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Online BSHS Health Education Track- Health Education Concentration

Plan and promote health education programs and make a difference in people’s lives.

Core Requirements (39 Semester Credits)

Course Description

This introductory course provides the foundation to the concepts of health education and the typical responsibilities of health educators, including assessing the needs of individuals and communities; planning effective health education programs; implementing health education programs and evaluating their effectiveness; administering services; acting as a resource person; and communicating and advocating for health and health education.

Credits

3

Course Description

The course provides an overview of the history of health promotion and disease prevention. The focus will be on the US Health Indicators described in Healthy People 2014. Healthy People in Healthy Communities will be discussed, and Healthy People 2020 will be the framework settings, strategies, and model programs for promoting health. The purpose of the course is to familiarize the student with resources regarding the leading issues facing health educators, including physical activity, overweight and obesity, responsible sexual behavior, mental health, tobacco use, substance abuse, injury and violence, access to health care, immunization, and environmental quality.

Credits

3

Course Description

Strategies and methods of teaching and learning are adapted to meet the needs of clients, communities, and populations by taking into consideration individual, cultural, and social factors that influence learning and health behaviors. Theories and principles that support the design and delivery of effective health education are explored. Development of teaching plans and assessment of educational effectiveness are included.

Credits

3

Course Description

The course deals with fundamentals of normal nutrition, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and their roles in human metabolism as well as nutrition and the life cycle are presented and explored.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course examines the role of teamwork in the health care environment. Stages of team development are described. The importance of empowerment and goal setting in team environments are discussed.

Credits

3

Course Description

Examines race and ethnicity and individual differences and develop knowledge, competency and understanding about issues related to culture, diversity and ethnically based customs, rituals, alternative health care choices, cultural structure and of consumer viewpoints and the practitioner’s delivery of health care services. Explores meanings and expressions of health, illness, caring, and healing as they relate to different cultures; understand the need for professional competence in caring for individuals, families, groups, and communities with diverse cultural backgrounds in healthcare service delivery.

Credits

3

Course Description

Assessment of health and safety issues in the home and community from a life cycle perspective. The role of the multidisciplinary l team and the relationship between health, disease, and society is explored. Risk and resilience are discussed as they apply to individuals and communities. Implications for family teaching and community health programs are included.

Credits

3

Course Description

The course introduces the basic principles used to study the distribution and determining factors of disease, injuries, and death in individuals and populations. Nature, transmission and control/prevention of infectious diseases are presented from a public health perspective. Characteristics, risk and prevention of non-infectious diseases are also discussed. Implications for health education are included.

Credits

3

Course Description

Examines and understand the forces shaping the present and future health care delivery system. Explores the organization of healthcare systems in the United States; the changing role of government, the role of healthcare agencies and programs, changing policies and regulations, diverse provider settings, funding sources, and trends related to national healthcare policy issues that are evolving.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course explores the policies and foundations of health care professions from the health policies and ethical perspective. Investigates current ethical issues and applies ethical theories and principles to the resolution of ethical dilemmas. Promotes currency and excellence in professional practice and fosters moral/ethical decision making. Topics covered include privacy and confidentiality, reproductive rights, medical futility and allocation of scarce resources, and end-of-life decision making.

Credits

3

Course Description

Introduces students to the purpose of research as applied in health care, and examine the role of various research methods, including evidence-based practice, in communicating with patients and providers to improve healthcare delivery process. Provide an overview of health research principles and the role of evidence based research in the delivery of health care. Include utilizing current research and applying evidence-based practices to selected scenarios relating to healthcare services.

Credits

3

Course Description

The course provides the student the tools to plan and evaluate a Health Education Program. Explores methodology of evaluative research. Identification of relevant research questions, key stakeholders, data collection methods, outcomes, and ethical responsibilities of the research scientist are highlighted. Global and domestic health and social programs will be explored with an application on planning, formulating research questions, data collection measures, measurable outcomes, and standards for evaluation.

Credits

3

Course Description

This capstone course is a guided development of final application project that reflects synthesis, integration, and application of previously acquired knowledge in all courses collectively in the program. Each student will address a health education problem and will develop a comprehensive, scholarly project.

Credits

3

Elective Requirements (Please choose 8 elective courses) (24 Semester Credits)

Course Description

Examine eating disorders within the social and family context. Explore the implications regarding body image, self-esteem, cultural context, appropriate exercise and nutrition, human development, family stress, child abuse, and interventions. Explore the issues related to prevention, intervention, and genetics, based on research.

