Health Studies Course Descriptions

HLTH 1100 Career Explorations for the Health Professions (1 semester hour) Centered on guest speakers, this one hour course aims to develop a holistic approach for healthcare and to explore the realities of various health professions. Students will investigate many options for present and next-generation health careers, and learn what courses and activities will open doors to their areas of interest. Appropriate for any level student. Students must register for this course through the Health Professions Advising Center in JO 4.800. (1-0) Y

HLTH 1322 Human Nutrition (3 semester hours) This is an introduction to human nutrition. Topics will include classes, sources, and function of nutrients, digestion and absorption, and metabolism with applications to normal and therapeutic nutritional needs. (3-0) Y

HLTH 2100 Directed Readings in Healthcare (1 semester hour) Directed reading course covering topics in healthcare, healthcare-related settings and biomedical research. Students will be exposed to a variety of topics relevant to healthcare and preparation for careers in the health professions. Sophomores only. Permission of the Health Professions Advising Center required. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. (2 hours maximum) (1-0) Y

HLTH 3101 Medical Terminology (1 semester hour) This course is an introduction to the origins and basics of medical terminology. This course examines basic word structure including suffixes and prefixes, the organization of the human body, the definition of useful diagnostic and procedural terminology, and commonly used medical abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols. (1-0) Y

HLTH 3300 Pre-Health Professional Development (3 semester hours) This course will introduce students to the concept of professionalism within a healthcare context including issues of appropriate personal attributes and expectations, ethical decision making, interpersonal communication, and self-appraisal. It will also have an overview of the history of medicine in the U.S., and examination of current issues in healthcare and discussions about personal enrichment through research, clinical activities, and study abroad experiences. Must be at least a sophomore. Students must register for this course through the Health Professions Advising Center in FO2.210 (3-0) Y

HLTH 3301 Issues in Geriatric Healthcare (3 semester hours) This course will explore the health, social, psychological, economic and family issues that impact the health status of older adults. An overview of the healthcare system, hospice, home health care professionals, and productive aging will be presented. Students considering careers in the health care field will learn about the multiple factors that must be considered when working with this complex patient population. (3-0) R

HLTH 3305 The U.S. Healthcare System (3 semester hours) This course examines the structure and components of the U.S. healthcare system including hospitals, long-term care, home health and hospice and an analysis of the roles and interconnections among these components. Students will also receive an overview of payment sources and referral systems as well as an exploration of the roles of healthcare professionals in various healthcare settings. (3-0) Y

HLTH 3310 Health Care Issues: Global Perspectives (3 semester hours) This course examines the social and political aspects of global healthcare issues. Stressing principles of cultural competence, we will examine varying meanings of "health" as well as the range of factors that encourage the health of some and deny it for others. Through a combination of "macro-level" (national and international)as well as "micro-level" (local) analysis, we will enhance our understanding of the global dimensions of health and disease, various strategies of health initiatives, and the short-and-long-term outcomes of both diseases and correlating health care interventions. Topics may include: maternal mortality, HIV, health and environmental hazards, health systems, health and human rights, grass roots initiatives, the millennium development goals, chronic disease and female genital surgeries. (3-0) R

HLTH 4108 Verbal Reasoning and Writing for Pre-Health (1 semester hour) This course develops professional –level text analysis and composition skills critical to lifelong success in the health professions.  Students analyze connotation, content and rhetorical structure, evaluate relationships, and authorial perspective, and craft short compositions.  Students will also develop the critical thinking and methodological skills necessary for success on the MCAT and similar exams, success in professional school and success in the health professions. (1-0) R

HLTH 4380 Special Topics in Healthcare (3 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (6 hours maximum). Prerequisites: upper-division standing or permission of the instructor or associate dean. (3-0) R

HLTH 4V01 Health Professions Independent Study (1-6 semester hours) Independent Study under a faculty member's direction. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum.) Consent of the Health Professions Advising Center required. ([1-6]-0) R

HLTH 4V04 Health Professions Internship (1-6 credit hours) The internship provides students with exposure to a professional healthcare environment, interaction with a variety of disciplines, application of theory to practice and the opportunity to clarify career goals. The learning experience is faculty supervised and requires journal documentation and a research paper. The internship must be approved by the instructor before commencing the internship. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum) Same as BIS 4V04 ([1-6]-0) S