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College of Allied Health and Nursing
Department of Health Science

213 Highland North
507-389-1527

Graduate Programs and Post-baccalaureate Certificate in the Department of Health Science
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The Department of Health Science offers a Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in Community Health Education or School Health Education as well as a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in School Health Education. The M.S. in Community Health Education is designed for community/public health educators interested in an advanced degree. The M.S. in School Health Education is for licensed teachers seeking an advanced degree in health education or those who have completed the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in School Health Education. Required courses are determined by the choice of either the School Health Education or Community Health Education option. Elective courses are chosen in consultation with the student's graduate advisor to meet the student's educational and professional goals.

Policy: A minimum of 50% of all graduate coursework, excluding thesis and APP credit, applied toward the degree must be completed at the 600 level.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Admission to the Graduate Program in the Department of Health Science varies slightly depending on your area of interest.

Master of Science in Community Health Education (30-34)
Thesis: 30 credits
Alternate Plan Paper: 34 credits

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education that clearly shows a major in Health Education, such as Health Education, Community Health Education, Public Health Education, School Health Education OR an official transcript reflecting at least 25 semester hours or 37 quarter hours of coursework with specific preparation addressing the following areas of responsibility for health educators as determined by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing, Inc. <www.nchec.org>.
• assess individual and community needs for health education
• plan effective health education strategies, interventions, and programs
• implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs
• conduct evaluation and research related to health education
• administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs
• serve as a health education resource person
• communicate and advocate for health and health education

Required Core: 21 credits
HLTH 575: Biostatistics (3)
HLTH 560: Intro to Epidemiology (3)
HLTH 630: Techniques of Research in Health (3)
HLTH 659: Health Care Administration (3)
HLTH 664: Health Program Planning & Evaluation (3)
HLTH 665: Theory and Philosophy in Health Education (3)
HLTH 667: Advanced Health Communications and Advocacy (3)

HLTH 694: Alternate Plan Paper (1-2)
Or
HLTH 699: Thesis (1-4)

Electives: 6-12 credits
HLTH 510: Current Health Issues (3)
HLTH 550: Environmental Health (3)
HLTH 551: Emotional Health and Stress (3)
HLTH 555: Health and Aging (3)
HLTH 554: Chronic and Infectious Diseases (3)
HLTH 556: Assessment of Chemical Dependency (3)
HLTH 559: Critical Topics in Health (1-3)
HLTH 565: Health Care Delivery (3)
HLTH 567: Public Health Law (3)
HLTH 569: Chemical Dependency: Dual Diagnosis (3)
HLTH 588: Work Site Health Promotion (3)
HLTH 632: Alcohol and Drug Education (3)
HLTH 662: Human Sexuality (3)
HLTH 666: International Health (3)
HLTH 668: Grant Proposal Writing for Health Professionals (3)

Master of Science in School Health Education (30-34)
Thesis: 30 credits
Alternate Plan Paper: 34 credits

Required Core: 27 credits
HLTH 510: Current Health Issues (3)
HLTH 551: Emotional Health and Stress (3)
HLTH 554: Chronic and Infectious Diseases (3)
HLTH 660: Standards, Assessment and Methods (3)
HLTH 661: Curriculum Trends (3)
HLTH 662: Human Sexuality (3)
HLTH 632: Alcohol and Drug Education (3)
HLTH 575: Biostatistics (3)
HLTH 630: Techniques of Research (3)

HLTH 694: Alternative Plan Paper (1-2)
OR
HLTH 699: Thesis (1-4)


Electives: Alternate Plan Paper Option-6 credits
HLTH 550: Environmental Health (3)
HLTH 555: Health and Aging (3)
HLTH 556: Assessment of Chemical Dependency (3)
HLTH 559: Critical Topics in Health (1-3)
HLTH 565: Health Care Delivery (3)
HLTH 567: Public Health Law (3)
HLTH 569: Chemical Dependency: Dual Diagnosis (3)
HLTH 588: Work Site Health Promotion (3)
HLTH 666: International Health (3)
HLTH 668: Grant Proposal Writing for Health Professionals (3)

Post Baccalaureate School Health Education Certificate Program
Certificate in School Health Education
(21)

This certification program provides the professional who already has a teaching degree with the necessary courses to meet the MN standards for teacher licensure in school health education

Required Core: 21 credits
HLTH 510: Current Health Issues (3)
HLTH 551: Emotional Health and Stress (3)
HLTH 554: Chronic and Infectious Diseases (3)
HLTH 660: Standards, Assessment and Methods (3)
HLTH 661: Curriculum Trends (3)
HLTH 662: Human Sexuality (3)
HLTH 632: Alcohol and Drug Education (3)

Prerequisite: Teaching Degree (initial license) or Graduate Teaching Licensure Program

 

Course Descriptions

HLTH 500 (3) Women's Health

This course explores current issues, controversies, and concerns affecting women's health. Relationships between social, cultural, psychological, environmental, and physical factors of women's health status are examined.

