Minor inCommunity Health Science

Minoring in Community Health Science involves the study of the social, environmental, and political influencers on the health of individuals and populations. You’ll learn how health threats are spread, treated and prevented. How does lack of access to health care impact epidemics? What are the ethics involved in vaccination programs? What roles do communication and education play in community health? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any health care career as you take 20 credit hours toward a community health science minor in conjunction with a different bachelor’s degree major.

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Community Health Science Curriculum Overview

Learn how health threats are spread, treated and prevented. How does
lack of access to health care impact epidemics? What are the ethics
involved in vaccination programs? What roles do communication and
education play in community health? You’ll gain knowledge and skills
that are important for any health care career as you take 20 credit
hours toward a community health science minor in conjunction with a
different bachelor’s degree major.

Required: Choose 20 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
KHS - 220 Research Methods 4
KHS - 250 Technology, Media & Your Envir 2
KHS - 300 Applied Nutrition 4
KHS - 310 Drug Education 2
KHS - 320 Human Life Experience 3
KHS - 400 Health Psychology 4

This course is designed to expose students to the principles and concepts necessary for understanding the basic elements of research in kinesiology and allied health. Students will learn about the research process, types of measurement and research, and proper writing style. Emphasis will also be placed on locating and evaluating credible evidence from various sources. Concepts from this course will assist students in applying research methods to topics within their own fields of interest.

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This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of technological advancements in health, the influence of the media on health, and a look into how our environment affects our health. Students will be asked to conduct research into all three topics, analyzing data, summarizing findings, and developing opinion statements concerning all three areas. Class discussion and participation is essential to student success in this course. (Prerequisite: KHS110)

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The study of the interaction of humans with food. Nutritional concepts; current consumer issues in nutrition; nutritional needs through the life cycle; international nutritional concerns and issues are studied.

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Pharmacological and etiological foundations, schedules, classifications, theoretical approaches to dependency, addiction and tolerance together with intervention and prevention strategies are studied. This course is designed to provide students with applicable knowledge and role playing experience in the area of drug use and abuse. Students will develop a broad based knowledge of the various types of drugs and how they are being used today medically and on the street. The students will also be asked to participate in discussions designed to raise their awareness of drug use/abuse and assist them in developing the skills and habits necessary to refrain from the negative impacts of use/abuse.

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This is a survey course designed to enable students to understand the biological, physiological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of sexuality and human sexual behavior. Students will approach much of the material from a variety of different learning strategies including, research, games, small and large groups discussions, guest speakers, group activities, small assignments/worksheets, etc.

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KHS400 Health Psychology is designed to help students learn those skills necessary in forging a bridge between the client-learner's thoughts, feelings and actions by integrating thought and behavior into one synergistic approach to the delivery of health education that can accommodate the whole person. Cognitive techniques, such as lecture discussion, readings, presentations, collection of data, and specific planning combined with the behavioral components of emotion and action will help in bringing about this synergistic process.

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An academic minor normally consists of 20 to 24 credits taken in courses in one area or related areas of study prescribed by the faculty.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Matthew Buns Assistant Professor of Kinesiology

Dr. Buns' teaching areas include physical education methods and motor development, learning, and control.

Dr. Megan Dowdal-Osborn Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy

Dowdal-Osborn has practiced within multiple clinical settings including acute care, subacute, long term care and acute rehabilitation.

Josanne Christian Instructor of Nursing

As the RN to BS-Nursing (Degree Completion) program coordinator, Christian serves in both teaching and administrative roles.

Dr. Eric LaMott Provost and Chief Operating Officer, Professor of Kinesiology

Career Potential

  • Health Officer
  • Medical Claims Representative
  • Case Manager
  • Director of Volunteers
  • Health and Wellness Educator
  • Outreach Claims Representative
  • Medical Records Representative
  • Health Administrator
  • Community Service Agency Director
  • Health Information Specialist
  • Hospital Personnel Director
  • Community Services Specialist
  • Health Teachers

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