Community Health Education Minor Program Requirements

The Community Health Education minor is offered by the Department of Health, Human Movement, & Sport. The minor prepares candidates in non-school health settings such as public health departments, hospitals, work site health promotion, and non-profit community agencies.

This program prepares students to take the Community Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.

This is also a valuable minor for Health Science and Health Psychology majors.

Complete the following courses (23 cr):

Code Course Credits

AHS 1010

Contemporary Health Issues

Exploration of the aspects of life that have a great impact on your health, in order to develop the decision making skills needed to make intelligent, informed health care choices throughout life.

Fall

3

AHS 2120

Wellness for Life

This course investigates the components involved in developing a healthy lifestyle with an emphasis on the physical nature of wellness. Attention is principally devoted to the components of fitness to include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility. In addition, an overview of dietary practices and nutrition, protecting oneself from disease including coronary heart disease, cancer, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS and making responsible decisions regarding controlled substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs will be covered.

This course fulfills the Social and Behavioral Understanding Frame of Reference.

Every semester

3

HED 2310

Health Education Methods

This course examines comprehensive school health education and the research and theory of health behavior. Course content includes the following: the historical development and philosophy of health education; knowledge of health education concepts and skills delineated in current national and Vermont health education standards, laws and regulations; the impact of societal values, norms and priorities on health education practice; the process of selecting and using current, valid and reliable sources of health information, to include national, state, and local organizations/associations, publications and educational materials/resources; and analyzing research relative to health risks among school-age youth and translating research into recommendations for the design and implementation of health education programs. This course also explores the purposes, components and approaches to coordinating school health initiatives based on the national Coordinated School Health model, including partnerships with families, school staff, and community members to improve health literacy and health behaviors.

Prerequisite: PED 2420, or permission of the instructor.

Spring

3

HED 2330

Drug and Alcohol Curriculum

This course will examine the issues of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, specifically the physiological, psychological, and sociological effects of substance use and abuse on the individual, family, and society. The course will also consider legal issues, and curriculum and teaching strategies for effective substance abuse prevention.

Prerequisite: HED 2310 or permission of instructor.

Spring, odd years

2

HED 3030

Health Behavior Theory

This course examines health behavior theories. Health behavior is the product of individual, interpersonal, community, societal, and cultural influences. Health educators are committed to finding the best ways to improve health behavior outcomes. The use of health behavior theory can guide the search for why people do or do not adopt healthy lifestyles, and be used to predict and improve health outcomes. In this course, you will learn why health behavior theory is a necessary first step in developing health education programs and how to use theory to strengthen health education practices.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

Fall

3

HED 3051

Community Health Education I

This course deals with the analysis of principles of program planning in community health education. Topics include: needs assessment, community analysis and organization, program planning and selection, program implementation and coordination, and program evaluation.

Prerequisite: MAT 2021 and HED 3030 , or permission of instructor

3

HED 4052

Community Health Education II

This course builds off the knowledge base in HED 3051 Community Health Education I. Additional topics include: administration and management of health education programs, serving as a health education resource person, and communication and advocacy for health and health education.

Prerequisite: HED 3051 with a grade of C or better

3

PED 2370

Community Health

A study of current community and world health issues to include an overview of epidemiology, communicable disease, environmental health, health services and consumerism.

Spring

3

And complete one of the following courses (3 cr):

Code Course Credits

HED 3010

Elementary Health Education Curriculum & Assessment

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This course examines elementary standards-based Health Education curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Students explore the process of planning an effective, age-appropriate school health curriculum that aligns with the Vermont Health Education standards including developmentally appropriate instructional strategies and uses multiple assessment techniques. Students also learn about applying diverse innovative instructional strategies that align with standards-based learner outcomes and performance indicators; implementing skill building strategies to develop competency in health related skills; and selecting, designing and utilizing multiple assessment techniques. The process of Health Education program evaluation is also be discussed.

Prerequisite: PED 2420, HED 2310 (Health Education Methods), or permission of the Instructor.

Fall

3

HED 3020

Secondary Health Education Curriculum & Assessment

This course examines secondary standards-based Health Education curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Students explore the process of planning an effective, age-appropriate school health curriculum that aligns with the Vermont Health Education standards including developmentally appropriate instructional strategies and uses multiple assessment techniques. Students also learn about applying diverse innovative instructional strategies that align with standards-based learner outcomes and performance indicators; implementing skill building strategies to develop competency in health related skills; and selecting, designing and utilizing multiple assessment techniques. The process of Health Education program evaluation is also be discussed

Prerequisite: PED 2420. HED 2310 (Health Education methods), or permission of the Instructor.

Spring

3

(Total credits required: 26 cr)