Health Education (HLT)
Health Care Roles and Integration of Patient Care
This course is an introduction to the health care system and the structure, roles, and responsibilities of medical and allied health care professionals. Focus is placed on the teamwork necessary to effectively provide the highest quality patient care.
Health Care Systems and Transcultural Health Care
This course introduces the student to organizational dynamics and the complex structures of the U.S. health care system. Students consider social, historical, and political influences that have shaped the modern health system and examine the mechanisms that enable access, delivery, and financing of health services. This course also considers the ever-growing global perspective of health care as students explore the health perspectives of varied racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic groups.
Spirituality and Christian Values in Health Care and Wellness
This writing-intensive course explores the concepts of health, wellness, and spirituality from the Christian perspective and as they relate to the holistic needs of patients, providers, and health care communities. Students reflect upon the concepts of healing and the caregiver’s role in meeting the spiritual needs of diverse populations while seeking to advance health and wellness within the context of a healing paradigm.
Legal and Ethical Principles in Health Care
This course introduces students to major ethical theories, principles, and decision-making models that form the basis for resolution of ethical dilemmas in the health care field. Guidelines for legal and ethical practice are also examined from the context of regulatory requirements established by accrediting and certifying agencies.
Advanced Patient Care
This course offers an advanced approach to patient care, patient education, and patient management within the health care facility and the outpatient clinic. It considers more than the patients’ physical needs and addresses the patient as a part of the treatment or diagnostic plan. Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to demonstrate communication skills with different patient populations, such as various cultures, religions, ages, and levels of ability, to participate and discuss the approaches the health care professional should use to best interact with each of these groups.
Professional Dynamics and Allied Health Professions
Allied health professionals are involved with all aspects of health care delivery and are integral members of the collaborative health care team. This course considers the role and scope of allied health as well as the interdisciplinary approach to care intended to meet the needs of a complex and changing health care system.
Risk Management and Health Care Regulations
This course addresses the concerns of every health care professional regarding legal responsibility, workplace safety, and the health care facility’s obligation to provide protection from injury for patients, their families, and staff. The institution must also be protected from accidental injury costs. This is the purpose of a risk management department. Federal, state, county, and city statutes that regulate the administration of safe health care are discussed. At the end of this course, students should be able to explain their part as health care professionals in the ethical and legal responsibilities of risk management.
Spirituality in Health Care
This writing-intensive course explores the concept of spirituality as it relates to the person who is involved in the health care system. Since illness and stress can amplify spiritual concerns and needs, health care professionals are in a unique position to assist the patient/client in meeting those needs. This course explores the relationship between health care professionals and those they serve. Topics include performing spiritual assessment, identifying those experiencing spiritual well-being as well as those experiencing a threat to spiritual well-being, and planning and evaluating care related to spiritual wellness. A spiritual care framework is used to apply these concepts to a variety of populations in diverse clinical settings.
Ethics for Health Care Professionals
This course, designed for health care professionals (providers, educators, and managers), introduces the student to major ethical theory, principles, and models for the recognition, analysis, and resolution of ethical dilemmas in health care practice. Students learn how to approach ethical dilemmas using theoretical frameworks and decision-making processes. Through the use of case studies, students are introduced to health topics such as patients’ rights (paternalism, informed consent to therapy, participation in research); dilemmas of life and death (euthanasia, abortion, transplants, gene therapy, care for the dying); allocation of health care resources; and special dilemmas of health care professionals. This course also includes a review of classic cases in health care ethics and how they have shaped health policy. An overview of patient education and ethics and a discussion on the professional codes of ethics and standards are also part of this course.
Safety, Quality, and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Care
This course examines the relationship between health care quality and organizational performance from an interdisciplinary approach to care. The student is introduced to the rationale for performance management and the role of the health care organization in ensuring compliance with the standards of accreditation. The methods for assuring quality in process and outcome through management are addressed along with trends in the provision and reimbursement of health care services. Students are introduced to changing trends in reimbursement of health care services as related to risk management.
Health Care Systems
This course is designed to impart an understanding of the forces shaping the present and future health care delivery system.
