Health Promotion Courses: Fall 2021



Health Promotion

HPR 102: Introduction to Health Care: Systems & Professions

3 Credit Hour(s)

Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. This course explores the current health care system with an emphasis on health care professions, and provides students with an understanding of the major tenets of the health care system and the scope of practice in each of the health professions. The desired skills of health care professionals and the contributions of these professions will be investigated. A review of educational preparation and practice requirements for each of the health careers will be explored to assist students in further delineating their own educational and career goals. The course will also provide opportunity for students to appropriately explore the current databases and literature and engage in discussions on the ethics and current events of healthcare. (UG)


HPR 103: Introduction to Health Promotion

2 Credit Hour(s)

This course will introduce students to the skills and expectations of the Health Promotion program and related professions. This skill building class will place particular emphases on academic and professional writing, research, presentation, professional communications and leadership skills. HPR Majors only. (UG)


HPR 104: Introduction to Mindfulness

1 Credit Hour(s)

This course focuses on daily mindfulness practice to reduce stress, balance emotions, improve concentration and benefit overall health and wellness. Mindfulness includes the use of techniques such as meditation, breath work and other self-paced daily activities that bring awareness to our present self. This class will explore the historical foundations of mindfulness as well as the current research that highlights the benefits of this practice, and its use in multiple professions and health care establishments today. *The mindfulness activities in this course are of non-religious practice (UG)


HPR 105: Introduction to Weight Training

1 Credit Hour(s)

This course introduces the student to the weight room environment. Specific instructions will be given on how to use resistance training equipment such as free weights, machines, and adjunct equipment to exercise and train the major muscle groups of the body to attain a higher fitness level. Basic concepts will be presented to allow the student to apply the knowledge gained in the course to their personal training goals. No prior exercise experience is necessary; this course is designed for the beginner. (UG)


HPR 106: Introduction to Core Strengthening

1 Credit Hour(s)

This course will introduce students to a range of exercises aimed at increasing core strength, enhancing stability, and supporting posture. Students will learn and identify anatomical structures related to the core and perform tests to assess core strength and ability. Physioball, mat work and other exercises will be demonstrated and practiced, including modifications for beginning, intermediate and advanced routines. Beginners will learn how to safely incorporate these exercises into a personal training routine, while more advanced students will benefit by learning techniques and approaches for teaching these exercises to fitness clients. (UG)


HPR 200: CPR and Emergency Health Care

2 Credit Hour(s)

This course focuses on first aid management for life-threatening and non-life-threatening emergencies such as choking, respiratory and cardiac arrest, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, and environmental emergencies incurred during daily, work and athletic activities. Content will also address the concept of duty to act, liability, disease transmission/prevention, personal protective strategies and blood borne pathogen training. Successful completion by the student is required for eligibility for CPR, AED and First Aid Certifications. (UG)


HPR 205: Healthy Eating and Body Image

2 Credit Hour(s)

This course explores community health education as it relates to disordered eating behaviors and body image. Both individual and societal preoccupations with body image are referenced, as modern Western society places increasing emphasis on women's and men's weight and appearance. The effects of popular media on individual's body perception and the way these effects manifest themselves in various physical and psychological disorders will be discussed. Healthy eating will be emphasized as well as other individual and community level approaches to prevention and education. (UG)


HPR 206: Cardiovascular Health Education

2 Credit Hour(s)

The course will cover selected topics in cardiovascular health education including heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Current epidemiological research will be reviewed including risk factors, and screening; treatment and prevention of disease at the primary, secondary and tertiary level will be emphasized. Current models of health education promoting cardiovascular health will be introduced. (UG)


HPR 208: Health Promotion and Education

3 Credit Hour(s)

Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Through this course students will explore concepts and models of health and wellness, health promotion and health education. This course will review the history and profession of health promotion and education, the development of health education materials, learning theories, and will explore health related programs and initiatives in school, clinical, government and corporate settings. Strategies and implementation tactics will be discussed for successful development and delivery of health and wellness programs to address community and individual needs. Offered Each Year (Fall). (UG)


HPR 209: Whole Food Nutrition and Living

2 Credit Hour(s)

This course will apply whole food nutrition to daily living decisions and integrative health practices. Research on both plant and animal-based nutrition and their impacts on health, wellness and the environment will be highlighted. The course will introduce students to daily food habits, shopping and cooking, health trends, evidence relating nutrition to chronic disease, societal pressures and marketing, and community based gardening and sustainability. (UG)


