Health Courses

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.

Introduction to Community Health


Introduction to community health concepts through an examination of the philosophy, purpose, history, organization, functions, tools, activities, and results of community health practices at the national, state, and local community levels. Application of real world community health problem-solving simulations. Emphasis on the functional study of current community health priorities, methods of prevention, emergency responses, and future challenges. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Health Issues and Transitions


Examines the issue of the aging United States population and its impact on the health care delivery system. Impact of culture, societal issues, and ethnicity on perceptions and attitudes toward aging. Physiological changes of aging, common diseases of the aged and the resulting demands for health care, alternative living accommodation options, technology's impact on the provisions of health care, and the dying to bereavement process are examined in theoretical study and writing intensive assignments. 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


Examination of the fundamentals of short course preparation for the adult learner. Topics include of the adult learning styles, writing objectives, short-term course development, evaluation and assessment, communication and motivation strategies of particular use in developing patient education sessions, continuing education and staff development courses in a health care settings. A variety of approval mechanisms used to award professional continuing education will also be studied. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

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)

Medical Ethics


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


Examination of the history, rationale, theory, design, and evaluation of healthcare quality assurance programs. Course work includes introduction to several universal methods for developing and organizing a quality assurance program; developing the components of a quality assurance plan in a particular healthcare setting; and evaluation of the quality assurance plan. 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.

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.

Introduction to Global Health


Examination of major global health challenges that transcend national boundaries. Emphasis on global disease burden, health determinants and disparities, and global health policies. Coursework includes identifying underlying factors including technological, environmental, behavioral and clutural influences. Analysis of emerging global health priorities through case studies will empower clinical provider attitudes, skills and knowledge to improve the health and well-being of people around the world. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HTH325. (Cultural Diversity, Science, Technology and Society)

Senior Capstone


Opportunity to identify, synthesize, analyze, and develop solutions to an specific health care research issue or problem. An interdisciplinary approach will be used to complete a major written healthcare-related investigative project. Outcomes include a research paper and a formal presentation of project methods and results to an audience. (formerly HTH494/HTH496) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HTH310 and HTH325. (Writing Enriched)


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