Health Minor Program Requirements

The Health minor is offered by the Department of Health, Human Movement, & Sport.

Complete these required courses (9 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

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

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 select four of the following courses (10-11 cr):

Code Course Credits

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

AHS 3090

Introduction to Alternative/Complementary Medicine

The purpose of this course is to introduce the learner to the theory and practice of the most widely used complementary and alternative therapies. Such as, but not limited to: “alternative” medical systems, mind/body treatment approaches, bodywork, and dietary supplements. This course will focus on informing the participants and future practitioners [which may include all appropriate majors] about these systems, treatment approaches/therapies, and supplementation methods, thus empowering participants to include these options, where appropriate, into the decision making process related to attaining and maintaining high level wellness for themselves and their future clients.

Periodically

3

AHS 3813

Pharmacology and General Medical Conditions

This course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and values that the entry-level athletic trainer must possess in pharmacologic applications relevant to the treatment of injuries to and illnesses of athletes and others involved in physical activity. In addition, the student will learn to recognize, treat, and refer, when appropriate, the general medical conditions and disabilities of athletes and others involved in physical activity.

Prerequisite: AHS 2510 or permission of instructor.

Fall

2

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

PED 2160

Emergency Care and Personal Safety

Emergency Care is an American Red Cross Emergency Response Course based on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) 1995 First Responder: National Standards Curriculum. This course will provide the participant essential information for developing the functional first aid capabilities of a first responder. As a crucial link in the EMS system, first responders evaluate and treat patients until more advanced medical help can arrive. This course does not provide state licensure for ambulance personnel.

Fee Fee $15.

Every semester

3

PED 3060

Women’s Health Issues

This course will explore and analyze current Women’s Health Issues. Topics to be considered are: research; and or lack of research related to issues in women’s health, medical ethics and women’s health; reproductive technology, human sexuality, family planning, euthanasia, consumer health, the right to life, battered women and battered women’s syndrome, politics and poverty in women’s health issues, the relation of health issues to social issues, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and alcoholism, nutrition and weight control, emotional health, mental illness, women and ecology, adoption of preventive health behavior, and social change patterns in areas of concern to women’s health.

Spring

3

PED 4020

Applied Nutrition and Weight Control

Principles of human nutrition, the metabolism of nutrients during rest and exercise modes; the role of carbohydrates, fats, proteins and vitamins during rest and exercise; the role of exercise in the energy balance system for weight control; a study of various fad diets for weight control; and the concepts of overweight and obesity will be studied. An individualized project will be included.

Prerequisite: BIO 2012 or consent of instructor.

Spring

3

PSY 3130

Health Psychology

Examination of the biopsychosocial model of health and disease. Topics will include: overviews of behavioral interventions and biofeedback, stress and stress management, pain and pain management, cancer, asthma, weight control and obesity, eating disorders and adherence to medical regimens.

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

Spring

3

SOC 2230

Death And Dying

An examination of the changing response to death and dying from the personal, familial, instructional, historical and societal perspectives with examination of the development of new attitudes, approaches and programs to deal with the issue.

Fall

3

(Total credits required: 19-20 cr)