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Introduction | Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Minor in Health Science | Master of Public Health
Health Science Courses
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DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Shari McMahan

DEPARTMENT OFFICE
Kinesiology and Health Science 121
(KHS)

DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
http://hdcs.fullerton.edu/hesc/

PROGRAMS OFFERED
Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Minor in Health Science
Master of Public Health

FACULTY
Laura Chandler, C. Jessie Jones, Kathleen Koser, Shari McMahan, Vince Merrill, Michele Mouttapa, Archana McEligot, Sora Tanjasiri, Dara Vazin, Jie Weiss

INTRODUCTION
The mission of health science focuses on understanding and promotion of health in diverse populations. Health science bridges the gap between scientific discoveries and the application of this knowledge to improve the quality of people’s lives. Health science research reflects the range of diverse health problems, settings and populations. The approach considers the multi-level determinants of health and well-being, including individuals, groups, organizations, and communities. Health science professionals work at these various levels to implement and evaluate efforts that promote health and prevent illness and disease. An important aspect of this process involves empowering people to change the factors that influence their health and wellbeing, be it within the individual or in their social environment.

The health science program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science with focus areas in health promotion and disease prevention, occupational and environmental health, or special studies. The undergraduate minor in Health Science, based on core curricula, provides opportunities for professional and/or personal enhancement.

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree combines the study of the biological, physical, psychological, economic, and social forces affecting the human condition. The degree’s curriculum seeks to analyze not only the nature and context of public health problems, but also the organizational, behavioral, socio-cultural, and political constraints to ameliorating these problems. Through experiences in and out of the classroom, students develop the habit of intellectual inquiry, prepare for challenging professions, strengthen relationships to their communities and contribute productively to society.

The Master of Public Health has a required core curriculum, plus individualized courses leading to professional or disciplinary specific preparation. In addition, select courses within the curriculum service various credential programs, and other university degree programs that require health science foundations. Internships, practica, independent study, and scholarly outreach provide opportunities for interaction and service within the community.

Student Awards/Scholarships
Awards and scholarships are presented each year to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. Additional information is available in the Health Science Department office.

Advisement
Entering students interested in Health Science should contact the Health Science Student Advising Center in KHS 251 prior to their first semester at Cal State Fullerton to receive appropriate advisement materials. Students transferring course work from other colleges and universities should provide official transcripts of all prior course work to the Health Science Student Advising Center.
Transfer students and students seeking advisement related to completion of General Education requirements, should visit the Academic Advisement Center located in University Hall 123.

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH SCIENCE
The Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science is offered for students who are preparing for careers as health educators as well as for those who seek quality preparation for advanced study. Students in Health Science learn how to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate prevention strategies that are practical and effective at the community, state, and national levels. In addition, through required and elective coursework, students must complete a focus area in health promotion and disease prevention, occupational and environmental health, or special studies. The competency-based degree program prepares students for certification as health education specialists and for careers in community health, worksite health promotion, occupational health and safety, and/or environmental health. The degree consists of 120 units with 52 units required in the major.

Each course counted toward the major, including prerequisites, must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher. All courses counted toward the major must be taken on an Option 1 (letter grade) basis.

Prerequisite Course Work Applicable to General Education (13 units)
Biology 101 Elements of Biology (3)
Chemistry 100 Survey of Chemistry (3
Chemistry 100L Survey of Chemistry Lab (1)
Psychology 101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
Human Comm 102 Public Speaking (3)

Core Courses (28 units)
Health Sci 101 Personal Health (3)
Kinesiology 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology (3)
Health Sci 220 Concepts in Health Science (3), prerequisite for all Health Sci 400-level courses; concurrent with Health Sci 494 Practicum in Health Science (1)
Health Sci 349 Measurement and Statistics in Health Science (3)
Health Sci 400 Program Design for Kinesiology and Health Promotion (3)
Health Sci 401 Epidemiology (3)
Health Sci 440 Determinants of Health Behavior (3)
Health Sci 475 Health Science Planning, Research and Evaluation (3)
Health Sci 495 Internship in Health Science (3)

