaluating grant funded projects. Prerequisite: senior standing.

HED 401/601 Cr. 1-2
Simulation–Gaming for Health Education and Promotion

Simulation–Gaming is an educational method-ology which can examine important health issues by combining role-taking activities within a gaming context. Simulation–games can be used to train participants in new health-related skills, to transfer relevant health knowledge, and to help participants develop new appreciations for the views of others. This course actively involves participants in health-related simulations and discusses how to prepare and run simulation games with target groups including how to lead the cognitive and affective debriefing afterwards. Additional topics covered are: locating simulation-game resources for training and education purposes; applications for hospital, community, and school settings; and guidelines for designing effective simulation–games. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SOC 110 or HPR 105 or ANT 101.


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 420/620 Cr. 3
Sexual Health Promotion

A review of current information on health and human sexuality. Emphasis is given to cognitive and affective components of human sexuality. Major issues and topics in human sexuality are covered with particular attention to gender as it affects these issues. Prerequisites: ESS 205, 206 or BIO 312, 313.

HED 424/624 Cr. 1
Consumer Health Education

The focus of this course is to identify content, resources, materials, and instructional strategies for providing consumer education to various populations. The relationship of consumerism and health will be the underlying theme of this professional preparation course.

HED 433/633 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.

HED 441/641 Cr. 3
Human Disease Prevention and Control

Presentations by medical experts in the recent progress in disease prevention and control. Knowledge of many disease processes and treatments will be discussed. Primarily designed for prospective health educators, to explore in depth, selected topic areas of communicable and chronic diseases. Prerequisites: ESS 205, 206 or BIO 312, 313.


HED 445/645 Cr. 1-2
Women and Healthy Aging

This course is designed to heighten women's awareness, increase their understanding, and expand their knowledge about their journey through the life span. The course will focus on the many physical, emotional, and social health changes that occur in the lives of women and will emphasize the approaches to slowing down the aging process.

HED 451/651 Cr. 1
Pre-Retirement: A Plan for Action

This seminar will provide opportunities for individuals to explore issues and concerns relevant to their present and future needs. Health and legal assessments, retirement as a transition, Social Security and Medicare, financial planning, housing options and creative use of time will be examined. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

HED 452/652 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 the following health areas: physical, sexual, emotional, social and mental. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (Open to seniors and graduate students only.)

HED 453/653 Cr. 1-3
Cultural Issues in Health Education: Ethnic, Racial, Religious, and Familial Groups

A study of cultural influences on health and illness. Values and attitudes held by different groups in America's pluralistic society to be considered in health program planning and implementation will be investigated. Racial, ethnic, and religious groups will be examined with regard to their health beliefs and practices. Health and illness within diverse family settings will be considered. The U.S. health care system will be analyzed in terms of its cultural roles. Designed for health professionals, this course will increase their sensitivity in working with people of various cultural origins. Repeatable for credit - maximum 3.

HED 454/654 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 354/554.

HED 455/655 Cr. 1
Understanding Child Abuse

This course will provide an oportunity 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.

HED 456/656 Cr. 1
Biofeedback, Meditation and Your Health

Students explore clinical biofeedback and meditation as strategies in preventing and managing stress and resultant stress disorders. Students have the opportunity to practice and apply biofeedback and meditation skills to their own personal management of stress. The concepts of stress testing, behavioral medicine for lifestyle improvement, and the complementation of biofeedback and meditation are also addressed. Prerequisite: HPR 105 or BIO 101 or PSY 100.

HED 458/658 Cr. 1-2
Imagery Techniques for Health Promotion, Learning Enhancement, and Sport Skill Development

This course examines the concepts and theories of autogenic training and mental imagery as applied to maximizing inner potentials for performance excellence. The first credit focuses on the learning and experiencing of the developmental phases of relaxation training, mental practice, concentration, confidence building through positive affirmation, and maintaining personal rhythm. The second credit focuses on developing the competencies necessary to develop and implement a mental practice program for those in pursuit of excellence.

HED 459/659 Cr. 1-2
Biofeedback, Behavioral Medicine, and Health Enhancement

This course explores the ways in which patients and populations play a vital role in maintaining their own health and recovering from disease. Participants will explore the roles that self-regulation processes play in enhancing the well-being of individuals and target groups. Topics to be covered include: patient compliance and health enhancement; biofeedback applications for learning self-regulation; community applications of behavioral medicine; factors influencing cardiovascular health and hypertension; gastro-intestinal and immune system diseases; cancer; and other stress-induced and stress-mediated diseases. Prerequisites: HPR 105 and HED 456/656.

HED 460/660 Cr. 1-2
Health Promotion and Preference

This course is designed to enable participants to understand and apply Jungian concepts as one approach to health promotion. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is used as a springboard for creating awareness and understanding for the application of typology to health promotion. The focus of the course is experiential in nature and the goal is to gain a better understanding of self and others in relation to health promotion issues (i.e., stress management, heart disease, relationships, and team building).

HED 465/665 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 455/655.

HED 470/670 Cr. 2
Theories of Health Behavior

Overview of health behavior through the examination of health behavior theoretical constructs. Emphasis is on the application of behavior change theories to facilitate positive behavior changes.

HED 471/671 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.

HED 475/675 Cr. 1-3
Workshop in Health Education

Group study of varying health education topics, community agencies, and educational institutions. Prerequisite: permission of adviser and instructor. Repeatable for credit under different sub-titles - maximum 6. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading.

HED 480/680 Cr. 1
Human Sexuality for Special Populations: Developmentally Disabled

This course is designed to prepare individuals with a basic understanding of the rights, problems, and needs of special populations; i.e., developmentally disabled, mentally handicapped, visually/hearing impaired, etc., in the area of human sexuality. Those who will benefit are health care professionals and teachers/students working with special populations. Prerequisites: ESS 231 or RTH 326 or RTH 327 or PSY 441 or consent of instructor.

HED 481/681 Cr. 1
Human Sexuality for Physically Disabled

This course is designed to acquaint and prepare students/teachers of adaptive physical education, recreation, social work, and other adjunctive care professionals with a basic understanding of individual rights, problems, and needs of special population members in the area of human sexuality; i.e., physically disabled populations in particular. Prerequisite: ESS 231 or RTH 326 or RTH 327 or PSY 441 or consent of instructor.

HED 485/685 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.

HED 486/686 Cr. 1
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. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of instructor.

HED 487/687 Cr. 1
Health Implications of Environmental Pollution: An International Perspective

The emphasis of this course will be on the major health problems which have been associated with environmental episodes in Japan and the U.S. Through the examination of selected case histories, the student will be provided with an opportunity to study the impact of specific environmental pollutants on human health.

HED 495/695 Cr. 1-3
Independent Study in Health Education

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

HED 498/698
Cr. 12 - Undergraduate
Cr. 1-5 - Graduate
Community Health Education Preceptorship

Professional experience in a community health education setting for a full semester. The student works under faculty supervision with a professional in health education/health promotion who serves as a mentor. Undergraduate prerequisites: successful completion of all program course requirements, recommendation of the department, cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75, and major grade point average of 2.75. Repeatable for credit - maximum 5 for graduate credit only.

HED 701 Cr. 3
Contemporary Issues in Health Education

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 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.

HED 703 Cr. 1-2
Health Education Foundations

A study of the scientific, social, psychological, legal, and educational foundations of health
education. Professional competencies and practice settings will be reviewed. Traditional and contemporary concepts of disease and health as applied to health education will be investigated. 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: HED 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.

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.

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: HED 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. Prerequisties: HED 706.


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