Health Education (H ED)

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H ED 100 Public Health Biology (Units: 3)

Introduction to public health biology-the biological and molecular context of public health-and its incorporation into public health practice. Exploration of principles of population biology, ecology, and molecular biology in relation to public health problesm. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

Course Attributes:

  • Environmental Sustainability

H ED 120 Educational Justice, Health Equity, and Academic Success (Units: 3)

Focus on educational justice, public health, and social justice. General education skills -- writing, oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning -- will be systematically reinforced. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

Course Attributes:

  • E1: Lifelong Learning Develop
  • C2: Humanities
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice

H ED 200 Global Health (Units: 3)

Health around the world, including economic, political, and sociocultural factors that influence community health and health care. Linkages between health, human rights, the environment, and a colonial legacy.

Course Attributes:

  • E1: Lifelong Learning Develop
  • D1: Social Sciences
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice

H ED 204 Health Values and Sexuality (Units: 3)

Critical thinking and communication across differences in values related to human sexuality and health.

H ED 210 Personal and Social Determinants of Health (Units: 3)

Personal and social determinants of health through examination of the role individuals play in their own health and wellbeing, along with the impact of social, structural factors that play a role both in individual and community health.

Course Attributes:

  • E1: Lifelong Learning Develop
  • D1: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

H ED 221 Health and Social Justice - Burning Issues, Taking Action (Units: 3)

Social and economic injustices as root causes of the uneven distribution of disease. Current health issues, the process for influencing policy, and the skills to effectively advocate for health and social justice.

Course Attributes:

  • D1: Social Sciences
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Social Justice

H ED 231 Health Justice in Social Policy (Units: 3)

Explore role of social and economic injustices. Focus on social policy as determinant of health justice. Analyze policy and advocate for change in communities. Explore importance of community in creating social change. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 241 Health and Social Movements in the United States in the 20th Century (Units: 3)

Examination of history during the 20th century with a special emphasis on health and social justice issues. Focus on the main historical periods and events, with a lens of the "people's history narrative" that brings out voices historically silenced.

Course Attributes:

  • U.S. History
  • D2: Social Sciences: U.S. Hist
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Social Justice

H ED 280 Empowering Poor Families to Graduate Out of Poverty (Units: 3)

College success course (self-directed). Consciousness and critical thinking skills. Participation in fieldwork addressing social justice related to wealth/poverty-health-human relation constructs/leadership in areas of education and community health. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
(This course is offered as H ED 280 and COUN 280. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

H ED 290 Promoting Positive Health (Units: 3)

Embodied learning to promote physical, mental, spiritual and community health through yoga, dance, drawing, writing, collage, poetry and photography. Multicultural experience, active creative participation and intellectual pursuit as tools to improve flexibility and understanding, and to unlearn and heal oppression.
(This course is offered as H ED 290 and HH 290. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Course Attributes:

  • E1: Lifelong Learning Develop
  • C1: Arts
  • Global Perspectives

H ED 303 Health Disparities and Sexual and Gender Minority Communities: LGBTQI Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of health disparities in sexual and gender minority communities with a particular focus on the impact of stigma faced by LGBTQI individuals, families, and communities. Various aspects of health and well-being will be explored.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences

H ED 305 Critical History of Public Health in the United States (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Major issues, events, and historical figures in public health in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis on socio-cultural and political aspects of infectious and chronic diseases, epidemics, health disparities, public health reforms and advances

Course Attributes:

  • U.S. History
  • Social Justice

H ED 310 Health in Society (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Major health issues/problems of individual and society; prevention and the validity of current health beliefs. Nutrition, mental health, sexuality, environmental health, communicable and chronic diseases, consumerism, stress, aging.

H ED 315 Drugs and Society (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Physical, psychological, and sociological aspects of drug use and misuse in contemporary society, including examinations of the drug war, the prison industrial complex, community prevention and control.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice

H ED 320 Contemporary Sexuality (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Information about sexuality; its impact on interpersonal relationships. Anatomy and physiology; psycho-sexual development, sex roles, pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual behavior, myths, misconceptions. Sexual value systems and communication skills.

Course Attributes:

  • E1: Lifelong Learning Develop
  • UD-B: Physical Life Science
  • Social Justice

H ED 400GW Community Assessment in Public Health - GWAR (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C or better, and completion of GE critical thinking requirement; restricted to upper division Health Education majors; must be taken concurrently with H ED 405 and H ED 425. (Exceptions to concurrency requirements by consent of advisor.)

