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HLTH 130. Foundations of Health Science
A foundation course for Health majors and minors designed for the development of health knowledge and health terminology. Content to include evident contemporary health issues. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HLTH 230. Introduction to Public Health
An introduction to public health services aimed at preventing disease and disability and in analyzing, improving, promoting and maintaining optimum health of the community. Course topics include community organization, health promotion, program planning, prevention and intervention strategies addressing community health problems. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HLTH 236. Health and Wellness
This course is designed to provide information necessary for a holistic approach to health and wellness. Strategies include decision making skills and promoting lifestyle choices for optimal health. Strong emphasis is placed on individual responsibility for personal health promotion. General Education Requirement. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HLTH 332. Communication Dynamics in Health
Communication strategies for health educators in various settings (community and schools). Emphasis on interpersonal skills, public relations, individual and small group processes, health teams and effective use of the media through technology. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

HLTH 335. Introduction to the Study of Disease
A study of the clinical aspects of disease in relationship to pathology geared toward determining the biological, physical or chemical variables in regard to disease development. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HLTH 336. Epidemiology
The study of the nature, cause, control and determinants of the frequency and distribution of disease, disability and death in human populations. Emphasis on: agents, hosts and environment. Prerequisite: HLTH 130. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HLTH 338. Family Life
A study of healthy relationships, marriage, sexuality, contraceptives, pregnancy and infertility. The biological, social and psychological aspects of human sexuality are presented. Emphasis is placed on the organization and selection of curriculum content in grades K-12. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester.

HLTH 431. Public Health Administration
A study of the financial and personnel management concepts and practices applied to health programs. Fundamentals of budgeting, public health laws, cost-containment, grant writing, marketing and leadership qualities are addressed. Students are required to design a community health program and a budget to demonstrate effective program implementation. HLTH 230 is recommended but not required. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

HLTH 432. Environmental Health
A study of one’s health and his/her environment including potential checks, balances and dangers. Emphasis is placed upon population explosion, pollution of water, air, land, pesticides, radiation, noise and accidents. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semesters.

HLTH 436. Death and Dying
The course includes a study of death, dying and bereavement. Emphasis will be placed on attitudes and behaviors, theology and death, postmortem care,consumerism and the legal aspects of dying and death. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters.

HLTH 438. Health Education in the School and Community
This course is designed for school and community health instruction with emphasis upon changing of attitudes and behavior through the acquisition of sufficient health knowledge. Health education is an integral part of the role of a health professional and as a health professional, one’s educational responsibilities may include instruction in the school setting, a health department, hospital, or industrial setting. The goal of this course is to introduce future teachers to designing and implementing a comprehensive health education program. The course content will support the Kentucky academic expectations, core content, and program of studies. This course is based on the belief that through planned, effective health education every American can obtain a healthier life. Required for all students seeking elementary and secondary certification. Prerequisite: HLTH 236. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall and spring semesters.

HLTH 491. Special Topics in Health
This course is designed to provide information that is of particular interest to the Health field. Topics will vary according to the needs and interest of the students in the professional field of Health. Credit, 3 hours. Offered as needed.

HLTH 492. Public Health Internship
One semester full-time placement in a health agency or equivalent is required. Residency required hours and experience afforded a full-time employee. Students cannot receive remuneration while receiving credit for the internship. Students must have completed all health course requirements and make application to the Department Chair one semester before registering for the internship program. No daytime classes may be taken during internship. An average 40-hour week is required for all interns at their respective placement sites. Credit 12 hours. Offered fall, spring, and summer semesters.



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