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HEALTH EDUCATION (HED)

Course Descriptions


HED 408/508  Cr.1 - 2

Microcomputers 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.   Offered Occasionally.


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.   Offered Fall, Spring.


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 Spring.


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 Occasionally.


HED 423/523  Cr.1

Sexual Health Promotion Persons w/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 Fall.


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 Fall.


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.   Offered Occasionally.


HED 441/541  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. Prerequisite: ESS 205, 206 or BIO 312, 313.   Offered Fall, Spring.


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.   Offered Occasionally.


HED 449/549  Cr.1

Value 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 Educ

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 Spring.


HED 471/571  Cr.2

Health Education Responsibilities, Competencies, and Certification

Participants will have the opportunity to review the National Health Educator Competencies Update Project research resulting in a new hierarchical model that serves as a framework for the responsibilities and competencies comprising the entry, advanced 1 and advanced 2 levels. Each one of the seven responsibilities will be examined with practitioner examples, and a review will be conducted for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) national examination. Weekend format.   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.   Offered Spring.


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 Spring.


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.   Offered Spring.


HED 477/577  Cr.3

Grant-Seeking in Health, Human Services, and Educational 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 Occasionally.


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

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.   Offered Occasionally.


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.   Offered Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.


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 Occasionally.


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 Fall.


HED/CI  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 CI; may only earn credit in HED or CI.)   Offered Occasionally.


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 Fall.


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 Fall, Spring.


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 Elem 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  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.   Offered Occasionally.


HED  752  Cr.3

Mental Health

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


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 Occasionally.


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.   Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.


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.  Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.