Advising Tracks (21 units)
In addition to the core requirements that all health science majors must complete, students are required to select one of the three advising tracks to successfully complete the requirements of the degree.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Advising Track (21 units)
Required (9 units)
Health Sci 410 Community Health Education (3)
Health Sci 411 Promoting Health in Multicultural Populations (3)
Health Sci 460 Worksite Health Promotion (3)

Electives (6-12 units)
Health Sci 321 Drugs and Society (3)
Health Sci 325 Consumer Health (3)
Health Sci 342 Stress Management (3)
Health Sci 350 Nutrition (3)
Health Sci 353 Physical Activity and Lifelong Well-being (3)
Health Sci 358 Contemporary Issues in Children’s Health (3)
Health Sci 405 Worksite Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation (3)
Health Sci 415 Environmental Health (3)
Health Sci 450 Applied Health Promotion in Aging Populations (3)
Health Sci 461 Occupational Safety and Health (3)

Elective Courses from other Departments (0-6 units)
Students choose a maximum of six adviser-approved units from the following:
Afro Ethnic 304 The Black Family (3)
American Studies 438 American Minds: Images of Sickness and Health (3)
Anthro 308 Culture and Aging: Anthropological Gerontology (3)
Anthro 315 Culture and Nutrition (3)
Anthro 322 Human Behavioral Ecology (3)
Anthro 344 Human Evolution (3)
Asian Amer 340 Asian American Communication (3)
Asian Amer 342 Asian Pacific American Families (3)
Asian Amer 346 Asian American Psychology (3)
Asian Amer 348 Asian American Perspectives in Aging (3)
Biology 300 Environmental Biology (3)
Biology 302 General Microbiology (3)
Biology 305 Human Heredity and Development (3)
Biology 306 Biology of Aging (3)
Biology 310 Human Physiology (3)
Biology 360 Biology of Human Sexuality (3)
Biology 361 Human Anatomy (4)
Chemistry 301A Organic Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 301B Organic Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 302 Organic Chemistry Lab (2)
Chemistry 302A Organic Chemistry Lab (1)
Chemistry 302B Organic Chemistry Lab (1)
Chemistry 303A Biotechnology: Business and Society (1)
Chemistry 303B Medical Biotechnology (1)
Chemistry 303C Agricultural/Environmental Biotechnology (1)
Chemistry 311 Nutrition and Disease (3)
Chemistry 313A Air Pollution (1)
Chemistry 313B Water Pollution (1)
Chemistry 313C Land Pollution (1)
Chicana/o 305 The Chicano Family (3)
Geography 350 Nature and Society (3)
Kinesiology 348 Physiology of Exercise (3)
Kinesiology 351 Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3)
Kinesiology 432 Applied Exercise Psychology (3)
Kinesiology 454 Physical Activity and the Aging Process (3)
Nursing/Health Sci 301 Promotion of Optimal Health (3)
Philosophy 314 Medical Ethics (3)
Psychology 312 Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior (3)
Psychology 341 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Psychology 350 Environmental Psychology (3)
Psychology 351 Social Psychology (3)
Psychology 362 Psychology of Aging (3)
Psychology 391 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
Sociology 300 Introduction of Social Welfare (3)
Sociology 354 Sociology of Gender (3)
Sociology 360 Sociology of Death and Dying (3)
Sociology 361 Population and the Environment (3)
Sociology 381 Sociology of Human Sexualities (3)
Sociology 385 Family Violence (3)
Sociology 443 Sociology of Aging (3)
Special Ed 371 Exceptional Individual (3)
Women’s Studies 410 Women’s Health and Aging (3)

Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety Advising Track (21 units)
Required (9 units)
Health Science 405 Worksite Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation (3)
Health Science 415 Environmental Health (3)
Health Science 461 Occupational Safety and Health (3)

Electives (6-12 units)
Health Sci 321 Drugs and Society (3)
Health Sci 325 Consumer Health (3)
Health Sci 342 Stress Management (3)
Health Sci 350 Nutrition (3)
Health Sci 353 Physical Activity and Lifelong Well-being (3)
Health Sci 358 Contemporary Issues in Children’s Health (3)
Health Sci 410 Community Health Education (3)
Health Sci 411 Promoting Health in Multicultural Populations (3)
Health Sci 450 Applied Health Promotion in Aging Populations (3)
Health Sci 460 Worksite Health Promotion (3)

Elective Courses from other Departments (0-6)
Students choose maximum six adviser-approved units from the department’s approved list of elective courses (see elective list above under “Health Promotion and Disease Prevention” electives from other departments).