Foundations of public health and health education including qualifications and professional preparation of the public health practitioner. Strong emphasis on professional and scholarly writing and analytical skills. (ABC/NC grading only.)

Course Attributes:

  • Graduation Writing Assessment

H ED 405 Introduction to Community/Public Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to Health Education majors/minors; must be taken concurrently with H ED 400GW and H ED 425. (Exceptions to concurrency requirement by consent of advisor.)

Exploration of major concepts and trends in public health. Historical and philosophical topics, braches, core functions, models and theories of public health. Various forms of communities and the health education profession will be explored.

H ED 410 Organization and Function of Health Services (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Health care and delivery of services: identification and function of governmental, private, and voluntary organizations; programs in health protection and promotion at local, state, and national levels. Community activities required.

H ED 414 Women's Health--Problems and Issues (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Issues and problems confronting women: mental health, sexuality, parenting, nutrition, exercise, rape and battery, aging, and occupational health. Politics of health care and the self-help movement.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Social Justice

H ED 415 Health Aspects of Aging (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Physical, social, and psychological aspects of aging. Health concerns of the elderly: medical care, long-term care, nutrition, death and dying, crime and elder abuse, medicare-medicaid. Visitations and communications with older adults.

Course Attributes:

  • E1: Lifelong Learning Develop
  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Social Justice

H ED 417 AIDS: Contemporary Health Crisis (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

AIDS--acquired immune deficiency syndrome--from a variety of perspectives. Physical/medical, emotional, psychosocial, political, economic, and cultural components of the disease. Prevention and educational strategies.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice

H ED 420 Epidemiology (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to Health Education majors and minors.

Disease patterns in the human population, how diseases are distributed, what factors are associated with them. Etiology, recognition, transmission, prevention, and control of health disorders and communicable and chronic diseases.

H ED 425 Introduction to Research and Statistics in Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: MATH 124 or equivalent; restricted to upper division Health Education majors; must be taken concurrently with H ED 400GW and H ED 405. (Exceptions to concurrency requirements by consent of advisor.)

Quantitative methods for elementary statistical analysis in research and evaluation in the health field.

H ED 430 Community Health Education Theory (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: H ED 400GW with a grade of C or better. Restricted to Health Education majors.

Theoretical frameworks, concepts, and methods which form the basis for community health education; communication and group process; social, educational, behavioral and attitudinal change.

H ED 431 Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: H ED 400GW, H ED 425, and H ED 430 with grades of C or better. Restricted to Health Education majors.

Senior course and professional preparation in health education program planning, implementation, and evaluation. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 434 Geographies of Health and Health Care (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Geographies of health; the role place plays in determining the quality of health status, and in shaping access to and use of health care.
(This course is offered as GEOG 434 and H ED 434. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

H ED 450 Policy Issues in Health Education (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to Health Education majors/minors.

Selected local, state, national, and international health policy issues. Methods of education and socio-political intervention.

H ED 455 Community Organizing and Community Building for Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Dialogue, action and reflection on community building, non-violence, cultural humility and social engagement. Skills in leadership development, empowerment, and experiential learning. Passion for social justice and human rights. Photovoice, media literacy/advocacy taught as tools for organizing. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]

Course Attributes:

  • E1: Lifelong Learning Develop
  • UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Global Perspectives
  • Social Justice

H ED 480 Fieldwork and Reflective Seminar (Units: 9)

Prerequisites: H ED 400GW, H ED 425, H ED 430, and H ED 431 with grades of C or better. Restricted to Health Education majors.

Directed experiences in community health education through 20 hours per week of fieldwork in health departments, voluntary health agencies, and other community health services. (Health Education majors must receive a C or better.)

H ED 520 Structural Oppression and Social Foundations of Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to upper division Health Education majors.

Health status of ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation communities in the U.S. Impact of personal and cultural beliefs, lifestyle/behavior patterns, racism, poverty, sexism, homophobia and health care on individual and group health. Effective health promotion strategies are explored.

Course Attributes:

  • Social Justice

H ED 527 Documentary for Health and Social Justice I (Units: 6)

Prerequisite: Completion of 2nd year composition (ENG 214 or equivalent) and consent of instructor.

Hands-on collaborative production of social justice and health documentary films. Preproduction research includes identifying issues and community participants. Screening, critiquing, and editing. May be repeated for a total of 12 units, but not under an alternate prefix.
(This course is offered as CINE 527 and H ED 527. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

H ED 528 Documentary for Health and Social Justice II (Units: 6)

Prerequisite: Completion of 2nd year composition (ENG 214 or equivalent) and consent of instructor; completion of CINE 527 or H ED 527.

