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    GEY6623: Aging and Health Policy3
    This course explores the demographic, cultural, economic, and health factors that drive political decisions about health care for older Americans. This course will be offered as an elective.
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    HIM6120: Fundamentals of Health Information Technology3
    This course introduces students to the concepts and practices of health information technology. Topics include, but are not limited to: introduction to the health information technology discipline; major applications and commercial vendors; decision support methods and technologies; information systems design and engineering; and new opportunities and emerging trends.
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    HIM6321: Health Information Technology and the Regulatory Environment3
    Prerequisite:  HIM 6120 This course introduces students to the concepts and practices of health information technology. Topics include, but are not limited to: introduction to the health information technology discipline; major applications and commercial vendors; decision support methods and technologies; information systems design and engineering; and new opportunities and emerging trends.
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    HIM6659: Health Information Technology Software Applications3
    Prerequisites: HIM 6120 and HIM 6321 This course covers fundamental concepts associated with the development, utilization and procurement of software systems that assist healthcare professionals in the management and exchange of patients’ electronic health records (EHR). Topics discussed include, but are not limited to: EHR software system architectures; EHR software system development concerns; interoperability among EHR software systems; national regulations, recommendations, and standards that guide the development and define the certification of EHR software systems; utilization of EHR software systems through the study of exemplary and current products; and methodologies to build analyses that support the procurement of EHR software systems.
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    HIM6940: Health Information Technology Capstone Project3
    Prerequisites: HIM 6120 and HIM 6321 and HIM 6659 This capstone course provides students the opportunity to integrate and apply content from clinical disciplines, health administration, and information technology into a comprehensive and practical framework for working with healthcare software systems. Interdisciplinary student teams will be challenged to put acquired skills, theories, and strategies into practice working with health service organizations in completion of a health information technology project.
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    HSA5177: Health Care Finance3
    Corequisite: ACG 2021 or equivalent. This course is designed to provide a foundation in current finance theory with tools needed by health care managers in day-to-day practice. The course finance content encompasses the spectrum of the health care industry and provides financial models used for cost-effective analysis.
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    HSA6114: Health Organization and Delivery3
    Examines the organization and administration of the U.S. health care system including its various health care service settings, personnel resources, and sources of system finance.
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    HSA6149: Health Planning and Marketing3
    Prerequisite:  Undergraduate marketing course or equivalent. This course examines planning and marketing as related to health care organizations. Emphasis is placed on the planning process and the elements and methods of marketing health care services in relation to the role of the consumer, governing body, administration and health care.
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    HSA6178: Advanced Health Care Financial Management3
    Prerequisites: HSA 5177, HSA 6196. This course examines the concepts and techniques of financial management in health care delivery system settings. Examines organizational cost behavior, budgeting, cost allocation and financial modeling.
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    HSA6186: Healthcare Leadership3
    Prerequisites: HSA 6114. This course addresses current leadership theory focusing on leadership styles, motivation, change management, innovation, and creativity as they relate to management of health services organizations. This course will also explore the ethical dilemmas facing healthcare leaders.
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    HSA6188: Capstone: Healthcare Strategic Management3
    Prerequisites: HSA 6435; HSA 6114; HSA 5177. This "capstone" course is intended to integrate the various disciplines - finance, human resources, law, ethics, policy, operations, research, etc. - into a comprehensive and practical framework. This course will challenge students to put acquired skills, theories and strategies into practice in various segments of the health industry.
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    HSA6196: Quantitative Analysis for Health Services3
    Prerequisites: HSA 5177 Health Care Finance This course covers the financial and statistical techniques used in managerial decision-making in the health care industry. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of financial data and application of analytical tools in the evaluation of healthcare programs and organizations.
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    HSA6198: Health Information Technology3
    This course will examine healthcare information systems with respect to their composition, role, and development within the healthcare environment. In addition, the course will discuss methods for evaluating new health information technology for acquisition by healthcare organizations.
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    HSA6225: Long-Term Care Administration3
    This course examines long-term care delivery systems with emphasis placed on issues relating to the delivery of quality health services and effective administration. The impact of increased numbers of elderly, increasingly limited resources, state and federal regulatory guidelines and consumer expectations are examined.
