Health Minor Course Requirements and Descriptions

The Health Minor consists of a minimum of five course units, including:

  • Health 280 - Perspectives in Global Health
  • Health 300 - Achieving Wellness: Issues and Choices
  • Health 330 - Human Sexuality

At least one of the following

  • Health 230 - Human Nutrition
  • Health 297 / 397 - Internship in Health
  • Health 301 - Stress Management
  • Health 310- Special Topics in Health
  • Health 350 - Drug Abuse: The Individual and Society
  • Health 351 - Abuse in America
  • Health 370 - Women's Health

One of the following:

  • Psychology 100 - General Psychology
  • Psychology 253- Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Biology 110 - Biology and Human Concerns
  • Biology 117 - Physiological Myths
  • Sociology 305 - Medical Sociology

Course Descriptions:

Health 280 - Perspectives in Global Health
Students analyze health beliefs and practices of various cultures, examine critical health issues in developed and emerging nations and assess political influences upon health and health care. Health policies and strategies affecting world health problems are analyzed. National and international assistive health groups are discussed. Offered annually.

Health 300 - Achieving Wellness: Issues and Choices
An analysis of those factors affecting individual control of health. Students explore self-care health principles of detecting illness, major threats to health, and alternatives to care. Emphasis is placed on the wide range of options available to each individual, within and without the health care system, when making informed decisions regarding a personal health-style. Offered annually.

Health 330 - Human Sexuality
Investigation and evaluation of knowledge, attitudes, and values pertinent to issues in human sexuality. The course focuses upon personal, interpersonal, ethical, and medical aspects of sexuality throughout the life cycle. Offered at least annually.

Health 230 - Human Nutrition
Introduction to principles of nutrition that affect health promotion, health maintenance, and illness prevention throughout the life cycle. The nutritional requirements of individuals with special needs are also considered. Offered at least annually.

Health 297 & 397 - Internship in Health
Internship experiences coordinated with academic, independent study are planned according to student interest(s). A variety of settings in which health and health knowledge are leading factors in daily operations is available. Actual site selection is coordinated between the student and the Director of the School of Nursing or her designee. Prerequisite: One course unit in health and consent of the Director of the School of Nursing. Offered each semester and May term.

Health 301 - Stress Management
Emphasis upon understanding the body's physiological and psychological responses to stress, recognition of the manifestations of stress, and exploration of adaptive and maladaptive methods of coping with stress. Offered occasionally.

Health 310 - Special Topics in Health
A group of courses exploring and analyzing current issues in health. Most examine the impact on the individual and society. Examples include Child's Health and Women's Health. See current Program of Classes to determine if this course fulfills general education requirements. Offered occasionally.

Health 350 - Drug Abuse: The Individual and Society
Exploration of the physiological, psychological and sociological implications of drug abuse and addictive behavior on the human body, family, and society. The focus is on analyzing ethical issues related to drug use in society and identifying knowledge, attitudes, and values affecting individual choices. Offered occasionally.

Health 351 - Abuse in America
Study of abuse in society, utilizing a developmental framework in examining the societal pervasiveness of child abuse, battering, sexual assault, and elder abuse. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the manifestations of abuse and treatment of the victim, as well as the abuser. The prevention and resolution of abuse are explored. Offered occasionally.

Health 370 - Women's Health
An exploration of various health issues that are either unique to women or of special significance to women of all ages will be examined using current research findings.  Culture, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status factors influencing women's roles as consumers/providers of health care in the United States will be explored.  Offered occasionally.

Psychology 100 - General Psychology
A survey of topics in psychology, and an introduction to scientific methodology. Offered each semester.

Psychology 253 - Lifespan Developmental Psychology
An introduction to human development from conception until death. Offered each spring.

Sociology 305 - Medical Sociology
Examines issues of power and the social construction of knowledge with regard to health and illness. Topics include aspects of the evolution of medical institutions, cultural and social definitions of health and illness, the training of doctors, and issues of power and control in the medical profession. Offered in alternate years.

Biology 110 - Biology and Human Concerns
A general introduction for non-majors to the nature of biology and the impact of modern biological science upon their lives and values. Emphasis will be upon current topical issues in the field, such as genetic and bioengineering, immunology, fetal transplantation, and population issues. Credit will not be given toward the biology major or minor. Offered occasionally.

Biology 117 - Physiological Myths
Participants will consider whether they should accept or reject certain commonly held beliefs that relate to conditions of human function. This requires analyzing the premises on which those beliefs are based and evaluating the scientific methodology that is popularly accepted as support for those premises. This course is intended for the non-major. Credit will not be given toward the biology major or minor. Offered occasionally in May Term.