HLTH 506 (3) Ethics and Professionalism for Addictions Professionals

The focus of this course is on the foundations of ethics and professionalism for addictions professionals. The course will cover professional and ethical codes as well as topics related to continued development as a professional. 

HLTH 510 (3) Current Health Issues

An in-depth review of significant current health concerns and controversies in health science, using the elements of reasoning as the framework for critiquing the issues.

HLTH 520 (5) Health Teaching Methods

Overview of methodology and materials used in the school health setting. Review curriculum development, teaching strategies and program administration. Includes the preparation and presentation of lessons.

HLTH 541 (3) Death Education

Explores the relationship of death concerns to the process of meaningful living. Uses a variety of learning strategies to examine death attitudes, values ,and related behaviors.

HLTH 550 (3) Environmental Health

Promotes identification and analysis of environmental influences upon health status. Health concerns related to residential, occupational, and other environments are explored. Problems pertaining to air, water, solid waste, housing, land use, toxic waste, and sanitation are addressed.

HLTH 551 (3) Emotional Health and Stress

The course examines the foundations of emotional health and explores methods for promoting and maintaining emotional health. Emphasis is on recognition of, and enhancing awareness about, how stress affects human health and performance. Stress management techniques such as relaxation, effective communication, cognitive-behavioral approaches, eating behaviors, regular exercise, and time management are explored.

HLTH 554 (3) Chronic and Infectious Diseases

The purpose of this course is to develop the knowledge and understanding of the causes, symptoms and methods of controlling and preventing chronic and infectious diseases. Primary and secondary prevention strategies will be identified. Emphasis will be placed on those behaviors that foster and those that hinder well-being.

Prerequisite: HLTH 260

HLTH 555 (3) Health and Aging

This course investigates the physical and mental health concerns of the aging process. Explores specific health problems confronting older persons, and examines preventive health behaviors and health maintenance practices.

HLTH 556 (3) Assessment of Chemical Dependency

This course is designed to provide students with practical knowledge and application techniques in assessing an individual with a chemical use/dependency problem. Various assessment techniques will be presented and discusses as to appropriate utilization. This course meets the criteria for Rule 25 training in Chemical Dependency Assessment.

Prerequisite: HLTH 225

HLTH 559 (1-3) Critical Topics in Health

An in-depth study of specific topics of current interest in the Health Science discipline.

HLTH 560 (3) Introduction to Epidemiology

Examines the philosophy and rationale of current epidemiological practice. Requires the application of epidemiological techniques to selected health concerns. Explores the interaction of agent, host, and environment with the emphasis on application of principles of prevention.

HLTH 565 (3) Health Care Delivery in the United States

An examination of the system of delivery of health care in the United States from an historical, social, political, and economic perspective.

HLTH 567 (3) Public Health Law

An examination of the judicial system and the development, enactment and enforcement of laws as they relate to the public's health.

HLTH 569 (3) Chemical Dependency: Dual Diagnosis

This course is designed to provide students with practical knowledge and application techniques in assessing an individual with a chemical use/dependency problem. Various assessment techniques will be presented and discussed as to appropriate utilization. This course meets the criteria for Rule 25 training in Chemical Dependency Assessment.

Prerequisite: HLTH 225

HLTH 575 (3) Biostatistics

Introduction to statistical analysis as applied to the health sciences. Examines concepts and methods of statistical procedures applied to health problems and issues.

HLTH 580 (4) Community and Program Development for Health

Focuses upon knowledge and skills necessary for community organization and program development. The course identifies and explores methods and techniques needed for organizing a community for implementing health promotion.

Prerequisite: HLTH 260, 361, 460

HLTH 581 (3) Community Organizing for Health

Knowledge and skills necessary for community organization. Identifies and explores methods and techniques needed for organizing a community for implementing health promotion and education programs. Program administration, strategic planning, personnel relations, leadership development, collaboration, and working with diverse populations.