Special Studies Advising Track (21 units)
Students meet with an adviser and develop a “Special Studies” program consisting of 21 adviser-approved units from the following:
Health Sci 321 Drugs and Society (3)
Health Sci 325 Consumer Health (3)
Health Sci 342 Stress Management (3)
Health Sci 350 Nutrition (3)
Health Sci 353 Physical Activity and Lifelong Well-Being (3)
Health Sci 358 Contemporary Issues in Children’s Health (3)
Health Sci 405 Worksite Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation (3)
Health Sci 410 Community Health Education (3)
Health Sci 411 Promoting Health in Multicultural Populations (3)
Health Sci 415 Environmental Health (3)
Health Sci 450 Applied Health Promotion in Aging Populations (3)
Health Sci 460 Worksite Health Promotion (3)
Health Sci 461 Occupational Health and Safety (3)
Biology 302 General Microbiology (4)
Biology 305 Human Heredity and Development (3)
Biology 306 Biology of Aging (3)
Biology 310 Human Physiology (3)
Biology 360 Biology of Human Sexuality (3)
Biology 361 Human Anatomy (4)
Chemistry 301A Organic Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 301B Organic Chemistry (3)
Chemistry 302 Organic Chemistry Lab (2)
Chemistry 302A Organic Chemistry Lab (1)
Chemistry 302B Organic Chemistry Lab (1)
Chemistry 303A Biotechnology: Business and Society (1)
Chemistry 303B Medical Biotechnology (1)
Chemistry 303C Agricultural/Environmental Biotechnology (1)
Chemistry 311 Nutrition and Disease (3)
Chemistry 313A Air Pollution (1)
Chemistry 313B Water Pollution (1)
Chemistry 313C Land Pollution (1)
Chemistry 303B Medical Biotechnology (1)
Chemistry 303C Agricultural/Environmental Biotechnology (1)
Chemistry 311 Nutrition and Disease (3)
Chemistry 313A Air Pollution (1)
Chemistry 313B Water Pollution (1)
Chemistry 313C Land Pollution (1)
Geography 350 Nature and Society (3)
Kinesiology 348 Physiology of Exercise (3)
Kinesiology 351 Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3)
Kinesiology 432 Applied Exercise Psychology (3)
Kinesiology 454 Physical Activity and the Aging Process (3)
Nursing/Health Sci 301 Promotion of Optimal Health (3)
Philosophy 314 Medical Ethics (3)
Psychology 312 Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior (3)
Psychology 341 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Psychology 350 Environmental Psychology (3)
Psychology 351 Social Psychology (3)
Psychology 362 Psychology of Aging (3)
Psychology 391 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3)
Sociology 300 Introduction of Social Welfare (3)
Sociology 354 Sociology of Gender (3)
Sociology 361 Population and the Environment (3)
Sociology 381 Sociology of Human Sexualities (3)
Sociology 385 Family Violence (3)
Sociology 443 Sociology of Aging (3)
Special Ed 371 Exceptional Individual (3)
Women’s Studies 410 Women’s Health and Aging (3)

English Proficiency Requirement (3 units)
In order to satisfy the upper-division writing requirement of the university, Health Science majors must pass (1) English 301 Advanced College Writing with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better and (2) the Cal State Fullerton Examination in Writing Proficiency (EWP). Please see additional information provided in this catalog on the writing requirement.

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MINOR IN HEALTH SCIENCE
The Department of Health Science offers a minor in health science consisting of 21-22 units. Students interested in personal growth, community service, intellectual stimulation and professional career opportunities in the health field, will find this minor a method to achieve these goals. The minor provides a concentration of health-related courses that can enhance skills for students majoring in fields such as Biology, Chemistry, Child and Adolescent Studies, Human Services, Kinesiology, Psychology and Sociology.

