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HEALTH PROGRAM COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

Faculty
Charlotte L. Guynes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Education
Chrystyna Kosarchyn, Ph.D., Professor of Health Education
Patricia Williams, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Health Education 
General Education Course *
Writing Intensive Course ** 

Health Education 205. Health and Wellness. Focusing on the application of scientific facts and principles to current health issues, this course is designed to help foster intelligent decision-making in the areas of health needs and health behaviors. 3 credits. 

Health Education 210. World Health Issues. Designed to help students develop an understanding of current health problems and issues in the world community, this course examines the cultural, geographic, environmental, social, economic and political influences on health status and health care systems of representative nations, especially those of the non-western world. 3 credits. * 

Health Education 212. Human Sexuality. An examination of the biological, psychological, cultural and behavioral aspects of sexuality with emphasis on providing the student with practical and meaningful information pertaining to human sexuality and family life while encouraging the development of responsible sexual behaviors and attitudes. 3 credits. 

HEALTH EDUCATION 215. Physical Activity and Health.  This course examines the effect of physical activity on health and diseases.  Patterns and trends in physical activity are also covered as well as understanding and promoting physical activity in a variety of populations/settings. 3 credits. 

Health Education 260. Emergency Care and First Aid. Emergency care procedures necessary to sustain life and maintain life support until the victims of an accident or sudden illness are cared for by more qualified medical personnel. Knowledge and skill gained will lead to certification in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. 3 credits.

HEALTH EDUCATION 292.  Internship in Health Education.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of health education.  1-18 credits. 

Health Education 295. Special  Topics. Selected topics in health education. The topics will vary from semester to semester. Descriptions will be available from academic advisors. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits. 

Health Education 301. Safety Education.  Concepts and theories of accident prevention, particularly as they relate to the use of the highways. 3 credits. 

Health Education 302. Driver Education. Classroom instruction and supervised experience in teaching practice driving. Prerequisites: valid Virginia driver's license and driving experience and HLTH 301. 3 credits. 

Health Education 310. Environmental Health. Study of the environment as it relates to the total well being of the individual. Special emphasis is placed on the threats to human health as a result of environmental degradation. 3 credits. 

Health Education 311, 312. Studies Abroad. Primarily intended for transfer of credit earned abroad in courses on health education per semester. 1-18 credits. 

Health Education 313. Drugs and Human Behavior. An examination of drug use and abuse in today's society. Emphasis is placed on prevention and strategies for the learner while providing accurate, up-to-date information concerning human biology, sociological principles, and the pharmacological nature of drugs. Prerequisites: BIOL 206, 207. 3 credits. 

HEALTH EDUCATION 325.  Human Diseases.  A study of communicable and chronic diseases with regards to disease description, description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, prognosis and prevention.  Prerequisites: HLTH 205, BIOL 206 and 207. 3 credits. 

Health Education 335. Nutrition. This course examines the principles of normal human nutrition applied to various stages in life, especially as they relate to disease prevention, fitness, and weight control. Factors that influence human nutrition needs and eating patterns are also covered. Prerequisites: BIOL 206 and BIOL 207. 3 credits. 

HEALTH EDUCATION 340. Pharmacology.  The emphasis of this course is on legal and illegal drug use in the world today.  Topics will include 1) indications, contraindications, and effects of commonly used non-prescription and prescription medicines, 2) ergogenic aids and the use of illegal substances in athletics, 3) neurophysiology and pharmacology as it relates to the effects of drugs on the body.  Prerequisites: BIOL 206 and CHEM 101 or 111. 

Health Education 345. Selected Health Topics. An indepth examination of timely health issues such as stress management, aging, and death and dying, which have physical, psychological and sociological implications for one's overall health status. 3 credits. 

Health Education 366. Community Health. Identification and analysis of significant issues and problems which challenge the community's health and the American health care system. 3 credits. 

HEALTH EDUCATION 390.  Directed or Independent Study.  Must be approved by the head of the department.  May be repeated as 391.  1-18 credits. 

HEALTH EDUCATION 392.  Internship in Health Education.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of health education.  1-18 credits. 

Health Education 405. Practicum. Supervised experience in one or more of the following areas of the professional curriculum: teaching, coaching, communications and fitness specialist. 1-3 credits. 

Health Education 410. Health Promotion. Analysis of the many factors that influence personal health behavior and of the various models developed to explain it. Involves techniques of influencing and/or changing health behavior appropriate to various settings. Prerequisites: HLTH 205 and HLTH 313 or 335 or consent of instructor. 3 credits. 

Health Education 430. Women’s Health and Health Care Issues. An examination of the history and politics of women's health and health care. Investigates contemporary health problems, prevention, and self-care as well as medical alternatives so that consumers can make informed health care choices. 3 credits. 

Health Education 465. Comprehensive School Health Education. A study of comprehensive school health education with a focus on the teaching of health, N, K-12. It includes an examination of the components of CSHE, health education content, instructional methodology, resource materials (including audiovisual), evaluation of teaching, and computer assisted instruction. Provides a supervised practicum experience. Prerequisites: HLTH 205, HLTH 212, HLTH 313 and Corequisite HLTH 335. 4 credits. 

Health  Education 490. Independent Study. Individualized study. 1-18 credits.

HEALTH EDUCATION 492.  Internship in Health Education.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of health education.  1-18 credits. 

Health Education 495. Special Topics in Health. Selected topics in health which will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit when topics change. 1-3 credits. 

HEALTH EDUCATION 498.  Honors Research in Health Education.  Students conduct research in health under the direction of a faculty member and the Senior Honors Research Committee.  May be repeated as 499.  3 credits. ** 

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