Gain the skills to be an advocate for healthier lifestyle choices. Use your knowledge to empower individuals and communities to improve their wellness.
Examine the most pressing health issues outlined in Healthy People 2020 and explore the latest findings on prevention and wellness. This health studies concentration is an ideal fit if you want to inspire individuals and communities to make healthy choices and lifestyle changes. Coursework is specially developed to prepare you for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
The Tempo Learning option1 is ideal for busy working professionals like you. Your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.
Each competency has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with your education and future employment in mind.
If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, this program is also offered in a course-based format.
Degree Completion Requirements
- 180 total quarter credits
- General education courses (45 cr.)
- Core courses (55 cr.)
- Concentration courses (25 cr.)
- Elective courses (50 cr.)
- Capstone course (5 cr.)
Students may be eligible to transfer up to 135 credits.
This represents the minimum credits for program completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 844-767-9522.
The BS in Health Studies program with a specialization in Health Promotion and Wellness includes the following competencies grouped within these Areas of Expertise.
AoE: Concepts of Health Promotion (HLTH 1000)
- CH1001 Health Promotion: Identify concepts relating to health promotion.
- CH1002 Dimensions of Health: Apply dimensions of wellness to personal health goals.
- CH1003 Health Literacy: Analyze the relationship between health literacy, health marketing, and consumer behavior.
- CH1004 Health Indicators: Analyze social determinants of health that impact health indicators.
AoE: Context of Healthcare Delivery (HLTH 1005)
- HD1001 Bills and Laws: Identify the key points of historical bills and laws in healthcare.
- HD1002 Healthcare Systems: Compare aspects of the U.S. healthcare system to other countries
- HD1003 Vertical and Horizontal Integrated Systems: Analyze the benefits and limitations of integrated systems.
- HD1004 Current Health Issues in the Workplace: Analyze the impact of current healthcare delivery issues.
- HD1005 Barriers to Care: Apply strategies to mitigate barriers of care.
- HD1006 Continuum of Care: Develop patient plans throughout the continuum of care.
AoE: Behavioral and Cultural Issues in Healthcare (HLTH 2110)
- BC2001 Health Disparities: Demonstrate understanding of health disparities.
- BC2002 Cultural Competence: Apply culturally competent practices when working with patients and other healthcare professionals.
- BC2003 Social Ecological Model: Apply the social ecological model to community health issues.
- BC2004 Health Disparity Programs: Evaluate intervention programs aimed at mitigating health disparities.
- BC2005 Advocacy: Advocate for changes to policies or programs that positively impact the health of vulnerable populations.
AoE: Theories of Health Behavior (HLTH 2500)
- HB2001 Influences on Health Behavior: Analyze the influences of personal, social, and environmental factors on health behaviors.
- HB2002 Health Behavior Theories and Models: Describe key concepts associated with health behavior theories and models.
- HB2003 Changing Health Behaviors: Analyze theory-based strategies to change health behaviors.
- HB2004 Applying Health Behavior Theories and Models: Apply theories and models to the development of strategies that influence health behaviors in specific populations with health issues.
AoE: Global and Public Health (HLTH 3115)
- PG3001 Global Health Trends and Practices: Identify key influences on global health trends and practices.
- PG3002 Global Health Populations: Describe key public health populations and global health factors that affect diverse populations, cultures, as well as women and children.
- PG3003 Infectious Disease: Identify and describe infectious diseases and their modes of transmission.
- PG3004 Chronic Disease: Identify and describe chronic diseases and their modes of transmission.
- PG3005 Global Health Organizations and Strategies: Describe global health agencies, their roles, and the ways which they support global public health.
- PG3006 The Future of Global Health: Recognize emerging trends in global public health as they relate to population growth, new technology, and ethical/legal considerations.
- PG3007 Apply Principles of Global Public Health: Recommend strategies to positively affect global public health in an identified population.
AoE: Introduction to Healthcare Management (HLTH 4000)
- HM4001 Manager vs. Leader: Differentiate the characteristics of managers and leaders.
- HM4002 Emotional Intelligence: Analyze the influence of emotional intelligence on leadership style.
- HM4003 Roles and Responsibilities: Delegate responsibilities within a healthcare management team.
- HM4004 Leadership Strategies: Apply leadership strategies to management scenarios.
- HM4005 Leadership Philosophy: Develop a personal leadership philosophy based on emotional intelligence and leadership style.
AoE: Planning Public Health Programs (PUBH 4030)
- PP4001 Community Assessment: Justify the selection of public health problems within targeted communities.
- PP4002 Planning Models: Justify the selection of planning models to address chose public health problems within targeted communities.
- PP4003 Mission, Goals, Objectives, and Strategies: Develop measurable goals, objectives, and intervention strategies to address chosen public health issues.
- PP4004 Program Plan Implementation: Develop budgets, timelines, and marketing strategies for program plan implementation.
- PP4005 Program Proposal: Develop proposals to resent program plans.
AoE: Evaluating Public Health Programs (PUBH 4100)
- EV4001 Purposes of Program Evaluation: Analyze purposes of program evaluation and distinguish between types of evaluation.
- EV4002 Program Evaluation Steps: Apply the steps in designing and conducting program evaluations.
- EV4003 Program Evaluation Standards: Assess program evaluation criteria to meet standards.
- EV4004 Data Collection: Recommend valid data collection tools applicable to program evaluation plans.