The minor provides students with necessary tools to understand factors contributing to the promotion of health and well-being and the prevention of disease and disability. This sequence of courses offers traditional and modern approaches to education and career development in the Health Science field. It encourages a multi-disciplinary orientation.

There are two advising tracks: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (21 units) and Environmental and Occupational Health (22 units). The Health Promotion and Disease Prevention track provides students with a broad overview of health and well-being, health behavior theory, and specialized content areas to meet students’ interests. The Environmental and Occupational Health track provides students with the necessary course work to become eligible for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) Exam offered by the California Department of Health Services.

In completing the requirements for the minor, a minimum of twelve (12) units, of which at least six (6) must be upper division, must be distinct and different from the units used to complete the requirements of the major. Any units above the minimum requirement, which can be used to satisfy both the requirements for the minor and for the major may be double counted. General education courses, however, may be used to meet minor requirements.

Course work must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a “C” (2.0) grade or better to be counted toward the minor.

Core Courses (6 units)
Health Sci 101 Personal Health (3)
Health Sci 401 Epidemiology (3) OR
Health Sci 440 Determinants of Health Behavior (3)

Students preparing to take the REHS exam should select Health Science 401.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Track Electives (15 units)
Health Science Electives (9-15 units of the following)
Health Sci 321 Drugs and Society (3)
Health Sci 325 Consumer Health (3)
Health Sci/Kinesiology 342 Stress Management (3)
Health Sci/Kinesiology 350 Nutrition (3)
Health Sci 358 Contemporary Issues in Children’s Health (3)
Health Sci 405 Worksite Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation (3)
Health Sci 410 Community Health Education (3)
Health Sci 411 Promoting Health in Multicultural Populations (3)
Health Sci 450 Applied Health Promotion in Aging Populations (3)
Health Sci 460 Worksite Health Promotion (3)
Health Sci 461 Occupational Health and Safety (3)
Kinesiology/Health Sci 353 Physical Activity and Lifelong Well-Being (3)

Elective Courses from other Departments (0-6 units with adviser approval)
Afro Ethnic 304 The Black Family (3)
American Studies 438 American Minds: Images of Sickness and Health (3)
Anthro 308 Culture and Aging: Anthropological Gerontology (3)
Anthro 315 Culture and Nutrition (3)
Anthro 322 Human Behavioral Ecology (3)
Anthro 342 Anthropology and Health (3)
Anthro 344 Human Evolution (3)
Asian Amer 201 History of Asian Americans (3)
Asian Amer 300 Introduction to Asian Pacific American Studies (3)
Asian Amer 340 Asian American Communication (3)
Asian Amer 342 Asian Pacific American Families (3)
Asian Amer 346 Asian American Psychology (3)
Biology 300 Environmental Biology (3)
Biology 305 Human Heredity and Development (3)
Biology 306 Biology of Aging (3)
Biology 310 Human Physiology (3)
Biology 360 Biology of Human Sexuality (3)
Biology 361 Human Anatomy (4)
Chemistry 303A Biotechnology: Business and Society (1)
Chemistry 303B Biotechnology: Medical Biotechnology (1)
Chemistry 303C Biotechnology: Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology (1)
Chemistry 311 Nutrition and Disease (3)
Chemistry 313A Air Pollution (1)
Chemistry 313B Water Pollution (1)
Chemistry 313C Land Pollution (1)
Chicana/o 106 Introduction to Chicano Studies (3)
Chicana/o 305 The Chicano Family (3)
Chicana/o 345 History of the Chicana/o (3)
Geography 350 Nature and Society (3)
Kinesiology 348 Physiology of Exercise (3)
Kinesiology 351 Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3)
Kinesiology 454 Physical Dimensions of Aging (3)
Nursing/Health Sci 301 Promotion of Optimal Health (3)
Psychology 312 Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior (3)
Psychology 341 Abnormal Psychology (3)
Psychology 351 Social Psychology (3)
Psychology 362 Psychology of Aging (3)
Sociology 300 Introduction to Social Welfare (3)
Sociology 354 Sociology of Gender (3)
Sociology 360 Sociology of Death and Dying (3)
Sociology 381 Sociology of Human Sexualities (3)
Sociology 385 Family Violence (3)
Sociology 443 Sociology of Aging (3)
Special Ed 371 Exceptional Individual (3)
Women’s Studies 410 Women’s Health and Aging (3)

