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Course Descriptions

Introduction to Health Careers

HTH100

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

HTH115

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

HTH125

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.

Credentials Proven by Certification

HTH300

This course exists for the purpose of verifying transfer of HTH credits only. Eligible candidates who submit a copy of the certification for their health profession to the Admissions office will be credited with 47 HTH transfer credits. These credits reflect the credit awarded for the professional core or their associate degree curriculum. Candidates must meet all Penn College baccalaureate program admission requirements prior to acceptance into the Applied Health Studies curriculum. 47 Credits (47 Lecture)

Holistic Perspectives of Health and Wellness

HTH305

Exploration of the concepts of caring, healing, and wellness from a holistic perspective. The application of alternatives from traditional models are examined. Restricted to BHM/BHP (degree completion), BHS, BAH, BPA or permission of Health Sciences Program Director or instructor. 1 Credit (1 Lecture)

Holistic Approach to Men's Health Issues

HTH306

Men's health topics include risk factors relating to specific diseases in men, diet and exercise, governmental spending on programs for men's health, and work-related issues such as stress management, middle age crisis, and retirement. It is assumed that students have a working knowledge of human anatomy. This course is open to students enrolled in the BAH, BDA, BSDH, or BSN majors, and others with permission of the instructor or director. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Women's Health Issues

HTH307

Examination of current health issues and health care services as they affect women. Unique perspectives on women's lifestyles and health are examined as they interrelate with family, the environment and society. Restricted to BHM/BHP (degree completion), BHS, BAH, BPA or permission of Health Sciences Program Director or instructor. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Health Issues and Transitions

HTH310

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

HTH311

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

HTH312

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)

Cross Discipline Case Management

HTH320

Introduction to the subject of case management for health care practitioners with non-nursing backgrounds. The course will begin with a historical perspective of the changes and current climate in the American health care delivery system and the emerging role and opportunity for the case manager in both traditional medical model and community-based programs. The attributes of a successful case manager: a focus on outcomes awareness of economic impact of services, and good communication, negotiation, and conflict resolution skills will be examined. The course is restricted to students enrolled in the BAH program or by permission of the Dean. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Application of Teaching and Learning Styles in the Allied Health Professions

HTH321

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

HTH325

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)

Health Issues in Geriatrics

HTH327

Appropriate oral health treatment for the elderly is emphasized. Study includes concerns that are unique to the geriatric population. Emphasis on a multidisciplinary approach to treatment and on interpersonal skills needed to interact and communicate with older adults, family members, and other caregivers. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Fall Only.

Medical Ethics

HTH330

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

HTH332

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)

Special Populations

HTH335

Planning strategies for comprehensive health care in four major areas of patients with "special needs." Areas include radiation and chemotherapy treatment, physical and sensory impairments, mother/infant/child clients, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Students can schedule this class only with permission of the Dean of Health Sciences or the Director of Dental Hygiene. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Human Sexuality: A Health Professional's Perspective

HTH336

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.

Health Specialties I

HTH341

Individualized exploration in a specialty area, expanding upon objectives for entry-level study or practice within a specified health discipline. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students broaden their knowledge base to enhance practice skills in a specialized practice related to their discipline. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Health Specialties II

HTH342

Individualized exploration in a specialty area, expanding upon objectives for entry-level study or practice within a specified health discipline. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students broaden their knowledge base and enhance practice skills to prepare for work in a specialized practice related to their discipline. Foundation requirements are directed to academic exploration of theory within the specialty area. Further work includes supervised practice and applications of theory within community settings. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Health Specialties III

HTH343

Individualized exploration in a specialty area, expanding upon objectives for entry-level study or practice within a specified health discipline. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students broaden their knowledge base and enhance practice skills to prepare for work in a specialized practice related to their discipline. Foundation requirements are directed to academic exploration of theory within the specialty area. Further work includes supervised practice for application of theory within a community setting, and synthesis of theory and practice. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Teaching and Learning Concepts and Strategies

HTH352

Introduction to a variety of teaching and learning concepts that apply to all learners, focusing on the issues of teaching and learning in the patient-centered environment. Techniques and strategies that enhance the learning process for pediatric, obstetric, adult, and geriatric clients are explored. Emphasis on using critical thinking skills to identify problems and develop practical solutions within the client-centered environment. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

The Role of the Health Care Provider Related to Death and Dying

HTH360

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.

Informatics in Health Care Delivery

HTH361

Introduction to various computerized information systems, such as: HIS (hospital information systems), NIS (nursing information systems), medical information databases, and bedside computing systems. Emphasis on the application of these information systems to professional health care. Restricted to BAH, BHS, BBA, BHM, BHP, BLA, BPA, BDC majors. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): CSC110 or CSC124. Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Collaborative Health Care

HTH373

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.

Critical Thinking for Nursing

HTH374

Study and self-analysis of individual personal thinking styles. Critical thinking is defined and dimensions of the skills necessary to achieve a quality of decision making and problem solving are addressed. Group work facilitates the development of standards and provision of feedback for particular clinical situational issues and problems. 2 Credits (2 Lecture)

Critical Thinking in Health Care

HTH375

Study and analysis of thinking styles. Critical thinking is defined, and the skills necessary to achieve quality in decision making and problem solving are addressed. (Formerly HTH374) 2 Credits (2 Lecture)

Pharmacology in Health Care

HTH380

Comprehensive review of all drug classifications as well as an in-depth study of prototypes specific to each drug category. Discussion includes pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, therapeutic effects, untoward reactions, and food/drug interactions of these medications, as well as pertinent legal and ethical aspects of medication administration. Individual course work includes a written pharmacological profile based on a client's medication regime or on a predesignated group of drugs. Restricted to BPA, BAH, BHM, BHP majors. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): BIO125. Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Health Promotion in Health Care

HTH381

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

HTH382

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

HTH447

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

HTH448

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)

Philosophy, Ethics and Integrity in Health Care

HTH460

Discussion-oriented seminar allowing students to explore and articulate their own values and beliefs surrounding current health care issues. Ethical decision making and analysis of potential conflicts between personal and professional obligations are discussed. Restricted to BPA, BAH, BHM, BHP majors. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111. Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Family Issues in Health Care Practice

HTH464

Study designed to create an awareness of health related issues facing the contemporary family. Skills learned include assessing families using a variety of assessment tools. Topics discussed include interventions for families with chronic illnesses, families caring for elderly relatives, and families experiencing stress related to life changes; health promotion strategies for maintaining healthy families; and the impact on health care of families who have experienced such things as the death of a child, adoption, and inadequate health care coverage. The role of the professional in delivering alternative approaches to health care, such as music therapy, touch, and spirituality, are discussed. Restricted to the BAH, BHS, BHM, BHP, BPA majors. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Scheduled by Special Arrangement.

Senior Capstone Proposal

HTH494

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.

Senior Capstone

HTH496

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.

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