Health Education

Health Education

There is little doubt in today’s world that health promotion/disease prevention ­strategies are on nearly every national health care agenda. As a society, we have learned that a fuller measure of health, a better quality of life, is within the grasp of almost all people. The lifestyle choices a person makes today may influence that individual’s health forever.

The undergraduate program in Health Education is designed to prepare students to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion programs, interventions and strategies, serve as an advocate to support healthy behaviors and healthy environments, and lead in empowering individuals, groups and communities to achieve optimal health, well-being and quality of life. More specifically, they learn to facilitate the adoption of actions which are conducive to the health of individuals, groups, or communities.

Graduates with a baccalaureate degree in Health Education are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) national certification offered through the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). The undergraduate school health emphasis is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teachers (NCATE).

Students in the Health Education Program may choose from three emphases or options:

  1. school health emphasis,
  2. community/worksite health emphasis, or
  3. addiction studies option.

Teaching and non-teaching minors are available. Graduate degrees are offered through a Master of Health Education (MHE) and a Master of Public Health (MPH).

Health Education Program Goals and Objectives

Coursework in the Idaho State University undergraduate Health Education program prepares students to work with individuals, groups, and organizations and are based on the following Seven Areas of Responsibilities for Health Education Specialists that have been identified by NCHEC:

  • Assess Needs, Resources, and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
  • Plan Health Education/Promotion
  • Implement Health Education/Promotion
  • Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion 
  • Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion
  • Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person
  • Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Health Education

Major in Health Education

Students choosing to major in health education must complete all university General Education Requirements for the B.A. or B.S. degree, all core health education requirements, and all courses from one of the two emphasis areas listed below. Students selecting the school health emphasis should complete coursework toward a teaching minor or second teaching major. In addition, students wishing to teach must also complete all College of Education course requirements.

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education

  1. Completion of the university General Education Requirements, a minimum of 36 credits (see General Education Requirements and Applying to Graduate in the Academic Information section of this catalog). Courses which partially or wholly fulfill both General Education Objectives and major requirements are:
BIOL 1101
1101L
Biology I
and Biology I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
4
INFO 1101Digital Information Literacy (Satisfies General Education Objective 8)3
COMM 1101Principles of Speech (Satisfies General Education Objective 2)3
ECON 2202Principles of Microeconomics (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)3
ENGL 1102Critical Reading and Writing (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 1)3
MATH 1153Introduction to Statistics (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)3
PSYC 1101Introduction to General Psychology (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)3

2.  Completion of the following required courses:

ENGL 3307Professional and Technical Writing3
NTD 1139Consumer Nutrition3
Or
NTD 2239Nutrition (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)3

3. Completion of the Health Education Major Core Requirements (21 credits).

4. Completion of the courses from one of the two emphasis areas listed below. Students selecting the school health emphasis should complete coursework toward a teaching minor or second teaching major. In addition, students wishing to teach must also complete all College of Education course requirements.

5. Completion of elective courses. Elective courses should be selected according to the student’s interests and career needs, in conjunction with a faculty advisor. The total number of elective credit hours may include course prerequisites for General Education requirements and is dependent on the health education major emphasis area selected.

In Addition:

Credits earned in a health education course with a grade of lower than a “C” will not be counted toward graduation for a health education major. The student must present a current first aid and CPR card to her/his advisor.

Health Education Major Core Requirements (21 credits)

HE 2200Promoting Wellness3
HE 2221Introduction to Health Education3
HE 3340
3340L
Fitness and Wellness Programs
and Fitness and Wellness Programs Laboratory
3
HE 3342Stress and Emotional Health3
HE 4410Health Behavior Change Theory and Application3
HE 4420Health Program Planning and Implementation3
HE 4435Health Program Evaluation and Research3
Total Hours21

Addiction Studies Option (minimum of 36 credits)1

In addition to the Health Education Major Core, the following courses are required in the Addictions Studies option:

HE 2210Medical Terminology and Communication2
HE 2232Helping Theories3
HE 3311Case Management of Substance Abuse3
HE 3312Ethics for the Addictions Counselor3
HE 3383Epidemiology3
HE 4432Community and Public Health3
HE 4443Substance Abuse and Health Education3
HCA/HE 4473Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing3
HE 4490Practicum in Health Education4
HCA 3350Organizational Behavior in Healthcare3
or MGT 3312 Individual and Organizational Behavior
HCA 3384Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations3
Total Hours33
1

Must also complete 6 credit hours of HE courses

Community/Worksite Health Emphasis (minimum of 36 credits)1

In addition to the Health Education Major Core, the following courses are required in the Community/Worksite Health Emphasis:

