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Everyone deserves a chance to be healthy—don’t they? Public health is an interdisciplinary approach to keeping a community or population as healthy as possible. Rather than focusing on providing medical treatment after individuals become ill, public health focuses on keeping communities healthy to begin with. Graduates of Community and Public Health are equipped to work as health education specialists, community health workers, public health analysts, environmental specialists, health services managers, program managers, in coordinated school health, or with non-profit organizations. Additionally, our graduates are well positioned for graduate programs in the fields of epidemiology or biostatistics. 
 

We know our students are the future leaders of public health, a field with much faster than average job growth according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Our goal is not only to ensure that you are well equipped to be successful professionally but also to support you as much as possible while you are pursuing your education with us. 

  • Our program is an MT Engage pathway, meaning that not only can you be certain of high-quality coursework that has been vetted for utilizing high-impact teaching practices, but also that you automatically qualify for Sophomore scholarships, priority registration, senior cash awards, and graduation with distinction. 
  • Several of our required courses use Open Educational Resources rather than requiring textbooks, which results in substantial financial savings for our students.
  • We recently added an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, in which well-qualified undergraduate majors can apply to start our Master of Public Health (MPH) graduate program with 12 credit hours already under their belt.

What We're Doing

Dr. Andrew Owusu

MTSU professor preps Ghanaian runners for Olympics

Dr. Andrew Owusu, an associate Community and Public Health professor, and three-time Olympian in track and field, helped prepare runners from his native country of Ghana for the 2021 Summer Olympics. Owusu supervised a 20-day dress rehearsal for the Ghanaian national team at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, before departing for Tokyo. Owusu’s research interests include adolescent health risk behaviors and protective factors, childhood lead poisoning and school health policies and practices. He has secured more than $895,000 in external and internal grants in support of research and service over the past 15 years. He is also the recipient of the 2022 John Pleas Faculty Award.

Domanique Lawrence

Memphis native glad she found Community and Public Health program, everything it has to offer

After visiting MTSU, Domanique Lawrence was immediately drawn in by the campus and people. As a junior working on a degree in Community and Public Health, Lawrence said she knows her degree will be put to good use when she begins her career. “I am a big women’s health activist, and I spend a lot of my time advocating for women of lesser earning communities and minorities to have equitable access to the things they need to live a healthy life,” she said. As an inspiring midwife, Lawrence knows her degree will help her focus on the community and offer the best care. “This major really helps you reach out to your community, and there’s an endless world of possibilities with the major – you could go to graduate school, nursing school, earn another bachelor’s – anything. I genuinely love this program, and I am glad I found It and all that it had to offer me.”


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There are many interesting and exciting job opportunities working in elementary and high schools, health care, businesses and industries, and colleges and universities. