Health Education and Health Promotion (HED/CHE/SHE)

College of Science and Health
Department Chair: R. Daniel Duquette
203 Mitchell Hall,

Professors: Duquette, Gilmore, Oganowski;
Associate Professors: Caravella, WycoffHorn;
Assistant Professor:
Lecturer: Jecklin.

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Exercise Science, Health, and Recreation Transfer Policy -

Students transferring into exercise, science, health, and recreation programs must have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher at the time of transfer.

Departmental Policy

  1. Students must follow the course sequences set up by the department.
  2. Students must attain an overall 2.50 grade point average including all 100 and 200 level required courses before being admitted to the 300level courses in health education.
  3. Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all required health education courses and the following courses: BIO 103 or 105; CHM 100 or 103; HPR 105; ESS 205 and 206 or BIO 312 and 313.
  4. School health education majors and minors must meet the following additional requirements: (a) apply for admission to teacher education; (b) achieve a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA to be admitted to teacher education; (c) successfully complete the PPST by achieving the following minimum scores; Reading 175, Math 173, Writing 174; (d) achieve a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and a 2.75 GPA in professional preparation courses (CI sequence), major or minor course sequence to student teach; (e) achieve a cumulative 2.75 GPA and successful completion of departmental exit portfolio reviewed by school health education faculty to be licensed by the state to teach.
  5. Community health education majors must meet the following additional requirements for admission to the community health preceptorship: apply for and receive recommendation from the health education faculty; achieve a minimum 2.75 cumulative and major GPA; successfully complete all required course work.

Community Health Education Major

(Health Education and Science and Health) - 71 credits in health education and community health education, HED 205, 320, 335, 345, 425, 437, 469, 472, 473, 474, 477; CHE 240, 340, 350, 440, 441, 491, 498(15 credits); 6 credits of electives in health education, community health education, school health education, or from another department at the 300/400 level are to be selected under advisement for exploration and competency development; 28 credits in interdisciplinary requirements: HPR 105*; BIO 103* or 105*, CHM 100* or 103*, MTH 145*, ESS 205 and 206 or BIO 312 and 313, CST 250.

School Health Education Major

(Teacher Certification programs) - 33-35 credits in health education and school health education, HED 205, 345, 409, 425, 469, 472, 474; SHE 310, 312, 402, 475 (leadership); 315 credits student teaching SHE 403 or 404, 410; 35 elective credits must be approved by program adviser; 29-31 credits in interdisciplinary requirements: HPR 105*, BIO 103* or 105*, ESS 205 and 206 or BIO 312 and 313; PSY 212, 370; RDG 328, EFN 205*, CI 492; ERS 100* or HIS 306* or WS 230* or SOC 225*.

* These courses also fulfill General Education requirements.

Students should refer to policies identified in the School of Education page as they apply to students in all teacher certification programs. More information also is on the School of Education Web site.

School Health Education Minor

(Teacher Certification programs) - 29 credits in health education and school health education, HED 205, 345, 425, 469, 472, 474; SHE 252, 310, 402, 410, 475(leadership); 315 credits in student teaching SHE 403 or 404; 14 credits in interdisciplinary requirements: HPR 105*, BIO 103* or 105*, RDG 328; CI 492.

Child/Youth Care Emphasis

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Gerontology Emphasis

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The Department of Health Education and Health Promotion incorporates a significant amount of writing through the required courses instead of identifying particular courses as writing emphasis courses. Students who complete the HED major, including any of the emphases, will fulfill the university writing emphasis requirement.


+ next to a course number indicates a General Education course.

HED 101 Cr. 2 Personal Health

The dynamics of health in life in a rapidly changing world; modern concepts of health, disease, and longevity; current medical findings relative to weight control, emotional health, human sexuality, family planning, venereal and other disease control, drug abuse, environmental health and quackery are included.

+ HPR 105 Cr. 3 Creating a Healthy, Active Lifestyle

This course will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary for developing and maintaining a healthy, physically active lifestyle throughout one's lifespan. Major issues directly affecting one's health such as physical fitness, movement skills and activities, health promotion and disease prevention, the effective use of leisure and content in various wellness topical areas will be included.

HPR/HP 106 Cr. 2 Introduction to Health Related Careers

Overview of health related professions in the health delivery system. Course will include educational and professional aspects of a broad range of health related careers. General topics will include an overview of the health related delivery system, health reform, legal and ethical issues, and professionalism. An interdisciplinary approach will be utilized to present specific information on individual health related professions. (Crosslisted with HP; may only earn credit in HPR or HP.)

HED 205 Cr. 3 Introduction to Health and Wellness Education

Introductory concepts related to the field of health education are examined. Basic principles, philosophies, and issues related to school health and community health education are presented. This course serves as an entry level course for both the school and community health tracks.

