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  • 2305 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.

    2401/BIOL 2401 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (3-2-0). This course, which provides a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body with an emphasis on health and medical issues, is designed for students preparing for careers in the health professions. It will include an overview of organ systems, basic chemical organization, cell structure and function, and tissues; followed by the study of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems.

    2402/BIOL 2402 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (3-2-0). This course is a continuation of HSP 2401 and expands a comprehensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body with an emphasis on health and medical issues. Lecture topics include special senses, the endocrine system, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology, immunity, digestion, nutrition and metabolism, the urinary system, and the male and female reproductive systems.
    Prerequisite: Health Science Professions 2401

    3315 Health Information Systems (3-0-0). This course discusses what information is needed by whom, the process of designing health information flows, procurement of computer/telecommunication resources, assuring information security, and continuing management of information systems supporting healthcare delivery. The course provides an overview of various health information systems, with emphasis on case studies of systems utilized in areas such as patient-care, clinical decision-support, disease and demographic surveillance, imaging and simulation, and safety and environmental assessment. Legal and ethical issues related to training, security, confidentiality, and the sue of informed consent are also addressed.

    3351 Basic Grant Writing (3-0-0). Developing effective grant writing skills are essential when competing for funds from government agencies and private foundations. This course provides the basic skills, principles, and techniques of successful grant writing to develop a competitive funding proposal for non-profit organizations. Government grants are mentioned at a very high level, but this course does not cover the writing and submission of Government grants.

    3405 Physical Examination and Management of Musculoskeletal Injuries I (3-3). Health Science Professions students learn the process of clinical examination and management of common musculoskeletal injuries to the lower extremity and lumbar spine.
    Prerequisites: Health Science Professions Major or Minor, Biology 2423 or Health Science Professions 2401.

    3410 Physical Examination and Management of Musculoskeletal Injuries II (3-3). Health Science Professions students learn the process of clinical examination and management of common musculoskeletal injuries to the upper extremity, cervical and thoracic spine.
    Prerequisites: Health Science Professions Major or Minor, Biology 2423 or Health Science Professions 2401.

    3415 Therapeutic Interventions for Musculoskeletal Injuries (3-3). This course instructs HSP students on the theory and practical application of therapeutic modalities and exercise for musculoskeletal injuries.
    Prerequisites: Health Science Professions Major or Minor, Biology 2423 or Health Science Professions 2401.

    3420 Clinical Pathology for Health Professionals (3-2-0). This course provides information on the prevention and management of systematic disorders, skin diseases, environmental disorders, and other ailments related to the human body.
    Prerequisite: Health Science Professions 3401 and 2402 or Biology 2423 and 2424.

    4145 Instructional Experience in Health Science Professions (0-0-3). The course gives students the opportunity to gain supervised instructional experience by assisting and modeling for practical exams, and explaining and demonstrating skills to underclassmen. It provides HSP juniors and seniors with an opportunity to review the course materials and enhances student learning by providing mentor/mentee experiences. Permission from the Department of Health Science Professions required. (May be repeated up to three times for credit.)

    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.

    4331 Public Health (3-0). This course provides an introduction to the field of public health including its history, values, ethics, mission, and goals. Students will gain knowledge on the function, organization, financing, policies, and practices of public health in today’s world.

    4333 Demography and Community Planning (3-0). This course investigates the effects of illness and health on the community. Students will examine the current demographic information of local communities as it relates to community planning and public health.

    4334 Community Assessment (3-0). The Community Assessment course introduces students to the concepts and methods of community health improvement and the role of assessment. This course helps students lead and participate in community health improvement activities and develop skills to assess community health status and available resources.

    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.

    4336 Global Health (3-0). This course examines major global health challenges, programs, and policies. Students will be introduced to the world’s vast determinants of health and disease. Major global initiatives for disease prevention and health promotion will be investigated. The course also analyzes current and emerging global health priorities, including poverty, infectious diseases, health inequalities and conflicts.

    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.

    4338 Biostatistics (3-0-0-). Biostatistics is essential to ensuring that findings and practices in public health and biomedicine are supported by reliable evidence. This course covers the basic tools for the collection, analysis, and presentation of data in all areas of public health. Central to these skills is assessing the impact of chance and variability on the interpretation of research findings and subsequent recommendations for public health practice and policy. Topics covered include: general principles of study design; hypothesis testing; review of methods for comparison of discrete and continuous data including ANOVA, t-test, correlation, and regression.
    Prerequisite: Health Science Professions 4337 or Mathematics 3321.

    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.

    4343 Environmental Health (3-0-0). Examines health issues, scientific understanding of causes, and possible future approaches to control of the major environmental health problems in industrialized and developing countries. Topics include how the body reacts to environmental pollutants; physical, chemical, and biological agents of environmental contamination; vectors for dissemination (air, water, soil); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; biomarkers and risk analysis; the scientific basis for policy decisions; and emerging global environmental health problems.

    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.

    4347 Health Behaviors (3-0-0). Health Behaviors is an overview of the health behaviors contributing most dramatically to increased morbidity and mortality in the United States. The course emphasizes theoretical foundations, design, implementation and evaluation of public health interventions and strategies to promote healthy behaviors and discourage unhealthy behaviors.

    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.

    4381 Special Topics (3-0). Selected topics in health science professions. (May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.)
    Prerequisite: Junior standing.

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