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    HSA6342: Healthcare Human Resources3
    This course focuses on the management of people in healthcare organizations. The course will provide a comprehensive set of managerial tasks and activities designed to develop human resources management (HRM) skills applicable to health services. Aspects of the external environment that affect how people are managed in the healthcare workplace will also be examined.
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    HSA6385: Quality Management in Health Care3
    This course will provide students an opportunity to examine many of the issues related to quality measurement in health care. The course will emphasize individual and group inquiry into various quality measurement programs and will examine the theoretical basis for current quality measurement activity in the health care field.
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    HSA6425: Health Law3
    This course is designed to provide students understanding of the legal environment in which health care services are provided and to develop skills in analyzing many of the current legal and ethical issues facing health care practitioners and administrators.
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    HSA6435: Health Economics3
    This course examines supply and demand factors, financing of care, efficiency and cost of delivery as related to the health care system. Special attention will be given to physician and hospital reimbursement and behavior, competition and rationing as mechanisms for controlling expenditures.
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    HSA6520: Managerial Epidemiology3

    Description: This course covers epidemiological concepts and methods for measuring and interpreting data related to the distribution and determinants of morbidity and mortality in human populations. The course will acquaint students with the fundamentals of epidemiologic inquiry, population studies and design, biases that affect interpretation of clinical studies, and applications to decision-making in health care and public health management.
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    HSA6813: Aging Capstonev. 3-6
    Prerequisites: HSA 6114, HSA 5177, HSA 6225 The Aging Capstone is designed to provide students the opportunity to gain practical experience while demonstrating the integration of classroom knowledge and theory in management of aging programs and services within the health care industry. Students will select an internship in an aging services organization or a faculty supervised community-based project. This course is a culminating experience and is taken the last semester of academic enrollment.
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    HSA6815: Practicum: Executive Skill Developmentv. 3-6
    Prerequisites:MAN 6204, HSA 6435, HSA 6114, HSA 5177 This course is designed to develop and enhance the skills necessary for success as a health care executive through management practice in health care administration.
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    HSA6905: Health Policy3
    Prerequisite:  HSA 6114 This course is an introduction to the study of health policy and analysis. The course will focus on several components of health policy, including how policy is developed and how it can be described, analyzed, and evaluated. The main emphasis will be upon providing the tools with which to understand how governmental bodies produce policy in its various forms.
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    HSA6908: Directed Independent Study3
    PREREQUISITE: Permission of supervising faculty and Department Chair. This course allows the student to complete a specialized study or research project under the direction of program faculty. This course can be repeated once for an additional 3 credits.
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    HSA6945: Long Term Care Internship6
    Prerequisites: HSA6225 and completion of program requirements for Geriatric Management (MSH) or the MHA Program and Program Director approval. The long-term care administration internship provides the student with the opportunity to gain practical experience and integrate classroom knowledge and theory in a skilled nursing facility setting. It is specifically designed to meet the state mandated internship requirements (rule 64B10-16 F.A.C) for admission to the Florida Nursing Home Administrators Licensure Examination.
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    HSA6958: Study Abroad: Healthcare3
    PREREQUISITE: Graduate Standing, preference given to BCH students. This course provides the students with the opportunity to study the organization, financing and delivery of health care in other countries. While abroad, students will visit hospitals and health organizations, and meet with local health practitioners as they explore cultural and political issues impacting healthcare. This course may be repeated once for an additional 3 credits.
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    HSC5569: Aging Research and Theory3
    Provides a theoretical and analytical model for developing an understanding of the relationships between research and practice in the field of aging. Topics explored will include health care, cultural aging, education and economic issues.
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    HSC6138: Sexuality Education3
    This course provides an overview of physiological, and sociological aspects of human sexuality throughout the lifespan including gender, family life, relationships, reproduction sexual behavior, STDs/HIV, safer sex, and sexual coercion. Planning, implementing and evaluating community sexuality education programs are included in the course. Policy issues that affect sexuality education are also addressed. Students are required to complete research, writing, and practice assignments related to sexuality education in public health.
