Health Education 362
HLTH 362: Community Health, Diseases, and Disorders
Prerequisite: HLTH 200 and minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
Credit Hours: (3)
Provides critical health information future teachers can be expected to share with K-12 school children.
Detailed Description of Content of Course
● Introduction to Community Health
° History of Community Health
° Community Health Organizations
° Emerging Diseases
° Infectious Diseases
● Community Organizing and Health Promotion Planning
● School Health
● Maternal and Infant Health
● Child Health
● Adolescents and Young Adults
° Overweight and Obesity
° Osteoporosis and Arthritis
● Minority Health
● Mental Health
● Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
● Environment Health and Disease
° Foodborne Illnesses
● Sexually Transmitted Disease
● Overview of Chronic Disease
° Cardiovascular Disease and Cholesterol
° Skin Cancer
° Breast and Testicular Cancer
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
A variety of instructional methods will be used including lecture, small group work, case studies, class poster presentations, guest speakers, the internet, student management system, and disease research projects.
Goals and Objectives of the Course
Goals, objectives and assignments in this class address Virginia Department of Education Health and Physical Education (VDOE HPE) Licensure Standards, specifically:
VDOE HPE Standard 5.a: Understanding of the knowledge, skills, and processes for teaching health education, including personal health and fitness.
VDOE HPE Standard 5.h: Understanding of the knowledge, skills, and processes for teaching health education, including communicable and non-communicable diseases, prevention, and treatment.
VDOE HPE Standard 5.j: Understanding of the knowledge, skills, and processes for teaching health education, including community health and wellness.
The codes below refer to the above referenced VDOE HPE Standards for beginning health and physical education teachers.
As a result of successfully completing this course, each student will be able to:
● Define the terms health, community, community health, public health, and population (VDOE HPE Standard 5.j).
● Explain the difference between personal health and community health issues (VDOE HPE Standard 5.a; VDOE HPE Standard 5.j).
● Provide a brief overview of the current health status of Americans (VDOE HPE Standard 5.a).
● Identify health problems in different populations (VDOE HPE Standard 5.j).
● Explain the role that the World Health Organization plays in community health (VDOE HPE Standard 5.j).
● Define the terms epidemic and epidemiology and explain their importance in community health (VDOE HPE Standard 5.j).
● List some diseases that have caused epidemics in the past and some that are causing epidemics today (VDOE HPE Standard 5.h; VDOE HPE Standard 5.j).
● Define incidence and prevalence rates and provide examples of each (VDOE HPE Standard 5.h).
● Explain the differences between communicable and non communicable diseases and provide examples of each (VDOE HPE Standard 5.h).
● Explain the difference between primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and give examples of each (VDOE HPE Standard 5.h).
● Define, maternal, infant, and child health and give examples of health problems associated with each one (VDOE HPE Standard 5.j).
● List the leading causes of morbidity and mortality associated risk factors for various age groups including infants, children, young adults, adults, and the elderly (VDOE HPE Standard 5.j).
● Identify some of the socio demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of minority groups in the U.S. (VDOE HPE Standard 5.j).
E. Assessment Measures
The students are specifically assessed on the following items: quizzes, exams, assignment, presentation & handout, and papers.
Other Course Information
Review and Approval
11/20/08 Course Revised and submitted Jon Poole