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Course Descriptions for Health Science Professions

  • 2301 Introduction to Health Science Professions (3-0). This course exposes students to the many careers in healthcare including their training requirements, job responsibilities, and work environments. Employment opportunities and trends, job prospects, and earnings for the different careers will also be discussed.

    2320 Medical Terminology for Health Science Professionals (3-0). This course examines the principles of medical word building to help future health science professionals develop an extensive medical vocabulary through a study of root words, prefixes, and suffixes. Correct pronunciation and spelling of medical terms will be addressed.

    2325 Basic Skills for Healthcare Professionals (3-0). Introduces stu­dents to the basic skills necessary to be successful in entry-level healthcare positions. These skills include Basic Life Support, safe patient handling, vi­tal signs, and basic diagnostic and treatment techniques used by healthcare professionals including basic medical terminology and appropriate profes­sional behaviors.

    4191, 4291, 4391 Research. Individual research problems for superior students majoring in Health Science Professions. (May be repeated to a total of six semester hours credit.)
    Prerequisites: Junior standing. Approval of the HSP program director is required prior to enrollment.

    4315 Human Nutrition and Dietary Supplementation (3-0). This course provides an understanding of basic nutrition science. Students will learn the biological functions and food sources of each nutrient, the role of nutrition in diet planning and weight management, and the relationship between nutri­tion, health promotion and chronic disease prevention.

    4320 Communication Skills for Healthcare Professionals (3-0). De­signed to teach students interested in the health professions to commu­nicate effectively with their patients, colleagues, and other professionals. The course covers interpersonal communication with patients and their families, as well as public speaking and presentations, and communicating as a leader.

    4325 Introduction to Epidemiology (3-0). This course introduces stu­dents to basic epidemiologic concepts including determinants of health and patterns of disease in populations, descriptive techniques of population health, use of health indicators and different types of data sources. Students will gain an understanding of the role of epidemiology in developing preven­tion strategies and policy.

    4330 Healthcare Organization and Leadership (3-0). Describes the criti­cal knowledge and skills needed to be effective leaders in today’s complex healthcare environment. The course examines conflict resolution, leader­ship and negotiation skills, strategic planning, selecting and developing individuals and teams, communicating, managing resources, and using technology.

    4335 Healthcare Ethics and Legal Issues (3-0). This course critically examines the central ethical issues in the healthcare field and the associated implications for health professionals. Students will gain an understanding of principles of liability, legal aspects of medical ethics, and legislative and regulatory factors in health care delivery.

    4337 Statistical Techniques for Health Science Professionals (3-0). A practical application of health-related statistical analysis providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to read, interpret, and evaluate quantitative findings in medical and allied health literature.

    4340 Healthcare Policy (3-0). This course provides students with an in­troduction to the U.S. healthcare system, both the public and private sector. The course will examine the structure of health system (at the federal, state and local levels), current topics in healthcare reform, the policy process, and advocacy methods for public health issues.

    4345 Healthcare for Diverse Populations (3-0). The course reviews the importance of the implementation of cultural competency by allied health professionals, and the process of assessment, training and evaluation. The course provides students with key cultural competency information and practical insight into how to apply this knowledge in their day-to-day work environments as they deal with patients.

    4350 Healthcare Research and Evidence Based Practice (3-0). This course introduces students to the research process. Integrating theory, re­search design and evidence based practice, students will learn the various methodologies and techniques commonly used in healthcare research.