CCOG for HE 242 Spring 2024

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

Explores and analyzes stress and its relationship to human health. Examines various personal stressors and the links between stress and disease. Covers how to manage stress with healthy coping and relaxation techniques by using current research and multiple perspectives. Evaluates personal stressors and surveys numerous methods to manage stress. Recommended: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between stress, human health, behaviors, and perceptions.
  2. Recognize signs and symptoms of stress.
  3. Summarize the physiological response to stress and how it impacts human health.
  4. Identify stressors and possible root causes using health models.
  5. Evaluate the effectiveness of stress management strategies and relaxation techniques on a personal level.
  6. Explore information from credible research on stress and health.

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

Assessment methods may include the following:  

  1. Written examinations

  2. Written assignments

  3. Critical analysis of material

  4. Course activities and discussion

  5. Presentations and/or projects

  6. Participation in class activities

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. Increase health knowledge of the concepts of stress.

  2. Explore various stressors and their impacts across the socio-ecological model.

  3. Explore current research in stress psychophysiology.

  4. Understand the relationship between stress and illness/disease.

  5. Compare and contrast the effects of chronic low-level stress and chronic high-level stress on the human body and the disease process.

  6. Apply perception and behavior change stress intervention models.

  7. Discuss unique stressors for BIPOC, ages, and genders.

  8. Surveys numerous methods to manage stress