Health Education Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

The Department of Health, Human Movement, & Sport offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion (BS.HLP). Health promotion specialists assist individuals and communities in promoting positive health behaviors. They have specialized skills in planning, implementing, and evaluating community programs that focus on promoting positive health behavior, delaying the onset of unhealthy behaviors, and changing unhealthy behaviors.

Students majoring in Health Promotion are encouraged to further their professional skills and knowledge by pursuing either the Concentration in School Health or the Concentration in Community Health.

  • The Concentration in Community Health prepares students for careers 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.
  • The Concentration in School Health prepares pre-service teacher candidates to be certified to teach health education in public schools. Graduates also find employment in other health education venues such as community health and safety agencies.

Complete these courses (42 cr):

Code Course Credits

AHS 2150

Designs for Fitness

This course investigates the basic components of fitness. Topics include: fitness assessment testing, individualized exercise prescriptions, team conditioning programs, risk factor analysis and chronic disease prevention, behavior modification, nutrition and weight control, body composition analysis, hydration and heat illness prevention, physiological effects of training and overtraining.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Fee Fee $15

Every semester

3

BIO 2011

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

An investigation of the structure and function of the human body in health and disease. Topics include: the cell, cellular metabolism, tissues, integument, skeletal system, articulations, and muscular and nervous systems.

Lecture and lab.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: Nursing, Physical Education, Natural Science, Psychology or Social Work major or consent of instructor. Previous experience in biology and chemistry (high school or college) is highly recommended.

Fee Lab fee $50.

Fall

4

BIO 2012

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

A continuation of BIO 2011. Topics include the endocrine, digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, urinary and reproductive systems.

Lecture and lab.

This course fulfills the Scientific and Mathematical Understanding Frame of Reference.

Prerequisite: BIO 2011 or consent of instructor.

Fee Lab fee $50.

Spring

4

HED 2010

Current 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. Examines the concept of health and the role and responsibility of individuals for their health. Emphasizes wellness and health promotion and their relationship to the quality of life.

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 2350

Sexual Health Curriculum

This course will examine the issues of family health and comprehensive sexuality education in public schools, specifically the issues of human growth and development, families, relationships, reproductive health, abstinence, premature sexual activity, contraceptives, adolescent pregnancy, childbirth, adoption, abortion, and HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. This course will also consider legal issues, and curriculum and teaching strategies for effective comprehensive sexuality education.

Spring, odd years.

2

PED 1015

Introduction to Health and Physical Activity Promotion

This course is an introduction to health and physical activity promotion in society, communities and schools. Discussion of health and physical activity promotion history, philosophy and ethics, career opportunities, recreation, and athletics are included.

Fall

3

PED 2120

Psycho-Social Aspects of Health, Physical Activity and Sport

Examines the psychological and sociological frameworks of health, physical activity and sport for participants at all levels. Includes topics such as motivation, performance enhancement, group dynamics, aggression and socio-cultural influences.

Every semester

3

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 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

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

SWK 2020

Family Violence

Analyzes the psychosocial dynamics of families disrupted by domestic violence. Aspects of child abuse, spouse abuse and elder abuse will be covered. Differential social work assessment and intervention will be emphasized.

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

Every Semester

3

PSY 1050

Human Growth and Development

And take one of the following:

A survey of human developmental psychology from the prenatal period to late adulthood. The major focus is on theoretical and practical implications of developmental research for cognitive, personality and social development. Special attention will be given to interactions between maturation and experience.

Every semester

3

PSY 3265

Child and Adolescent Development

This course surveys the major areas of the psychology of child and adolescent development, emphasizing an understanding of the important methods, terms, theories, and findings in the field of child development.

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

Every semester

3

And consider pursuing a concentration

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

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