Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
HE 242
Course Title:
Stress and Human Health
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Course Description

Surveys and critically analyzes the stress concept and its impact on individual health. Using a multi-dimensional model, students will explore their personal stressors and the interaction between stress, human health and disease. Recommended: WR 121 Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  1. Analyze how social, psychological and cultural perspectives influence an individual€™s level of stress and well-being.
  2. Summarize how the human body systems are interrelated and how stress impacts these systems.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of current stress issues and their influence on human health and disease.
  4. Evaluate for validity medical journals, health articles, and other forms of data related to stress and human health.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Written examination
  2. Critical analysis of course material
  3. Journaling, self assessment, and self-reflection
  4. Group problem solving
  5. Course activities and discussion
  6. Student presentation
  7. Utilize scholarly academic databases and articles

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


Critical thinking

  1. compare ·
  2. predict ·
  3. hypothesize
  4. problem solving
  5. decision making

Communication skills

  1. oral and written communication
  2. computer literacy
  3. calibration skills
  4. cooperative group work

Intrapersonal skills

  1. values clarification
  2. reflective journal writing Information

Access Skills

  1. collect qualitative and quantitative data
  2. access current information
  3. evaluate validity


  1. Increase health knowledge of the concepts of stress.
  2. Explore current research in stress psychophysiology.
  3. Understand the relationship of stress and illness/disease.
  4. Compare and contrast the effects of chronic low-level stress and chronic high-level stress on the human body and the disease process.
  5. Apply perception and behavior change stress intervention models.
  6. Analyze the unique stressors for minorities, ages and genders.
  7. Increase knowledge and general application of relaxation techniques.
  8. Compare current and historical research in stress and health