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    HSC6157: Drug Abuse & Violence Prevention Education3
    This course is a study of issues related to the prevention continuum, including primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Substance use, misuse, abuse, and dependency, as well as violence are addressed. The focus of the course is the application of substance abuse/dependence and violence prevention programs in a variety of settings. Students are required to complete research, writing, and practice assignments related to drug abuse and violence prevention education in public health.
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    HSC6175: Mental and Emotional Health Education3
    The purpose of this course is to examine educational planning and program implementation involved in facilitating the development and maintenance of mental health. Communication skills effective for the helping professions are addressed. Students are required to complete research, writing, and practice assignments related to mental and emotional health education in public health.
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    HSC6215: Environmental Health3
    An ecological examination of the relationships between environmental conditions and human health. Special emphasis will be given to principles, processes, priorities, and current research in the study of environmental problems and their impact on health and disease in human populations.
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    HSC6505: Epidemiology3
    This course covers epidemiological concepts and methods for measuring and interpreting data related to the distribution and determinants of morbidity and mortality in human populations. The knowledge and skills acquired should enable one to plan, develop, conduct, and interpret findings from epidemiologic investigations and other types of studies, and to make meaningful recommendations for methods of disease control and prevention.
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    HSC6526: Special Topics/Infectious & Noninfectious Diseases3
    Concepts and characteristics of important infectious and noninfectious diseases to include their biological and behavioral determinants, susceptibility and defense, and current methods in prevention and treatment.
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    HSC6560: Aging and Health in a Multicultural Society3
    This course examines the aging process and related health care needs from a multicultural perspective. Students will explore the impact of gender, race, and ethnicity on the aging population and on the development of culturally appropriate health and social services.
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    HSC6566: Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and the Older Adult3
    A study of selected biological and psychosocial health problems of older adults and the normal physical changes that occur with the aging process. Attention will be given to the design and maintenance of healthy life styles among the elderly.
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    HSC6585: Health Promotion and Health Education Strategies3
    An examination of the implementation, coordination and effectiveness of health promotion and health education strategies and methods.
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    HSC6586: Worksite Health Promotion Principles3
    An analysis of the key elements in the development and implementation of workplace health promotion programs and policies.
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    HSC6587: Program Planning in Health Promotion/Education3
    An analysis of the essential aspects of planning procedures used in the development of community-based health promotion and health education programs.
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    HSC6603: Theory of Health Behavior3
    An exploration of the theoretical and conceptual models and factors underlying public health behavior and health promotion programs and their application in planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs for behavioral change.
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    HSC6635: International Health3
    The purpose of this course is to discuss the status of world health, the progress achieved over the past decade and challenges for the future. The course will address the critical questions of international cooperation and the interaction between social change and health problems.
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    HSC6656: Professional Ethics in Health Care3
    An exploration of contemporary ethical issues that face health care providers. Ethical dimensions in death and dying, abortion, AIDS, biomedical research and health care resources are among the topics to be discussed.
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    HSC6706: Grantsmanship3
    The course will familiarize participants with the skills required to prepare grant requests and contract proposals for submission to public institutions and private foundations. It will be focused on how to develop an idea that is responsive to the goals and objectives of funding organizations.
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    HSC6712: Evaluation of Health Programs3
    This course addresses procedures used to evaluate the effectiveness of health programs. Included in the course is a review of evaluation methods, standards of performance, and available standardized evaluation/assessment instruments. Emphasis will be on process, impact and outcome evaluation. A field experience may be required.
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    HSC6716: Health Program Evaluation3
    This course focuses on principles and methods employed in program evaluation and evaluative research. Issues of conceptualization and design in evaluation are emphasized. The course also addresses operational procedures used in evaluation studies ranging from identification of variables to instrument design and use of findings. The course reviews applications of evaluative research in health services decision making.
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    HSC6735: Health Science Research3
    Prerequisite:  HSC 6505. A study of the investigative and analytical methods used in health related research. Emphasizes design, sampling techniques, data collection and processing, interpretation of the results and ethics.
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    HSC6737: Applied Research in Aging3
    The course includes an examination of the major theoretical and analytical frameworks from the core disciplines (biology, psychology, and sociology) which inform the field of gerontology. Emphasis is on the application of the theoretical contexts to research initiatives and gerontological practice. Students are expected to become familiar with contemporary research on aspects of aging, and they learn to identify and evaluate issues raised by the findings from the field of aging research. In addition, the course examines the connections between theory and age-related issues and problems such as economic inequality, retirement, health care, and aging in families.
