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Health Education

In the Department of Health & Behavior Studies

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Course List

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 4116 Health Education for Teachers

This course reviews the critical health issues that affect the well-being of youths today, emphasizing the practical aspects of health education in the classroom. The course will provide training in various aspects of child health that are mandated for teaching certification, including the following: reporting child abuse; preventing school violence; and, promoting respect and dignity for all students. Students who take an online section of this course must also take an additional three-hour in-person workshop to meet the Dignity For All Students Act (DASA) requirement for teacher certification.

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 4160 Introduction to Biostatistics For Community Health Education

This course provides an introduction to the field of biostatistics and the application of statistics to health education and community health data. This course covers the collection, storage, retrieval, analysis, and interpretation of health data; design and analysis of health-related surveys and experiments; concepts essential to statistical data analysis; and the practice of statistical data analysis. Details on hypothesis testing, normality, and types of error are incorporated into several of the lessons. Research methodology (i.e., study design, data collection) and data management skills are also taught. Applications of these concepts to health education and community health data are used throughout the course. The overall goals of this course are to foster a comprehensive understanding of basic data collection and analysis methods used in health education and community health research and to help students become more comfortable working with and managing data in SPSS.

HBSS 4161 Environmental Health

This course provides an introduction to the field of environmental health, while focusing upon those environmental factors that affect the health of communities - including biological, physical, and chemical factors. The relationship between the natural and built environments on human health are focused upon. In addition, the course incorporates the use of case studies and current peer-reviewed literature in the field of environmental health to promote knowledge acquisition. Health education curriculum and program development processes are incorporated into the course as well.

HBSS 4162 Health Services Administration

The course covers the planning, organization, administration, management, evaluation and policy analysis of health and public health programs. A main goal is to foster in community health educators the ability to apply evidence-based priniciples and a scientific knowledge base to plan, implement, and evaluate community health programs and services.

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

This course provides a detailed study of social marketing and health communication efforts and their role at facilitating behavior changes at both an individual and community-wide level. Students in this course will learn how to use peer-reviewed research and key social marketing principles to develop a comprehensive and effective social marketing campaign; learn how to target health communication efforts towards specific audiences and via varied channels of distribution; understand the role of social media and technology in facilitating/influencing behavior changes; study current examples of successful social marketing initiatives; use data analytic tools to inform changes to a campaign; discuss the ethics surrounding health communication and social marketing efforts. The course incorporates reviews of current research being conducted on social marketing and health communication efforts on a range of health issues and across different communities.

HBSS 5113 Community health analysis and intervention

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

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

The course meets requirements of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) by providing an opportunity for students to gain practical skills via field work or internships. This practicum course provides students with a culminating experience that is central to our mission. More specifically, the mission of the Program in Community Health Education is to address the health of the public through the preparation of specialists in health education who focus on the community as the setting for analysis, assessment, program planning, intervention, evaluation, and research. Varied structures, institutions, organizations, and agencies in the community setting--including schools, hospitals, clinics, worksites, and non-profits--are engaged in collaborative relationships for the purposes of fulfilling the mission. Thus, the practicum course specifically ensures that students have a supervised experience in a community setting where they are engaged in a collaborative relationship with a supervisor, staff, and selected consumers within that setting. The intention is to ensure that students have received well rounded preparation for professional careers as health education specialists through a supervised experience across 180 hours within a setting of their choice; this may be a setting aligned with their goals for professional development and future employment.

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. 

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