HE 2210Medical Terminology and Communication2
HE 3383Epidemiology3
HE 4432Community and Public Health3
HE 4442Environmental Health and Health Education3
HE 4443Substance Abuse and Health Education3
HE 4445Human Sexuality and Health Education3
HCA/HE 4473Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing3
HE 4490Practicum in Health Education4
HCA 3350Organizational Behavior in Healthcare3
or MGT 3312 Individual and Organizational Behavior
HCA 3384Human Resource Management in Healthcare Organizations3
Total Hours30
1

Must also complete 6 credit hours of HE courses

School Health Emphasis (12 credits)

In addition to the Health Education Major Core listed above, the following courses are required in the School Health Emphasis:

HE 4430Curriculum and Methods in Health Education3
HE 4442Environmental Health and Health Education3
HE 4443Substance Abuse and Health Education3
HE 4445Human Sexuality and Health Education3
Total Hours12

Students in the School Health Emphasis must also complete the Professional Education Core (44 credits) from the College of Education (see Secondary Teacher Education requirements).

TOTAL CREDITS FOR HEALTH EDUCATION DEGREE        42-51 credits

Health Education Teaching Minor (21 credits)

Prerequisites:

  • Admission to Teacher Education Program

Required Courses:

HE 2200Promoting Wellness3
HE 2221Introduction to Health Education3
HE 3340
3340L
Fitness and Wellness Programs
and Fitness and Wellness Programs Laboratory
3
HE 3342Stress and Emotional Health3
HE 4430Curriculum and Methods in Health Education3
Select two of the following three courses: 6
Environmental Health and Health Education
Substance Abuse and Health Education
Human Sexuality and Health Education
Total Hours21

Health Education Non-teaching Minor (21 credits)

Required Courses:

HE 2200Promoting Wellness3
HE 2221Introduction to Health Education3
HE 3340
3340L
Fitness and Wellness Programs
and Fitness and Wellness Programs Laboratory
3
HE 3342Stress and Emotional Health3
HE 4410Health Behavior Change Theory and Application3
HE 4420Health Program Planning and Implementation3
HE 4435Health Program Evaluation and Research3
Total Hours21

Addiction/Dependency Counselor Certification

Any Health Education majors who wish Idaho CADC certification must complete the following coursework and pass the ISAS Level I exam. Two courses are taught each semester and will be listed in the Class Schedule; contact the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences to learn which courses will be scheduled in the future.

HE 2230Introduction to Addictions3
HE 2232Helping Theories3
HE 2233Harmful and Illicit Substances3
HE 2234Blood Borne Illness1
HE 2235Chemical Dependency and the Family3
HE 3310Screening and Assessment of Substance Abuse3
HE 3311Case Management of Substance Abuse3
HE 3312Ethics for the Addictions Counselor3
HE 3313Practicum for the Chemical Dependency Counselor3

MAP for BA/BS in Health Education with an Emphasis in Community/Worksite Health

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1101 or 1101P (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 1)3-4ENGL 1102 (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 1)3
MATH 1153 (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)3HE 22213
BIOL 1101
1101L (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
4INFO 1101 (Satisfies General Education Objective 8)3
HE 22003ECON 2202 (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)3
HE 22102PSYC 1101 (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 6)3
 15-16 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
COMM 1101 (Satisfies General Education Objective 2)3NTD 1139 or 22393
General Education Objective 5 Natural Sciences3HE 3340
3340L
3
General Education Objective 4 Humanities, Fine Arts and Foreign Language3General Education Objective 4 Humanities, Fine Arts and Foreign Language3
HE Elective3General Education Objective 9 Cultural Diversity3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 33073HE 44323
HE 33423HE 44423
HE 33833HE 44453
HE 44103HE 4473 or HCA 44733
HE Elective3HCA 3350 or MGT 33123
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
HE 44203HE 44353
HE 44433HE 44904
HCA 33843Electives8
Electives6 
 15 15
Total Hours: 120-121

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Courses

HE 1100 Driver Training and Traffic Safety: 1 semester hour.

Basic instruction and procedures in the operation of motor vehicles, defensive driving, and general traffic safety. Classroom, driving simulation, and range and road experience. D

HE 1160 Women's Rape Aggression Defense: 1 semester hour.

Realistic self-defense tactics and techniques designed for women. Awareness, prevention, risk reduction, risk avoidance, and basic hands-on defense training. R.A.D. is not a Martial Arts program. Equivalent to PE 1160. PREREQ: Permission of Public Safety Office or sponsoring program. F, S

HE 1190 Alcohol and Drug Awareness I: 1 semester hour.

Essential elements of identification and recognition of behaviors relating to substance abuse; discussion of laws pertaining to illegal substance use; costs and programs that deal primarily with the intervention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse. F, S, Su

HE 2200 Promoting Wellness: 3 semester hours.