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    HSC6816: Field Experiences in Healthv. 3-6
    Prerequisite: Approval of department advisor. The application of methods, techniques and materials used in community and school health. May be repeated up to 18 credits.
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    HSC6855: Clinical Internship in Healthv. 1-9
    Prerequisite:  Advisor-student conference and completion of major courses. Provides clinical experience in a health care facility or workplace setting.
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    HSC6900: Readings and Conferencev. 1-3
    In-depth readings and group discussions and conferences on selected topics or critical issues in the health science field. Readings will vary each semester but will involve a formal survey of the literature and presentation of findings.
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    HSC6906: Independent Study and Researchv. 3-9
    Prerequisite:  Permission of department chair. A specific health related research project conducted under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated up to 15 credits.
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    HSC6912: Projectsv. 3-9
    Development, implementation, or participation in conducting a designated project related to health science. May be repeated up to 12 credits.
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    HSC6931: Special Topics3
    A detailed study of a topic in the health science field. Topics will vary each time the course is offered and will be based on a current health issue or subject. May be repeated up to 12 credits.
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    HSC6970: Thesisv. 3-9
    Permission of department chair. Under the direction of the faculty the student designs and presents a field based research project of his or her own conception. May be repeated up to 27 hours maximum.
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    HUN5408: Nutrition in the Life Cycle3
    Prerequisite:  HSC 4572. A scientific, chronological examination of how nutrition influences people throughout their lives. This course covers nutrition and metabolism and biological and biochemical basis of effect of optimal nutrition practices during life span, from pregnancy to the old age. Nutritional requirements of all age groups are discusses. Implication and management of metabolic and eating disorders based on recent research literature is studied.
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    MHS6006: Introduction to the Counseling Process3
    Prerequisite:  Admission to the counselor education program or permission of instructor. This course provides an introduction to several models of counseling, including both theory and practice. Students will develop basic knowledge and skills associated with client-centered counseling, brief counseling, and cognitive-behavioral counseling. They will become familiar with the mechanics of counseling, including structuring sessions, establishing goals, and evaluating progress. Students will learn to assess their own suitability for a career in the counseling field and will become familiar with the basic counseling literature.
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    MHS6070: Psychopathology3
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6006. An overview of abnormal behavior and knowledge of the basic criteria for categorizing mental disorders, using the DSM-IV. Includes a survey of the theoretical models of maladaptive behavior, as well as case studies to facilitate understanding of the breadth and complexity of reliable diagnosis.
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    MHS6205: Assessment and Evaluation in Mental Health Counseling3
    The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the knowledge necessary to select, administer and interpret assessments and evaluations in clinical settings,including the implications of testing and evaluation for cultural and special needs populations. Students will be introduced to assessment and evaluation concepts, terminology, and methodology, including the psychometric statistics underlying commonly used tests and assessments, with an emphasis on legal and ethical considerations guiding the practice of assessment. Non-test assessment theory and practice will be studied and demonstrated experientially.
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    MHS6305: Career Counseling3
    This course is designed to familiarize students with professional career growth through an examination of foundational tenets of career theories for the purpose of assessing clients' skills and aptitudes to provide effective career counseling The course is also designed to help counselors-in-training gain a better understanding of the relationship between career choices and personality traits and emotional states, and how the these components are essential to optimize job/career success.
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    MHS6400: Individual Counseling3
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6006. This course provides students with in-depth practice in intermediate counseling skills, as well as knowledge of the major counseling theories. Students will participate in a pre-practicum experience.
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    MHS6401: Clinical Mental Health Counseling in Community Settings3
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6400, MHS 6510, and MHS 6070
    Description: This course addresses current issues in the provision of counseling services in community and agency settings. Students will become familiar with mental health services across the continuum of care including inpatient, outpatient, partial treatment and aftercare. Current controversies regarding managed care and accountability, and public mental health policy will be explored . Practical applications include the development of methods for assessing community needs for counseling services, managing mental health services and programs, engaging in case conceptualization, treatment planning and documentation, practicing consultation, and providing clinical supervision.
