Brian Solberg (department head)

The health major is designed to prepare students to serve as professionals in the field of health, wellness, and fitness. Our graduates are well prepared to serve as teachers, researchers, or health practitioners in university, corporate, or commercial settings where exercise programming is a primary focus. Students may select a teaching or a health and fitness promotion major.

Required for a major:

Plan I (teaching): HLTH 125, 201, 233, 234, 249, 343, 344, 352, 358, 465, 490; PE 100, 190, and PE 261. Writing requirement completed with HLTH 249. See education department for requirements specific to K–12 health education minor.

Plan II (health and fitness promotion): HLTH 125, 126, 201, 233, 249, 352, 358, 380, 465, 490; PE 190, 221, 224, 261, 323, 366; MGT 240. Writing requirement completed with HLTH 249.

Required for a minor: HLTH 125, 201, 233, 249, 352, 358, 465; PE 100 and PE 190.

Required for a second teaching area: See education department for specific requirements. The second teaching area license is offered only in the state of Iowa.

Health Courses

HLTH 125 Nutrition I

  • 2 hours

An introductory course emphasizing the fundamental and practical aspects of nutrition. This course will include discussion of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and fluids. Special topics such as sport nutrition, supplements, energy balance, weight loss, and food safety will also be examined. Students will complete a diet analysis, caloric expenditure, and label assignment. (NWNL when combined with HLTH 126)

HLTH 126 Nutrition II

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: HLTH 125

This course explores the application of introductory concepts to the nutritional aspects of health, fitness, and human physical performance. The course will include discussion of food and society, dietary plans, food production and sources, malnutrition in the United States and the world, gastrointestinal disorders and their effects on nutrition. Students will implement knowledge of nutrition into dietary planning and prescription for specific situations.(NWNL when combined with HLTH 125)

HLTH 201 Foundations of Health Education

  • 2 hours

This is an introductory course for health majors. It provides students with the scope and practice of health educators historically, philosophically, theoretically, and ethically. Specifically, this course examines the roles and responsibilities of health educators and the settings where they are employed, professional ethics, selected theories, and future directions.

HLTH 233 Mental/Emotional Health: Stress Management

  • 4 hours

This course approaches stress management from a holistic perspective. Causes of stress, signs and symptoms produced by stress, and modalities for dealing with stress are emphasized. Students will gain stress management knowledge, techniques, and responsible applications in daily lives.

HLTH 234 Family Life Education

  • 2 hours

Family Life Education is designed to help students develop an understanding of various aspects of human relationships with emphasis placed on the unique needs and interests of individuals and families. Topics covered in this course include approaches to sexuality education, education for relationships and marriage, and parenting education.

HLTH 249 Personal and Community Health

  • 4 hours

Course objectives include dissemination of current health and health care information, experiential learning opportunities, and investigation of cultural differences in wellness programs.

HLTH 343 Health Education Content, Methods, and Assessment I

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: Educ 185 or 215, HLTH 201 and Admittance to Teacher Education Program

This course will provide pre-service teachers with the knowledge and understanding required to develop quality K - 12 Health Education programs. Coordinated school health education programs emphasizing comprehensive school health education will be examined. Pre-service teachers will acquire knowledge needed to select developmentally appropriate health education content in accordance with National Health Education Standards. Assessment and evaluation procedures, classroom management, and teaching methodologies will be covered.

HLTH 344 Health Education Content, Methods, And Assessment II

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: HLTH 343, EDUC 366 and Admittance to the Teacher Education Program

Continued development of health content, assessment, and teaching methodologies needed to implement K - 12 comprehensive school health education at appropriate grade levels will be covered. Emphasis is placed upon developing age-appropriate curricula; organizing, designing, and implementing course unit and lesson plans; and assessment and evaluation. This course builds on the content of H343 and the clinical appointment in EDUC 366 and must be taken prior to EDUC 486.

HLTH 352 Consumer Health and Safety Education

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: HLTH 201

Instruction in factors involved in the selection and evaluation of health services and products. Consumer laws and organizations will also be examined. An overview of approaches to safety education and injury reduction will be addressed.

HLTH 358 Substance Abuse Education

  • 4 hours
  • Prerequisites: HLTH 201

An introduction to social, psychological, pharmacological, and cultural aspects of substance use and abuse. An overview of resources, materials, and instructional strategies available to the substance abuse educators will be presented. Methods of identifying substance abuse problems and substance abuse prevention theories will also be discussed.

HLTH 372 Administration and Management of Fitness Programs

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: HLTH 201

Administrative and management issues confronting professionals in the fitness industry will be explored. An overview of organizational issues, scheduling, facilities, personnel, fiscal management, and marketing will be examined. Students will also discuss organizational and management operations as they apply to the fitness professional.

HLTH 380 Internship

  • 1, 8 hours

Supervised on-or-off campus work situations in public or private organizations. Graded credit/no credit.

HLTH 465 Current Issues in Health

  • 2 hours
  • Prerequisites: HLTH 201

This course affords students the opportunity to examine local, national, and international health issues. Students will actively participate in selecting course topics, work collaboratively with others in developing and implementing course objectives, and will research, write, and present information on selected course topics.

HLTH 490 Senior Project

  • 1, 2, or 4 hours