HED 230 Cr. 2 Nutrition for Fitness and Health

This course examines basic principles of nutrition and the implications and effects of these principles on one's diet, fitness level, and thus one's health. Methods for teaching nutrition principles to various age groups will be emphasized.

HED 250 Cr. 1-3 Health Education Forum

Examination of current issues and problems in health education. Varying topics selected to extend the students' knowledge in contemporary health issues, as determined by the health education department. Repeatable for credit - maximum 6. Offered occasionally.

HED/RT 320 Cr. 3 The U.S. Health Care System

This course provides an overview and a developmental summary of the U.S. health care system and its driving forces and offers comparisons to other national health systems. Content includes major elements of the health care system and a consideration of today's major health policy issues in a historical, economic, and political context. The course will also explore current issues confronting the health care system, raise important concerns and questions related to the different approaches to health care delivery, and identify key ethical issues. Prerequisite: HED 205 or RT 325, or concurrent enrollment. (Crosslisted with RT, may only earn credit in HED or RT.) Offered Sem. II.

HED 335 Cr. 3 Human Ecology and Environmental Health

This course examines the interdisciplinary and global effects of human- environment relationships. Emphasis is placed on the critical nature of the relationship between ecosystem health and human health and wellbeing. Environmental politics and economics, global disease, and traditional environmental health topics are considered for the purpose of improving the quality of life for all people through the creation of a sustainable society. Prerequisite: BIO 103 or 105, CHM 100 or 103. Offered Sem. I.

HED 345 Cr. 3 Issues in Mental and Emotional Health

This course examines the determinants of emotional and mental health which form a basis for health and healthy choices. A variety of constructs including, but not limited to resiliency, family and social processes, self-concept and learning that form the foundation for emotional and mental health will be presented and discussed. Students will be encouraged to deepen their commitment to effective teaching and learning. Prerequisite: HED 205. Offered Sem. I.

HED 346 Cr. 2 Health Behavior Change

Skills, concepts, and processes for individualized health teaching. The course will examine health behavior change as a technique in the overall treatment of prevention of health problems. The approach is an integration of education, behavioral intervention, and health counseling. Prerequisite: PSY 100.

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. 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 factors 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

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 changes. Prerequisite: 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.

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 psychoneuroimmunology 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. 2 Entry-Level Health Educators: Responsibilities and Competencies

Participants will have the opportunity to review the National Health Educator Competencies Update Project research resulting in a hierarchical model that serves as a framework for the Responsibilities and Competencies comprising the Entry, Advanced 1 and 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.

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 Grantseeking in Health, Human Services, and Education Programs

The grantseeking 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: 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 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.


CHE 240 Cr. 3 Community Health Education Foundations

This course explores community health education as a career option and examines the role of educators in agencies and organizations that address the health needs of individuals and communities. It emphasizes a skill oriented focus and provides professional preparation for community health education roles and responsibilities. Examination of the role of health educators with regard to the seven responsibility areas is the foundation of this course. Students will be engaged in critical thinking exercises, experiential learning activities, and professional preparation assignments. Offered Sem. I.

CHE 340 Cr. 3 Epidemiology and Community Health Problems

A survey and analysis of current public health problems incorporating an epidemiologic framework. A basic introduction to community health history and organization is followed by specific health issues analyzed through the agent, host, and environmental interrelationships. Primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, and health promotion strategies are detailed. Prerequisite: BIO 103 or 105 and CHM 100 or 103.

CHE 350 Cr. 3 Biometry and Research Design

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of research procedures and protocol. Through this course, one will develop a better understanding of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting valid, reliable data. The proper and improper uses of statistics, designing research experiments, and data handling will be examined. In addition, the basic procedures involved in the design and implementation of evaluation research will be examined. Prerequisite: MTH 145 and CHE 340. Offered Sem. I.

CHE 440 Cr. 3 Program Development in Community Health Education

Community health analysis specific to community health education program development. Individual students develop knowledge of the following program development components: (1) needs, (2) objectives, (3) learning activities, (4) settings, (5) evaluation. Skills are developed in program planning and program implementing. Two hours for in-class activities are complemented by out-of-class program development experience. Prerequisite: HED 205, CHE 240, 340, 350.

CHE 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.

CHE 453/553 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 need to be considered in health program planning. Various racial, ethnic, and religious groups health beliefs and practices will be examined. Cultural influences and patterns of communication within cultures and how these affect health care and utilization of services will be identified. The U.S. health care system will be analyzed in terms of servicing its culturally diverse population. Designed for health professionals, this course will increase their sensitivity in working with people of various cultural origins. Repeatable for credit - maximum 3. Offered Sem. II.

CHE 460/560 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. Prerequisite: ESS 205 and 206 or BIO 312 and 313.

CHE 465/565 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: CHE 240. Offered occasionally.