- EV4005 Data Analysis and Reporting: Develop plans for data analysis and reporting evaluation results.
AoE: Principles of Epidemiology (HLTH 4200)
- PE4001 Descriptive Epidemiology: Identify the personal, temporal, and spatial aspects of disease.
- PE4002 Study Designs: Apply study designs to the surveillance of diseases.
- PE4003 Role of the Epidemiologist: Analyze the role of the epidemiologist in informing scientific, ethical, economic, and political decisions within public health.
AoE: Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis (HLTH 4205)
- RM4001 Research Questions: Develop health-related research questions designed around the scientific method.
- RM4002 Literature Review: Evaluate peer-reviewed research surrounding health-related topics.
- RM4003 Research Design: Apply research design to health-related topics.
- RM4004 Ethics in Research: Apply ethical principles to health-related research.
- RM4005 Data Collection and Analysis: Apply data collection and analysis tools to health-related topics.
- RM4006 Presenting Your Proposal: Present formal research proposals.
AoE: Strategies for Health Communication and Wellness (HLTH 4380)
- CW4001 Key Characteristics of Health Communications: Analyze the components and processes of health communication.
- CW4002 Resource Evaluation: Evaluate credible resources.
- CW4003 Health Behavior Theories: Apply health behavior theories and models to develop effective communications.
- CW4004 Designing Health Communications: Design health communications that are effective with diverse and low literacy populations.
- CW4005 Emerging Technologies: Recommend technology-based strategies to communicate to diverse populations.
- CW4006 Social Marketing Plan: Develop social marketing plans.
AoE: Capstone (HLTH 4900)
- CS4001 Professional Standards: Analyze health knowledge as it applies to professional standards.
- CS4002 Professional Development: Apply communication skills related to professional development.
- CS4003 Annotated Bibliography: Evaluate resources relating to selected health issues and professional standards.
- CS4004 Communication Skills: Apply communication skills to selected health issues and professional standards.
- CS4005 Social Change: Apply social change concepts to a selected health issue.
AoE: Public Health Education and Communication (PUBH 4000)
- PU4001 Introduction to Public Health Education: Identify key historical events and trends in the health education profession.
- PU4002 Philisophocal Foundations: Analyze the role of professional organizations in public health advocacy.
- PU4003 Ethics in Professional Practice: Apply certification standards to a professional development plan.
- PU4004 Professional Development Plans: Apply the Health Education Code of Ethics.
- PU4005 Communicating to Diverse Populations: Apply communication strategies for public health education.
AoE: Personal Health and Wellness (HLTH 4300)
- WE4001 The Dimensions of Health: An Overview: Identify how the dimensions of health relate to personal health and wellness.
- WE4002 Dimensions of Health: Physical and Environmental: Analyze the environmental and physical dimensions of health as they apply to personal health and wellness.
- WE4003 Dimensions of Health: Financial and Occupational: Analyze the financial and occupational dimensions of health as they apply to personal health and wellness.
- WE4004 Dimensions of Health: Emotional and Spiritual: Analyze the emotional and spiritual dimensions of health as they apply to personal health and wellness.
- WE4005 Dimensions of Health: Social and Intellectual: Analyze the social and intellectual dimensions of health as they apply to personal health and wellness.
- WE4006 Behavior Change Plan: Develop a behavior change plan to improve your own personal health and wellness.
AoE: Nutrition Across the Lifespan (HLTH 4320)
- NU4001 Nutrition Guidelines: Evaluate the U.S. government's evidence-based nutrition guidelines.
- NU4002 Understanding Food Labels: Interpret food labels in order to improve personal nutrition for one’s self and others.
- NU4003 Nutrition Facts and Myths: Distinguish between nutrition facts and myths in order to interpret misinformation that is commonly available.
- NU4004 Nutrition Across the Lifespan: Analyze nutritional needs during various stages of lifespan development.
- NU4005 Nutrition Advocacy: Advocate for people with nutrition-related health conditions or disorders, educating for disease prevention.
- NU4006 Improving Personal Nutrition: Recommend personal nutrition improvements based on diet analyses.
AoE: Fit and Well (HLTH 4340)
- FW4001 Personal Risk and Baseline Assessment: Assess personal risk and baseline assessment.
- FW4002 Cardiorespiratory Health: Apply the F.I.T.T. principle to improve cardiorespiratory health.
- FW4003 Musculoskeletal Health: Apply the F.I.T.T. principle to improve musculoskeletal health.
- FW4004 Body Composition, Nutrition, and Weight Control: Analyze the relationship between nutrition, body composition, and personal perceptions about weight.
- FW4005 Impact of Environment on Injury Prevention: Analyze the impact of environmental factors on injury prevention strategies.
FW4006 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness: Analyze the impact of environmental factors on injury prevention strategies.
AoE: Stress Management and Wellness (HLTH 4360)
- SM4001 Assessing Stress Level: Assess personal stress level.
- SM4002 Theories of Stress: Analyze theories of stress.
- SM4003 Sociology of Stress: Analyze the sociological stressors that affect populations.
- SM4004 Stress and Disease: Apply theoretical models of stress and disease to explain and manage disease.
- SM4005 Stress Management Techniques: Evaluate stress management techniques.
- SM4006 Group Stress Management Programs: Develop group stress management programs for targeted populations in a community setting.