Environmental and Occupational Health Track (16 units)
Required Courses (12 units)
Health Sci 415 Environmental Health (3)
Health Sci 461 Occupational Health (3)
Health Sci 349 Measurement and Statistics in Health Science (3)
    OR Mathematics 120 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
Poli Sci 320 Introduction to Public Management and Policy (3)

Elective Courses (4 units)
Biology 438 Public Health Microbiology (4)
Chemistry 313A Environmental Pollution and its Solutions: Air Pollution (1)
Chemistry 313B Environmental Pollution and its Solutions: Water Pollution (1)
Chemistry 313C Environmental Pollution and its Solutions: Land Pollution (1)
Chemistry 435 Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (3)
Geology 335 General Hydrology (3)

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MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The purpose of the Master of Public Health program is to prepare public health professionals to draw on the knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines and to define, critically assess, evaluate and resolve public health problems. MPH program graduates will have a common educational grounding that will enable them to work effectively with the broad spectrum of public health issues related to their public health careers.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for completing online applications is March 1st for the following fall semester (see http://www.csumentor.edu). Mailed applications need to be postmarked by the same deadline. However, the deadline may be changed based upon enrollment projections. Check the university graduate studies website for current information at http://www.fullerton.edu/graduate.

Admission to Graduate Standing: Classified
Students must apply to both the department and the university for admission. Minimum requirements for admission to the university are:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 units attempted.
  3. Good standing at the last college attended.

After meeting the above criteria, additional requirements for acceptance in the MPH program include:

  1. Copy of official transcript(s) from all college work sent directly to the MPH Graduate program coordinator.
  2. Two letters of recommendation.
  3. A narrative statement (300-500 words describing how the program relates to professional goals).
  4. A current resumé.
  5. Completion of 6 units of statistics and research methods (appropriate courses include statistics, epidemiology, research methods, program design and evaluation, etc.) with a grade “C” (2.0) or better.
  6. Appropriate education background for career track courses (9 units or equivalent within specialized track. Professionals currently in field can demonstrate proficiency by course work, or by portfolio review or similar supporting evidence).
  7. GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units completed.
  8. Paid or volunteer experience in public health, health education or related health area.
  9. Communication skills utilizing a second language encouraged.
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Admission to Graduate Standing: Conditionally Classified
It may also be possible for applicants who have minimal deficiencies in prerequisite requirements, as detailed above, but who are otherwise highly qualified, to be admitted in conditionally classified graduate standing, with provisions made for removal of deficiencies prior to the granting of classified standing. For further information, consult with the MPH Program Coordinator.

GRADUATE STUDY PLAN
The Master of Public Health requires 42 units of approved graduate work. Twenty-seven units are core competency classes (which includes a six-unit internship) and an additional fifteen units are electives, 75% of which must be 500-level courses. Students work with a faculty adviser to select these electives to support career areas in health promotion, environmental and occupational health, gerontological health, nursing leadership, or in a special studies track such as health anthropology or health counseling or other special academic/career needs.

Core Course Requirements (27 units)
Health Sci 500 Issues in Public Health (3)
Health Sci 501 Advanced Methods in Epidemiology (3)
Health Sci 508 Statistical Methods in Health Science (3)
Health Sci 515 Advanced Environmental Health (3)
Health Sci 524 Public Health Administration (3)
Health Sci 540 Advanced Study in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (3)
Health Sci 550 Graduate Internship (6)
Health Sci 597/598 Project/Thesis (3) or Comprehensive Examination*
*Students who select the Comprehensive Examination shall be required to complete an additional adviser-approved 500-level course (3 units).

Electives (15 units)
Electives must be approved by an adviser. Three units must be an approved research methods course. HESC 510 is recommended.

