Public Health Minor - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

Department Administrator: Ann Schurmann
Office: University Hall, Room 4159
Phone: (973) 655-7681
Email: schurmanna@mail.montclair.edu

A minor in public health provides students with basic knowledge about the major causes of poor health outcomes domestically and globally as well as how health promotion and disease prevention interventions can protect and enhance the health and well-being of populations.  Because health affects almost every aspect of human life, a minor in public health is useful preparation for careers in almost any field including government, business, communications, education, science, or medicine, nursing, psychology, nutrition, and other health professions.


PUBLIC HEALTH MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. REQUIRED COURSES

    1. Complete the following for 6 semester hours:

      HLTH 102 Introduction to Public Health (3 hours lecture) 3
      HLTH 365 Science of Public Health: Epidemiology (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete 1 course from the following: .

      HLTH 330 Foundations of Health Education. Starting Winter 2016: Health Education Methods (3 hours lecture) 3
      HLTH 342 Health Promotion (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. ELECTIVES

    Complete 3 courses from the following: .

    HLTH 105 Medical Terminology (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 213 Perspectives on Drugs (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 220 Mental Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 240 Foundations of Environmental Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 290 Human Sexuality (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 307 The Study of Human Diseases (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 375 Women's Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 411 School Health and Community Services (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 430 Health Counseling. Starting Winter 2016: Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 433 Behavioral Aspects of Diet, Activity and Health. Starting Winter 2016: Population Approaches to Diet and Activity (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 440 Health Aspects of Aging (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 444 Community Organization and Health Advocacy. Starting Winter 2016: Community Organizing and Health Advocacy (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 450 Health Disparities and Social Justice (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 475 Health Communication and Social Marketing (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

HLTH102: Introduction to Public Health (3 hours lecture)

This course provides students with a basic understanding of the field of public health, the breadth of its scope, and the variety of scientific disciplines that inform its practice. It gives student a "taste" of public health and puts public health topics within a context of population-based issues and health. These topics include: AIDS and other emerging infectious diseases, environmental hazards, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse, access to health care and other health disparities, and social and distributive justice. Emphasis is given to contemporary public health issues and the forces that shape them. Previous course HLTH 200 effective through Spring 2014. 3 sh.

HLTH105: Medical Terminology (3 hours lecture)

A basic health course introducing elements of medical terminology describing body parts, systems, functions and medical procedures. Emphasis will be placed on development of medical vocabulary and communication skills. The course will provide learning episodes in formulating medical abbreviations and translating complex terminology into lay terms, that ultimately will be applicable to careers in medical writing, health care delivery and management. 3 sh.

HLTH213: Perspectives on Drugs (3 hours lecture)

Provides for the study of licit as well as illicit drug use in contemporary society from the perspective of selected biomedical and psychosocial disciplines. Examines the effects of drugs on the individual and society in the context of changing social conditions and technological developments. Analyzes complex nature of the drug problem and rehabilitative and preventive measures and tentative solutions to this important aspect of human existence. 3 sh.

HLTH220: Mental Health (3 hours lecture)

Provides for the study of human emotional adjustment throughout the life cycle from biomedical and psychosocial perspectives. The factors that foster the development of emotional and mental well-being and the forces that contribute to the breakdown of human adjustment capabilities are identified and analyzed in light of research and clinical literature. Special attention is given to the strategies for the prevention of mental disorders and promotion of mental health. 3 sh.

HLTH240: Foundations of Environmental Health (3 hours lecture)

Prepares student to make informed decisions concerning the avoidance or elimination of disease-causing environmental exposures by providing an understanding of the scientific principles by which these exposures are identified, measured, and judged as to their acceptability. 3 sh.

HLTH290: Human Sexuality (3 hours lecture)

Students will explore many interacting cultural, personal and health factors relating to human sexual development, attitudes, and behaviors. Historical, anthropological, biological/physiological, socio-cultural and psychological factors will be introduced to encourage a broad perspective. Discussion of differing philosophical, ethical and moral positions will also aid students in making a critical assessment of intimate human relationships and acquaint them with criteria and processes for understanding themselves as sexual beings. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Social Science, Social Science. 3 sh.

HLTH307: The Study of Human Diseases (3 hours lecture)

Provides a comprehensive study of diseases, their etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. Includes a review of causation theories and incidence patterns and focuses on major degenerative, neoplastic, metabolic, immunologic, and infectious diseases. Attention is given to prevention and control measures with an emphasis on the role of selected health/medical resources in disease management. Offered as HLTH 307 through Fall 2015. To become HLTH 208 effective Winter 2016. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HLTH 105 or HPEM 150 or ATTR 201 and at least one 200-level course in HLTH, HPEM, or ATTR.

