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Course Descriptions - Health & Wellness

HLWL 1400 Introduction to Health Sciences
This course offers a basic overview of human health.  Topics to be addressed include the following: the historical development of public health and ways that health affects daily life; explain the basic principles of epidemiology, including rates, risk factors, disease determinants, causation and surveillance; explain the manner in which health information and communications can be used to improve health; identify how social and behavioral interventions affect health; explain how policy and law affect health; identify the impact of the environment; describe the manner in which communicable diseases affect health; and, describe the basic organization of health care and public health systems.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 1800 Wellness in Contemporary American Society
A holistic approach to wellness is presented via the components of total fitness, e.g., physical, social, emotional, and intellectual.  Emphasis is placed on behaviors that serve to prevent illness and injury rather than rehabilitative strategies that are implemented after the fact.  Content addresses both theoretical and applied perspectives of wellness that should be used in developing personalized exercise programs and healthy lifestyles.  Additional topics to be covered include (but are not limited to): strategies for optimal nutrition, global versus national health and fitness trends, comparative analysis of healthcare systems, alternative forms of preventive/rehabilitative medicine, and environmental impact on wellness.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 2010 Social Aspects of Health
Pre-requistites: Examination of health problems facing groups and communities, including those associated with environmental hazards.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 2220 Mind/Body Health
Health is influenced by physical, intellectual, social, spiritual and emotional determinants.  In this course, the interaction of these determinants is explored as they relate to the prevention, onset, and progression of, and recovery from, disease.  The aim is to provide an overview of the mind/body connection in relation to overall wellness using established theoretical and applied perspectives, e.g., cognitive behaviorism, psychoneuroimmunology, and guidelines for healthy lifestyles.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 2230 Stress Management
This course examines stress from psycho-physiological and behavioral perspectives.  It will afford each student the opportunity to experience various strategies used in coping with stress, e.g., self-mastery, meditation, imagery, exercise, nutrition, and cognitive restructuring.  Various theories are discussed that serve as the foundation for the understanding of and coping with everyday stressors as well as those that occur unexpectedly.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 2330 Nutrition and Behavior
This course is intended to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of nutritional science.  Emphasis is given to the basic food constituents and their physiological relationships within the body.  Topics will include but not limited to:  the fundamental principles of normal nutrition; the interactions between diet and energy expenditure; gender differences; changes in nutrient needs throughout the life cycle; computer-assisted nutritional analyses; and, web-based nutritional sites.  Includes the investigation of optimal health, allergies, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, learning disabilities, eating disorders, delinquency, mental disorders and senility as they pertain to nutritional practices.  
credit hours: 3

HLWL 3220 Global Health
This course will introduce students to critical issues in today's global health scene. Students will learn how to respond to global health problems in effective e, culturally sensitive, and ethical ways. Emphasis is placed on the main principles of global health, including an analysis of global health systems, diseases, programs, health governance and policies, identification and interpretation of current relevant data sources, and multidisciplinary intervention strategies.  Topics covered will include globalization and health, global health systems and economics, the global burden of chronic and infectious diseases, mental health issues worldwide, cultural humility and cultural competence, women and children's health issues, injuries/accidents and domestic violence, environmental concerns and consequences pertinent to global health, and human rights and immigration health issues.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 3250 Issues in Women's and Men's Health
Students will explore health concepts as they apply to the particular health needs of women and men within the context of a gender-based health care system in the United States. The course will address: epidemiologic and sociological analysis of the major causes of morbidity and mortality of women and men; impact of social and behavioral influences; relationship of social, economic, and political inequality trends to women and men’s health and health services. Contextually, this course will emphasize health promotion in women and men, but also integrate the effects of health services and the environment. Special attention will be given to the intersections of race, ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, age, and the issue of both genders as health service providers. Comparisons of national, international, and multicultural health issues will be presented.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 3330 Exercise, Nutrition, and Aging
Explores the benefits and risks of physical activity in later years as well as the challenges and incentives that coincide with active living.  Emphasis is on understanding the physiological and psychosocial changes of older adults, and developing skills in designing and implementing strategies to address specific, age-appropriate needs.  Studies the effects of diet, the evaluation of food products for nutrient content, the recommended components to promote weight control and energy balance from conception through adulthood on psychological and physiological states.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 4010 Catastrophic Illnesses and Injuries
This course reviews the many catastrophic diseases and epidemics that have ravaged human populations, past and present, and how societies have understood and responded to these challenges over time. Possible changes in social conventions, information sharing and healthcare practices which may be necessary to deal with current and future epidemics are discussed. Lessons learned from previous catastrophes may help to deal with future ones.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 4050 Mass Media and Health
This course examines the effects of mass media on population health, from the negative impact of advertising of unhealthy products (e.g., cigarettes, alcohol and junk food), to the positive impact of public-health campaigns.  Content includes an overview of behavioral science theory, themes and approaches to advertising, mass media prevention, and health promotion campaigns.  Case studies of current media coverage and advertising campaigns will be used to demonstrate the effects of media on health and social behavior.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 4200 Mental Health
This course examines mental health issues in the context of social, environmental, governmental and legal conditions.  Specific attention will be given to: identifying historical and current developments in mental health policy in the United States; explaining the significance of stigma in society regarding mental illness and how it affects individuals with mental illness; explaining the manner in which the legal system copes with the mentally ill; analyzing the etiology of some major mental illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, PTSD, and childhood disorders) and how these disorders affect an individual's ability to function in society; identifying risk factors and protective factors related to mental disorders/illness; identifying public health efforts for prevention and intervention of mental disorders in the U.S.; and, access to public health programs, support services, medication costs, and insurance coverage for those with mental illnesses/conditions.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 4600 Wellness Coaching: Overcoming Resistance to Change
Motivational interviewing is an individualized technique based on the trans-theoretical model of personal change.  Individual choice is influenced by many factors.  Behavioral change, whether in regard to addiction, relationships, exercise, nutrition among others, is a dynamic process.  This course will explore the trans-theoretical model of behavior change as it pertains to any desired individual behavioral shift.  In addition, motivational interviewing strategies to include non-confrontation, reflective listening, client self-efficacy and risk reduction will be emphasized in this course.  Participants will become knowledgeable in the philosophies, practices, and outcomes of models of behavior change.
credit hours: 3

HLWL 5001 Internship
This course will help students bridge between college and work or between current careers and the next. Students complete a minimum of 100 hours field experience in a Health and Wellness related facility. This course is to be taken during the student’s senior year of study or with approval of the program director. Students are required to turn in a weekly timesheet and weekly journal summaries detailing their duties and experiences on the internship site. Upon completion of the internship, students will submit a final paper and an evaluation from the internship site supervisor. A 2.5 grade point average is required for enrollment in the internship. All internships must be approved by program director.
credit hours: 3