• Department of Public Health Undergraduate Courses

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    DIE4940: Nutrition and Diet Field Experience
    This course provides supervised field experience in nutrition and dietetics. Experiences are modeled after the Commission on Accreditation of Dietetic Education foundation skills and knowledge.
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    GEY3004: Aging in America

    Description: This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the social, economic, cultural, and demographic issues impacting aging in contemporary America. An interdisciplinary focus will be utilized in examining these issues and major trends in gerontology.
    GEY3250: Aging, Health and Technology

    Description: This course is designed to encourage exploration of technologies which support community-based seniors and caregivers in maintaining health and independence.
    GEY3503: Assisted Living Facility Administration

    Description: This course provides the core curriculum required by the state of Florida for all individuals managing assisted living facilities while exploring the historical and policy factors impacting development of supportive, healthy living environments for seniors.
    GEY3660: Aging Policy and Politics

    Description: This course will introduce the students to aging policy at the federal, state and local level. Topics covered will include major landmarks in the development of public policy for aging and the influence of seniors and senior organizations on the political process.
    GEY4612: Aging and Mental Health

    Description: This course is a review of the psychological, social and biological aspects of aging as they relate to mental health. It will explore an integrated approach between various biopsychosocial processes and etiological factors associated with psychological changes in the elderly. An emphasis will be placed on various strategies, therapies and services which may be directed at improving the mental health of the elderly.
    GEY4628: Diversity in Aging

    Description: This course addresses racial/ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, cultural and religious differences that define the elder population and impact delivery of health services. It will investigate recent research on the impact of diversity and inclusion with aging populations.
    GEY4631: Aging, Employment, and Consumerism

    Description: This course will explore topics related to the aging of the workforce and consumerism in a growing senior population.
    HSA2530: The Language of Healthcare

    Description: This course provides an introduction to professional communications, and vocabulary used in the Health Administration field. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of terminology and communication.
    HSA3109: Foundations of Managed Care
    An examination of managed care as it applies to health and hospital services. Basic managed health care concepts will be emphasized.
    HSA3111: Introduction to Health Administration
    A study of behavioral, organizational and situational factors affecting the management role in health delivery settings and strategies for analyzing problems and implementing changes. Emphasis on management strategies and techniques as applicable to professionals working in the health setting.
    HSA3160: Health Care Marketing
    Principles and methods of marketing health care services with emphasis on newly developing health care services. Considers roles of professions, governing bodies, organization administration and consumers.
    HSA3191: Health Information Systems I
    Examination of health information systems with focus on system technology, hardware configurations and the nature and characteristics of information systems in health care settings. Various applications for information systems in the health care delivery system will be emphasized as well as their potential benefits.
    HSA3210: Long Term Care Administration
    This course provides an introduction to the organization, financing, and management of the institutional and community based health care and social services that make up the long-term care delivery system.
    HSA3340: Healthcare Human Resources
    This course introduces students to the management and development of personnel within numerous public and private healthcare settings. The course will introduce students to the key functions of human resources, the legal and regulatory aspects of human resources management and the current human resources challenges faced by healthcare organizations.
    HSA3383: Quality Management in Healthcare
    This course is designed to acquaint the student with quality management concepts, tools and techniques used in health services industry and the application of quality management theory to health care product and service outcomes.
    HSA3430: Health Economics and Quantitative Analysis
    Prerequisite:  STA 2023 and ECO 2023
    Description: This course will be designed to examine the U.S. health care decision-making and delivery system from an applied economics perspective. With advancement in health insurance models, greater emphasis is being placed on individual choice and responsibility as determinants of healthcare utilization. The purpose of the course is to show students how to apply the basic principles of economics to health care. In addition, this course will focus the utilization and application quantitative skills required to understand, conduct and evaluate performance of health care organizations.
    HSA3514: Essentials of Practice Management

    Description: This course will examine issues and circumstances surrounding the management of medical and physician group practices within the United States healthcare system.
    HSA3522: Managerial Epidemiology

