Health Promotion Course Descriptions

HP 100 Lifetime Health and Wellness
1 hour
Fulfills: Wel

This common course for all first-year students examines holistic dimensions of wellness and the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary for developing and maintaining health in a diverse world throughout college and across the lifespan. An emphasis will be placed on individual health and wellness promoting behaviors within an ever-changing social environment through weekly lectures, activities, and self-assessments.

HP 101 Foundations of Health Promotion
2 hours
Fulfills: E

This is an introductory course for health promotion majors. It provides students with a scientific background into the scope of professional practice and the sub-disciplines in public, community, and personal health promotion and education. This course examines history, principles, objectives, roles and responsibilities, and career opportunities.

HP 125 Introduction to Nutrition
2 hours
Admission into Nursing or Education program or Consent of Instructor

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 be examined. Students will complete a diet analysis, caloric expenditure, and label assignment.

HP 126 Human Performance Nutrition
4 hours
Fulfills: NWNL

A comprehensive course emphasizing fundamental aspects of nutrition and explores the practical application of nutritional concepts related to health, fitness, and human physical performance. This course includes discussion of the basic nutrient groups, supplements, nutritional labeling, energy balance, dietary planning, food safety, food and society, 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.

HP 211 Women's Health Promotion
2 hours
Prerequisite: HP 101 or Consent of Instructor

This course examines the public health issues experienced by women and the programs, services, and policies that impact the health and wellbeing of the population. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and addressing the social, cultural, economic, environmental, behavioral, and political factors associated with women’s health and well-being in the United States and globally.

HP 212 Men's Health Promotion
2 hours
Prerequisite: HP 101 or Consent of Instructor

This course examines the public health issues experienced by men and the programs, services, and policies that impact the health and wellbeing of the population. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and addressing the social, cultural, economic, environmental, behavioral, and political factors associated with men’s health and well-being in the United States and globally.

HP 213 Worksite Health Promotion
2 hours
Prerequisite: HP 101 or Consent of Instructor

This course examines the best practices in workplace wellness programs through the lense of organizational culture to promote employee health and wellbeing. Students will have the opportunity to engage with programs in the local community and reflect on the benefits of programs to employers, employees, and society.

HP 214 Holistic Health and Wellness
2 hours
Prerequisite: HP 101 or Consent of Instructor

This course will provide an overview of complementary, alternative, and integrative health and wellness approaches. Students will explore natural products, mind and body practices, and the practices of traditional healing, ayurvedic medicine, traditional chinese medicine, homeopathy, and naturopathy.

HP 215 Child and Adolescent Health Promotion
2 hours
Prerequisite: HP 101 or Consent of Instructor

This course examines the public health issues of children and adolescents and the programs, services, and policies that impact the health and wellbeing of the population. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and addressing the social, cultural, economic, environmental, behavioral, and political factors associated with the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents in the United States and globally.

HP 216 Geriatric and Special Population Health Promotion
4 hours
Prerequisite: HP 101 or Consent of Instructor

This course examines the public health issues experienced by the elderly and special populations, such as individuals with disabilities. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and addressing the social, cultural, economic, environmental, behavioral, and political factors associated with the health and wellbeing of the elderly and special populations in the United States and globally.

HP 233 Stress Management
4 hours
Prerequisite: HP 101 or Consent of Instructor

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

HP 234 Sexual Health and Relationships
4 hours
Prerequisite: HP 101 or Consent of Instructor

Sexuality throughout the lifespan will be discussed to develop an understanding of various aspects of physically and socially intimate human relationships, and their impact on overall health and well-being. Emphasis will be placed on the unique needs and interests of individuals and families across cultures, sexual orientation, and gender identity related to sexuality education, relationships and marriage, and parenting.

HP 255 Epidemiology and Human Disease Prevention
4 hours
Prerequisite: HP 101 or Consent of Instructor
Fulfills: HBSSM, R

This class will investigate the etiology, distribution, and determinants of leading causes of death and disability in the United States and globally. Students will be introduced to the methods of epidemiology and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other public health promotion problems.

HP 273 Environmental Health Promotion
4 hours
Prerequisite: HP 255 or Consent of Instructor
Fulfills: NWNL, E

This course examines the mutual dependence of human health, environmental concerns, and sustainability. Environmental health is the field of public health that addresses physical, chemical, biological, social, and psychosocial factors in the environment. Students will explore these factors on the global, regional, and local scale to learn best practices to control and prevent environmental hazards and to promote health and wellbeing through environmental strategies.

HP 274 Global Health Promotion
4 hours
Prerequisite: HP 255 or Consent of Instructor
Fulfills: Intcl

This course explores the determinants of unequal distribution of health and disease globally. Students will analyze current and emerging global health priorities, including critical discussion of structural aspects of the international system such as globalization, trade, and law. Emphasis will be placed on assessing the role of stakeholders in international organizations to promote global health, the strategies for promotion, and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

HP 352 Consumer Health and Safety  
4 hours
Prerequisite: HP 101 or Consent of Instructor

This course instructs students in the best-practices for navigating the healthcare system and selecting and evaluating health services and products. Laws, organizations, systems, and resources related to healthcare, insurance, and safety will be examined.

HP 355 Health Behavior Theory, Communication, and Advocacy
4 credits
Prerequisite: HP 255 or Consent of Instructor
Fulfills: HB, W

This class will be an introduction to the primary models and theories that are the basis for the development of successful health-related programs and interventions that reduce disparities in health. The course will cover individual, interpersonal, community-level, and ecological theories, and students will have the opportunity to apply these theories as well as communication, marketing, and advocacy strategies to health issues of interest.

HP 358  Substance Abuse Prevention
4 hours
Prerequisite: HP 255 or Consent of Instructor

This course examines drug use and its effects on society as well as on the individual. The behavioral, pharmacological, historical, social, legal, and clinical determinants of substance use and abuse with be covered. Both theoretical and evidence-based practical approaches to identifying substance abuse problems and implementing substance abuse prevention will be addressed.

HP 365 Current Issues in Health
4 hours
Prerequisite: HP 255 or Consent of Instructor

In this course students will investigate current local, national, and international health issues causing disparities in health. 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.

HP 372 Administration and Management of Health & Fitness Programs
4 hours
Prerequisite: Junior standing
Fulfills: E

Administrative and management issues confronting professionals in the health and fitness industries will be explored. Organizational issues including policies and procedures, scheduling, facility and personnel management, financial and legal considerations, and marketing will be examined.

HP 375 Directed Readings
1,2,4 hours

An opportunity to pursue a specialized area of the discipline for which course offerings are limited by following a prescribed reading list under the direction of a faculty member.

HP 380 Internship
1,2,4 hours
Graded credit/no credit.

Supervised on-or off-campus work situations in public or private organizations.

HP 455 Assessment, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation of Health Programs
4 hours
Prerequisite: HP 355 or Consent of Instructor
Fulfills: S

This capstone course will expose students to the methodology of comprehensive health promotion programming and the Areas of Responsibility of a Certified Health Education Specialist, including needs assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Students will have the opportunity to explore a health issue of interest to address determinants by creating a program or health initiative.

HP 490 Senior Project
1,2,4 hours