Credits

3

Course Description

The course provides an understanding of the relationship between nutritional factors and chronic diseases, with a focus on the role of the health educator as a nutrition therapist in providing appropriate dietary recommendations for disease prevention. Students will examine the role of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fats, cholesterol, and sodium, as well as nutrient deficiencies and health risk. The health outcomes explored in the course will include obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, cancer, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

Credits

3

Course Description

Examine the pathology of stress and disease in healthcare; explore behavioral strategies regarding stress and stress management, and the use of alternative remedies for physical and emotional dependencies and addictions in healthcare.

Credits

3

Course Description

Examine the issues relating to the adult aging process; personality and intellectual change, mental health of the older adult, and the psychological issues of extending human life with emphasis on the strengths of the older adult and prevention of psychological problems of the older adult. Explore the changing demographic structure and role changes and the impact on society.

Credits

3

Course Description

Explore the administration within the long-term care system and the skills managers need to be successful; examines issues affecting long-term care providers, such as financing, regulations, and ethical issues; learn the process of the integration of the various segments of long-term care, and review the healthcare systems and trends that are likely to shape the future of healthcare.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the biological, sociological and psychological basis of human sexual functioning relevant to Health Science. At the end of this course students will be able to define human sexuality, facilitate communication regarding sexuality, and identify trends and changes in human sexuality. An evidenced-based approach will be used to explore topics focused on sexual development and function throughout the lifespan.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to consumer health. Students will be provided with tools and resources involved in the selection of health services and products. Students will discuss the various platforms of health services, identify how treatments are produced and implemented, describe vulnerable populations and their history related to health services, importance of health literacy. Additionally, students will examine the impact of complementary and alternative medicine on health behavior.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course will serve as an introduction to examining global health challenges and programs. The program will examine global health concepts, identify and describe the burden of disease on a community and global level. Students in the course will examine epidemiological data to discuss important communicable and non-communicable health conditions.

Credits

3

Course Description

In this course students are introduced to school of health programs addressing health behaviors. Students will identify and examine communicable and non-communicable disorders affecting children and adolescents in grades K-12. The course will examine the relationship between schools and children’s health, CDC’s Whole Child (WSS) Model, the role of government agencies in school health, and the impact of policy on health outcomes.

Credits

3

Course Description

The course aims to introduce students to the role of methodology and statistics in topics related to health science. The course will introduce students to vital community health descriptive and inferential statistics often used in assessment in health outcomes. Students will examine the methodology used to develop health programs and their challenges. The course will highlight the application of community health statistics to examine health outcomes and will not focus on mathematical statistical equations.

Credits

3

Health Education Track Concentration (12 Semester Credits)

Course Description

Examine the psychological, biological, cognitive, social and emotional changes that occur throughout the human life cycle. Explore the pre-natal stages through death and dying; learn about classic and new emerging theories of development relating to the interplay between biology and environment in human growth and development.

Credits

3

Course Description

The course explores the physiological, sociological and psychological effects and dynamics of drug dependency on the abuser and those around him/her. Effects of major abused drugs, current treatment models and methods are examined and the health care provider’s role in the evaluation and treatment of the abuser is explored.

Credits

3

Course Description

This course identifies and explores challenges of health educators. In the course discussion of affordable quality health care, Medicare and Medicaid regulations including policies addressing the impact of the new affordable health act on health education. The course also prepares the student to examine the impact of tort reform legislation as well as genetic privacy legislation and the role of health educators.

Credits

3

Course Description

Examine how healthcare service delivery is influenced by health care policy at the local, regional, national, and even international levels. Explore the implications of health policy principles and decisions along with the resulting impact on financing of health care services. Increase understanding of how policy and finance priorities in health care are used to structure the debate about ethical principles and advocacy toward influencing health care policy in the United States.

Credits

3

Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics (BLS) the salary can vary by state and experience. Nevertheless, employment of medical and health service managers is projected to grow 13%. The Earnings of health services managers vary by type and size of facility, level of responsibility and geographic region.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences requires a total of 120 credit hours for completion.

  • General education (45 credits)
  • Prerequisite requirements (21 credits)*
  • Major and core requirements (30 credits)
  • Electives (24 credits)

* Students must meet the prerequisite requirements before taking any of the major program requirements.

The duration of the program will vary by students. Factors affecting your completion time include the number of transfer credits and time off between courses. A maximum of 90 semester credit hours can be transferred to fulfill the degree requirements. Full-time students can complete the program in 3 ½ years; part-time students can complete the program in seven years.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking enrollment in the health science program must meet one of the following criteria to be considered for admission:

  • High school graduate
  • Successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) test
  • Transfer student from an accredited college or university in good academic standing