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Health (HTH) Course Descriptions

Department of Health and Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Development


NOTE: All prerequisites for Health (HTH) courses must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

HTH 2133  School Health [TCCN: TECA 1318.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course is designed to provide teacher certification students with the opportunity to gain developmentally appropriate knowledge and skills in health and environmental safety. It will address health-related issues in personal, interpersonal, and community settings and creating a safe teaching environment.

HTH 2413 Introduction to Community and Public Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course is a survey of the profession of public health and the competencies required of health educators, including examination of philosophies, ethics and current trends. This course serves as a foundation for other courses in the health degree.

HTH 2513  Personal Health [TCCN: KINE 1304.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Emphasizes the concept of mind, body, and spirit as necessary components of total well-being; principles of preventive health; and self-responsibility for personal health behaviors.

HTH 3003  Survey of Drugs and Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of the use and abuse of drugs and other substances. Examines addiction, dependence, tolerance, motivation for use, and effects of substance abuse on health and society. Non-Health majors and minors only.

HTH 3013  Survey of Human Nutrition
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An overview approach to understanding the principles of nutrition and their effect on health and fitness. Emphasis on major nutritional issues throughout the human life cycle; self-evaluation of diet and fitness habits. Non-Health majors and minors only.

HTH 3023  Survey of Human Sexuality
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A study examining the breadth of human sexuality, including psychosocial, cultural and physical aspects, and its impact on our lives. Non-Health majors and minors only.

HTH 3043  Principles of Weight Management
(3-1) 3 hours credit.
An in-depth study of the field of prevention and management of obesity. This course provides practical application of nutritional, psychological, and physical activity principles that help individuals manage their own weight and is suitable for students in health, kinesiology, psychology, biology, counseling, or others. A noncompetitive, monitored activity component is required.

HTH 3303  Physical Activity and Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: HTH 3503.
The course provides a survey of the health-related effects and social-cultural and behavioral determinants of physical activity and exercise. Biological/physiological mechanisms for adaptations to physical activity are also addressed.

HTH 3503  Theories of Health Behavior
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Designed to provide an overview of health behavior theories, program planning models and multi-level interventions typically used in public health. Each level of the socio-ecological model will be discussed including individual, interpersonal, organization, community and policy. Directed field experience is required. (Formerly titled “Foundations of Health Theory.”)

HTH 3513  Community Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: HTH 2413 and HTH 3503.
Study of community health problems and the function and organization of public, private, and voluntary health agencies, application of health theories and models and program planning methods. Directed field experience is required. Offered Fall Semester only.

HTH 3523  Worksite Health Promotion
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: HTH 2413 and HTH 3503.
Organization, administration, and supervision of health programs in the community, school, business, or industry setting. Application of health theories, models and program planning methods is required. Directed field experience is required. Offered Spring Semester only.

HTH 3533  Drugs and Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Core science requirements, anatomy and physiology, HTH 2413, and HTH 3503.
Study of the use and abuse of drugs and other substances. Examines addiction, dependence, tolerance, motivation for use, and effects of substance abuse on health and society. Application of theories and models for program development, implementation and evaluation. Health majors and minors only. Offered Spring Semester only.

HTH 3543  Growth and Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Physical, social, and psychological development throughout the life cycle. Emphasis on changes in early adolescence and their implications for health professionals. Offered Spring Semester only.

HTH 3553  Emotional Wellness
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Practical application of techniques for shaping healthier emotional behavior; emphasis on personality, stress management, and fulfilling relationships. Offered Fall Semester only.

HTH 3563  Child and Adolescent Health Promotion
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Designed for students who are interested in promoting the health of youth, as well as those students pursuing academic training in elementary and secondary education, and school and community practitioners. The primary goal of this course is to improve the health literacy of teachers and health promotion specialists through understanding and application of evidence-based child and adolescent health promotion concepts. Offered Fall Semester only.

HTH 4503  Human Disease and Epidemiology
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An in-depth look at the etiology, prevention, and treatment of chronic and contagious diseases afflicting humans and epidemiological methods.

HTH 4513  Consumer Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Study of the consumer’s selection of health products and services; health frauds, scams and quackery; and the acquisition of basic knowledge for making responsible decisions when selecting professional, complementary, or alternative health care services and products. Offered Fall Semester only.

HTH 4523  Understanding Human Sexuality
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: HTH 2413 and HTH 3503.
An in-depth study of human sexuality, including psychosocial, cultural and physical aspects. Application of theories and models for program development, implementation and evaluation. Health majors and minors only. Directed field experience is required. Offered Spring Semester only.

HTH 4533  Nutrition and Health
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Core science and mathematics requirements, BIO 2083, BIO 2103, HTH 2413, and HTH 3503.
An in-depth examination of the principles of nutrition and their effects on health and fitness. Emphasis on critical thinking and translation of nutritional knowledge to real-world settings. Includes self-evaluation of diet and fitness habits. Application of health theories and models for program development, implementation, and evaluation in nutritional context. Health majors and minors only.

HTH 4543  Environmental Health and Safety
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Intensive coverage of the aspects of a human being’s health and safety in a changing environment. Considers applicable factors of ecology, including problems related to water, waste, pesticides, foods, radiation, population, and other aspects of the total ecosystem, as well as personal and occupational safety within these parameters. Offered Fall Semester only.

HTH 4911-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

HTH 4936  Internship in Health
6 hours credit. Prerequisites: Student is required to have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or greater and must be within 12 semester credit hours of graduation.
The opportunity for work experience in a private or public health-related agency. Opportunities are developed in consultation with the faculty advisor and on-site coordinator. No more than 6 semester credit hours of internship will apply to a bachelor’s degree. (Credit cannot be earned for both HTH 4936 and KIN 4936.)

HTH 4951-3  Special Studies in Health
(1-0, 2-0, 3-0) 1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study in an area of health not available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

HTH 4993  Honors Thesis
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to candidates for honors in the Department of Health and Kinesiology during the last two semesters; consent of the Honors College.
Supervised research and preparation of an honors thesis. May be repeated once for credit with advisor’s approval.


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