HEALTH SCIENCE COURSES
Courses are designated as HESC in the class schedule.

HESC 101    Personal Health

Description: Basic concepts relating to health and well-being from a holistic perspective. Mental, emotional, physical and socio-environmental dimensions of health, sexuality and relationships; nutrition and physical fitness; use and abuse of drugs; health care services and current health problems.
Units: (3)

HESC 102    Prevention and First Aid

Description: The hazards in environment. The care and prevention of accidents. Standard first aid certification by the American Red Cross granted upon successful completion of requirements.
Units: (2)

HESC 220    Concepts in Health Science

Description: Prerequisites: one course from General Education Category III.A.2. or 3. Corequisite: Health Science 494 (1 unit). Theoretical and practical issues of Health Science as a profession. Topics include: history, status, resources, roles in various settings, legal and ethical issues in health education.
Units: (3)

HESC 301    Promotion of Optimal Health

Description: (Same as Nursing 301)
Units: (3)

HESC 321    Drugs and Society

Description: Prerequisite: completion of lower-division general education science requirement and junior or senior status. Habit-forming substances such as alcohol, tobacco, narcotics, hallucinogens, and related drugs, stimulants and depressants. Social, historical, and legal aspects of the drug problem are considered.
Units: (3)

HESC 325    Consumer Health

Description: Prerequisites: Health Science 101 and junior or senior standing. Analysis and evaluation of health information, products and services; medical quackery, fraudulent health practices, and laws and agencies protecting the consumer will be explored.
Units: (3)

HESC 342    Stress Management

Description: Prerequisites: one course from General Education Category IV.B; at least sophomore standing. The nature of stress and the physiological and psychological effects of prolonged stress responses. Includes short and long term somatic and behavioral techniques (exercise, relaxation, meditation, nutrition, time management and goal setting) for management of stress. Health Science majors may not count this course for General Education. Kinesiology majors may count this course either for the major or for General Education. (Same as Kinesiology 342)
Units: (3)

HESC 349    Measurement and Statistics in Health Science

Description: The study of measurement theory and statistics used in the evaluation of health and human performance, with a special focus on the analysis and interpretation of data in different environments.
Units: (3)

HESC 350    Nutrition

Description: Prerequisites: Chemistry 100 or equivalent course and junior or senior standing. Concepts of nutrition as they relate to nutritional needs, practices, and problems throughout the life cycle. Emphasis on nutritional counseling and education of individuals/groups toward health promotion and disease prevention. Open to non-nursing majors. (Same as Kinesiology 350)
Units: (3)

HESC 353    Physical Activity and Lifelong Well-Being

Description: (Same as Kinesiology 353)
Units: (3)

HESC 358    Contemporary Issues in Children’s Health

Description: Prerequisites: junior or senior standing. Overview of common causes of, interrelationships between, and prevention of morbidity and mortality among children and youth; focus is on preventive and promotive health concepts and practices; connections between health and learning are explored.
Units: (3)

HESC 400    Program Design in Kinesiology and Health Promotion

Description: Prerequisites: Kinesiology 202 or Health Science 220. This course is designed to provide the student with the skills necessary for developing, implementing, and evaluating human movement and/or health promotion programs for specific target populations.
Units: (3)

HESC 401    Epidemiology

Description: Prerequisites: Health Science 220 and Health Science 349. Application of epidemiologic procedures to the understanding of the occurrence and control of infectious and chronic diseases, mental illness, environmental health hazards, accidents and geriatric problems.
Units: (3)

HESC 405    Worksite Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Description: Prerequisite: Kinesiology 210 or Health Sci 220. This course studies how work style, equipment, and environment contribute to worksite musculoskeletal injuries. Students will become knowledgeable about strategies that can minimize human error, injuries, discomfort, and dissatisfaction through injury prevention and rehabilitation of the worker. (Same as Kinesiology 405).
Units: (3)

HESC 410    Community Health Education

Description: Prerequisites: Health Science 220 and junior or senior standing. Examination of the multiple settings for community health education practice and professional roles and skills that are required for health educators. Identification of community health education concepts with application to various segments of the nation’s health.
Units: (3)