    Description: This course will provide a focused look at how epidemiology and the study of population health and the mechanisms by which health is measured, studied, and evaluated can be applied to health care and public health management.
    HSA3750: Evaluation of Health Programs
    Focuses on determining the relative worth of organized programs and services in the health care industry. Examines the various evaluative models including behavioral, systems, decision making, case study and accreditation. Study of needs assessment, formative and summative evaluation is also studied.
    HSA4004: Professional Skills Development
    Prerequisite:  HSA 4170
    Co-requisite: HSA 4922
    Description: This course is taken in preparation for the health administration internship. Students will participate in structured activities that prepare them to demonstrate skills needed to successfully secure an internship site and complete administrative assignments and projects within the health care workplace.
    Course Fees: $125.46
    HSA4111: U.S. Health Care System
    An overview of the organization and delivery mechanisms in the U.S. health care system. Various settings for the delivery of health care and personnel and financial resources integral to the delivery of care are presented. Course also includes the historical development and future growth and direction of the system.
    HSA4150: Introduction to Health Policy
    This course is an introduction to health policy. It will focus on how U.S. health policy is developed and will provide students with a general understanding of the policymaking process and debates related to major U.S. health care legislation.
    HSA4170: Health Care Finance
    Prerequisites: ACG 2021, ACG 2071, ECO 2023, and HSA 3111
    Description: This course focuses on the economic impact of fiscal policies in healthcare organizations. Methods of analyzing financial reports and the fiscal components of the budgetary process will be covered. In addition, the relationship of the economic environment and health care costs and their implications for health care organizations will be explored.
    HSA4553: Health Law and Ethics
    The principles and rules of law and how they relate to health care organizations and the ethical issues of consumers and providers of health care. The course also focuses on ethics and its principles and application in service settings. Contemporary issues confronting those delivering and using health care will be examined.
    HSA4850: Health Administration Internship
    Prerequisite:  ACG 2021, ACG 2071, ECO 2023, STA 2023, CGS 1100, and HSA 4170
    Co-requisite: HSA 4004
    Description: The health administration internship provides the student with the opportunity to gain practical experience and integrate classroom knowledge and theory in an administrative setting within the health care industry.
    HSA4905: Independent Study
    Prerequisites: Permission of supervising faculty and Department Chair. Students will complete a specialized study or research project on a health administration topic under direction of program faculty. This course may be repeated once for an additional 3 credits.
    HSA4922: Capstone: Health Administration
    Prerequisite:  HSA 4170, ACG 2021, ACG 2071, ECO 2023, STA 2023, and CGS 1100
    Co-requisite: HSA 4004
    Description: This capstone course is designed to enable students to integrate knowledge and skills derived from prior coursework as they address current management issues for health services organizations.
    HSA4938: Seminar on Managed Care
    A series of seminars presented by faculty and students on topics of interest in the managed care arena. The seminar will provide a forum for the discussion of topics of interest in managed care operations.
    HSA4941: Long-Term Care Administration Internship
    Prerequisite:  HSA 4939, HSC 4563, HSA 3154, GEY 3004, and GEY 3503
    Description: 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.
    Course Fees: $125.46
    HSA4955: Study Abroad Health
    This course provides 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 public health officials as they explore cultural and political issues impacting health care. This course may be repeated once for study of a different country for an additional 3 credits.
    HSC2000: Health Care Careers
    This course is designed to assist students in planning and pursuit of their own career goals. Students will be provided with an introduction to the health care industry emphasizing the roles of the various health care professionals. The course investigates the wide variety of health care careers, focusing on the nature of the work, job descriptions, necessary abilities, legal and ethical responsibilities, and education preparation and credentialing. Students will learn how to gain reliable information regarding individual jobs in health care and understand impact of current trends in health care on employment opportunities. An opportunity to interface with health care professionals is provided.
    HSC2100: Personal and Public Health
    This course examines US health priorities with an emphasis on behavioral and social determinants of health. Material presented will raise levels of awareness and provide information needed to make informed health related choices, encourage attitude change, and develop decision making skills which facilitate healthier lifestyle behaviors.
    HSC2400: First Aid and Emergency Care
    Examination of the emergency care of sports injuries, the recognition of injury mechanisms and the means of injury prevention. Also focuses on emergency first aid in addition to preventive and therapeutic taping.
    HSC2930: Special Topics
    Study of a topic(s) in the health field. A topic(s) will vary each time the course is offered and will be based on the need to address a current health issue(s) or subject(s) in detail. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits with a change of course content.
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    HSC3032: Foundations of Public Health
    Prerequisite:  PSY 2012 and MAC 1105 and STA 2014 or STA 2023 and CHM 2045 and CHM 2045L and MCB 2010C and BSC 2085C and BSC 2086C
    Co-requisite: HSC 2100
    Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce the public health field and profession and to provide a foundation for subsequent major courses. Emphasis will be placed on the social and behavioral core of public health. Students will learn foundations of the field centered around the Responsibilities and Competencies of Health Educators. Student development and professionalism is emphasized.
    HSC3304: Public Health Education Strategies
    Prerequisites: HSC 3032, HSC 3713
    Description: This course focuses on methods to effectively communicate health education messages and positively influence the behaviors of individuals and communities. Students will learn essential skills to communicate health messages to diverse audiences through presentations, teaching strategies, and print and social media.
    HSC3500: Epidemiology
    Prerequisite:  STA 2014 or STA 2023
    Description: A study of the distribution and determinants of health and disease in humans utilizing basic concepts in clinical medicine laboratory science, statistical and data handling methods. The causes of disease will be examined leading to the proposal of potentially effective strategies for prevention and control.
    HSC3537: Medical Terminology
    Study of medical terminology and how it relates to the systems of the body. Emphasis placed on the fundamentals of terminology and communication within health related fields.
    HSC3555: Human Diseases: Pathophysiology, Prevention and Treatment
    Prerequisites: BSC 2085C, BSC 2086C This course provides an overview of the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of the major human diseases. Both infectious and non-infectious diseases of the human body systems will be presented.
    HSC3713: Planning and Evaluating Health Programs
    Prerequisites: HSC 3032, HSC 4730 This course will examine the methods and instruments used to conduct needs assessments, develop complete program plans, and implement evaluations for community health programs. Emphasis will be placed on assessing individual and community needs, the development of logical and sequential program plans based on measurable and appropriate objectives, and procedures to evaluate the effectiveness of health programs. A field experience may be required.
    HSC4102: Physical Activity and Public Health

