Undergraduate Course Descriptions
HLTH 106 Drug Use and Abuse (3)
An interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary drug issues and problems.
The course will examine physiological, social, philosophical, historical,
legal, and health aspects of drug use and abuse. Special attention
will be focused on those general motivations for drug use that attend
life on the college campus.
HLTH 130 Introduction to
Public and Community Health (3)
An introduction to the theory and practice of public and community
health. The influence of public health professionals on the past,
present and future health status of society through the examination
of critical health issues will be described. Programming models,
theories and policy development are included.
HLTH 140 Personal and Community
Introduction to the dimensions of health as it is related to the
individual and to the community. This course introduces constructive
methods of health promotion, personal goal setting, and encourages
students to take greater responsibility for personal health and
HLTH 150 First Aid and Emergency Medical Services (3)
(Several sections of HLTH 140 are offered each
semester taught by different instructors. Each section is likely
to be organized differently; however, the content will be the same
for all sections.)
Lecture, demonstration and training in emergency care, including
cardiopulmonary resuscitation, controlling bleeding, shock, burns,
and injury care. American Red Cross Certificates will be awarded
upon completion of the course and passing necessary exams, both
written and practical. First aid certificate is valid for three
years and CPR certificate is valid for one year.
HLTH 200 Introduction to Research in Community Health (3)
An overview of specific components and steps involved in the community health research process. Content includes, foundations of research, sampling, measurement design, and analysis in a community context
HLTH 230 Introduction to Health Behavior (3)
Pre or co-requisite: 130
HLTH 279P Understand and Coping with Stress (3)
Psychological, social psychological, and sociological approaches
to the development of health attitudes and behavior. The use of
behavior change theories as a basis for the development of behavior
change intervention programs.
HLTH 285 Controlling Stress and Tension (3)
Health problems related to stress and tension. Analysis of causative
psychosocial stressors and intervening physiological mechanisms.
Emphasis on prevention and control of stress through techniques
such as biofeedback, meditation and neuromuscular relaxation.
HLTH 300 Biostatistics for Public Health Practice (3)
An examination of biostatistical concepts and procedures as they relate to contemporary issues in public health. Focus on applications, hands-on-experience, and interpretations of statistical findings in public health research.
HLTH 301 Epidemiology for Public Health Practice (3)
An examination of the discipline of epidemiology and its application to public health issues and practices, covering current epidemiological concepts and methods.
HLTH 371 Communicating Safety and Health (3)
The course provides an overview of the communication and evaluation
of safety and health information. The course emphasizes various
types of communications and recipient factors that contribute to
their success or failure. Through lecture, reading, a group assignment,
and several exercises, students will acquire an understanding of
the communication process. This course is designed to familiarize
students with the various sources of media and their roles in communicating
information on safety and health. It is also meant to help students
learn how to work with media organizations and how to use the communication
process and strategies to promote health and safety goals and objectives.
HLTH 377 Human Sexuality
This is a survey course that examines the basic foundations of human
sexuality, incorporating topical issues of interest and importance.
Given the large size of the class, the most common format of the
course is lecture, but student participation and involvement is
encouraged. In addition to the dissemination of cognitive information,
a strong emphasis of the course is placed on the psychosocial aspects
of human sexuality, and its impact on individuals and society. Students
are encouraged to develop and maintain a personal philosophy concerning
sexual decision-making and behavior. The broad goals of the course
include an increased knowledge of the biological, developmental,
and scientific aspects of human sexuality, in addition to developing
a greater awareness of self and others.
HLTH 391 Principles of Community
Health I (3)
Prerequisite: (30 and 230)
HLTH 420 Methods and Materials
in Health Education (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide a broad overview of community
health. Health promotion, consumer health, public health, school
health, environmental health, preventive medicine, human biology,
the health care system, individual health behaviors, and health
policy are examined in relation to community health.
Methods and Materials in Health Education (3) Prerequisites: HLTH
130 and 140. The purpose of this course
is to present the interrelationship of curriculum planning, methodology
and the selection and use of teaching aids and materials. Special
problems associated with health teaching and presentation are discussed.
Students will become familiar with a variety of resources as well
as planning for and presenting demonstration lessons/presentations completed semester before 491 with 490.
HLTH 430 Health Education
in the Workplace (3)
The purpose of the course is to provide the student with an understanding
of how to promote a healthy and safe workplace. The course will
examine occupational stress, occupational safety and health, women’s
health, AIDS, violence, drugs, etc. The course will include, lectures,
discussions, speakers and films.
HLTH 437 Consumer Behavior
Americans are under great pressure to become consumers. They are
intentionally encouraged by for-profit enterprise to buy products.
Such marketing can either improve or threaten health. This course
will explore: how marketing theory can inform health education theory;
how marketing strategies and consumer behavior can influence physical,
social/psychological, and environmental health; how marketing is
regulated; and ethics of marketer and consumer behavior.
HLTH 471 Women’s Health
This course provides an introduction to women's health concerns
and the barriers to achieving complete health. We explore common
health issues affecting women from medical, economic and sociopolitical
perspectives. Readings, films, and assignments are selected to incorporate
issues of age, disability status, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity,
and social class into our discussion.
HLTH 489 Advances in the Adult Health and Development Program
Course description not available. (3)
HLTH 490 Principles of Community Health
Students will be involved in the applied aspects of community health
education. Students will apply theory to actual community problems
and learn to plan, develop, and evaluate programs while working
in project teams. Each team will select a community health problem
and develop a proposal to address the problem. This course will
help students gain confidence in their ability to function as community
health educators and prepare them for their internship experience taken semester before 491 with 420. (Zeeger Syllabus)
HLTH 491 Community Health Internship
The purpose of the internship is to enable students to gain practical experience as professionals under conditions conducive to educational development. The internship is a 15 week, full-time, supervised period of community health /public health activities carried out in a variety of settings dependant upon the student’s interests and career goals. To view the Undergraduate Internship Manual, click here.
For more information about potential internship placement sites, see the PCH Internship Database.
HLTH 498T Health and Medical Terminology (3)
This is an on-line course which will enable the students to learn and understand the
"language of Medicine". The 800 page online printable textbook contains interactive
audio-visual lecture pages that prepare the student for the 1000 self-testing flashcards and
the 800 multiple choice self-test questions which is worth 60% of the final grade. The course
and technical support are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.