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Health 101: Principles of Health

Location: 

Various; distance learning format.

Length: 

30 hours (10 weeks).

Dates: 

December 2013 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: examine the definition of wellness and sources of health information, factors affecting psycho-social health, the impacts of stress on health and assessment methods for health; compare and contrast symptoms, causes and treatment options for psycho-social disorders, improving psycho-social health, and the role of psychiatrists and psychologists; analyze qualities of successful relationships, the nature of sexual identity and expression, human reproduction, and family planning; describe the methods for determining an individual's nutritional needs, benefits of regular physical activity, risk factors and health problems associated with obesity and being overweight, and methods for determining optimal weight; discuss theories of aging alongside the physical and psycho-social changes that occur among older adults, causes of morbidity and mortality, stages of dying and patterns of bereavement, and end-of-life issues; break down how the circulatory system changes with age, the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, types of heart, respiratory and endocrine diseases, risk factors for different types of cancer, autoimmune and immune deficiency disorders, and diabetes; synthesize how risk management strategies can mitigate the effects of environmental toxins like disease-causing agents and chemicals, legislation and human concerns associated with environmental health issues; generate an overview of violence in American society including intentional and non-intentional injuries, homicide, and incorporate measures for maintaining workplace, recreational, residential and automotive safety; and appraise the structure of the U.S. health care system, factors to consider when making health care decisions and survey types of health care and insurance.

Instruction: 

Course materials are presented via audio visual materials. Major topics include: health and wellness fundamentals; psychosocial disorders and mental health; stress risks and disorders; drugs and addictive behavior; impact of alcohol and tobacco on health; substance use risks and disorders; healthy relationships and sexuality; understanding nutrition in health; fitness and weight in personal health; personal health for aging populations; understanding death and bereavement; heart, lung and endocrine system health; understanding cancer risks and treatment; immune disorders and infections; understanding diabetes and genetic disorders; environmental health basics; pollution and environmental issues; violence, injury, and personal safety; and making smart health care choices.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Health (12/16). 

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