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Course Descriptions

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 4 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)

HIPS 561 Statistics for Health Professionals
This course covers fundamental concepts and methods of statistics for data analysis, presentation, reporting, and interpretation. Students will develop practical knowledge and skills for application of basic statistical analyses. (4 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)

Assessment for Student Learning
Grading System
A 4.00 High Achievement
B 3.00 Above Average Achievement
C 2.00 Average Achievement
F 0.00 Failure

Grades without Associated Grade Points:
P Pass
F Fail

Assessment Methods
Online student learning is assessed using both formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments include discussion activities, written assignments, written reflections and quizzes. Summative assessments include written papers, projects, presentations and exams.

Graduation Requirements
Students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of 13 quarter hours of program course requirements
  • Successful completion of all course requirements within four years from the date of matriculation
  • A minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all courses in the program curriculum