HPR 213: Foundations of Yoga

2 Credit Hour(s)

Fulfills core competency: Affective Awareness. This class will provide an introduction to the practice of Hatha Yoga. The origins, postures, stretches, and breathing techniques aimed at spiritual and physical well-being will be discussed and practiced along with an overview of scientific inquiry regarding performance effects on the physical body and mind as it relates to health. Specific instruction regarding the performance of basic techniques to balance and liberate an individual's natural flow of energy or prana will be offered in a lab setting. (UG)


HPR 216: Sexual Health Education

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course explores a multitude of concepts related to the theory, practice and teaching of sexual health education at a community level. The course includes comprehensive coverage of information and issues of human sexuality, those related to sexuality education, and an explanation and practice of educational skills necessary for skilled sexuality educators. (UG)


HPR 219: Introduction to Health Systems Management

3 Credit Hour(s)

Cross listed as MGT 219.An introduction to the structure and function of the health care delivery system. Includes basic concepts and measures of health, disease, quality, values, needs, and utilization; issues in health care workforce, institution, and system organization; general issues in policy, reimbursement, and regulation; and broad community and organizational considerations in health. (UG)


HPR 229: Integrative Stress Management

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course will introduce students to fundamental theories and approaches to a holistic, or wellness-based lifestyle. Current evidence on the physiological and psychological effects of stress, as well as stress management techniques, expressive therapies and coping strategies will be explored. This is an applied course in which students will actively engage in stress management exercises, relaxation techniques, self assessments, and personal behavior change projects related to disease prevention (UG)


HPR 231: Aromatherapy

1 Credit Hour(s)

The course provides an introduction to aromatherapy and the uses, principles and physiological and psychological effects of essential oils. The course will explore the history, basic theory and practice of aromatherapy as well as current evidence of its effectiveness in treating many health conditions. Laboratory experiences will grant students the opportunity to explore the blending and use of essential oils. (UG)


HPR 234: Foundations of Public Health

3 Credit Hour(s)

This is an introductory course which explores the basic principles of public health practice, including the history, function and infrastructure of public health; biopsychosocial perspectives of public health problems; the public health professions; and the legal and ethical concerns. (UG)


HPR 291: Professional Development

1 Credit Hour(s)

This course will provide Health Promotion students an opportunity to build their personal and professional skills and career readiness. An emphasis will be placed on preparing students for internship and professional opportunities, through career exploration and the development of positive personal habits, professional work ethics, communication and leadership skills with support from the Health Promotion department and the Office of Career Services. *This course is for Health Promotion students only. CFE 97 is a co-requisite. Related CFE 97 modules and assignments will be completed online (except for mock interview which is in person). In the event that CFE 97 was completed prior to this course, relevant coursework will still be updated as part of this course. (UG)


HPR 301: Physiology of Exercise and Cardiopulmonary Assessment

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course focuses on the physiological responses of physical activity and exercise. The course explores the cardiovascular, respiratory, bioenergetic and metabolic systems as these systems adjust to demands of physical work at various durations and intensities. Factors such as age, gender, disease risk factors, sedentary and non-sedentary lifestyle, and habitual training will be considered as they relate to cardiovascular risk assessment and individual limitations to performance including possibilities for safely minimizing limitations and maximizing performance. Course includes laboratory experiences directed toward competence in graded exercise testing, exercise prescription, and exercise programming as applied to asymptomatic, apparently healthy individuals and prevention of cardiovascular, pulmonary, or metabolic diseases. Prerequisite: BIO 207/L and BIO 208/L or BIO 330/L and BIO 340/L. Corequisite: HPR 301L. (UG)


HPR 301L: Physiology of Exercise and Cardiopulmonary Assessment Laboratory

0 Credit Hour(s)

This course satisfies the laboratory requirement for HPR 301. (UG)


HPR 305: Communicating Health

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course will present fundamental models and theories of health communication to students interested in health promotion and education. Students will move through the steps of the health communication process, from planning to evaluation; will learn to assess an audience and create culturally appropriate materials; and will examine and critique existing health promotion materials, media, and campaigns. Contemporary research in the areas of intercultural communication, provider-patient-family communication, community mobilization, advocacy, social marketing and health technology will be explored. (UG)