Communication and Application of Research in Practice
This writing intensive course introduces students to the purpose of research as applied in health care. Students examine the role of various research methods, including evidence-based practice, in communicating with patients and providers to improve health care. Students identify and develop the skills necessary to communicate effectively in the areas of interpersonal communication, group dynamics, diversity, motivation, team building, and conflict resolution.
Transcultural Health Care
This course explores meanings and expressions of health, illness, caring, and healing transculturally. Focus is on understanding and developing professional competence in caring for individuals, families, groups, and communities with diverse cultural backgrounds. Culture is examined as a pervasive, determining “blueprint” for thought and action throughout the human health experience. Patterns of human interaction that foster health and quality of life are analyzed, and health destroying patterns of interaction (e.g., stereotyping, discrimination, and marginalization) are examined and submitted to moral and ethical reflection.
This course provides an overview of the history of sleep medicine, normal sleep physiology, effects of the sleep-wake stage, sleep disorders and abnormal sleep physiology, an introduction to polysomnography (including patient interaction, sensor and lead placements, and instrumentation), application of respiratory care treatment modalities, patient testing and sleep staging, arrhythmia recognition and other physiologic events, and data acquisition.
Quality Improvement in Respiratory Health Care
This course provides an introduction and evaluation of current approaches to assessing risk and improving health care quality through the practice of continuous quality improvement. It focuses on conceptual understanding and experiential learning.
Applied Statistics for Health Care Professionals
This introductory course on statistical concepts emphasizes applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare students to interpret and evaluate statistics and statistical methods used in published research papers and to make decisions about the appropriateness of specific statistical methods in a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis include introduction to analysis of variance, regression, and graphical presentation; experimental design; descriptive statistics; sampling methods; and z, t, and chi-square.
Research and Communication Techniques in Health Care and Science
This writing intensive course discusses the principles and processes of research and common communication techniques utilized in health care and science. This course allows students to begin the research and preliminary background process necessary to complete the (evidence-based) capstone project. Students conduct a literature review, investigate appropriate research design, explore data collection techniques, apply statistical analysis, and practice professional writing skills. Prerequisite: BIO-365 or MAT-274.
Principles of Public and Environmental Health
This course is a study of the public agencies and their contribution to the health of the community and health risks related to the environment on personal, community, regional, national and global levels. Topics include fundamentals, philosophy, history, and functions of public health services, air, water, waste, disease, toxicology, and occupational health and environmental health planning. Emphasis is placed on the student’s personal health and how it is affected by public and environmental health factors. Prerequisites: One of the following combinations: 1) BIO-155 and BIO-155L; or 2) BIO-201, BIO-201L, BIO-202, and BIO-202L; or 3) BIO-360, BIO-360L, and either BIO-474 or BIO-484.
Contemporary Public Health Issues
This course provides students an opportunity to explore and analyze current public health issues affecting the nurse leader. Public health nurse leaders are at the forefront of local and global health care challenges and are dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of populations. Students explore the evolving roles of public health nurse leaders, including advocacy, health education and promotion, and collaboration with agencies and community members, in the context of current public health issues. Students gain an understanding of the competencies that prepare nurses to take leadership roles in the development of community- or population-focused solutions to impact health and illness patterns.
Respiratory Care of the Critically Ill
This course is focused on the advanced medical and respiratory care of the critically ill adult patient. Emphasis is placed on cardiopulmonary assessment and treatment of trauma, postsurgical, cardiac, and renal patients.
Global Health Issues
This course introduces global health and health-related challenges of developing and resource-limited nations and explores the social, behavioral, economic, biomedical and environmental determinants of health. This course will examine the global epidemiology of major diseases and threats to the populations of the world, and the current organizational structures that have been established to respond. Topics include communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, unintentional injury and violence, health romotion, reproductive health, maternal and child health, and disaster preparedness. Students will gain an understanding of the diverse determinants associated with these diseases and issues, such as poverty, education, gender imbalance, culture, and poor environmental conditions. Global health involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes inter-disciplinary collaboration. This course will use a wide variety of perspectives from disciplines such as epidemiology, biology, environment, human rights, nursing, psychology, public policy, technology and economics. Students will acquire an understanding of the nter-relationships between socio-cultural-economic development and health, and the impact of policy and health care delivery systems.
