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Community Health Education - Course Descriptions


BSC 1121 – Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits)
This course presents an integrated approach to the study of the anatomy and physiology of the various organ systems of the human body. 

BSC 1122 – Anatomy and Physiology II (4 credits)
A continuation of BSC 11 21. This completes an integrated approach to the study of the anatomy and physiology of the various organ systems of the human body.  

CHE 1120 – Introduction to Community Health Education (3 credits)
This course introduces students to Healthy People 2020, principles of rural health, the role of the community health educator as well as basic principles of communication, legal and ethical issues, and professional behaviors.  

CHE 2220 – Morbidity and Mortality in Rural America (3 credits)
This course follows up on the introduction to Healthy People 2020 and focuses on the physical and mental health issues found in rural America such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and mental illness. Students will examine and prioritize health interventions to minimize disease related morbidity and mortality faced by rural populations. Models for prevention will be emphasized throughout this course. Prerequisites CHE 1120, BSC 1121 and BSC 1122.  

CHE 4420 – Principles of Teaching and Curriculum Development for the Community Health Educator (3 credits)
This course explores the role of teacher and builds upon the skills learned in the communication courses. Students are introduced to learning theory, individual learning styles, and curriculum development based on specific student learning outcomes for specific populations. Students will be required to develop a curriculum that will be implemented in CHE 4430. Prerequisites CHE 1120, CHE 2220 and CHE 4433; prerequisite or co-requisite CHE 4465  

CHE 4430 – Community Health Education Program Evaluation (3 credits)
This course will introduce students to the concept of program evaluation. Students will examine goals-based, program- based, and outcomes-based evaluation of health programs. Students will be required to present the curriculum project designed in CHE 4420 to a specific population in the community. Students will evaluate the program’s effectiveness. This course is designed to be the capstone course for the Community Health Education program. Prerequisites CHE 1120, CHE 2220, and CHE 4420.  

CHE 4433 – Health Promotion (3 credits)
This course explores strategies of health promotion emphasizing the impact of health disparities (gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, environmental issues, access to healthcare in rural and urban areas), the role of health policies, the venue where initiatives take place, and ethics. Prerequisite: CHE 1120 and CHE 2220 

CHE 4465 – Rural Health Issues (3 credits)
The central focus of this course is to define and conceptually explore the essence of rurality and rural health issues. A comparison of the uniqueness of rural health issues will be explored from a global and cultural perspective. By identifying the crosscutting factors that tie rural to urban health care systems, students will develop an understanding of the advocacy role of rural health care providers. Prerequisite: CHE 1120 and CHE 2220 or NUR 3270 and NUR 3271 or RN status.  

COM 3336 – Business and Professional Communication (3 credits)
Focuses on a systematic approach to professional communication in the business environment highlighting the employment interview. Topics include an introduction to interviewing, researching an organization, adapting to organizational change, constructing resumes and writing business correspondence, examining the roles of interviewee and interviewer, business etiquette, performance appraisals and company reprimands as well as exploring career planning. Serves as a “bridge” between the student’s conceptual comprehension and application in course work to the environment of the professional working world the students are about to enter. 

COM 4401 – Persuasion (3 credits)
A study of the psychology of persuasion and its use in a free society, and propaganda and its effect on our daily living. Prepares the student to evaluate persuasive messages, to use persuasion effectively, and to appreciate the ethics of persuasion.  

COM 4425 – Public Communication (3 credits)
Advanced study of the construction, preparation and delivery of public performance. Designed to familiarize the student with the research, audience analysis and rhetorical criticism skills necessary for the presentation and evaluation of professional speeches.  

COM 4485 – Small Group Communication (3 credits)
Learning how to work effectively in groups. The dynamics of cooperative communication situations and skills associated with interpersonal relations and group goal achievement. Emphasis on presentational speaking, agenda management, problem solving, decision making, conflict and cohesion, project management, leadership, participation theory, listening, verbal and nonverbal choices, planning and conducting meetings.

DIT 2220 – Nutrition and Exercise (3 credits)
An in-depth look into nutrition and exercise and how they work together to prevent chronic disease.  

DIT 3314 – Nutrition through the Life Cycle (3 credits)
Nutritional requirements and assessment of humans from conception to old age, including the study of nutrition as it relates to health and disease common to each phase of the life cycle. The impact of societal and environmental factors on nutrient intake will be examined. 

DIT 3316 – Community Nutrition (3 credits)
Addresses issues of nutrition services in the community including needs, assessment, implementation, and program evaluation. Provides opportunity for student to become familiar with WIC, school lunch, congregated meals, cooperative extension, etc.  

DIT 3300 – Cultural Nutrition (3 credits)
A study of the nutrient needs and food habits of individuals from various countries and ethnic backgrounds.  

DIT 3325 – Nutrition Counseling and Education (3 credits)
Counseling theory and techniques, interviewing techniques, and group communication will be discussed. The student will have the opportunity to practice counseling individuals on nutrition. Health promotion and disease prevention will be highlighted throughout this course. 

GEG 1122 – Environmental Issues (3 credits)
Surveys a wide range of environmental issues. Topics include population growth, soils, floods, water availability and quality, sewage treatment, solid and toxic waste, fossil fuels, nuclear power, and alternative energy sources. 

HPE 3350 – First Aid and CPR Instructor (3 credits)
This course is designed to prepare the student to become a certified First Aid and CPR Instructor through the American Heart Association. 

MA 1125 – Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
A survey of basic statistical methods for analyzing data. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, point and interval estimation, hypothesis tests, linear regression, correlation, and non-parametric tests.  

PSY 3290 – Life Span Development (3 credits)
Surveys empirical findings regarding the interactive aspects of human behavioral development from conception through old age. Includes examination of major theories regarding physical, social, emotional, and mental development. Emphasizes normal development as it is experienced at each stage of the human life span.  

PSY 3332 – Psychology of Stress Management (3 credits)
This course provides a current overview of stress and stress-related dysfunction. Techniques for managing stress are emphasized through demonstration and student participation.