    Description: This course will explore the intersection of physical activity and public health. More specifically, students will learn about: 1) the relationship between physical activity and diseases such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and mental health; 2) common fitness assessments that can be used in various healthcare settings; and 3) strategies for effective physical activity promotion.
    HSC4133: Sexuality Education
    Prerequisite:  Must meet senior level status. Corequisites: 9 semester hours of 3-4000 level HSC courses. This course provides an overview of physiological, psychological, 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 school and community sexuality education programs are included in the course. Policy issues that affect sexuality education are also addressed.
    HSC4134: Mental and Emotional Health Education
    Corequisites: 9 semester hours of 3-4000 level HSC courses. The purpose of this course is to examine educational planning and program implementation involved in facilitating the development and maintenance of mental and emotional health. Communication skills effective for the helping professional are also addressed.
    HSC4150: Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention
    Corequisites: 9 semester hours of 3-4000 level HSC courses. 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. A field experience is required.
    HSC4181: Alternative Healing
    This course examines the philosophy of complementary medicine. An overview of various methodologies effective in complementary medicine will be examined with the goal of understanding how these methodologies can be used to improve one's health.
    HSC4210: Environmental Health

    Description: This course will provide an ecological examination of the relationship between environmental conditions, and human health and safety. 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.
    HSC4563: Dimensions of Health for the Older Adult
    A study of the framework in which healthy aging is viewed from interactional, developmental, phenomenological and structural perspectives with emphasis on health promotion in later life.
    HSC4579: Women's Health Issues
    This course will direct students in exploring health concerns specific to women in the context of women's role in society. The course focuses on major threats to women's health, for example, heart disease, osteoporosis, and breast cancer. Students will explore recent research related to these diseases or conditions which impact women's health and identify how they may play a more proactive role in determining their own health.
    HSC4652: Healthcare Ethics and Cultural Diversity
    This course will provide students a comprehensive overview of conventional healthcare ethics and a cross cultural perspective on selected issues. Issues to be discussed include death and dying, reproductive ethics, professional/client relationship, AIDS, biomedical research, genetics and healthcare resources. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, media presentations, and internet resources.
    HSC4663: Communicating Prevention Concerns and Resources
    Study of communication theory and practice and health specific prevention information. Emphasis will be placed on strategies for fostering communication between healthcare and prevention providers and consumers. A focus will be placed on the prevention professional as a liaison between consumer groups, individuals and providers.
    HSC4730: Public Health Research
    Prerequisites: STA 2014 or STA 2023
    Description: The purpose of this course is to deepen students’ understanding of the fundamental concepts and processes of public health research. Particular attention will be paid to raising learners’ ability to develop research questions and write a literature review.
    HSC4800: Professional Preparation in Public Health
    Prerequisite:  Completion of all program prerequisites PSY 2012, MAC 1105, STA 2014 OR STA 2023, CHEM 2045C, MCB 2010C, BSC 2085C, BSC 2086C
    Description: This interactive course prepares students for the professional field of public health and health behavior. Students will review the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) responsibilities, discuss professional development skills and ethical obligations specific to public health, and secure an internship for practice experience. This course should be completed the semester prior to HSC 4814.
    Course Fees: $125.46
    HSC4814: Public Health Practical Experience
    Prerequisite:  Completion of all required program courses.
    Description: The public health practical experience is a mentored field experience in a public health setting. The practical experience is meant to be a culminating experience allowing students the opportunity to practice under the guidance of an experienced public health professional. This course must be completed during the last academic semester of enrollment.
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    HSC4901: Skill Development in Health Administration
    This course is designed to develop and enhance the skills necessary for success as a health care executive through on site study and practice of management in health care settings. Students will concentrate either on long term care or general health care administration. Each student will be expected to complete a major paper as partial satisfaction of course requirements.
    HSC4906: Independent Study and Research
    Prerequisite:  Permission of Department Chairperson.
    Description: A specific health related research project conducted under the guidance of a faculty advisor.
    Repeatability: This course may be repeated for up to 12 credits.
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    HSC4912: Projects
    Development and implementation or participation in conducting a designated project related to health science. Students will work with a faculty person to determine topic and project.
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    HSC4931: Special Topics
    A detailed study or a topic in the health science field. Topics will vary each time the course is offered and will be based on the need to address a current health issue or subject in detail. Refer to "Schedule of Courses" or department for further information. May be repeated up to 12 credits with a change in course content.
    HUN2000: Contemporary Nutrition Issues
    Student will identify basic concepts in nutrition, be introduced to eating patterns in the United States, and discuss the relationship of contemporary food and nutrition to current health issues.
    SLS3316: Introduction to the Health Professions
    This course will provide the student with an overview of the positions in the health care industry. The course will in addition focus on the development of personal skills required for success in job seeking and retention.