A survey of the issues and topics that most affect health and wellness. Particular emphasis is placed on the intelligent self-direction of health behaviors. Topics address individual health assessments and decision-making skills. F, S, Su

HE 2201 Selected Topics in Health Education: 1 semester hour.

Topical courses emphasizing the effects of individual lifestyle choices on health. Topics include stress and emotional health, consumer health, and trust and self-esteem. May be repeated for up to 3 credits. F, S

HE 2210 Medical Terminology and Communication: 2 semester hours.

Terminology and vocabulary basic to all areas of medical science, hospital services, and allied health specialties. Develops skills in correct written and oral usage of medical terms. Equivalent to HCA 2210. F, S

HE 2211 Health Education Methods Elementary: 1 semester hour.

A study of subject content of the health education program with emphasis on methods and materials to be used by the elementary classroom teacher. F, D

HE 2221 Introduction to Health Education: 3 semester hours.

Concepts essential to understanding the discipline: competencies, ethics, health education theories and philosophies, and career opportunities for professional health educators in school and community settings. F, S

HE 2230 Introduction to Addictions: 3 semester hours.

Four primary aspects of addiction: the physiology of drugs of abuse and chemical addiction, the assessment and diagnosis of chemical dependency, the treatment of addictive disorders, and topics focused on special populations. D

HE 2232 Helping Theories: 3 semester hours.

Provides an introduction to the essential components and techniques of addiction counseling. Students will learn the basic facilitation model, group techniques, counseling theories, issues faced by beginning counselors, and characteristics of the effective counselor. D

HE 2233 Harmful and Illicit Substances: 3 semester hours.

This course is designed to introduce students to drug classification systems and specific drugs within each classification. The psychological and physical effects, signs and symptoms of use, abuse, dependency, overdose, and withdrawal. D

HE 2234 Blood Borne Illness: 1 semester hour.

Provides a basic understanding of blood borne pathogens/infectious diseases within an addictions framework. Promotes competency and ethical responsibility in assessing client needs in regard to blood borne pathogens/infectious diseases. D

HE 2235 Chemical Dependency and the Family: 3 semester hours.

Provides an overview of functional and dysfunctional families, the impact of chemical dependency on individual and family systems; and treatment modalities and appropriate referral resources. D

HE 2270 Peer Education in Health: 2 semester hours.

Covers methods and techniques of presenting health information to college students. Interview required with instructor prior to enrolling. May be repeated to 4 credits. PREREQ: Approval of instructor. F, S

HE 2287 Healthful Cooking: 2 semester hours.

Nutritional components of food, food preparation techniques, and recipe selection and development, all from a health perspective. Emphasis on food products that are both healthful and flavorful. PREREQ: NTD 1139 or NTD 2239. S

HE 2290 Alcohol and Drug Awareness II: 1 semester hour.

Case studies of active drug users and recovering addicts; in-depth discussion of the family dynamics of drug/alcohol abusers; medical aspects of chemical dependency. F, S, Su

HE 2299 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This course is not described in the catalog. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times.

HE 3310 Screening and Assessment of Substance Abuse: 3 semester hours.

Provides a basic understanding of appraisal techniques within an addictions framework. Promotes competency and ethical responsibility in assessing clients. Enhances the ability to assess client's needs based on clinical knowledge and instrumentation. D

HE 3311 Case Management of Substance Abuse: 3 semester hours.

Provides a basic understanding of case management philosophy and basic case management skills within an addictions framework. Promotes competency and ethical responsibilities. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. D

HE 3312 Ethics for the Addictions Counselor: 3 semester hours.

Provides information regarding ethical and legal issues in the field of chemical dependency counseling. Topics include values and helping relationships, client's rights and counselor responsibilities. D

HE 3313 Practicum for the Chemical Dependency Counselor: 3 semester hours.

Practical experience in a field based setting congruent with the core functions of a chemical dependency counselor including: assessment, counseling, groups, education, and professional responsibility. D

HE 3314 Group Skills for Addiction Counselors: 3 semester hours.

Introduces students to group theory and practice as a treatment modality in counseling clients with chemical dependency issues. D

HE 3340 Fitness and Wellness Programs: 3 semester hours.

A study of the theory, development, and application of components necessary for providing fitness and wellness programs in a variety of settings. PREREQ: HE 2200 and HE 2221. COREQ: HE 3340L. S, D

HE 3340L Fitness and Wellness Programs Laboratory: 0 semester hours.

Assignments to apply principles from HE 3340. COREQ: HE 3340. F

HE 3342 Stress and Emotional Health: 3 semester hours.

Stress response, causes of stress, and stress management techniques/strategies. Effect of the mind on the body relative to various disease states. Includes the connection between spirituality and health; and emotional health-related topics such as anger, depression and stress, and sleep deprivation. F

HE 3350 Driver and Traffic Safety Education I: 2 semester hours.