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    MHS6402: Overview of Brief Counseling3
    Prerequisite:  Completion of MHS 6006 or permission of instructor. This course is appropriate for students having a basic counseling background (MHS 6006 or the equivalent), as well as more advanced students or practicing counselors. Students will become skilled in the application of solution-focused counseling and interactive guided imagery. Selected techniques from other models will be attained.
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    MHS6404: Theories in Clinical Mental Health Counseling3
    The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of theories of counseling and psychotherapy, with an emphasis on mental health and clinical application of these theories. The course will focus on counseling theory, both in general and within the field of mental health counseling. Through readings, discussions, and observations students will gain a better understanding of human behavior and the issues confronted daily by those involved in clinical settings. Major counseling theories will be examined, applied, and translated to practice.
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    MHS6410: Behavior Management Skills1
    This course is designed to prepare school counseling students for their role as counselor and consultant by examining various behavioral management techniques for use with individuals and in the classroom. Students will be given an in-depth look at potential problem situations and students. The course will look at profiles and characteristics of students presenting potential and active behavioral problems. Strategies for handling on-going behavioral problems are examined. The course will also address how to prevent problem behavior from beginning.
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    MHS6428: Counseling Diverse Populations3
    Designed to provide students with knowledge of diverse populations and the skills necessary to counsel individuals with diverse needs.
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    MHS6430: Introduction to Family Counseling3
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6006. This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of contemporary theories and practices in family counseling. Students will acquire knowledge of psycho dynamic, humanistic, systems, structural, communication/strategic, and behavioral/cognitive approaches to working with families. Special emphasis will be placed on professional issues and ethical practices in family therapy.
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    MHS6431: Advanced Seminar in Family Counseling3
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6006 and MHS 6430. This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth focus on a particular contemporary treatment approach to working with families. The selected treatment approach (e.g., systems, psychodynamic, strategic, cognitive-behavioral, etc.) will vary from semester to semester. Students will acquire knowledge of basic theoretical concepts as well as the techniques and interventions germane to the specific modality chosen. Special emphasis will be on skill-building and practicing family counseling techniques.
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    MHS6436: Counseling Military Families3

    Description: Counseling Military and their Families is a 3-credit elective course which provides comprehensive coverage of salient aspects of military life and military psychology, including the psychological consequences of combat-zone deployments and the cycle of deployment. Special emphasis will also be placed on the treatment of sub-threshold and clinically significant symptoms consistent with depressive, anxiety, and cognitive disorders, as well as interpersonal difficulties faced by military members and their family members.
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    MHS6440: Counseling Couples3
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6006. This course is designed as an elective in the counselor education program. Students will learn various models of counseling couples; will practice specific skills, interventions, and assessment procedures appropriate for couples; and will become knowledgeable and skilled in dealing with issues such as cultural differences, gay and lesbian relationships, domestic violence, and crisis intervention.
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    MHS6450: Addictions Counseling3
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6006. This course is designed to prepare students for the challenges of working with clients who have substance dependency and abuse problems. Students will acquire knowledge in individual and group treatment approaches, therapeutic interventions and issues. This course emphasizes the acquisition of counseling skills and provides opportunities for students to practice skill-building. Special focus will also be placed on working with special populations including minorities, the elderly, adolescents, and the mentally ill.
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    MHS6470: Sexual Issues in Counseling3
    Prerequisite:  Admission to the Counselor Education program or permission of instructor. This course is designed to provide mental health counseling students and other individuals in the mental health field with an introduction to sexual issues in counseling. The course will cover theories of human sexuality, sexual dysfunctions, sexual deviations, and life adjustments in sexuality. Students will learn principles of assessment and formulation of sexual problems and will gain skill in treatment of sexual issues.
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    MHS6486: Human Development Across the Lifespan3
    This course is designed to familiarize clinical mental health counseling students about psychosocial elements of human development across the lifespan, including various developmental stage theory, tasks related to each stage and maladaptive behaviors related to unsuccessful fulfillment of psychosocial stages Students will learn how translate development theory into effectual counseling techniques and strategies.