HESC 411    Promoting Health in Multicultural Populations

Description: Prerequisites: Health Science 220. Focus on impact of cultural variables on health/illness. Current and potential strategies to improve health care delivery to ethnic groups will be explored. Identification of cultural competence skills that are essential for health educators.
Units: (3)

HESC 415    Environmental Health

Description: Prerequisite: Health Science 220. This course provides an overview of environmental concerns as they relate to human health. Emphasis is on providing an understanding of how environmental factors are involved in the transmission and prevention of diseases and health hazards resulting from exposures.
Units: (3)

HESC 440    Determinants of Health Behavior

Description: Prerequisites: Health Science 220 or Kinesiology 202. Survey of contemporary research on the health effect of human behavior. Introduction to theoretical foundations and practical applications of behavior in the context of health: physical, psychological, cultural and social health. Includes current issues and theories of health behavior.
Units: (3)

HESC 450    Applied Health Promotion in Aging Populations

Description: Prerequisite: Health Science 220 or graduate standing. Promotion/risk reduction program content, development, implementation, and evaluation. Topics include: weight control, stress management, substance abuse, physical fitness, and accident prevention.
Units: (3)

HESC 455    Designing Health Education Curricula

Description: Prerequisite: Health Science 220. This course thoroughly explores the theory and skills necessary to develop curriculum based on analysis of individual, community and societal needs and interests.
Units: (3)

HESC 460    Worksite Health Promotion

Description: Prerequisites: Health Science 220 or Kinesiology 202. Examination of the philosophy, rationale and guidelines for developing health promotion programs in the corporate setting. Unique considerations in assessing needs, planning and implementing programs, evaluating effectiveness and coordinating activities in the workplace are discussed. (Same as Kinesiology 460)
Units: (3)

HESC 461    Occupational Health and Safety

Description: Prerequisite: Health Science 220 or Kinesiology 202. Occupational health principles including anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational hazards are presented to heighten awareness of workplace hazards on human health. Occupational health laws, regulations and methods of compliance are reviewed.
Units: (3)

HESC 475    Health Science Planning, Research and Evaluation

Description: Prerequisites: Health Science 220, 349, 401. Identification and application of concepts related to Health Science planning, research and evaluation. Includes analysis of planning and research designs applicable to health professionals as well as tools for measurement of health status at individual, community, national levels.
Units: (3)

HESC 494    Health Science Practicum

Description: Corequisite: Health Science 220. A requirement for Health Science majors offering an opportunity to plan, implement, and evaluate special community-based projects under faculty supervision. May be repeated 6 units maximum. Credit/no credit only.
Units: (1)

HESC 495    Internship in Health Science

Description: Prerequisites: Health Science 220, all Health Science 400-level classes except 475, senior standing. Supervised observation and field experience in community health settings as conducted by government, voluntary, professional or industrial/corporate organizations. (May be repeated one time.)
Units: (3)

HESC 499    Independent Study

Description: Prerequisite: minimum of 15 upper-division Health Science courses completed and junior or senior standing. Topics based on a study plan prepared in cooperation with a faculty supervisor. Culminates in a paper, project, comprehensive examination or performance. Application forms must be completed and approved prior to enrollment. Maximum of three units in any one semester; may be repeated once.
Units: (1-3)

HESC 500    Issues in Public Health

Description: Prerequisite: admission to MPH. Historical perspectives, definitions, and discussion of current public health issues. Prepares public health professionals to draw on knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines to define, critically assess, evaluate, and resolve public health problems.
Units: (3)

HESC 501    Advanced Methods in Epidemiology

Description: Prerequisite: admission to MPH. Advanced application of epidemiologic procedures to the understanding of the occurrence and control of diseases and other health problems. Emphasis is given to study design, data quality, statistical analysis, and causal inference.
Units: (3)

HESC 508    Statistical Methods in Health Science

Description: Prerequisites: graduate status. Statistical theory, data collection procedures, techniques for analysis and interpretation of data.
Units: (3)