Trends and Issues in Health Care
The course explores the impact of numerous professional and societal forces on health care policy and practice. Content includes an analysis of current studies; nursing care policy and position statements; political, environmental, and cultural issues; and changing nursing roles. The study of these issues examines the impact on health care delivery systems in society.
Methods of Teaching Health and Measuring in Exercise Science
This course is a study of the methods and procedures of teaching health. Resources, aids, and agencies are studied in an attempt to determine how they may best assist the teacher. Practice teaching is included. Tests and measurements in health, physical education, and exercise science are presented. Emphasis is placed on producing valid and reliable tests, data analysis techniques for test evaluation, test construction assessment, and interpretation of test results. Prerequisites: BIO-155, BIO-155L, and PED-247.
Professional Capstone Project
This writing intensive course is designed to aid in the development of inquiry and research skills. Learning research skills and conducting research projects benefit the individual and the profession – the individual by learning new knowledge and skills, and the profession by adding to the professional body of knowledge.
Professional Capstone Project
This writing intensive course facilitates a professional capstone project that is the culmination of the learning experiences of students in the Health Care Administration program. Students are required to prepare a written proposal for their chosen evidence-based project which focuses on the resolution of issues or problems significant to health care administration. Principles of merger, acquisition, reorganization, and joint venture are explored from a strategic management framework. Capstone projects are intended to be presented to a senior-level administrator at a current or potential place of employment. Prerequisite: HCA-470.
Social, Behavioral, and Cultural Factors in Public Health
This course is designed to provide an overview of the history of public health, system infrastructure, and its key role in health care. Students explore social, behavioral, and cultural factors that impact health populations based on demographic information such as gender, age, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, behavioral risks, and community. Focus is placed on research, theories, and models not exclusively designed for, but applied to, public health issues that help to minimize health disparities through community engagement, education, and empowerment.
Legal and Ethical Principles in Health Care
Topics covered in this course include principles and models for the recognition, analysis, and resolution of ethical dilemmas in health occupations; legal responsibility; workplace safety; and the health care facility’s obligation to provide protection from injury for patients, their families, and staff.
Health Care Research Methods, Analysis and Utilization
This course focuses on the critical analysis of health care research and its application to the administration and delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on strategies to access current and relevant data, synthesize the information, and translate new knowledge into practice. Students are introduced to concepts of measurement, reliability, and validity, as well as ethical issues in the design and conduct of research through an evaluative process of health care initiatives and projects.
This course is designed to examine environmental dynamics that impact community health and safety. Emphasis is placed on determining relationships between chemical, biological, and physical factors and environmental threats that produce inferior health outcomes. Topics include historical and current approaches for assessing, preventing, and controlling environmental hazards, human health and safety, impact of environmental and occupational agents, environmental justice and equity, and the influence of biological information on public health laws, policies, and regulations.
Public Health Policy
This course utilizes health care policy as a framework to analyze how health is defined and health care is designed and delivered in the United States and around the world. Emphasis is placed on policies and public health, social justice and human rights principles, public law and regulations quality, global issues; and views of public health, access, disparities, and finance. The various roles of the master’s prepared public health professional in the health care system are explored.
Public Health Administration
This course provides an overview of public health system components and competing factors that have historically impeded the delivery of public health services. Students employ systems thinking processes to determine the most effective approach to strategic implementation of programs. Topics include utilization of collaborative partnerships, global trends analysis, evidence-based decisions regarding improved health outcomes for individuals and communities, root cause analysis, public health financing, systems theory, and application to organizational problem solving. This course prepares learners to apply knowledge in an effort to address future health care challenges as well as goals set forth within the Healthy People 2010 initiative.
Networking and Professional Readiness
This course is designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge, skills, resources, and guidance to prepare for professional health care standards related to their future discipline within the industry. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, awareness and identification of resources, communication strategies, and goal setting. Students apply learned face-to-face and electronic networking techniques and tactics to ensure professional readiness along with gaining knowledge of professional standards. Students prepare a professional portfolio and resume, and learn practical interviewing techniques to prepare for entry into/advancement within their chosen discipline-specific health care careers.