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    MHS6500: Advanced Practice in Group Therapy3
    Prerequisites: MHS 6510, MHS 6941 Advanced Practice in Group Therapy is designed to provide students with specialized knowledge of group theory, research and practice. Students will explore the application of group psychotherapy in culturally diverse populations and in diverse practice settings. Special emphasis will be placed upon existential-humanistic approaches which focus on here-and-now interactions between group members and on groups which incorporate nonverbal forms of self-expression. Students will also practice a variety of advanced group leadership skills needed to facilitate different types of group formats.
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    MHS6510: Group Counseling3
    Prerequisites: MHS 6006. This course is designed to provide students with theoretical knowledge and skills appropriate for counseling in a group setting. Students will participate in an on-going group, will learn and demonstrate group leadership skills, and will design, conduct, and evaluate a structured group counseling program.
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    MHS6700: Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling3
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6006. This course provides students with an overview of legal, ethical, and professional issues that impact counselors. Through case studies, students will become familiar with Florida statutes and ethical principles which govern the practice of counseling. Students will be knowledgeable of the profession, including history, roles and functions of counselors, and professional organizations.
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    MHS6800: Practicum in Mental Health Counselingv. 3-6
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6510 and MHS 6404 and MHS 6941
    Description: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Practicum is the initial supervised field site experience that allows students to prepare for their internships (MHS6830). It involves three(3)semester hours of clinical supervised experience from both University faculty and site supervisors in a mental health setting concurrent with a small University group classroom supervision and instruction which affords students time for both personal one-on-one supervision as well as group supervision. This allows student to assimilate didactic information with clinical performance and gives them time to build their counseling skills before entering internship.
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    MHS6830: Internship in Mental Health Counseling3
    Prerequisite:  Permission of the faculty
    Description: The two 3-hour internships are the culminating clinical experiences in the Clinical Mental Health Program. Supervision is provided by Clinical Mental Health Counseling Faculty as well as qualified site supervisors at each clinical site.
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    MHS6876: Clinical Research and Outcome Eval in Mental Health Counseling3
    Counseling professionals are expected to be accountable for determining and communicating clinical and program effectiveness. Therefore, the purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the basic concepts and statistical skills necessary to determine counseling outcomes and evaluation of clinical counseling programs. As a result, course instruction will center on research design, quantitative data analysis, and interpretation and reporting of the data.
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    MHS6905: Directed Individual Studyv. 1-3
    Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor. Supervised individual investigation of specific problems in counseling within an educational or mental health setting. May be repeated up to 30 credits.
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    MHS6916: Conceptual and Research Independent Study in Clinical Mental Health Counseling3

    Description: The Conceptual/Research Independent Study (CRIS) class will allow students who seek to explore topics of interest to them to be able to do so under the guidance of a professor who is willing to work in concert with them. It may sometimes be more than one student. It will NOT be an Independent Study where a student can help a faculty member with his or her research. It must come from the student's interest and not the professor's interest. The student will be responsible for developing a syllabus for the project and having the syllabus approved by the faculty person.
    Repeatability: This course is repeatable one time for a maximum of six credits.
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    MHS6930: Special Topics in Counselor Educationv. 1-3
    Prerequisites: Variable. In-depth study of particular counseling strategies, theories, methodologies or populations. Variable titles may include topics such as Counseling Children, Cognitive Therapy or Counseling the Aging. May be repeated up to 30 credits.
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    MHS6931: Contemporary Problems and Issuesv. 1-3
    Exploration of selected contemporary topics relevant to counselors in the area of social and cultural foundations. Topics include trends and changes in gender roles; multicultural and pluralistic characteristics and concerns of selected subgroups; and societal issues such as stress or substance abuse.
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    MHS6941: Clinical Counseling Skills3
    This is an academic and training experience designed to promote students' acquisition and development of specific skills in verbal and nonverbal communication and human relations. Students will learn fundamental skills in active listening, reflecting content, responding empathetically, as well as advanced skills such as reframing, confrontation, and interpretation. Students will also learn how to identify clients' issues and apply appropriate counseling strategies.
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    PHC5370: Biological Foundations of Public Health3
    Prerequisite:  An undergraduate human biology course or Anatomy and Physiology I and II or consent of instructor. This course describes the biological determinants of health and disease required to formulate an integrated approach to public health. Principles of genetics, physiology, molecular and cellular biology, pathology, immunology and toxicology as they apply to diseases of public health importance and their control strategies are taught. Examples of the application of biological knowledge to public health problems will also be presented, and emerging biological information and technologies likely to be applicable to public health will be discussed.
