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Health Promotion and Wellness Course Descriptions

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HPHX 568 (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.

HPHX 569 (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.

HPHX 570 (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.

HPHX 571 (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.

HPHX 573 (HNUT 532) – Instructional Design for Health Education (3 QH)

This course is 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).

HPHX 574 (HNUT 541) – Prevention, Health Promotion and Wellness (3 QH)

This course 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.

HPHX 575 (HNUT 542) - Complementary Medicine and Dietary Supplements (3 QH)

This course is an overview of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) that includes alternative medical systems, holistic, integrative, mind-body interventions and biologically based therapies including a variety of herbs and dietary supplements such as botanicals, vitamins and minerals. The regulatory policies relating to safety of the therapies will be discussed. An evidence-based process will be used to analyze associated benefits and regulatory concerns.

HPHX 576 (HNUT 576) - Nutrition in Human Physical Performance (3 QH)

This course focuses on the role of nutrition in the physiological and metabolic responses of the body to a wide range of physical activity. Macronutrient, micronutrient and fluid needs associated with physical activity and the nutritional needs of special athletic populations will be addressed. Topics such as the role of physical activity in the prevention of disease and the promotion of health and wellness, the use of supplements in athletes and exercise prescription for health conditions will also be discussed.

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.

Prerequisites: HPHX 574 (HNUT 541) and HPHX 571 (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.

HPHX 504 (HHCM 507) - Healthcare Informatics (3 QH)

This course will provide an overview of the management of data and information resources critical to effective and efficient healthcare delivery. Course concepts will include: ensuring accurate and complete data; coding for reimbursement; ensuring quality of data; analyzing data for decision support, research and public policy; and the protection of patient privacy and security. Interactions with healthcare entities such as patient care organizations, payers, research and policy agencies, etc. will also be discussed.

HPHX 507 (HHCM 511) - Healthcare Management in Non-Hospital Settings (3 QH)

While the hospital is the centerpiece of the healthcare system, so much health care is delivered outside this setting. Students will be introduced to many healthcare services outside the traditional setting of the hospital and gain knowledge of the operations of such healthcare settings. The course will be divided into four parts: Traditional Care, Diagnosing, Acute-Care Treatment and Chronic Care, and within each area students will explore the basic operations of various healthcare settings such as outpatient clinics and surgical centers, pharmacies, outpatient laboratories, chiropractic centers, adult daycare, and hospice care.

HPHX 510 (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.

HPHX 531 (HHCM 520) - Cultural Diversity and the Management of Healthcare (3 QH)

This course introduces the student to the importance of providing culturally appropriate health care for the diverse ethnic populations encountered in the U.S. healthcare system. The significance of family traditions, cultural heritage and health and healing traditions on the patient’s interaction with the healthcare delivery system and providers will be explored. Students will develop interventions that providers and managers of health care can use to diminish the conflict that patients may experience between their traditions related to cultural heritage and the American healthcare system.

HPHX 514 (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.

HPHX 515 (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.

HPHX 517 (HHCM 524) - Organizational Behavior and Human Resources (3 QH)

This course in Organizational Behavior (OB) and Human Resources (HR) is designed to introduce students to organizational behavior theory, organizational communication, and human resource management principles to effectively lead and manage an organization. The Organizational Behavior students will apply management and leadership techniques garnered from successful healthcare organizations to understand and practice management functions, including: understanding employee behavior and motivation, assessing performance, employing groups and teams, operationalizing communication, evaluating conflict, and making appropriate business decisions. The Human Resources functions of planning, recruiting, selecting, training, and appraising will be emphasized. Realistic case studies, collaborative discussions, practical research, and peer reviews will be used to develop students’ skills in organizational behavior and human resource management. Other topics will include rights and responsibilities of employers and employees, and future trends.

HPHX 625 (HHCM 630) - Public Health Epidemiology (4 QH)

This course explores the epidemiology of infectious and acute disease. Using conceptual foundations and applied solutions, students will use course readings and team discussions to prepare to examine the impact of infectious diseases involving various populations. The taxonomy and the chain of infection required for successful transmission of disease are included.

HPHX 540 (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.

HPHX 541 (HPOP 541) - Community Health Assessment and Intervention (3 QH)

This course addresses community health topics in order to provide the skills required to delineate health status and design appropriate interventions and ongoing evaluation strategies for improved health of a defined community. The student will use evidence to identify health-related needs, collect appropriate data to support those defined needs, determine health disparities and identify resources to meet a set of priorities.

HPHX 530 (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.

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

Health Promotion and Wellness Program Course Plan

Core Courses (42 QH)
HPHX 510 (HHCM 517) Management Ethics (3 QH)
HPHX 514 (HHCM 521) Evidence-Based Management (3 QH)
HPHX 515 (HHCM 522) Healthcare Policy and Delivery Systems (4 QH)
HPHX 530 (HIPS 561) Statistics for Health Professionals (4 QH)
HPHX 568 (HNUT 504) Information and Health Literacy (3 QH)
HPHX 569 (HNUT 505) Communication Strategies, Methods and Techniques (3 QH)
HPHX 570 (HNUT 510) Modern Nutrition (3 QH)
HPHX 571 (HNUT 512) Leadership (3 QH)
HPHX 573 (HNUT 532) Instructional Design for Health Education (3 QH)
HPHX 574 (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)
HPHX 540 (HPOP 540) Essentials of Population Health (3 QH)
Elective (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 courses and elective 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