HPR 308: Environmental Health

3 Credit Hour(s)

Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. This course will provide an introduction to the public health function of environmental and occupational health. This course is intended to give students a basic understanding of how environmental factors impact the health of individuals and the community as a whole, and of the efforts made to prevent or minimize the effects of negative impacts. The emphasis of this course is to explore the relationship of people to their environment, how the environment affects individual health and how an individual affects the environment. Efforts and strategies to protect and enhance one's health and to influence the quality of the environment will be discussed. (UG)


HPR 309: Community Health Nutrition

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course introduces students to an applied approach of nutrition principles to community health with a focus on stages of life, socioeconomic status and the targeted state and federal nutrition programs available to the public. Intentionally planned nutrition serves an essential role in the prevention of disease and in the development of optimal health and well-being. Epidemiological evidence of the critical role of nutrition related to obesity, heart disease and other chronic conditions will be explored. Current guidelines and policies that both support and hinder adequate nutrition will be reviewed. This course is designed for those who are interested in supporting and delivering nutrition education at a community based level. Prior coursework in BIO 117 is recommended but not required. (UG)


HPR 311: Non Profit Management

3 Credit Hour(s)

Cross-listed as MGT 311. This course will explore the fundamentals of founding and leading a nonprofit organization. Learners will gain critical knowledge about the nonprofit sector, board leadership, fundraising, volunteer management, donor cultivation, and marketing. Nonprofit Management will help students understand the operations management, finances and development, laying a foundation for success in a variety of roles within a nonprofit organization. (UG)


HPR 313: Principles of Health Behavior Change

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course will focus on the theoretical background of health education, health promotion and disease prevention. Students will build critical thinking skills as they explore individual and social health behavior theories and their application to behavior change research and practice. (UG)


HPR 314: Health Policy

3 Credit Hour(s)

Cross-listed as BA 314. This course examines the policies of the current U.S. healthcare delivery system. The history and evolution of the U.S. health care infrastructure and recent policy changes The former and current service delivery structure will be outlined, as well as advancements, and gaps/limitations in the provisions and delivery of care. The types of health care facilities, services, agencies and personnel that constitute the US health care system and the response of the system to the changing health care needs of the population will be explored. Class discussions will be centered on: managing the increasing demands on the health care system by a rapidly growing population affected by the epidemic of multiple chronic diseases; balancing population-based health care needs while delivering high quality health care and improving access to health care services in a cost-containment environment. Social, political, economic, legal and ethical issues as they relate to health care policy will be discussed. (UG)


HPR 317: Human Motion: Principles and Perspectives

4 Credit Hour(s)

This course is a study of functional anatomy, biomechanical principles, and kinesiology as applied to human movement. Structure and function of the musculoskeletal system including muscle actions, joint motions, and the basic principles of kinesiology will be covered. Hands on lab experiences will promote development of skills critical to the understanding of human motion for careers centered in fitness, prevention of injury, promotion of function, and optimizing motor skill performance. Prerequisites: BIO 207/L and BIO 208/L or BIO 330/L and BIO 340/L. Corequisite: HPR 317L. (UG)


HPR 317L: Human Motion: Principles and Perspectives Laboratory

0 Credit Hour(s)

This course satisfies the laboratory requirement for HPR 317. (UG)


HPR 320: Community Health Education and Disease Prevention

3 Credit Hour(s)

Fulfills core competency: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. The course identifies and explores infectious and non-infectious diseases in relationship to risk factors, populations at risk, and epidemiology. Etiology and mechanisms of injury and disease onset are presented with emphasis on principles and strategies for education, prevention and health maintenance. Medical and therapeutic interventions designed to address common injuries and infectious and non-infectious diseases will be discussed as they relate to community education, prevention and safety program development. (UG)


HPR 330: Health Promotion Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course will provide the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion programs in a variety of settings. Students will be introduced to concepts related to community needs assessment, data collection and measurement, intervention strategies, developing health education materials, evaluation techniques, acting as a health promotion/education resource person, and communication and coordination of health promotion programming. Prerequisite: HPR 208. (UG)


HPR 331: Community Health Education: Outreach and Fieldwork

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course will introduce students to practical methods and processes related to community health fieldwork, outreach and community collaboration. Fieldwork and research methods, essential skills in communication and cultural competence, and skills necessary to act as a community resource person will be introduced and practiced as students actively engage in community outreach events. (UG)


HPR 332: Strength & Conditioning

3 Credit Hour(s)

In this course, students will explore and apply concepts and principles used to develop effective and appropriate strength and conditioning training programs. Material will cover fundamental strength training philosophies, program design variables, and traditional and contemporary strength training techniques. Students will gain experience in the execution and appropriate instruction of various resistance training techniques. Prerequisites: HPR 301 and HPR 317. Required corequisite: HPR 332L. (UG)


