Public Health Major, Community Health Education Concentration (B.S.) - Undergraduate - 2015 University Catalog

Coordinator: Dr. 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 w/CONC:Community Health Ed

Complete 77 semester hours including the following 5 requirement(s):

  1. PUBLIC HEALTH CORE

    Complete the following 7 courses:

    HLTH 102 Introduction to Public Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 105 Medical Terminology (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 240 Foundations of Environmental Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 304 Behavioral and Social Science in Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 365 Science of Public Health: Epidemiology (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 425 Vital Statistics. Starting Winter 2016: Applied Statistics for Public Health (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 460 Systems of Health Services Delivery (3 hours lecture) 3
  2. COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

    Complete the following 8 courses:

    HLTH 290 Human Sexuality (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 330 Foundations of Health Education. Starting Winter 2016: Health Education Methods (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 342 Health Promotion (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 405 Senior Seminar/CHES. Starting Winter 2016: Culminating Reflective Seminar (2 hours seminar) 2
    HLTH 428 Program Planning (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
  3. PUBLIC HEALTH REQUIRED FIELDWORK

    Complete 2 requirements for 9 semester hours:

    1. Complete for 3 semester hours.

      HLTH 245 Observation of Health Agencies. Starting Winter 2016: Introduction to Fieldwork and Professionalism (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete 1 course for 6 semester hours from the following:

      COED 401 Cooperative Education Experience I 3-8
      HLTH 350 Field Study in Health 2-6
  4. COMMUNITY HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVES

    Complete 5 courses for 15 semester hours from the following:

    ANTH 423 Community and Health (3 hours lecture) 3-4
    HLTH 207 Safety, Accidents and Emergency Care. Starting Winter 2016: Injury Prevention and Emergency Care (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 213 Perspectives on Drugs (3 hours lecture) 3
    HLTH 220 Mental Health (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
    SOCI 309 Sociology of Health and Illness (3 hours lecture) 3
  5. PUBLIC HEALTH REQUIRED COLLATERALS

    Complete the following 2 requirements:

    1. Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following:

      BIOL 107 Biology for Survival (3 hours lecture) 3
      BIOL 111 Emerging Diseases (3 hours lecture) 3
    2. Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours:

      MATH 109 Statistics (3 hours lecture) 3
      NUFD 182 Nutrition (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

ANTH423: Community and Health (3 hours lecture)

The study of how social and cultural influences and inequalities related to age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation impact health and disease in communities. Case studies will examine health in relationship to community issues including homelessness, the health care delivery system, role of community in disease prevention/treatment, social inclusion, and program evaluation. 3 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: ANTH 301 or ANTH 308 or ANTH 310 or ANTH 312 or ANTH 330 or ANTH 340 or ANTH 350 or ANTH 360 or ANTH 370 or ANTH 380.

BIOL107: Biology for Survival (3 hours lecture)

Basic concepts of biology that focus on social implications of pollution, population control, radiation, drugs, pesticides, the genetic revolution, etc. For non-science majors. Biology majors may only take this course as a free elective. 3 sh.

BIOL111: Emerging Diseases (3 hours lecture)

This course employs topics in physiology and biology as foundation and forum to probe contemporary health and social issues for which an educated assessment and response requires an understanding of the science behind the issue. Specific topics will be discussed which demonstrate the importance of emerging diseases and how these diseases are affected by the environment, human development and international political events. These topics will include the emergence of new viral diseases, diseases related to diet and diseases related to aging. 3 sh.

COED401: Cooperative Education Experience I

Cooperative Education is an internship program that integrates academic study and classroom theory with on-the-job experiences. It involves an educational partnership among Montclair State, business and non-profit organizations for the profesional development of students. Academic faculty assess the learning and award credits and a supervisor/employer evaluates progress. Students may not exceed 16 credits through enrollment in multiple co-op courses. 3 - 8 sh.

Prerequisites: Determined by individual academic departments.

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.

HLTH207: Safety, Accidents and Emergency Care. Starting Winter 2016: Injury Prevention and Emergency Care (3 hours lecture)

Provides for study of major safety areas including transportation, public safety, industrial and home safety. Emergency health care, first aid treatment, and preventive measures are considered in the context of individual, agency and institutional responsibilities. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Starting Winter 2016: HLTH 102.

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.

