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Please check the Class Schedule or contact the for specific course availability for each semester:

HBSS 4100 Behavior & Social Science Foundations of Health Education
Determinants of health; relationship between health and human behavior; the role of health education as a strategy in health promotion and disease prevention; selected issues and problems.

HBSS 4102 Principles of epidemiology in health promotion
Principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation; application of epidemiology to prevention and control of disease, using health education.

HBSS 4110 Children and Adolescent Health Issues

Basic topics in promoting child and adolescent health; relationships between school, family, and community in promoting the health status of school-age children.

HBSS 4111 Addictions and dependencies
Social-psychological, cultural, clinical, and pharmacological factors associated with the use of psychoactive drugs and other compulsive behaviors.

HBSS 4112 Social policy and prevention
Analysis of current national health policy, its social, economic, and political determinants, and implications for health education.

HBSS 4113 Human sexuality education
Explore human sexuality from a variety of perspectives; explore students' own attitudes about human sexuality and how they affect them personally and professionally; examine methods of teaching and designing sexuality education programs.

HBSS 4114 Competence with Multicultural Populations: Research & Practice
Health status, needs, and problems of multicultural populations in urban environments and sensitivity to these issues in effective programs.

HBSS 4117 HIV/AIDS epidemiology and education
The role of schools, parents, and communities in educating youth about AIDS and human sexuality; review of methods and resource materials for providing such education; consideration of controversial issues surrounding these topics.

HBSS 4118 Principles of Health Related Behavioral and Social Change: Initiation to Maintenance
Theory and techniques for initiating and maintaining change for a variety of addictive and problem behaviors, including a focus on integrating relapse prevention, stages of change, and motivational interviewing. Attention is also paid to facilitating social change in varied organizational settings.

HBSS 4121 Death education
Designed to increase awareness/insight of the multidimensional aspects of death, dying, and bereavement. Gain skills as health care professionals in dealing with death, its causes, treatment of life-threatening illness, including AIDS, suicide, and violent death. Explore customs across cultures, afterlife beliefs, near-death experiences, and ethical issues.

HBSS 4122 Women's health
Explore biologic and environmental influences on women's health risks and disease. Additionally, students will acquire knowledge to evaluate clinical studies in the literature and gain basic understanding of the process of planning and developing women's health promotion programs.

HBSS 4123 Violence Prevention and "All Hazards" Preparedness

This course covers the nature and prevention of invisible and covert, as well as visible and overt violence, including intrapersonal, interpersonal, family, community, gang, school, societal, and international manifestations.

HBSS 4141 Health and illness in cross-cultural perspective
Examination of the role of healing and medicine, both historically, and cross-culturally and of the utility of considering cultural practices and beliefs when designing health education programs.

HBSS 4901 Research and independent study in health education
Permission required. Research and independent study under faculty direction. Proposals must have prior approval of a faculty member.

HBSS 5040 Research methods in health and behavior studies I
Introduction to research, study designs, and data collection methods in research in health and behavior studies, including nursing, nutrition, and health educa-tion with emphasis on reading and understanding research literature.

HBSS 5110 Determinants of health behavior
Theory-based analysis of the cultural, social-psychological, and social-structural determinants of health-related behaviors; implications for planned change at individual, small-group, and community levels.

HBSS 5111 Planning health education programs
Process of developing social, epidemiological, behavioral, and educational diagnoses; principles of planning, implementing, and evaluating health education interventions.

HBSS 5112 Social marketing and health communications
Principles and theories of marketing and communication applied to health education. Practice in developing and evaluating health communications.

HBSS 5113 Community health analysis and intervention
Survey and analysis of concepts, issues, strategies, and methods relevant to community health analysis and intervention.

HBSS 5116 Social relations, emotions, and health
Covers theory and research on the effects of social relationships and emotions on health. Reviews and evaluates the use of social support and expressive writing interventions for treating chronic health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis, or acute illnesses, such as upper respiratory infections. Also considers the role of emergent technologies in supportive-expressive therapies.

HBSS 5408 Practicum in individual health advisement
Individual and small group practice in the application of basic principles of counseling in the area of health problems.

HBSS 5410 Practicum in health education
Permission required. Advance registration required in the semester prior to taking the course. Intensive field experience in a community setting. Essay required at end of field experience.

HBSS 5710 Supervised teaching in health education
Permission required. Advance registration required in the semester prior to taking the course. Supervised health teaching in a school. Essay required at end of teaching experience.

HBSS 5800 Health Disparities Research Conference
This two day, spring semester, weekend conference event exposes participants to 1) potentially new knowledge with regard to the variety of evidence-based approaches to reducing health disparities; 2) attitudes/beliefs so multicultural sensitivity/competence begins to replace socially conditioned stereotypes that threaten interpersonal communication/interaction during service delivery/research/teaching; and, 3) skills for deployment of culturally appropriate behaviors that aim to reduce disparities.

HBSS 6100 Program Evaluation
Theory, methods, and problems of measurement and evaluation; standards for evaluation of health, education, and related social programs; skills in critical evaluation of research and evaluation reports.

HBSS 6145 Health psychology
Topics include social learning theory, attribution, and attitudes as they apply to health promotion, disease prevention, reactions to illness, and adherence to treatment regimens.

HBSS 6510 Research seminar in health education
Permission required. Review of research literature, methods, and problems in health education.

HBSS 6901 Research and independent study in health education
Permission required. Open to matriculated doctoral students. Research and independent study under faculty direction. Proposals must have prior approval of a faculty member.

HBSS 7501 Dissertation seminar in health education
Permission required. Open to certified doctoral candidates only. Development and presentation of doctoral dissertation proposals.

HBSS 8900 Dissertation advisement in health education

Permission required. Doctoral candidates only. Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations.