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Course Description

In a focused series of four courses, the Essentials of Health Promotion and Wellness certificate addresses the need for assessment and development of health promotion and wellness initiatives to improve health related outcomes of individuals, families and communities within the context of population health. The certificate is a suitable option for individuals who presently may not choose to complete the full Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness degree program.

Program Completion
Students must complete four online courses within 5 years from the date of enrollment

Certificate Courses

HPOP 540 Essentials of Population Health
This course is designed as an overview of the essentials of population health practices to address the prioritized healthcare needs of populations with a goal of making recommendations to improve access to care, improve quality of care and reduce cost of care. (3 quarter hours)

HNUT 532 Instructional Design for Health Education
Designed to provide the healthcare professional with educational skills and techniques for the classroom, the individual client and for continuing education programs. The skills and techniques addressed are developing teaching materials to include learner assessment, creating learning objectives, designing student-focused teaching methods, assessing learning outcomes and evaluating the educational experience. This course will primarily focus on learning theories for the adult learner. The student will design a complete educational offering (teaching module). (3 quarter hours)

HNUT 585 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
This is a graduate level, introductory course that covers the principles and methods of epidemiological investigation and biostatistics as they apply to disease prevention and health improvement. The course emphasizes practical application of statistics and explores the relationship between epidemiology and biostatistics. (3 quarter hours)

HNUT 541 Prevention, Health Promotion and Wellness
This course explores the concepts of wellness, prevention and health promotion for the individual and the community. This will be accomplished through implementing basic community health concepts of epidemiology, levels of prevention, and risk assessment within the context of health promotion activities. Students will analyze their own personal health promotion needs and selected needs within a chosen community. Based on the standards outlined in Healthy People 2020, students will develop health promotion activities for community health problems of their choice based on an assessment of need. Students will develop, track and analyze an individual health promotion plan for themselves. (3 quarter hours)