Course Descriptions — Health Education

HED1500 Health Behaviors and Social Responsibility
3 semester hours
Health and wellness are dictated by behaviors as well as genetics. This course explores the interrelationship of the physical self (body), the emotional/rational self (spirit), and the self as part of a larger society and culture (mind) and provides a context for ethical decision-making in regard to overall wellness. The six leading health risk behaviors for death and disability identified by the Center of Disease Control are examined in depth.  Through personal evaluation and reflection, students will analyze individual health and wellness patterns and will critically evaluate current lifestyle behaviors. The information gleaned will enable students to make decisions that maximize human growth potential and success in multiple health and wellness roles, resulting in positive societal implications. Life skills will be practiced in each content area.  (Fall)
No prerequisites.

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.  (Fall)
No prerequisites.

HED2300 Planning for Health Education
3 semester hours
This course focuses on the basics of teaching Health Education in a school setting.   Students will be introduced to the ten components of health education. Students will focus on body systems and how behavior affects disease onset and aging, while educating youth on preventative techniques of major diseases and disabilities. Lesson planning, classroom management, course planning, and a coordinated school health program will be addressed.  
Prerequisite: HED1500. Observation of a 6-12 health class requires passing an FBI national fingerprint screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check. Passing a 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. 
Prerequisite: HED2300.

HED3200 Resources and Assessment in Health Education
2 semester hoursThis 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.  (Spring)
Prerequisite: HED2300.  Teaching a health class in a local middle school requires passing an FBI national fingerprint screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check.  Passing a TB test.

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 per­spective. Strategies for facilitating partnerships in coordinated school health pro­grams will be explored in relation to the ten health education content areas. Students will practice using skill-based health education techniques as well as developing relevant assignments.
Prerequisites: HED2300, HED3100. Off-campus activities require passing an FBI national fingerprint screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/ sex offender check. Passing a TB test.

HED4100 Curriculum Development in Health Education
3 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 ten 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 HED courses except HED/IDS2000; classroom observations require passing an FBI national fingerprint screening that encompasses passing a criminal background/sex offender check. Passing a TB test.