HLTH330: Foundations of Health Education. Starting Winter 2016: Health Education Methods (3 hours lecture)

Provides a comprehensive study of the scientific, social, behavioral, educational, and legal foundations of health education. Traces the evolution and interprets the impact of related professions on school, community, and allied health education. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Health. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education major or departmental approval. Starting Winter 2016: HLTH 204.

HLTH342: Health Promotion (3 hours lecture)

This course provides an overview of theories and models that underlie health promotion. Topics will include the history, politics, and ethics of health promotion; community development, healthy public policy, models of behavior change, and communicating risk. The course will also provide information essential to understanding factors that affect human health: health determinants, health indices, health behavior change theories, ethical issues and societal trends. The importance of evaluation and research in all aspects of health promotion will be emphasized throughout the course. Previous course HLTH 442 effective through Winter 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HLTH 102. Starting Winter 2016: HLTH 202 or HLTH 204.

HLTH365: Science of Public Health: Epidemiology (3 hours lecture)

Provides a basic understanding of the epidemiologic method of identifying disease-causing exposures. Emphasizes the generation of hypotheses based on descriptive epidemiologic data, the testing of hypotheses by analytical epidemiological research, the determination of causality, and the value of epidemiological research in developing and evaluating disease prevention strategies. Previous course HLTH 246 effective through Winter 2013. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HLTH 102. Starting Winter 2016: HLTH 202.

HLTH375: Women's Health (3 hours lecture)

This course offers perspectives on women's health and health care, focusing predominately on the United States but with some attention to international and global issues. Students will receive an overview of the health status and major health concerns of women. Acute and chronic problems will be addressed across the lifespan. This course includes fieldwork experience. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education major or WMGS 102 or departmental approval.

HLTH411: School Health and Community Services (3 hours lecture)

Provides for an in-depth understanding of the school health program and community services. Includes study of school and health services, healthful school environment, and health education and community health services. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education major or departmental approval. Starting Winter 2016: HLTH 330.

HLTH430: Health Counseling. Starting Winter 2016: Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals (3 hours lecture)

Course focuses on factors influencing health and illness behavior with implications for behavioral intervention in health care. Included are the intervention strategies of prevention, crisis intervention, postvention and compliance, and the intervention techniques of assessment, interviewing, counseling skills and small group dynamics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HLTH 220 or HLTH 222 or departmental approval. Starting Winter 2016: HLTH 330.

HLTH433: Behavioral Aspects of Diet, Activity and Health. Starting Winter 2016: Population Approaches to Diet and Activity (3 hours lecture)

This course provides students with an understanding of population-based dietary and physical activity patterns, their social and behavioral contexts and meanings, their relationships with chronic diseases, and public health intervention approaches. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education major or departmental approval. Starting Winter 2016: HLTH 365 or HLTH 330 or HLTH 328.

HLTH440: Health Aspects of Aging (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses upon changes in aspects of health during the middle and later years of life. Includes anatomy and physiology, nutritional requirements, sensoria and those phenomena associated with aging and sexuality. Common causes of morbidity and mortality explored as they relate to the aged. Attention given to the psychosocial and economic needs of the elderly as well as to those aspects of gerontology which deal with legislation and community organization. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education major or departmental approval. Starting Winter 2016: HLTH 355.

HLTH444: Community Organization and Health Advocacy. Starting Winter 2016: Community Organizing and Health Advocacy (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on the context of community-based health organizations (CBHO's) and their functions. Emphasis is placed on the political and economical management of these organizations and their future role in improving health outcomes. Included is an examination of the advocacy model of community health and development of the strategies and skills necessary to become an effective health advocate. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education major or departmental approval. Starting Winter 2016: HLTH 360 or HLTH 374.

HLTH450: Health Disparities and Social Justice (3 hours lecture)

This course explores how broad social, cultural and economic inequalities in society affect health. By closely examining pressing problems in global health, the course guides the students in efforts to improve the health conditions of those overburdened by poverty, marginalization and social injustice. By the end of the course, students will have gained an understanding of how social forces become embodied as pathologies and how specific political, economic and historic processes influence the distribution of disease among different populations. Offered as HLTH 450 through Fall 2015. To become HLTH 355 effective Winter 2016. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education major or departmental approval.

HLTH475: Health Communication and Social Marketing (3 hours lecture)

This course provides students with the ability to plan, implement and evaluate a health communications program for a community health services institution. It focuses on the evolution of health communication in the United States, health communication theories and cultural differences. It provides for hands-on development of computer-based communications including newsletters, websites, and databases. Offered as HLTH 475 through Fall 2015. To become HLTH 374 effective Winter 2016. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Health Education major or departmental permission.