Course Descriptions


HLT 302
The Power of Yoga
3 credits

The course provides an overview of the holistic benefits of yoga as a health and wellness program. Students will participate and experience yoga as they learn the components of yoga. By voluntarily selecting to participate in the yoga course students recognize that the course requires physical exertion and may be strenuous at times. Any possible injury incurred is the student’s full responsibility.

HLT 321
Personal Wellness
3 credits

This course focuses on the importance of holistic health, giving the student an  opportunity to explore their own health and wellness from a multidimensional approach. The course will address basic nutrition, exercise, disease prevention, personal safety, stress, and mental health.

HLT 322
Strength Training Essentials and Theory
3 credits

This course introduces students to the benefits of exercise, muscle strengthening and conditioning including education on basic nutritional needs during and after exercise. 

HLT 324
Personal Training Essentials
3 credits

This course will provide the student with the knowledge and tools necessary to educate clients with the proper exercise prescription and basic nutritional recommendations.  Key physiological and psychological concepts will be discussed in directing clients to achieve the best results in health and wellness. From human movement to fitness concepts and assessments, the student will learn the essential skills if they desire to become a personal trainer in the future.  A ten (10) hour Professional Trainer observation experience will be completed during this course.

Prerequisite(s): Highly recommend completing HLT 322 prior to registering for this course

HLT 326
Nutrition for Healthy Living
3 credits

This course is an introductory course to provide the fundamentals of human nutrition to enable students to understand and think critically about the complex interrelationships between food, nutrition, health and environment.  Students will learn the components of a healthy diet, and their health implications; understand the major nutritional problems that affect individuals and populations from conception and throughout the life cycle; and understand the scientific basis for nutritional recommendations.

HLT 362
Topics in Palliative and End-of-Life Care
3 credits

This course is an extensive study of contemporary palliative and end-of-life topics. These topics include palliative health care and health care worker roles; ethical issues; cultural considerations; communication; leadership; pain management; symptom management; final hours; loss, grief, and bereavement. This course will utilize a variety of learning activities such as readings, audiovisuals, case studies, web resources, discussion, writing, and reflection.

HLT 364
The Process of Dying
3 credits

In this course, the student identifies and discusses factors affecting the dying individual and the responses of families and caregivers as they deal with the changes and events that occur with dying. This will be done within the context of age, gender, and cultural beliefs about death and grieving. The student will explore current economic and ethical issues related to dying as presented by the media, in literature, and in actual experiences.

HLT 371
TPC: Cultural Diversity Health and Illness
3 credits

This course focuses on the meaning of health and illness both personally and for the health care consumer. Potential conflicts between the consumer and the health care system are identified and viable solutions to overcome barriers are explored.

HLT 372
Issues in Aging
3 credits

This course, introduces the study of the aging process with a focus on promotion of independence and wellness, its implications for individuals, families, and society, and the background for health policy related to older persons. Presents an overview on aging from different perspectives: demography, biology, epidemiology of diseases, physical and mental disorders, functional capacity and disability, health services, federal and state health policies, Medicare, social aspects of aging, and ethical issues in the care of older individuals.

HLT 378
Our Environment, Our Health
3 credits

Current issues regarding the environment and its effect on human health (physical, psychological, psychosocial) will be explored from an ecological point of view. The effects of humans on the environment and the cyclical patterns this sets up will be examined. In particular, changes in attitudes and lifestyles that have occurred since the end of World War II will be investigated as contributing factors to the global situation in which we now find ourselves. The built environment, water, food, chemicals, air, land use, occupational exposures, climate change, risk, advocacy, and legislation are some of the topics which will be covered in this class. The basic science underlying environmental concerns will be addressed and definitions for the multitude of environmental concepts will be developed through class and individual activities. Current and emerging issues will be explored through the use of a variety of teaching and learning techniques.

HLT 379
Healthcare Emergency Management
3 credits

The Health Care Emergency Management Course will provide students with information about how disasters impact the health care community and what types of actions may be taken to by health care workers and systems during the four phases of disaster. Students will also examine the response and recovery of recent and past disasters. Students will learn how they can protect themselves and their families during a disaster. During the course, learners will work independently and collaboratively to learn about the challenges of planning and responding to natural disasters.

HLT 380
Introduction to Military and Veteran Health
3 credits

The course will provide an introduction to the distinctive culture of the military/veteran and the healthcare needs and concerns related to this unique population. A better understanding of the specific needs will be obtained by the exposure to sociopolitical, health, and cultural elements of the veteran population. The course will examine health concerns in regard to their commonality among veteran groups and identify and explore the unique characteristics and dynamics of the military family introducing students to the complexity of combat related injury, traumatic brain injury and poly-trauma rehabilitation.

HLT 381
Disaster Management in Public Health
3 credits

The course examines the roles and responsibilities of public health during a disaster response and recovery period. The four phases of a disaster, natural and technological are explored. Emphasis is on the protection of communities, families and individuals. Throughout the course, learners will work independently and collaboratively to learn about the challenges of planning and responding to a public health disaster.