Introduction to Health Careers
Examination of health majors and careers, including an evaluation of personalities in relation to career interests and values needed for success and satisfaction in the health care professions. Topics include discussion of requirements, daily roles, employment opportunities, and projections for the future in each of the selected health care fields. 2 Credits (2 Lecture)
Pathology and Disease I
Introduction to the fundamental study of pathology and the process of disease. Common disease conditions, prevention, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnoses, treatment, prognoses, wounds and healing, and the use of medical references for research and verification are studied. Specific attention is given to medical emphasis areas of infectious disease and immunology, oral medicine, nutritional and metabolic medicine, dermatology, musculoskeletal system, ophthalmology, gynecological and obstetrical medicine, and endocrinology. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): BIO103 and MTR104 or BIO115 and MTR104. Spring Only.
Pathology and Disease II
Continuation of the fundamental study of pathology and the process of disease. Common disease conditions, prevention, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnoses, treatment, prognoses, and the use of medical references for research and verification are studied. Specific attention is given to area of cardiovascular and hematological medicine, ear-nose-throat and respiratory/pulmonary systems, gastrointestinal medicine, renal and urologic medicine, hepatic and biliary medicine, neurologic medicine and psychiatric medicine. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): BIO115 and MTR104 or BIO103 and MTR104.
Health Issues and Transitions
Examination of the issue of the aging United States population and its impact on the health care delivery system. Topics include the impact of culture and ethnicity on perceptions and attitudes toward aging; the normal physiological changes of aging; common diseases of the aged, and the resulting demands for health care; alternative physical, physiological and living accommodations; technology's impact on the provisions of health care; and the health care related financial consequences of aging. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111. (Cultural Diversity, Science, Technology and Society, Writing Enriched)
Medical Practice Administration
Comprehensive introduction to current management requirements as they apply to medical practices within various areas of the health care sector. The background of and recent changes to day-to-day operative and administrative requirements, market analysis, professional communications, scheduling, attracting/hiring/training/firing employees, building office manuals, clinical performance reviews, the continuous quality-improved process, managed-care contracting, environmental concerns, reimbursement/collection techniques, and practice marketing plans. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)
Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Principles, practices, uses, and outcomes of the more commonly employed alternative and complementary medical therapies. Evidence-based criteria to evaluate the benefits and the risks of selected therapies. The integration of alternative and complementary therapies into the conventional Western medical model, as well as the resulting ethical, professional, and legal consequences. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)
Application of Teaching and Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions
Fundamentals of short course preparation for the adult learner. Topics include learning styles of the adult learner, writing objectives, short-term course development, evaluation, communication and motivation strategies of particular use in developing patient education sessions, continuing education and staff development courses in a health care environment. A variety of approval mechanisms used to award professional continuing education are studied. This course may be taken with permission of the Dean of the School of Health Sciences and requires the student to have taken a SPC elective. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HTH310 and PSY111.
Health Care Delivery Systems
Examination of the systems for the delivery of health services and related issues. The impact of societal, economic, political and technological changes on the organization and financial operation of health care delivery systems will be presented. International health care systems are also covered. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)
Fundamental principles of ethics as they apply to the provision of health care. The impact of advances in science and technology and its relation to the care of patients are addressed. Topics such as physician-assisted suicide, genetic engineering, termination of pregnancy, fetal tissue research, euthanasia, etc., serve as the focal points for classroom discussion and lecture. Basic principles for gaining and maintaining the confidence of the patient, the trust of professional associates, and the support of the community are emphasized. 2 Credits (2 Lecture)
Quality Assurance for Healthcare Workers
Topics underscoring the need and value of quality assurance in the health care arena, including review the historical evolution of quality assurance and an analysis of present-day theories. Study includes several universal methods for developing and organizing a quality assurance program. Course work includes development of a quality assurance plan based on a problem-solving project in the students' respective health care fields. This course is open to students enrolled in BAH, BSDH, or BSN majors, and others with permission of the instructor or director. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)
Human Sexuality: A Health Professional's Perspective
Analysis of human sexuality as it relates to the practice of the health professional major will be presented. Topics include transgender lifestyles, sexually transmitted infections, emergency contraception, homosexual parents, prostitution, and cultural and religious beliefs regarding sexual behavior. This course is designed to help the health professional meet the challenges of effectively working with sexually diverse groups. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PSY111 or SOC111.
The Role of the Health Care Provider Related to Death and Dying
Exploration of the role of the nurse and other health care professionals in the provision of care for the dying patient. Discussion allows for examination of personal feelings as well as the professional, spiritual, and ethical issues surrounding the care of the dying patient and his/her family. Palliative care choices are analyzed from a multidisciplinary perspective. The course provides insight into the implications of how different cultures view and experience death and dying. Restricted to BAH, BHS, BBA, BHM, BHP, BLA, BPA majors. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.
Collaborative Health Care
Exploration of the roles of the members of the health care team in various health care delivery settings. Issues addressed include team building, collaborative health care, leadership and group dynamics. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): SPC101 or SPC102 or ENL111.
Health Promotion in Health Care
Introduction to concepts related to the encouragement of positive health changes among individuals and groups. Health promotion is defined by Pender (1987) as "increasing the level of well being and self actualization of a given individual or group." Health promotion addresses the current health care issues of cost increased life expectancy, and maintaining and/or improving one's quality of life. Topics include the changing populations and health; health policy and the health care delivery system; relevant ethical issues; individual, family, and community health assessment; and health education strategies. Restricted to BAH, BHS, BHM, BHP, BPA majors. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.
Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Medicine
Study of the ethical and legal issues related to medicine, designed to provide a strong, multi-faceted knowledge base through lecture, independent research, small group projects, and individual assignments. Restricted to BAH, BAO, BAR, BAP, BDA, BDD programs or by permission of the instructor or program director. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111.
Health and Human Services Public Policy Development
Formation and execution of public policy in local, state, and federal government. Theoretical and comparative study of public policy are combined with case studies of specific issues in health and human services policy. Approaches for accessing government and provider agencies, and effective mechanisms to influence public policy are emphasized. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)
Health Care Public Policy Development
Formation and execution of public policy in state and federal government. Theoretical and comparative study of public policy are combined with case studies specific to health care policy. Approaches of how to access government and agencies, and effective mechanisms to influence public policy are emphasized. 4 Credits (4 Lecture)
Senior Capstone Proposal
Individualized course work designed to synthesize, analyze, and develop solutions to a health care issue or problem. Under the guidance of a faculty member, the student uses an interdisciplinary approach to propose one of three possible capstone projects: a program for implementation in the health care environment, a major written health-related research paper involving original data collection, or a written portfolio with relevance to the health care sector. Corequisites of HTH447 or 448 or permission from the Department Head of Applied Health Studies required. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): HTH447 or HTH448.
Under the guidance of a faculty member, the student carries out the capstone project that was proposed and approved in HTH494, according to the terms of the proposal. A final research paper or portfolio is followed by a formal presentation of project outcomes delivered to an audience. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HTH494.