CHE 466/566 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. Non-repeatable for additional credit. Offered occasionally.

CHE/SHE 475/575 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 subtitles - maximum 6 credits combined CHE/SHE. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading.

CHE 491 Cr. 2 Senior Seminar in Community Health Education

This seminar is designed to review the areas of responsibility and competencies for health educators, coupled with an overview of the student's professional preparation, credentialing issues, and professional development opportunities. Through discussion, interaction activities, and project development, students will be prepared to enter into the realistic challenges and opportunities afforded by the community health education preceptorship and eventual employment experiences. Prerequisite: To be taken during final semester prior to CHE 498.

CHE 498 Cr. 1-15 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. Prerequisite: 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.


SHE 210 Cr. 4 Introduction to Coordinated School Health Programs

This course gives an introduction to coordinated school health programs and the roles teachers play in encouraging healthy practices in the school age population. Skills in identifying health problems, developing an environment conducive to learning and developing health curriculum and instruction to encourage healthy lifestyles are developed. Students will be introduced to National and State Health Standards and national and state models of comprehensive/coordinated school programs. Also included in the course will be the Level I clinical experience in schools. This introductory field experience is designed to help the student identify the role of the school and its staff through observation and participation. It also allows school health education majors to consider the appropriateness of their chosen major in the education framework. Offered Sem. I.

SHE 252 Cr. 2 Introductory Content in Health Education

Disease and intentional and unintentional injury prevention content essential for inclusion in a comprehensive school health curriculum is the course focus. Pre-service teachers will consider effective teaching strategies, resources that support the development and delivery of objectives in these areas, and determine the match to the Wisconsin Academic Standards for Health Education. Prerequisite: HPR 105. Offered Sem. II.

SHE 310 Cr. 3 Introduction to Curricular Processes and Instructional Techniques

Beginning concepts in comprehensive school health education curriculum development and instructional techniques are the core of this course. Skills for delivery of effective health instruction are practiced including assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Prerequisite: HED 205 and SHE 210. Offered Sem. I.

SHE 312 Cr. 1 Level II Clinical in School Health Education

This clinical experience provides health education majors/minors an increased understanding of how two components, Pupil Services and Healthy School Environment, function within the Wisconsin Framework for Comprehensive School Health Programs. Specific attention is given to children and youth who are vulnerable to social, emotional and physical challenges and/or who have an impairment that requires special education. Prerequisite: HED 205, SHE 210. Pass/Fail grading.

SHE 402 Cr. 1 Clinical Fieldwork Experience in Health Education

Designed to focus upon the development of the technical elements of curriculum, instructional systems, interactionmotivation, and management styles. Course activities include development of a philosophical base for teaching elements, observation, participation and performance of a variety of teaching behaviors within the teaching elements. Students will analyze their own teaching performance through simulation, guided practice and other teacher directed evaluation. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Pass/Fail grading.

SHE 403 Cr. 3-15 Student Teaching: Early Childhood-Adolescence

Student teaching is a full day, full school semester, professional experience in selected elementary and secondary schools with qualified, approved cooperating teachers. Orientation, seminars and classroom projects required. Prerequisite: completion of all requirements in education, including special methods courses; recommendation by the appropriate education program faculty; 2.75 cumulative grade point average and a 2.75 grade point average in the major, minor, concentrations and professional course work; and, an official Praxis II content test score report documenting passing scores on Praxis II content tests in the appropriate certification area/discipline. May be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester for each additional licensure. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading.

SHE 404 Cr. 3-15 Teaching Internship

Teaching internship is a full day, full school semester, professional experience in selected elementary and secondary schools with qualified, approved cooperating teachers. Prerequisite: completion of requirements in education, including special methods courses, recommendation by the appropriate education program faculty, 3.00 cumulative grade point average and a 3.00 grade point average in the major, minor, concentrations and professional course work; an official Praxis II content test score report documenting passing scores on Praxis II content tests in the appropriate certification area/discipline; and, selected for Wisconsin Internship Program placement and a state intern license. Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory grading.

SHE 407/507 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.

SHE 410/510 Cr. 4 Application of Curriculum Processes and Instructional Techniques

This senior level experience is an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge related to the assessment, planning and implementation of comprehensive school health curriculum introduced in earlier study. Further analysis of method selection and instructional strategy development is considered from a practical as well as philosophical point of view. Attention is given to "holistic teaching", including classroom management. Prerequisite: last semester on campus status.

SHE 416/516 Cr. 1 Developing Comprehensive School Health Education Programs

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. Not applicable for credit in school health education major or minor. Offered occasionally.

SHE 458/558 Cr. 1-2 Imagery Techniques for Health Promotion 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.

SHE 460/560 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).

SHE/CHE 475/575 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 subtitles - maximum 6 credits combined SHE/CHE. Departmental option for Pass/Fail grading.