Comprehensive study of factors basic to responsible driving. Practical application to improve driving skills and understanding of the organization, administration, and planning of a driver traffic safety education curriculum. Su

HE 3383 Epidemiology: 3 semester hours.

The study of the distribution, frequency and determinants of diseases and injuries in human populations with the overall goal of implementing prevention and control programs. PREREQ: MATH 1153 or MGT 2216. F

HE 4401 Issues in Health and Wellness: 1-3 semester hours.

Contemporary health and wellness issues emphasizing education interventions and application. Topics may include: death and dying, computer technology in health, healthy aging, motivation, emergency preparedness, alternative and complementary medicine, international health. May be repeated for up to 6 credits with different content. F, S, Su

HE 4410 Health Behavior Change Theory and Application: 3 semester hours.

Provides a basic understanding of the social, emotional, and lifestyle factors related to health behavior. Strategies designed to identify barriers to behavior and to enhance the health of selected populations are examined. PREREQ: Health Education major, Junior standing, HE 2200, and HE 2221. F, D

HE 4420 Health Program Planning and Implementation: 3 semester hours.

Provides both a theoretical framework for and skill development in organizing, planning, and implementing community health interventions. Key topics include: planning models, assessing community needs, presentation strategies, and budgeting. PREREQ or COREQ: HE 4410. F, D

HE 4425 Patient Education Skills: 2 semester hours.

Foundations and application of organizational and communication skills which promote a positive atmosphere for patient education in clinical and worksite settings. S, D

HE 4430 Curriculum and Methods in Health Education: 3 semester hours.

Curriculum planning, implementation, methodology, and evaluative procedures utilized in the school health education setting. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of content and practical experiences. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. S

HE 4432 Community and Public Health: 3 semester hours.

Aspects of the community that relate to health; identification and analysis of community and public health programs; organizational pattern and functions of voluntary and governmental health agencies; organizing the community for health action; and coordination of community and public health programs. PREREQ or COREQ: HE 4410. S, D

HE 4435 Health Program Evaluation and Research: 3 semester hours.

The application of research and evaluation models for decision-making program and policy development of community health education interventions. Focus on the individual, family, and social network levels of practice. PREREQ: HE 4420. S, D

HE 4441 Driver and Traffic Safety Education II: 2 semester hours.

Development of student learning activities in driver and traffic safety education. Directed laboratory teaching experience includes teaching of beginning drivers in classroom and behind-the-wheel phases. PREREQ: HE 3350. S

HE 4442 Environmental Health and Health Education: 3 semester hours.

Study of a variety of issues related to protecting and preserving the environment with an emphasis on school and community educational programs. S, D

HE 4443 Substance Abuse and Health Education: 3 semester hours.

Study of the physical, psychological, sociological, and environmental factors related to drug use with emphasis on school and community prevention programs. F, D

HE 4445 Human Sexuality and Health Education: 3 semester hours.

Study of the multifaceted nature of human sexuality with an emphasis on school and community-level educational programs. S, D

HE 4473 Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing: 3 semester hours.

Current marketing trends in the health care marketplace. Consumer orientation; health care marketing plans, strategy development, basic public health and free-enterprise marketing principles. Strategies to promote social change and the importance of core human values of freedom, autonomy, control, and fairness. Equivalent to HCA 4473. S, D

HE 4485 Independent Problems in Health Education: 1-3 semester hours.

Individual work under staff guidance. Field and/or library research on specific health education problems of interest to majors and minors. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. F, S, Su

HE 4490 Practicum in Health Education: 4 semester hours.

Practical experience in a field based setting, congruent with student's employment goals. Required for community/worksite health option students. Graded S/U. PREREQ: Senior standing in Health Education and permission of instructor. F, S, Su

HE 4491 Health Education Workshop: 1-3 semester hours.

A critical analysis of one or more areas of health education. Limited enrollment. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. F, S, Su

HE 4498 Professional Education Development: 1-3 semester hours.

A course for the practicing health educator aimed at the development and improvement of educational skills. Various sections will have different subtitles.Graded S/U. D

HE 4498P Professional Education Development: 3 semester hours.

New methods and opportunities to enhance and supplement skills. Subject to the approval of the Dean of the student's college, a maximum of eight credits earned in workshops may be applied toward a degree; students taking the courses only for personal development may choose the 0-credit option; those seeking professional development must choose a for-credit option.

HE 4499 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This course is not described in the catalog. The course title and number of credits are announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times.

Faculty

Director and Asst. Professor

Fore

Instructor

Caudle

Associate Professor

Olsen

Clinical Assistant Professor

Salazar

Emeriti

Kearns

Kritsky

McAleese

Morris

Rankin

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