BS in Health Promotion - Curriculum

One of the few BS-level Health Promotion degrees available online

Required Core Courses

Health Promotion Major Courses

COM-212: Public Speaking
This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as literature elective.
COM-310: Social Media
Twitter, Facebook, blogs, podcasts - the possibilities of social media today are countless and ever-changing. This course is a broad approach to the history, theory, technology, impact and strategic uses of social media. These tools are relatively inexpensive and accessible technologies that enable anyone to create, publish, edit and access messages intended for the smallest to the largest of audiences. Students will examine the strategic uses of social media for community building, civic and political participation, advertising, marketing, public relations, and journalism. This course provides hands-on experience with the most current technology.
ENG-121 or ENG-200
IHP-210: Health Promotion
Health Promotion is a problem based course designed to give students an overview of health promotion issues, explore selected current topics in health and health policy from a national and global perspective and investigate the consequences these issues have for the health status of individuals, populations and society. This course will provide the theoretical foundation to look at issues to change health behaviors. Healthy People 2020 and the national health agenda will be explored. The concepts of health literacy, consumer advocacy and their impact of health promotion will be explored.
IHP-220: Applied Nutrition
An introductory course in normal and therapeutic nutrition designed for students in allied health programs. The course focuses on the application of basic principles of nutrition to health promotion and disease prevention, as well as the role of nutritional intervention as a therapeutic tool in specific pathologies. It will include discussions of contemporary issues in nutrition.
IHP-323: Health Aspects of Human Sexuality
This course will introduce recent findings on the study of human sexual behavior, with emphasis on the interaction between psychological, social, and biological factors. Topics include sexual differentiation and development, the sexually transmitted infections and HIV, sexual orientation, and patterns of sexual behavior. Students will receive an overview of the dynamics of human sexuality, specifically, examining the influence and importance of human sexuality as it relates to individuals, communities, and global populations with specific aim towards health promotion activities.
IHP-325: Dimensions of Mental Health
This course examines the comorbidity of mental and physical disorders, taking a life-span epidemiological approach. The increasing complexity in the field of mental health, with clients who live and work in the community with a variety of disorders, is explored. Emphasis is placed upon theories and empirical research clarifying comorbidities, risk factors, and mechanisms and strategies to help these individuals live productive and satisfying lives.
IHP-330: Principles of Epidemiology
This course presents the basic principles of epidemiology with particular emphasis on applications in healthcare management. Topics include specific tools of epidemiology used for purposes of planning, monitoring, and evaluating population health. These include identification of disease, measures of incidence and prevalence, study designs, confidence intervals, p-values, statistical interaction, causal inference, and survival analysis. Methods for managing the health of populations using an understanding of the factors that influence population health are discussed. Strategies that health care organizations and systems can use to control these factors are also considered.
PHE-101: Fundamentals of Public Health
This course addresses population-focused healthcare within a global context. The principles and foundations of public health are examined with special attention to the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention related to health promotion, disease prevention, and risk reduction through six case studies. This course is designed to meet domains 1 & 2 of the ASPH undergraduate curriculum.
PHE-321: Biological Concepts for Public Health
This course explores the major determinants of human disease from an integrated ecological perspective that brings together population-based approaches to the study of infectious disease and genetically determined diseases. Students learn about how infectious diseases are transmitted, risk factors and biological processes for common diseases, and the impact of these and control strategies on public health.
PHE-327: Research and Assessment in Public Health
Students in this class will develop the introductory knowledge and skills to apply assessment instruments, data collection, research designs, and statistical analysis to assess need, assets, and capacity for health education programs. Existing data sets will be introduced that will increase access to information to develop and implement health promotion projects that are fiscally feasible while meeting specific health promotion needs of a targeted population.
PHE-423: Evaluation Methods in Public Health
This course will cover contextual issues surrounding evaluation, evaluation designs and methodological issues, steps involved in conducting an evaluation, communicating the results, and ensuring that evaluation findings are used by intended users.
Take PHE-425
PHE-425: Programming Planning in Public Health
The purpose of this course is to provide basic knowledge in public health sciences, and practical skills to effectively plan, implement, and manage programs that address public health problems in a variety of settings. The course explores key concepts, theories, and methods in planning and implementing successful health promotion programs and healthy public policy.
PHL-246: Understanding Non-Western Philosophy
This course, which focuses on classics from non-Western traditions, is meant to enrich students' understanding of philosophical works that have shaped entire cultures. Selections are drawn from the literary, religious and philosophical works of Africa and western, southern and eastern Asia, giving students a greater appreciation of the contemporary world and basic philosophical issues. Global marker.
PSY-201: Educational Psychology
This course emphasizes the nature of human learning, with a study of the concepts of readiness, motivation, retention, individual differences, development, reasoning and measurement in relation to the learning process. Consideration of the psychological principles of testing and learning technology are also emphasized. Offered as needed. Writing intensive course.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
PSY-225: Health Psychology
This course introduces students to the field of health psychology through an exploration of ways in which the biopsychosocial (holistic) model is applied to promote health and improve coping with illness. Topics include health beliefs and behaviors, delay in seeking medical care, factors influencing individuals' responses to the health care system and practitioners, acute and chronic illness, treatment adherence, pain and pain management, stress and coping, social support and psychoneuroimmunology. Offered as needed.
PSY-108 or PSY-108H
SOC-213: Sociology of Social Problems
Students in this course analyze contemporary social problems in America and other societies. Issues include economic limitations, class and poverty, race and ethnic relations, sexism, ageism, and environmental and population concerns. Offered every year.
SOC-328: Sociology of Aging
Students in this course examine the basic social processes and problems of aging. Social and psychological issues and issues involved with death and dying are discussed. Offered every other year.

Free Elective Credits: 24

Total Credits: 120

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