Health Education 245

HLTH 245: Foundations of Health Education and Health Promotion

Credit Hours: (3)

Serves as an introduction to the profession of health education and health promotion.  It will examine underlying factors related to health and introduces the student to the process of managing current health problems in the United States.  This course does not meet general education requirements.

Detailed Description of Content of the Course

Health is an essential aspect of one’s life. Knowledge of the proper principles and awareness of health problems allows an individual to develop healthful knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. Foundations of Health is designed to provide students with a comprehensive background to give them an understanding of health principles and problems from a health education and health promotion perspective. Foundations of Health Presents scientific knowledge of how health education and health promotion professionals target health issues in society.

The course will include:

1. Historical Background of Health Education and Health Promotion.
2. Modern Concepts of Health
3. Health Problems in America
4. Health Resources

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Students will gain knowledge through lecture, group discussions, and projects.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Describe the history of health and health education.
2. Describe the settings and job responsibilities of a health education/health promotion professional.
3. Locate, summarize, and present valid health information to a variety of audiences.
4. Develop a personal and professional philosophy.
5. Compare and contrast health education and promotion theories.
6. Prioritize health needs of specific populations.
7. Describe underlying factors related to health education and health promotion

Assessment Measures

Student learning shall be assessed using a combination of the following measures: exams, group assignments, and/or projects.

Other Course Information

Approval and Subsequent Reviews

April 2006 Reviewed by Beverly Zeakes

June 1, 2012 Revised