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HNUT 504 – Information and Health Literacy (3 QH)

This course introduces students to the skills and techniques needed to become an information literate individual. Students will have the opportunity to acquire and practice the following: identifying the topic of interest or developing a research question; acquiring knowledge through the efficient use of current technologies, such as online and electronic resources; establishing evaluation criteria for information resources; evaluating and integrating the acquired information to answer the original query/research question, while complying with copyright laws/guidelines; and effectively communicating this information, through an appropriate medium, to the target audience in an ethical and legal manner. In addition, students will explore the impact of health literacy on patient care and health outcomes and will acquire the skills needed to assist them in translating information about diseases and their treatments into a language that healthcare consumers can understand.

Research Core course offered during fall quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 505 – Communication Strategies, Methods and Techniques (3 QH)

This course targets strategies, methods and techniques to enhance the effectiveness of professional and client-centered communications. Translation of evidence-based science into layman’s terms will be emphasized. Use of social media, media training, and how to promote oneself as a nutrition professional will be included.

Advanced Professional Skills Core course offered during winter quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 508 – Cultural Dimensions of Health (3 QH)

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that nutrition professionals be prepared to address the issues of culture and health disparities in their practice. This course will explore the various food, nutrition and health habits of different cultural and ethnic groups. It will cover the effect that culture and religion play in health and health disparities.  The changing demographics of the U.S. population will be reviewed with a goal of meeting healthcare and nutritional needs for all.

Health Promotion and Wellness Core course and Nutrition Elective course offered during summer quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 510 – Modern Nutrition (3 QH)

This course provides an in-depth overview of human nutrition including the processes of digestion, absorption, transportation, and excretion of food and nutrients; the structure, function, metabolism, requirements, deficiencies, and toxicities of protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and ultra-trace minerals; and the fundamental principles of energy metabolism and fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance.

Health Promotion and Wellness Core course and Nutrition Certificate course offered during fall quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in Nutrition Certificate for Healthcare Professionals or permission of instructor.

HNUT 512 – Leadership (3 QH)

This course offers the essential elements in developing leadership skills, strategic planning and team performance to support career development and professional leadership activity in health and wellness organizations. The essential elements will be explored within the dynamic evolving landscape of the US Healthcare delivery system.

Advanced Professional Skills Core course offered during spring quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 532 – Instructional Design for Health Education (3 QH)

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).

Health Promotion and Wellness Core course and Education Core course offered during fall quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HNUT 541 – Prevention, Health Promotion and Wellness (3 QH)

Explores 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.

Health Promotion and Wellness Core course and Nutrition Core course offered during winter quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HPHW 583 Independent Study in Health Promotion and Wellness (4 QH)

Students will apply concepts and skills gained through their course work to the professional wellness environment in an approved, interprofessional leadership experience located within a business, institution or agency. The student is expected to complete a minimum of 120 hours within the setting, including the time needed for preliminary planning, implementing and reporting on the completed project. The final report of the completed project will be presented as part of the final Portfolio Evaluation. Final Evaluation course offered during spring quarter.

Prerequisite: Completion of all core and elective course requirements for the MS in Prevention, Health Promotion and Wellness degree, approval of an independent study proposal completed by the student, and completion of the TeamSTEPPS credentialing process as a course component of HNUT 512.

HPHW 596 Portfolio Evaluation for Health Promotion and Wellness (3 QH)

The Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness degree focuses on five competency areas: application of prevention, health promotion and wellness knowledge, educating the individual, family and community on health issues, leadership in an interprofessional health and wellness environment, communicating effectively as a health professional, and demonstration of critical thinking and research evaluation. Achievement of specific learning objectives in these areas of competency will be demonstrated by the student through completion of course projects. These projects will become part of an e-portfolio that will be evaluated by the student and a faculty committee. The portfolio course is the final degree requirement and capstone experience for all students in the Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness program.

Final Evaluation course offered during spring quarter.

Prerequisite: Completion of all core course requirements for the MS in Health Promotion, and Wellness.

HHCM 517 – Management Ethics (3 QH)

The course will provide an overview of bioethics including a broad range of potential concerns in which the healthcare manager may become involved. This encompasses a familiarization with bioethics nomenclature, understanding the ethical decision-making process, and developing an appreciation for the ethical challenges of administrators and clinical practitioners. Legal and risk management issues surrounding ethical dilemmas in healthcare organizations will be examined in addition to the roles of institutional ethics committees and consultants.

Health Promotion and Wellness Core and Nutrition Elective course offered during winter quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HHCM 521 – Evidence Based Management (3 QH)

This course provides an introduction to the utilization of best evidence in managing healthcare issues. The curriculum is intended to prepare the student to identify management problems and develop a related path of focused inquiry, evaluate reliable databases and searching strategies to find evidence, and base management decisions on the best evidence available.

Health Promotion and Wellness Core course offered during summer quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in program or Department Approval.

HHCM 522 – Healthcare Policy and Delivery Systems (4 QH)

The historical evolution of health services provides a backdrop for the core focus of this course: the study of the healthcare system. The curriculum includes an analysis of the current changes in the healthcare environment and the problems affecting the delivery of healthcare in the United States that create a demand for government action. A study of the process of policy formation underscores the complexity and difficulty of government action. Economic and political approaches to health policy analysis will be introduced with a particular focus on contrasting competitive and regulatory approaches to the resolution of health policy problems.

Health Promotion and Wellness Core course offered during spring quarter.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in the program or Department Approval.

HPOP 540  Essentials of Population Health (3 QH)

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.

Offered during fall quarter.

HIPS 561 Statistics for Health Professionals (4 QH)

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.

Offered during winter quarter.

Courses, course descriptions, and quarter offered are subject to change without prior notice.

Health Promotion and Wellness Program Course Plan

Program Course Plan
Year 1 (26 QH)
HHCM 517 Management Ethics (3 QH)
HHCM 521 Evidence-Based Management (3 QH)
HHCM 522 Healthcare Policy and Delivery Systems (4 QH)
HIPS 561 Statistics for Health Professionals (4 QH)
HNUT 504 Information and Health Literacy (3 QH)
HNUT 508 Cultural Dimensions of Health Care (3 QH)
HNUT 510 Modern Nutrition (3 QH)
HNUT 512 Leadership (3 QH)

Year 2 (19 QH)
HNUT 505 Communication Strategies, Methods and Techniques (3 QH)
HNUT 532 Instructional Design for Health Education (3 QH)
HNUT 541 Prevention, Health Promotion and Wellness (3 QH)
HPHW 583 Independent Study in Health Promotion and Wellness (4 QH)
HPHW 596 Portfolio Evaluation in Health Promotion and Wellness (3 QH)
HPOP 540 Essentials of Population Health (3 QH)

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, exams, successful implementation of a community health project, a final written portfolio and final portfolio presentation to a faculty audience.

Graduation Requirements
Students must meet the following program requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of 45 quarter hours of core program course requirements
  • Meet core program competencies as demonstrated by successful completion of portfolio projects in core program courses and in the final Portfolio Evaluation course
  • Successful completion of all course requirements within five 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