NURS 111: Personal Health
Credit Hours: (3)
Emphasizes current health issues most applicable to college-age population. Students exposed to information and strategies used to deal effectively with life adjustment problems and to promote healthful living habits.
Note(s): Open to all students. Students who have earned credit for HLTH 111 may not earn credit for NURS 111. This course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in Health and Wellness.
Detailed Description of Content of Course
The major topics covered in this course are representative of current health issues that are of concern to college-aged students. These topics are common to most texts which represent core content in health. The course is conducted to emphasize effective strategies to deal with life adjustment problems and to involve students in taking responsibility for their health.
a. Definitions of health/wellness
b. Making health changes
c. Emotional and mental health
d. Role challenge of stress
2. Information For Informed Decisions
c. Substance abuse
a. Intimate relationships
b. Choices, risks, and consequences
c. Pregnancy and parenting
4. Improving Your Chances
a. Cardiovascular disease
b. Cancer and other major illnesses
c. Infectious diseases
d. Environment threats
5. Death and Dying
Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
This course will involve students in small group and open class discussion as well some lecture. Oral presentations and written projects will complement the classroom learning experience. Additionally each student will engage in a health improvement project throughout the course of the semester. Students will be expected to apply basics skills in using the library literature, computer technology, and other forms of health information systems. Students will be expected to analyze their personal health decisions using critical thinking skills. Students can expect the following activities during this course:
- Lecture and discussion facilitated by instructor
- Individual and small group oral presentations
- In class and out of class written projects, including a personal health journal
- Small group activities
- Health improvement projects.
Goals and Objectives of the Course
1. Apply in personal decision-making knowledge of:
a. Wellness behavior
b. Physical health
c. Consumer health issues
e. Substance use and abuse
f. Current health concerns
2. Identify personal lifestyle behaviors
3. Operationalize self-health management
4. Discuss health literature from different sources
The broad general education program goals and the goals established for the particular knowledge area of the program as these goals will be addressed in this course:
Broad General Education Goals:
1. Think critically and creatively about ideas, issues, problems, and texts related to the multiple facets of personal health.
2. Use reaction responses to foster critical thinking and use literature search techniques to inquire about personal health issues.
3. Use appropriate computer technologies in literature searching and computer programs on personal health assessment (such as computerized personal nutrition inventories) to gather and organize information, to solve problems, and to communicate ideas.
4. Work within small health-problem solving groups.
5. Identify through journaling the personal and cultural values that shape health-related decisions in public, professional, and private life, and assess the ethical implications of those choices.
Goals for Area 3 - Health and Wellness:
1. Identify the complexity of health and the multidimensionality of factors which influence health behavior decision, including the influence of culture, society, spirituality, mental well-being, physical health status, and the environment.
2. Apply critical analysis in the process of making health-related choices and implement one self-improvement choice to promote personal well being and enhance the overall quality of life.
3. Use journaling to analyze the relations among factors such as nutrition, stress, and leisure as they influence personal wellness.
4. Discuss in written or oral presentation how personal health and lifestyle choices affect society at large.
Assessment measures are designed to reflect attainment of course objectives as well as the broad and area general education goals. A variety of measures may be used, such as testing and exams, health improvement projects, health journals, and reaction responses. Fulfillment of the broad general education goals:
1. Think critically and creatively about ideas, issues, problems, and texts both within and across academic disciplines.
- Critical thinking may be measured with tests and exams. Creative thinking may be evaluated through a health journal and reaction responses.
2. Work with others in a shared process of inquiry and problem-solving.
- The student may interact with others in the health improvement project and the shared process of inquiry, and problem solving may be evaluated using a health journal.
3. Identify the personal and cultural values that shape decisions in public, professional, and private life, and assess the ethical implications of those choices.
- The analysis of the decision making process may be evaluated with the reaction responses and a health journal.
Fulfillment of the goals established for the particular knowledge area of the program:
1. Identify the factors which influence health behavior decision.
- Measured by tests and exams
2. Make educated health-related choices which promote personal well being and enhance the overall quality of life.
- May be measured with a health-improvement project and health journal.
3. Analyze the relations among factors such as nutrition, stress, and leisure as 3. Analyze the relations among factors such as nutrition, stress, and leisure as they influence personal wellness.
- May be measured with tests and exams, health journal, reaction responses.
4. Understand how personal health and lifestyle choices affect society at large.
- May be measured with tests and exams, health journal and reaction responses.
Other Course Information
Review and Approval
04/1998 Honors component added Janet Hardy Boettcher; Jeannette Neuhouse
03/1999 Syllabus revision School of Nursing Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
09/2001 Reviewed Course Janet Hardy Boettcher, Director