BS Health Sciences

West Virginia State University

Program Description

BS Health Sciences

West Virginia State University

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences prepares students for work within health education and health related fields. Within the B.S. in Health Sciences Program, there are two emphasis areas: Community Health Education and Leadership in Allied Health and Rehabilitation.

The Community Health Education (non-teaching) emphasis area is designed for students who plan to work as health educators. This emphasis area prepares individuals to take the C.H.E.S. (Certified Health Education Specialist) exam. The field of health education offers many opportunities for graduates to work as health educators in a variety of settings including university settings, corporations, local, state, and federal health departments, hospitals, volunteer agencies, and public schools.

HEALTH EDUCATION/HEALTH SCIENCES THEORY COURSES

150. PRINCIPLES OF HEALTH AND HEALTH PROMOTION (3 credit hours)

An introductory study of the discipline of health education and the many factors that influence our health such as heredity, environment, health care services, and our own behavior. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of health education and health promotion to other disciplines, concepts of learning and behavior change, comprehensive school health programs, models and theories of human development and behavior with application to health education, competencies and skills of health educators, ethics, and current and future issues in health education. Students will also use the Internet to explore the various resources available to school and community health education/promotion specialists.

157. HEALTHY LIVING (2 credit hours)

Designed to inform, interest, and motivate students toward good health as it relates to effective, productive, and satisfying living (physically, mentally, and socially.)

199. SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 CREDIT HOURS)

A lower division course designed for a topic of current interest, inclding televised courses. Prerequisite: As stated for each offering.

251. CONSUMER HEALTH (3 credit hours)

A study of science-based health facts and guidelines to enable consumers to intelligently select health products and services. The course will emphasize the economic aspects of health and the social and psychological factors that influence consumer choices.

252. EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE (2 credit hours)

A course that will equip the students with the ability to recognize health emergencies, evaluate the situation and administer appropriate care.

253. STUDENT HEALTH PROBLEMS (3 credit hours)

Sociological, psychological, and physiological changes that occur in school age students: prevalent problems that occur—their etiology, pathology, diagnosis, and the school's responsibility for health and emergency care of students.

325. SUBSTANCE ABUSE (2 credit hours)

This course provides information and understanding of substance abuse, drugs, and ways to prevent the individual from using drugs.

352. COMMUNITY HEALTH (3 credit hours)

An examination of the broad and challenging profession of community health education with an emphasis on communities and their health status. The course will also address the social/political reasons why many community health problems continue to exist.

354. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN HEALTH (3 credit hours)

This course will examine the current thinking on a variety of health issues. Timely articles which provide students with a variety of points of view regarding health and the complexity of the issues involved will be used. Emphasis will be placed on the development of skills in critical thinking, reasoning, and effective argument.

355. MARKETING, BUDGETING, AND QUALITY PRINCIPLES (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to provide health science majors with the knowledge and skills needed to guide them in collecting, analyzing, and articulating data for marketing, budgeting, and quality principles in the current health care environment, The student's gain in knowledge and personal growth are the goals of the course; the individual's participation and perception become the processes through which the goal is attained.

359. ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAMS (3 credit hours)

Designed to prepare the prospective elementary and middle school teacher to function effectively in the school health program including school health environment, school health services, and special emphasis on school health instruction.

369. ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE-SCHOOL SAFETY PROGRAMS (2 credit hours)

This course is designed to prepare the teacher candidate to receive certification in Adult/Child/Infant CPR and First Aid upon successful completion of teh course. This course will emphasize updated information strategies you can employ in your classroom to protect yourself and your students.

399. SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3 credit hours)

An upper division course designed for a topic of special current interest, including televised courses.Prerequisite: As stated for each offering.

456. METHODS AND STRATEGIES IN HEALTH EDUCATION AND HEALTH PROMOTION (3 credit hours)

Designed to acquaint the prospective teacher with the curriculum, process of concepts, goals, objectives, content, methodology, and evaluation development necessary to achieve desired health knowledge, attitudes, and practices in students. Prerequisite: EDUC 316 or permission of instructor.

457. COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH ASSESSMENT (3 credit hours)

A thorough study of health assessment performed by health and human service professionals. Course will include the practical use of assessments in a variety of physical, behavioral, and social contexts.

458. PLANNING/IMPLEMENTING/EVALUATING INTERVENTIONS IN HHP (3 credit hours)

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to plan, implement, and evaluate health promotion in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed on conducting needs assessments, data collection, intervention theories and models, implementation strategies, evaluation models, reporting. Prerequisite: HHP 456.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


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