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    PHC6003: Chronic Disease Epidemiology3
    Prerequisite:  HSC 3500
    Description: This advanced epidemiology course will explore the major chronic diseases and related risk factors with emphasis on recent epidemiology research and findings. The burden of chronic illness will be introduced, and discussion on the epidemiologic features of specific diseases prevalent in western societies will be presented. The specific chronic diseases will include cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung disease, diabetes, arthritis and musculoskeletal diseases, and chronic neurologic disorders. Specific risk factors will be presented and other topics will be discussed where possible.
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    PHC6050: Public Health Biostatistics I3
    Prerequisite:  Undergraduate statistics course or equivalent
    Description: This course focuses on the principles and methods of reasoning that underlie modern biostatistics, providing the basis for further study in epidemiology and biostatistics. The course will provide information concerning specific descriptive and inferential techniques commonly used in public health research.
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    PHC6103: Essentials of Public Health Practice3
    This public health core course provides an overview of the three fundamental areas in public health practice including assessment, policy development and assurance. Purpose and examples of each area are examined within the context of an operating county level public health department.
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    PHC6412: Culture and Health3
    A study of the cultural aspects of disease and health, culturally specific definitions, educational strategies and cross-cultural research in health. An emphasis will be placed on integrating cultural knowledge in the planning and administration of health care programs.
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    PHC6450: Community Organization in Public Health Practice3
    Prerequisite:  PHC 6103 and HSC 6603. This course presents selected social and behavioral change theories and the translation of these theories into specific health education policies and interventions. Readings and discussions will center on the development of theory-based strategies with an emphasis on control, participation an empowerment. Principles of citizen participation and empowerment are highlighted. Effectiveness of coalition and partnership models, including media advocacy and marketing strategies are reviewed. Case examples of health programs designed to address community health issues and social inequalities add to the analysis process.
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    PHC6940: Public Health Capstone3
    Prerequisite:  Completion of or current enrollment in all required MPH courses and permission of the PHC 6940 Public Health Capstone Instructor This course prepares students for entry into a public health career through development of professional skills, securing an internship site, developing the internship project proposal, obtaining necessary approvals, and preparation for national certification. This course must be completed the semester immediately prior to Public Health Internship. This course is offered spring term only.
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    PHC6945: Public Health Internship3
    Prerequisite:  Completion of PHC 6940 and permission of the Capstone Instructor This course consists of two major components: 1) a planned, supervised practice experience with an approved public health organization; and 2) the comprehensive examination. During the practice experience students will apply the knowledge and skills learned in MPH core and health education specialization courses to actual public health problems. The comprehensive examination will assess student proficiency in the concepts and skills learned in MPH core and health education specialization courses. This course is offered summer term only.
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    RCS5031: Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling3
    The purpose of this course is to introduce the field of rehabilitation counseling at the graduate level of study. Designed as a foundation for subsequent study in rehabilitation, students in this course should develop an appreciation and understanding of the rehabilitation profession in terms of its history, purpose, philosophy, process, personnel, programs, resources and clients.
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    RCS5080: Medical Aspects of Disability3
    The purpose of this course is to help students gain skills in vocational rehabilitation counseling with a working knowledge of disabilities. To do this each student needs medical information for specific purposes: (1) case finding; (2) determination of client eligibility and feasibility; (3) arranging physical restoration services; (4) counseling, planning, and developing vocational objectives; (5) training; and (6) selective job placement.
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    RCS5108: Pre-Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling3
    This course is designed to introduce students to, and facilitate their development of basic counseling skills in rehabilitation counseling. This course also provides students with an overview of the primary ethical and administrative considerations of the rehabilitation counseling environments.
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    RCS5220: Rehabilitation Client Assessment3
    The focus of this class will be on the process of assessing individuals with physical, sensory, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities in order to determine optimally effective (re)habilitation plan and placement decisions. The course will include an introduction to the purpose, personnel, philosophy, and role of assessment in (re)habilitation service delivery, learning to complete assessment interviews, developing individualized evaluation plans, psychometric procedures, work sampling, situational assessment, communicating assessment results and rehabilitation planning. (A material fee of $15 assessed.)