HESC 510    Research Methods in Health Science

Description: Prerequisites: graduate status, Health Sci 508. The fundamental tools of research. Types of research, process of scientific inquiry and critical analysis of research. Topic selection and development of a research.
Units: (3)

HESC 515    Advanced Environmental Health

Description: Prerequisites: admission to MPH program. Course examines ecological impacts of human activities and the need to control factors that are harmful to human health. A framework is provided for investigation/management of health hazards. Principles of environmental health will emphasize the relationships between population, natural resources, disease, toxicology, and pollution. Meets university upper division writing requirement.
Units: (3)

HESC 520    Advanced Topics in Community Health

Description: Prerequisite: admission to the MPH program. This course focuses on the theories, principles, planning and intervention strategies, and evaluation approaches relevant to current community health promotion programs in the United States.
Units: (3)

HESC 524    Public Health Administration

Description: Prerequisite: admission to MPH program. Principles, practices, and skills essential to successful public health administration are examined. Course addresses the U.S. health care system and factors that shape it. Includes public health services and administration, patterns of diseases, managed care, ethics, and quality of care.
Units: (3)

HESC 525    Alternative and Complementary Medicine

Description: Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course focuses on the role of alternative medicine in health behavior, disease, treatment, coping, and healing. Its history, philosophy, concepts, development, and how each of its disciplines fits in the larger scheme of Western medicine will be examined.
Units: (3)

HESC 535    Program Planning and Evaluation

Description: Prerequisite: graduate standing. This course will provide students with comprehensive theories and methods for planning and evaluating health promotion programs. Techniques for collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data will be discussed. Students will learn skills for measuring effectiveness of health promotion programs.
Units: (3)

HESC 540    Advanced Study in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Description: Prerequisite: Health Science 440 or equivalent. Study of psychological, social, ecological, economic, and political theories relevant to the mission and process of health promotion. Application of behavioral change techniques and health education methodology to health promotion targeting individuals and whole communities. Meets graduate-level writing requirement.
Units: (3)

HESC 545    Instructional Methodologies for Health Education

Description: Prerequisites: admission to MPH. This course develops the ability of students to select and implement learner-centered instructional strategies designed to facilitate health behavior change for individuals in group settings. Will focus on instructional strategies appropriate for sensitive health-related content, the relationship of instructional strategies to behavioral outcomes, and adult learning theories.
Units: (3)

HESC 550    Graduate Internship

Description: Prerequisites: graduate status, consent of faculty sponsor, field supervisor, field coordinator and chair. On-the-job training experiences supervised by a fully trained practitioner. Minimum of 120 hours per semester plus conferences with faculty sponsor. Application forms must be completed and approved prior to enrollment. Upon completion of the internship, a written evaluation must be submitted. Not open to students on, or subject to, academic probation.
Units: (3-6)

HESC 558    Advanced Study of School Health Education

Description: Prerequisite: enrollment in fifth-year program. Advanced course designed to facilitate the delivery of comprehensive school health education. Emphasis placed on strategies for personal, classroom, and school safety. Application of state/federal laws pertaining to health and safety will be evaluated.
Units: (3)

HESC 597    Project

Description: Prerequisites: graduate classified status, successful completion of an oral presentation of the project, and signature of all committee members on or before the census date of the semester in which the student elects to enroll. Directed independent inquiry. Not open to students on, or subject to, academic probation.
Units: (3)

HESC 598    Thesis

Description: Prerequisites: graduate classified status, successful completion of an oral presentation of the thesis, and signatures of all committee members on or before the census date of the semester in which the student elects to enroll. Student will select and have approved a research proposal, conduct the research, and prepare a formal analysis and report. May be repeated. Not open to students on, or subject to, academic probation.
Units: (3)

HESC 599    Graduate Independent Research

Description: Prerequisites: graduate status and consent of the faculty adviser and chair. Student research in a specific area of public health. Application forms must be completed and approved prior to enrollment. Upon completion of the research, a written report must be submitted. Not open to students on, or subject to, academic probation. Maximum of three units in any one semester; may be repeated once.
Units: (1-3)

 

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