HPR 332L: Strength and Conditioning Lab

0 Credit Hour(s)

This course satisfies the laboratory requirement for HPR 332. (UG)


HPR 335: Critical Issues in Global Health

3 Credit Hour(s)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration. The course introduces the many contexts of global health. Critical issues to be explored include multiple determinants of health, the disparities and burden of disease experienced around the globe, particularly by such populations as women and children, the ethical dimensions related to these disparities, current health priorities, and the importance of global health in terms of development. The Sustainable Development Goals will be referred to as a standard for future goals on a global scale. (UG)


HPR 338: Social Determinants of Health

3 Credit Hour(s)

Fulfills core competency: Civic Responsibility. This course will provide students with an understanding of how social factors contribute to racial/ethnic, socioeconomic and gender disparities in health and health care. This course will explore the way the social environment and social behavior influence health. We will cover the most recent research findings in the area of social epidemiology and medical sociology and discuss and debate the causes and consequences of social inequalities in health. Students will gain experience in judging the sometimes conflicting evidence between claims and apply the body of literature to situations with which they are familiar and may have encountered in everyday life. Students will discuss the policy interventions that have been designed to address disparities in health and health care. (UG)


HPR 340: Musculoskeletal Fitness Assessment

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course is designed to prepare Health Care Studies students for a career in a health or fitness profession by providing them with musculoskeletal fitness assessment knowledge and skills. This lecture/lab course will explore the steps of musculoskeletal examination, as well as provide the students with the tools to assess static and dynamic musculoskeletal fitness. The importance of musculoskeletal health to overall wellness will also be discussed. Prerequisites: HPR 301 and HPR 317. Corequisite: HPR 340L. (UG)


HPR 340L: Musculoskeletal Fitness Assessment Lab

0 Credit Hour(s)

This course satisfies the laboratory requirement for HPR 340. (UG)


HPR 350: Fitness Training and Exercise Prescription

3 Credit Hour(s)

In this course students develop the rationale for and the skills to examine, evaluate, and prescribe comprehensive fitness programs in a variety of settings. The class includes lectures, demonstrations and practical laboratories in which students acquire knowledge and competence in exercise testing and prescription, health evaluations, screenings, and risk classification as applied to asymptomatic, apparently healthy individuals and populations with special circumstances. Pathophysiology of disease conditions (CVD, pulmonary disease, metabolic disease), aging and pregnancy are also explored to help students understand the needs of these populations during exercise testing and prescription. The course will include the physiological basis of the short-term response and long-term adaptation of the neuromuscular and metabolic systems to exercise including the effect of manipulating specific exercise parameters. Program design and instruction in the proper techniques and execution of training activities is emphasized. Prerequisite: HPR 301 and HPR 317. Corequisite: HPR 350L. (UG)


HPR 350L: Fitness Training and Exercise Prescription Laboratory

0 Credit Hour(s)

This course satisfies the laboratory requirement for HPR 350. (UG)


HPR 352: Grant Writing

3 Credit Hour(s)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills, Writing Intensive. Cross listed with BA 352. This course provides an overview of the role of grants in an organization's budget. Students will learn to plan grant projects, locate sources of funding, give effective presentations about their projects, and develop written grant proposals. (UG)


HPR 353: Introduction to Epidemiology

3 Credit Hour(s)

This course will introduce students to the field of epidemiology, which is the study of the distribution and determinants of health in populations. The course will emphasize methods for assessing factors associated with the distribution and etiology of health and disease. This course will introduce students to key epidemiological concepts and calculations, how to identify and evaluate sources of health information, epidemiological investigation techniques and the evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs. Prerequisite: NSC 310. (UG)


HPR 415: Health Research Design and Methodology

3 Credit Hour(s)

Fulfills core competencies: Communication Skills; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Information Literacy. Fulfills Research and Presentation requirement. Writing Intensive. This course will introduce students to the field of research design and methods for health related issues. Students will be prepared to critically review research articles and gain a comprehensive understanding of the research process, types of research designs, samples, bias and interactions in research studies as well as how to comprehend the results and study findings. Students will learn how to pose research questions, construct a relevant hypothesis, make valid causal inferences, operationalize concepts, and ways to formally test their hypotheses. This course is intended for HPR Majors only, to be completed the Senior Year. Prerequisite: HPR 353 or Permission of Instructor. (UG)