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    RCS5243: Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Disorders3
    Prerequisite:  RCS 5450. In this course, we will explore many of the issues related to addiction and its related dysfunction including, but not limited to: (1) the dynamics of compulsive behavior; (2) biological, personality, and environmental influences on addiction; (3) multiple family and gender issues related to addiction; (4) assessment of addiction; and (5) exploration and evaluation of treatment models.
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    RCS5450: Introduction to Addictive/Compulsive Disorders: Pharmacological Overview and Etiological Theories3
    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the dynamics of substance abuse in contemporary U.S. society. The class will include both didactic and experiential activities designed to help students expand the knowledge of substance abuse and theories of addiction, and also the impact it has had on their lives.
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    RCS6241: Psychosocial Aspects of Rehabilitation3
    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the complexity of psychological and sociological issues that result from chronic illness and disability. Issues of diversity will also be explored from a multicultural dimension.
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    RCS6250: Dual Diagnosis - Addictive Disorders and Physical and/or Psychopathological Disorders3
    Prerequisites: RCS 5450 and RCS 5243. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the complexity of dual diagnosis of addiction and other forms of psychopathology as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV), and to help students determine diagnostic criteria.
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    RCS6320: Vocational Development and Placement3
    The focus of this course is integration of the rehabilitation client into the labor market. Career theory will be taught, but the major emphasis will be providing information to clients about the labor market through labor market, industry, and job analysis and preparing the client for work through job readiness, job-seeking skills, and techniques and issues in job placement.
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    RCS6407: Counseling/Develop, Theories and Techniques in Rehabilitation3
    This course provides students with an overview of the counseling and human development knowledge domains underlying rehabilitation counseling. These domains, which include human development theories, personal adjustment counseling, career counseling, multicultural counseling, family counseling, and consultation, are presented within the framework of the major theoretical approaches to counseling that relate specifically to people with disabilities. Basic techniques and selected professional issues related to rehabilitation counseling are presented.
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    RCS6500: Introduction to Group Counseling3
    Prerequisite:  MHS 6006. This is a course designed to provide students with an overview of the basic theoretical components of small groups and group theories and to foster increased skill level in communication, facilitation, and leadership. To this end, the course will include lecture, discussion, and laboratory experience.
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    RCS6642: Case Management in Rehabilitation3
    This course provides an overview of the case management process, including service coordination, community resources, and specialized services for different populations with disabilities. Case management practices and procedures in both private and public rehabilitation programs are addressed.
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    RCS6805: Field Practicum in Rehabilitation Counseling3
    The purpose of the clinical practice program is to provide students majoring in rehabilitation counseling with an opportunity to develop and refine their counseling skills within the functional milieu of a rehabilitation agency.
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    RCS6825: Internship in Rehabilitation Counselingv. 6-12
    Take for 6 or 12 hours per semester, with a total of 12 hours necessary. The purpose of this class is to provide students with a clinical experience in a community rehabilitation agency. Students will learn to apply rehabilitation counseling and case management methods, techniques, and vocational knowledge in working with clients, and to consult with rehabilitation professionals as needed to enhance services to clients for the purpose of job development and placement, and/or independent living. Grading is on Pass/Fail bases.
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    RCS6845: Clinical Supervision in Rehabilitation Counseling3
    Prerequisite:  RCS 6825. The purpose of this course is to introduce advanced rehabilitation counseling students to models of counseling supervision so that they understand the necessary dynamics and protocol of professional clinical supervision of students, which most will be called upon to do once they are practicing professionals.
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    RCS6930: Seminar in Rehabilitation Certification1
    This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to prepare for the Rehabilitation Counseling Certification Examination.
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    RCS6931: Seminar in Substance Abuse and Clinical Management3
    Prerequisites: RCS 5450 and RCS 5243. Addiction is a phenomenon that is both complex and fascinating. In this course, through review and critique of current and "classic" addiction literature, information sharing, and observation, students will explore many of the issues related to substance abuse, specifically as they relate to a full spectrum of diversity and ethical issues.
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