Course Content and Outcome Guide for HE 250
- Course Number:
- HE 250
- Course Title:
- Personal Health
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Course DescriptionExplores current general health issues in emotional health and stress, physical fitness, nutrition, human sexuality, communicable and degenerative diseases and drugs from a wellness perspective. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
In this course the student becomes acquainted with a wellness approach
to health and some of the current personal health concerns. The course
includes an overview study of emotional health, social health, nutrition,
physical fitness, sexuality, diseases and drugs.
Intended Outcomes for the course
From a multi-dimensional perspective, the outcomes of this course are:
identify current personal health status, analyze health risks, and plan
effective health enhancement/wellness strategies..
Outcome Assessment Strategies
At the beginning of the course, the instructor will detail the methods
used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a
course grade. The methods may include one or more of the following
tools: examinations, quizzes, case studies, health assessments,
portfolio, homework assignments, research papers/projects, population-
specific risk analysis/intervention strategy, oral presentations, or
maintenance of a personal journal.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Reflective Journal Writing
Compare, predict, hypothesize
Information Access Skills
Collect qualitative and quantitative data
Access current information
Oral and written communication
Cooperative Group Work
THEMES,CONCEPTS, AND ISSUES
1.1 Define wellness model and itÃs multi-dimensional components
1.2 Define primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.
1.4 Relate advantages of primary prevention and its role in health
1.5 Compare and contrast today's issues about health with those held
a century ago.
1.6 Identify the leading causes of death and the lifestyle patterns
associated with the reduction of risks.
1.7 Examine how predisposing factors, beliefs, attitudes, and significant
others affect a person's overall wellness.
1.8 Identify behavior change techniques
1.9 Identify current personal health strengths and weaknesses.
2.0 Psychosocial Health
2.1 Define psychosocial health in terms of its intellectual, emotional,
social, and spiritual components.
2.2 Identify basic elements shared by psychosocially healthy people.
2.3 Know factors which contribute to the development of positive
2.4 Recognize the danger signs associated with potential suicide and
describe an appropriate course of action for cases in which these
signs are observed.
2.5 Describe models of human personality.
2.6 Identify and describe common psychosocial problems and explain
their causes and available treatment
2.7 Develop an awareness of the role gender plays in diagnoses of
2.8 Describe indications which usually mean professional help is needed
for resolution of a mental problem.
2.9 Define stress.
2.10 Differentiate between eustress and distress.
2.11 Explain the three phases of the general adaptation syndrome.
2.12 Define psychosomatic illness and give examples.
2.13 Discuss positive implications of stress.
2.14 Explore techniques for managing stress.
3.1 Describe alcohol as an example of central nervous system depressants.
3.2 Discuss the effects of alcohol on the human body
3.3 Explain the common recognized treatment for alcoholism.
3.4. Describe the synergistic action of alcohol with other drugs.
3.5 Describe the characteristics of alcoholic behavior and differentiate
between alcohol abuse and alcoholism.
3.6 Discuss alcohol usageÃs role in auto accidents, violent crimes
and other social concerns.
3.7 Gain knowledge about the responsible use of alcohol
4.0 Over the Counter and Prescription Drugs
4.1 Develop knowledge in the safe evaluation, selection, and use of
over the counter and prescription drugs.
4.2 Name the advantages and disadvantages of self-diagnosis and
4.3 State some common problems associated with use, misuse and abuse
5.1 Gain knowledge and understanding of the effects of cigarette smoking
on individuals and society at large.
5.2 Discuss the effects of side-stream and second-hand smoke.
5.3 Relate some ways to break the tobacco use habit.
5.4 Discuss the most often identified reasons for beginning to use
6.1 Develop knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of cancer
and the importance of primary and secondary prevention.
6.2 Define the term cancer and know current morbidity and mortality
6.3 State some theories of causation.
6.4 Name and explain the seven (7) warning signs.
6.5 Identify the current treatments for cancer.
6.7 Explain current guidelines for Pap Smear tests, breast and testicular
6.8 Outline a cancer prevention plan.
7.1 State the guidelines for healthy eating provided by the
7.2 Identify the six nutrient groups, their uses within the body and
good food sources for each.
7.3 Discuss the significance of water in the diet.
7.4 Define the role of dietary fiber in the diet.
7.5 Discuss implications of nutritional excesses in salt, cholesterol
7.6 Discuss implications of nutritional deficiencies in iron, calcium,
fiber and vitamin C.
7.7 Define hypervitaminosis and relate to megadose vitamin usage.
7.8 Discuss the chemistry of food and metabolism and how they relate
to the following:
a. Basal metabolic rate (BMR).
b. Quantity of energy released, measured in calories.
c. Approximate calorie needs.
7.9 Examine food labels for nutritional significance.
7.10 Explain the purpose of food additives.
7.11 Identify the composition of the typical American diet and the
7.12 Define obesity and discuss health problems associated with it.
7.13 Define lean body mass and discuss how body composition relates
to optimal health.
7.14 Discuss causes and treatments for eating disorders
8.0 Cardiovascular Disease
8.1 Define coronary heart disease and cerebrovascular accidents.
8.2. Discuss the significance of cardiovascular disease in America
and identify populations who are most at risk.
8.3 Describe the process of atherosclerosis and possible results of
8.4 Know risk factors for atherosclerosis and distinguish which are
8.5 Name the steps that can be taken in early life to improve the
chances of avoiding CVD in middle and later life
8.6 Know early warning signs and symptoms of CVD.
9.0 Physical Fitness
9.1 Know the health-related components of fitness.
9.2 Describe the fitness principles including overload, specificity,
progression, use it or lose it.
9.3. State the physiological and psychological benefits of the health
related components of fitness.
9.4. Know the criteria for enhancing cardiovascular fitness, muscle
strength, muscle endurance, and flexibility.
9.5 Demonstrate how to calculate the target heart rate and discuss
methods of monitoring exercise intensity.
9.6 Describe the importance of warm-up and cool down
9.7 Explain RICE principle used with athletic injuries.
9.8 Differentiate between aerobic and anaerobic exercise and name
at least three types of aerobic exercise.
10.1 Describe the anatomy and physiology of the female and male
10.2 Name the stages of sexual response cycle and describe the
physiological changes that accompany each stage in both males
10.3 Define homosexual, heterosexual, transsexual, transvestite, and
10.4 Identify important considerations for selecting a compatible partner.
10.5 Identify messages about sex presented in the media.
10.6 Describe the advantages and disadvantages of current contraceptive
methods such as ease of usage and failure rate
10.7 Discuss marriage/long term partnership with respect to communication
10.8 Explain human reproduction with respect to pregnancy and childbirth
10.9 Discuss the risks associated with prenatal exposure to alcohol,
cigarette smoke, HIV, and cocaine
10.10 Discuss factors to consider when deciding if and when to have a child.
11.0 Communicable Disease
11.1 Identify the communicable disease transmission process
11.2 Define pathogen and know pathogen classification system
11.3 Describe the immune system response to foreign invasion.
11.4 Define incubation and prodromal.
11.5 Explain active immunity and passive immunity.
11.6 Discuss the role of sanitation in disease transmission prevention.
11.7 Know the body's lines of defense to disease.
11.8 Define autoimmune disease and give an example.
11.9 Discuss the relationship between stress and the immune system.
11.10 Describe the prevention, cause, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and
consequences of syphillis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, herpes simplex,
genital warts and HIV.