Production of documentary films with a focus on issues related to social justice and health. Includes research to identify salient issues and community participants. Develops proficiency in various stages of documentary filmmaking (pre-production, production, post-production). Culminates in public screening of film projects. Lecture, 3 units; activity, 3 units.
(This course is offered as CINE 528 and H ED 528. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

H ED 630 Elementary School Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Senior standing or credential candidate.

Research related to personal, family, and community health for children and youth: alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and venereal disease. Health practices and procedures: philosophy, problems, emergency care, school lunch, safety, and environment. (CR/NC grading only.)

H ED 635 Secondary School Health (Unit: 1)

Prerequisite: Senior standing or credential candidate.

School health programs; the teacher's role and responsibilities toward the promotion and maintenance of the health of the secondary school student through health services, environment, and comprehensive health education. (CR/NC grading only.)

H ED 640 Structural Inequities and Public Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

On-line course designed to broaden students understanding of wealth distribution, social status, and political power as determinants of health. Analysis of research demonstrating the relationships between health, education, and socio-economic status.

Course Attributes:

  • UD-D: Social Sciences
  • Am. Ethnic & Racial Minorities
  • Social Justice

H ED 650 Training and Education Processes in Public Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division or graduate standing.

Philosophical underpinnings, theoretical approaches, and practical applications of being a health educator, viz., providing trainings and educational interventions. Training and educational frameworks, asses learners' needs, objectives and evaluation.

H ED 655 Environmental Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to upper division Health Education majors.

Environmental factors impacting health, including the consequences of natural and human-made hazards. Scientific models and socio-political frameworks that analyze these topics. Assessment of contemporary health issues.

H ED 660 Developing Healthy Youth in Schools and Communities (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Child and adolescent health and well-being, school and community-based approaches to prevention and intervention, and frameworks such as youth development, youth assets/resiliency, and the ecological model of health.

H ED 664 Community-Based Participatory Research for Healthy Equity (Units: 2)

Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) advocates collaboration between researchers and research. Examination of CBPR theory and practice; presentation by community-academic partners; gain appreciation of CBPR strengths and challenges; hands-on skills.

H ED 665 Community Based Participatory Research in Public Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Theories, principles, and strategies of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Case studies presented.

H ED 670 Principles of Peer Health Education (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Prior consent of instructor.

Concepts of positive health promotion and prevention; training in helping, and behavior change skills. Students volunteer 3 hours weekly in Student Health Center plus class meetings.

H ED 671 Practice of Peer Health Education (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: H ED 670.

Experience providing health risk assessment, consulting with clients, staffing resource center, conducting workshops. Work 4 hours per week in Student Health Center plus supervision seminar. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]

H ED 685 Projects in the Teaching of Health Education (Units: 1-4)

Prerequisites: Advanced undergraduate standing in health education and approval of supervising instructor and department/program; grade of B or better in course in which student will be instructional aide.

Teaching experiences in the health education discipline through assigned instructional projects in a classroom and under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Training in pedagogical principles including supervised classroom teaching activities. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)

H ED 699 Independent Study (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor.

Study of a particular problem under the direction of a member of the department. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.

H ED 785 Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Health Education (Units: 1-4)

Prerequisite: Graduate student in good academic standing; subject matter mastery in course for which student will serve as teaching assistant; consent of instructor.

Supervised teaching practicum experience with Health Education faculty member. Theoretical/practical aspects of college teaching; curricular design/delivery, group discussion/activities facilitation, meaningful student feedback/assessment practices. Course may be repeated without limit for transcript credit. MPH students may only apply 3 units maximum toward MPH degree requirements.

H ED 810 Public Health and Principles of Community Organizing (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to graduate students in the MPH program.

Theoretical overview and practical application of community-based public health. Non-violent social action, community diagnosis, social networks, primary prevention, media advocacy/literacy. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 811 Community Health Education Skills ePortfolio (Unit: 1)

Prerequisite: H ED 830.

Development of a community health education electronic portfolio chronicling the products produced during the MPH program with the skills required for master-trained community health education professionals. (CR/NC or RP only.)

H ED 815 Theories of Social Behavioral Change in Community Health Education (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Theories relevant to health education practice. Critical analysis of theories and their development, contextualization, and practice. Utilization of these theories in practical applications. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 820 Community Health Assessment (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: H ED 810, H ED 815, H ED 884 with grade of B- or higher. Concurrent enrollment in H ED 821 required.

