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Department of Public Health Undergraduate Courses

Public Health

CourseCredit Hours

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.

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. Course fees: $10

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.

HSC4234: Health Education about Healthy Eating Guidelines

Description: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the Social and Behavioral Core of Public Health through examples in nutrition health education programming. Students will learn the Responsibilities and Competencies of Health Educators and apply those CHES Responsibilities and Competencies to nutrition education programs.

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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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.

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.