HLTH 588 (3) Work Site Health Promotion

The course examines approaches to promote health and prevent disease and injury, and explores other health related issues at the workplace. Assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation strategies are addressed. Model programs are reviewed and analyzed.

HLTH 590 (1-4) Workshop

Intensive educational experience on selected topics related to skill development, content update, or material development. Typically offered in a concentrated format.

HLTH 630 (3) Techniques of Research in Health

Examines and applies research methods common to health science. Requires an extensive literature review. This course should be taken near the end of a graduate program when the student is ready to begin work on the thesis or alternate plan paper. The student must have completed a plan of study prior to enrollment.

HLTH 631 (3) Seminar

Course requires completion of thesis proposal or alternate plan paper, extensive literature review, and oral presentation for group review.

Prerequisite: HLTH 630

HLTH 632 (3) Alcohol and Drug Education

Designed to examine the health effects of alcohol with the primary emphasis on the prevention of alcohol-related problems. Those factors influencing the use and abuse of alcohol are covered.

HLTH 640 (3) Health and Sick Role Behavior

Reviews concepts of health and illness as they affect individuals, families, and communities. Cross-cultural perspectives and the influence of economics, political, religious, geographical, and educational factors on health are emphasized.

HLTH 659 (3) Health Administration

Specific managerial components will be emphasized such as organizational patterns, fiscal administration, and personnel management common to the health system. Administrative functions of policy settings, planning coordination, public issue involvement, and community relations will be included. Particular attention is given to the human side of management.

HLTH 660 (3) Standards, Assessment and Methods

Explores health education standards, assessment, and methods for teaching functional knowledge and health-related skills. Requires the development of a assessment plans, assessments, lesson plans, and other materials for aligning, assessing, and teaching functional health knowledge and health-related skills.

HLTH 661 (3) Curriculum Trends

Current philosophies and models of health curriculum design are explored. Requires the development of a model curriculum consistent with recent developments in school health education.

HLTH 662 (3) Human Sexuality

Explores current issues, controversies, and concerns affecting sexual health. Relationships between social, cultural, psychological, environmental, and physical factors of sexuality are examined.

HLTH 664 (3) Health Program Planning & Evaluation

Provides a thorough background on the practical aspects of health planning, including development, adoption, and implementation of health programs.

HLTH 665 (3) Theory and Philosophy of Health Education

Directed toward providing a solid theoretical and philosophical foundation for professional health education practice. Current and historical health education, theoretical and philosophical models, and concepts are explored. Application of these models and concepts to professional practice is emphasized.

HLTH 666 (3) International Health

An examination of health status and health care delivery systems of developing, transitional, and developed nations. Includes social, economic, and political analysis of health policy formation.

HLTH 667 (3) Advanced Health Communications and Advocacy

This course focuses upon advanced development of communication and advocacy skills for the health educator. The course provides in-depth coverage of health communication theory, application, and evidence. Students will plan, implement and evaluate an evidence-based health communication program.

HLTH 668 (3) Grant Proposal Writing for Health Professionals

Designed to make students familiar with the steps of grant writing, explore the various sources of grants available to health professionals, and develop skills and competencies to successfully write grant proposals.

HLTH 677 (1-4) Individual Study

An in depth project on a topic of particular interest to the student. Project must be approved by the faculty supervisor and department chairperson and proposal filed with department.

HLTH 690 (1-3) Selected Topics in Health

Provides an in-depth investigation of a topic of particular concern at the time of offering. Topics will deal with timely issues regarding health promotion, disease prevention, and/or socio/political concerns regarding health in the modern world.

Prerequisite: may depend on topic

HLTH 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper

Course requires completion of Alternate Plan Paper and oral presentation for group review.

HLTH 696 (1-6) Internship: Health Science

A concentrated work experience for those students preparing for a career in community health.

Prerequisite: core courses completed

HLTH 697 (1-12) Internship: Alcohol and Drug Studies

A concentrated pre-professional experience for those preparing for a career in alcohol and drug studies. Students must successfully complete all alcohol and drug studies core course work and the Alcohol and Drug Studies application and screening process to be eligible for the internship. Students must schedule a meeting with the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Studies one semester in advance to schedule their internship placement.

Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA in Alcohol and Drug Studies, core courses completed

HLTH 699 (1-4) Thesis

Credit for students working on their thesis. Permission of advisor and department chairperson required.

Prerequisite: all core courses and HLTH 630 completed