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Community Health Education

Promoting healthy lifestyles and communities.

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Course Descriptions

HE 227 Community and Public Health (4):  Overview of public health concepts and practice. Introduction to the core functions of public health, prevention of diseases and injuries, health needs of special populations, functions of voluntary and governmental organizations, and future directions of public health.

HE 325 Nutrition (4):  Overview of components of a healthful diet and determinants of food choices. Focus on interpretation and application of nutrition research.

HE 329 Health and Social Services (4):  An analysis of assistance and potential solutions to human problems offered through health and social service agencies and programs.

HE 362 Contemporary Health Issues (4):  Analysis of new and emerging issues in health using an ecological model.  Focus on human ecology including political, psychosocial, cultural and economic factors.

HE 366 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (4):  Examination of the historical, cultural, economic, legal, medical, and health factors involved in drug use and abuse in contemporary society.

HE 367 Human Sexuality (4):  Study of sexuality and sexual expression as essential elements of optimal health and well-being.  Includes biomedical, psychosocial and cultural factors that influence human sexuality.

HE 375 Epidemiology (4):  Evaluation of patterns and determinants of health and disease in populations. Focus on the history of epidemiology, major causes of morbidity and mortality, methods of disease occurrence, study design, association and causation, and how to address public health problems using epidemiological methods. Prerequisite: MTH 111 with a grade of C- or better

HE 381 Mind/Body Health (4):  Examination of evidence supporting the connection of mind, body and spirit with health status.  Focus on Eastern and Western concepts and philosophies of health and wellness.

HE 385 Foundations of Health Education (4):  History, theory and practice of health education and promotion. Focus on professional competencies, philosophical, ethical, and behavioral foundations, credentialing, and professional development.  Prerequisites: MTH 111 with a grade of C- or better, HE 227 with a grade of C- or better

HE 391 Stress Management (4):  Examination of the stress response and the relationship of stress management to health.  Analysis and application of stress management strategies using a holistic paradigm.

HE 412 Bullying:  Examination of bullying in school and community settings from a public health perspective. Focus on predisposing factors to bullying behavior, primary prevention, and evidence-based interventions.

HE 413 Complementary and Alternative Medicine (4):  Examination of complementary and alternative medicine as it is known today both nationally and internationally. Special focus will be on discerning legitimate medical practices from quackery and fraud.

HE 415 Child and Adolescent Health (4):  A study of the physical, emotional, social and environmental health issues affecting children.  Emphasis on the impact of these health problems on learning and the role of the school in their prevention, discovery and referral for treatment.

HE 419 Internship in Health Promotion (4):  Provides health promotion students the opportunity to demonstrate current professional competencies and to enhance professional growth through integration of classroom theory with planned, supervised, and practical work experiences.  Prerequisites: Community Health Education major, MTH 111, HE 227, BI 102, BI 234, BI 235, BI 236, all with a grade of C- or better, and HE 471

HE 420 Health Relationships (4):  Study of the important role that relationships have on one’s health. Opportunities to assess, analyze, and enhance personal and professional relationships using communication and conflict resolution models.

HE 425 Current Issues in Nutrition (4):  Critical examination of current issues and controversies in nutrition.  Focus on analysis and interpretation of current nutrition research.

He 426 Sports and Exercise Nutrition (4):  Examination of nutrition as it relates to the demands of exercise and competitive sport.  Special emphasis on the differing needs of population groups and the relationship of diet and exercise to optimal health.  Prerequisite: HE 325

HE 434 Diseases (4):  Study of modern concepts of disease, characteristics of common infectious and chronic diseases, and practices and programs to prevent and control specific diseases.

HE 457 Migrant Health (4):  Overview of major health and health care issues related to migrant communities in the United States.  Using an ecological perspective, students will gain an understanding of the theories and realities about migration and the migration-health relationship with a focus on migrant and seasonal farm workers in the Pacific Northwest.

HE 465 International Health (4):  Study of international health issues, policies and interventions. Exploration of relationships between political, economic, cultural, educational and demographic conditions of developing countries and the impact on health and health services.

HE 471 Program Planning (4):  Analysis of contemporary program planning models.  Instruction and practice in designing and implementing a health promotion program.  Students will engage with community agencies utilizing a service learning model.  Prerequisites: MTH 111, HE 227, BI 102, BI 234, BI 235, BI 236, all with a grade of C- or better, HE 375

HE 473 Biometrics and Research Methods (4):  Examination of health research including topics of design, methodology, and statistical analysis.  Focus on interpretation of health research.  Prerequisites: MTH 111, HE 227, BI 102, BI 234, BI 235, BI 236, all with a grade of C- or better, and HE 473

HE 485 Bioethics and Public Health (4):  Review of basic ethical theories. Examination of moral principles and decisions associated with medical treatments, technologies, policies and research.

HE 487 Assessment and Program Evaluation (4):  Examination of assessment and evaluation tools and program evaluation strategies.  Focus on evaluation design, methods, and implementation, and the communication and utilization of evaluation findings.  Prerequisites: MTH 111, HE 227, BI 102, BI 234, BI 235, BI 236, all with a grade of C- or better, and HE 473


Division of Health and Exercise Science
College of Education
Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR 97361

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Phone: 503-838-8908

Diana McAlpine
Administrative Program Assistant


Peggy Pedersen, Ph.D.
Division Chair

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