HLTH245: Observation of Health Agencies. Starting Winter 2016: Introduction to Fieldwork and Professionalism (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students develop a working knowledge of applied public health by observing a wide range of community and school health programs in action. In addition to spending a minimum of 66 hours in on-site placements, students meet in the classroom to develop the skills necessary to become public health professionals. Learning about best practices within public health, students apply their knowledge by assessing strengths and challenges across different public health agency/program/organization sites. Students also compare missions, objectives and functions of a variety of agencies involved in public health education and determine which types of agencies best fit the students' own personal and professional goals related to public health. A critical part of this course is the in-class meetings where students will have the opportunity to compare experiences, apply general public health understanding to real-life settings, and gain understanding of how to prepare for a career in public health education. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Starting Winter 2016: HLTH 102.

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.

HLTH304: Behavioral and Social Science in Health (3 hours lecture)

In this course, students develop knowledge and skills needed to understand health-related behaviors and health status from a social ecological perspective, considering factors at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and policy levels. Students learn about and apply theories of health behavior and theories of change, creating a solid foundation for the in-depth study of population health and the development and evaluation of culturally appropriate, theory-based public health interventions. By exploring multilevel determinants and correlates of health behavior and status, students develop an understanding of how social institutions and dynamics contribute to health disparities and consider multilevel approaches to eliminating such disparities. Students apply knowledge, practice skills, enhance computer literacy, and improve oral and written communication skills. Offered as HLTH 304 through Fall 2015. To become HLTH 204 effective Winter 2016. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HLTH 102.

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.

HLTH350: Field Study in Health

Selected experiences in community health work through arrangements with various kinds of health agencies. Major projects developed under supervision of a faculty member and a qualified person in the health professions agency. 2 - 6 sh.

Prerequisites: HLTH 245.

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.

HLTH405: Senior Seminar/CHES. Starting Winter 2016: Culminating Reflective Seminar (2 hours seminar)

This course provides in-depth information about the profession of health education including the range of positions available, the varied job responsibilities, and the spectrum of work settings. A major emphasis of this course is placed on preparation for the Certified Health Education Specialist Examination (CHES) offered by the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This course provides a culmination of the material presented in the previous courses of the student's tenure in this major. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: HLTH 330, junior or senior standing and Public Health concentration or departmental approval. Starting Winter 2016: HLTH 350 and senior standing.

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.

HLTH425: Vital Statistics. Starting Winter 2016: Applied Statistics for Public Health (3 hours lecture)

This course covers the basic concepts in the application of statistics as they relate to health and biological problems. Emphasis is placed on the tools and techniques used to evaluate the health status of a community, including births, deaths, and illness rates. Additionally, the biological issues underlying national and local health policies are explored. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 109 and HLTH 365.

HLTH428: Program Planning (3 hours lecture)

This course focuses on the process of designing, planning and implementing health education and health promotion programs, including needs assessment, developing SMART goals and objectives, utilization of program planning and behavioral theories and models, and planning for evaluation. Previous course HLTH 325 effective through Winter 2013. Offered as HLTH 428 through Fall 2015. To become HLTJ 328 effective Winter 2016. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: HLTH 342.

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.

HLTH460: Systems of Health Services Delivery (3 hours lecture)

The organization, administration and functions of health services in the United States and other major nations; the social and professional policies which determine their scope and nature. Principal methods currently employed in the U.S. for analysis and evaluation of health care systems. Offers opportunity to students to relate these general understandings to those segments of the health services system of particular professional interest to themselves. Offered as HLTH 460 through Fall 2015. To become HLTH 360 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.

MATH109: Statistics (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to the use of statistics in the real world. Topics include: analysis and presentation of data, variability and uncertainty in data, techniques of statistical inference and decision-making. Computer assisted including lecture, individual and small group tutoring in Mathematics Computer Laboratory. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Mathematics. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 051 or MATH 061 or MATH 071 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT). Not for majors in Mathematics (MATH), Mathematics with Applied Math concentration (MAAM) or Mathematics-Teacher Education (MTED).

NUFD182: Nutrition (3 hours lecture)

This course is designed to give students a general knowledge of the components of the food we eat, the nutrients necessary for a healthy life, the functions of nutrients and the interrelationships and metabolism of nutrients. The factors which influence the recommended dietary intake of nutrients, and theories and guidelines for screening nutrition risk and disease and prevention are presented. 3 sh.

SOCI309: Sociology of Health and Illness (3 hours lecture)

The focus of this course is on the relationship between society and health with a special emphasis on the role of culture and social structure. Health inequalities and the sociology of disability will be central concerns. Other topics will include social and cultural definitions of health and illness, the social role of the "sick", comparative medical beliefs and practices and medical institutions. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: SOCI 104 or SOCI 105 or SOCI 106 or SOCI 201 or SOCI 209 or SOCI 220 or SOCI 230 or FCST 200 or departmental approval.