Course Descriptions — Health Education

HED1500 Health Behaviors and Social Responsibility 2 semester hours
Health behaviors often affect society as well as the individual. This course examines how health choices can result in outcomes that range from personal to global. Students will analyze the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention six highrisk behaviors for adolescents through interactive classroom activities and their correlation to society. Life skills (communication, stress management, decision making and goal setting) are essential when reducing risky behaviors and will be incorporated throughout the semester. Health behavior theories will be reviewed to examine behavior patterns and justification.

HED2000 Cultural Implications of Health Issues 3 semester hours
Diseases are either chronic or communicable in nature; however, one’s personal environment, beliefs and behaviors affect the onset and outcome of various diseases. This course explores the interrelationship of environment and culture on disease prevalence, incidence and mortality both locally as well as on a global scale. Students will examine and compare health policies and campaigns for effectiveness in reaching the national Healthy People 2020 Guidelines. Health literacy skills will be incorporated and demonstrated in each content area.

HED2300 Planning for Health Education 4 semester hours
This course focuses on the basics of teaching health education in a school setting. Students will examine a variety of content in the 10 components of health education with special focus on body systems and how behavior affects disease onset and aging. A major focus will be to discover methods for educating youth on preventative techniques of major diseases and disabilities. Additional components will include lesson planning, classroom management, course planning and common core incorporation. Student observation of a local school health class will require students to obtain a required educational background check and TB test.

HED3100 Emotional Aspects of Health Education 2 semester hours
This course examines the sensitive content areas in health education. Many health topics have both an emotional and physiological component. Students will discover the emotional aspects of health topics that may challenge instructional delivery and discussion with youth. Students will practice strategies through various teaching techniques, including discussions, role playing and interactive activities. Required reflection and evaluation of strategies lead to personal growth as an individual and development as an educator. This knowledge will provide a variety of perspectives on how to effectively teach sensitive topics and address students’ emotional issues using a meaningful and sensitive approach. Students will participate in an off-site observation of an addiction meeting.

HED3200 Resources and Assessment in Health Education 2 semester hours
This course examines the concepts of determining and assessing health knowledge, skills and understandings. Assessments will be created through the Understanding by Design method that is goal-oriented and based on learning objectives. Students will take an active role in both formative and summative classroom assessment that includes the design of rubrics, written tests and interactive classroom techniques.
Prerequisite: HED2300.

HED3500 School/Community Partnerships in Health Promotion 2 semester hours
This course explores the relationship between students and their environmental health factors of family and community. An overview of community health needs, cultural/economic/political influences and health promotion programs/agencies is offered. The relationship between community and school health education programs will be investigated from a collaborative per spective. Strategies for facilitating partnerships in coordinated school health pro grams will be explored in relation to the 10 health education content areas. Students will practice using skillbased health education techniques as well as developing relevant assignments.
Prerequisites: HED1500; HED2300. Off-campus activities require passing an FBI national fingerprint screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/ sex offender check, as well as passing a TB test.

HED4100 Curriculum Development in Health Education 2 semester hours
Course content will address the development of a scope and sequence plan for comprehensive school health education and the development of measurable cognitive, affective and behavioral learning outcomes. Various curricular models pertaining to the 10 key content areas of health instruction will be explored along with the incorporation of technology and other educational media into the instructional process. National and state standards will be examined in detail. Issues and methods related to the planning, implementation and evaluation of comprehensive school health education will be emphasized, requiring the development of unit plans.
Prerequisites: All other required HED courses. Classroom observations require passing an FBI national fingerprint screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check, as well as passing a TB test.