Assessment process using applied research methods which empower communities to create programs that respond to their health challenges, concerns, and strengths. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 821 Public Health Profession Practice (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: H ED 810, H ED 815, and H ED 884, with grade of B- or higher. Concurrent enrollment in H ED 820 required.

Application of public health professional skills. Building solid understanding how to develop and implement community assessments, including qualitative research methods. Skill-building in working in teams, managing public health projects, delivering professional presentations, collaborating with community organizations. (Plus-minus letter grade only) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]

H ED 822 Advanced Public Health Profession Practice (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: H ED 820 and H ED 821.

Theory and practice in the implementation of a community health assessment. Students will continue to build a solid understanding of working in teams to implement a community health assessment. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]

H ED 825 Epidemiology (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: H ED 828 and H ED 829 with grades of B or higher.

An introductory and comprehensive survey of epidemiological principles and methods. A history and overview of the field, including contemporary case studies, along with an examination of the methods used to study disease distributions in diverse human populations. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 828 Biostatistics Lab (Unit: 1)

Prerequisite: Prior course in inferential statistics. Must have concurrent enrollment in H ED 829. Restricted to graduate students in the MPH program.

Review and apply bio-statistical concepts and procedures typically employed in public health research.

H ED 829 Biostatistics and Public Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Must have concurrent enrollment in H ED 828. Restricted to graduate students in the MPH program.

Introduction to basic statistical techniques, concepts, and tests commonly used in public health. Understanding of data types and data distribution. Critical understanding of the use of statistics in journal articles.

H ED 830 Health Education Planning, Management, and Administration for Community Change (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: H ED 822. Restricted to graduate students in the MPH program.

Skill acquisition in health education planning, management, and administration. Application of CHE theories, problem definition, program design, development of goals and objectives, logic models, timelines, securing fiscal resources, personnel, budgeting, organizational leadership, strategic planning, partner/stakeholder relationships. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 835 Public Health Policy (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to graduate students in the MPH program.

Course is designed to help students better understand the political environment in which public health operates and how to work within it. Features discussions on media advocacy and on ethics as applied to public health and politics. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 840 Program Evaluation Design and Research (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: H ED 830.

Concepts and methods of program evaluation. Development of the skills necessary to assess published evaluation research and to apply technical evaluation skills in professional practice. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 845 Educational Processes, Training and Curricula in Public Health (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Restricted to graduate students in the MPH program.

Examination of adult learning theories. Emphasis on comprehensive curricular design, delivery and evaluation of health education programs. Particular focus on differentials of power, critical pedagogy, the use of technology and relationship building.

H ED 855 Environmental Health (Unit: 1)

Prerequisite: MPH student or consent of instructor.

Covers wide range of environmental health issues: current, past, domestic, international, chemical, infectious. Environmental factors impacting health; natural and human-made hazards. Tools to understand, quantify, minimize risks. U.S. regulatory laws/policies. Principles of environmental justice. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 884 Seminar in Applied Community Health Education Research (Units: 2)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment with H ED 810 and H ED 815. Restricted to graduate students in the MPH program.

Overview of public health research design/methods and discipline writing conventions/styles to set context for the biostatistics, community needs assessment, epidemiology, and evaluation courses. Facilitates integration of theory and research. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 885 Advanced Seminar in Applied Community Health Education Research (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: H ED 822.

MPH culminating experience proposal development course. Topics include a review of research methods, design, instruments; special focus on survey design; conducting online searches; literature review preparation and process; practical writing and critical thinking exercises. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

H ED 890 Master of Public Health Culminating Experience Seminar (Units: 3)

Prerequisite: Graduate student in the Master of Public Health program; minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; approved ATC and CE proposal forms; previous or concurrent completion of any remaining coursework required for MPH degree.

Examination of critical issues in the field of public health. Application and integration of MPH competencies into professional products appropriate for use in the field. Demonstration of MPH field-specific professional writing and oral presentation skills.

H ED 895 Applied Research Project in Community Health Education (Units: 3)

Prerequisites: 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA; consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies; H ED 825, H ED 830. Previous or concurrent completion of any remaining required MPH coursework.

Faculty-supervised completion of a culminating experience research paper and oral presentation. (Plus-minus letter or RP grading only.)

H ED 899 Independent Study (Units: 1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of health education graduate adviser.

Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department. Open only to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of 12 units.