Health Education, Bachelor of Science
The Health Education program is designed to prepare well-qualified health educators. The coursework is organized to develop a functional understanding of human behavior, theories of behavior change, and the fundamentals of the educational process. Additionally, students develop professional skills needed for planning, organizing, and implementing the delivery of information in the 10 professional content areas of health education. These areas are community health, personal health, family life, growth and development, nutrition, prevention and control of disease and disorders, safety and accident prevention, environmental health, consumer health, and substance use and abuse. Students may additionally apply for one of two options: Health Promotion, which prepares students for occupations in the public or private sectors, or School Health, which prepares students for certification as teachers. Choosing an option is not required to fulfill requirements. Students may complete the Health Education major without specializing in a particular option and may design a specialty for potential careers in the health professions, i.e., nursing, dietetics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medicine, naturopathic medicine, massage therapy or in the fitness industry. Graduates are prepared to take a national certification exam to become a certified health education specialist (CHES). Health Education graduates will find careers with community agencies, hospitals, worksites, campus and community wellness centers, and public health programs. Careers in K–12 public schools require completion of the School Health option.
Many of the theory courses require health education experiences outside the classroom (e.g., school and health promotion observations and practical experiences, community and corporate wellness fairs, professional conference/seminar attendance). Students should expect additional costs for printing and supplies for professional education and clinical assignments, vaccinations, professional attire, criminal record check, and transportation. In addition to day and evening classes, professional health education courses may meet on the weekends.
|HE 1970||Introduction to Health Promotion||3|
|HE 2500||First Aid and CPR/AED||1.5|
|HE 2900||Disease, Safety, and Environment (WECO)||3|
|HE 3200||Stress Management (WECO)||3|
|HE 3220||Applied Nutrition for Healthy Living (TECO)||3|
|HE 3330||Evaluation and Research in Health Promotion (QRCO)||3|
|HE 3750||Wellness Skills for Health Professionals (WRCO)||3|
|HE 3760||Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs||4|
|HE 4530||Senior Seminar in Health Promotion||1|
|PE 3260||Health Fitness Assessment and Programming||3|
|Group A - complete one of the following:||3|
|IS 1111||The First Year Seminar: Critical Thinking and the Nature of Inquiry||3|
|CTDI||Creative Thought Directions||6|
|PPDI||Past and Present Directions||6|
|SIDI||Scientific Inquiry Directions||6-8|
|SSDI||Self and Society Directions||6|
|GACO||Global Awareness Connection||3|
*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.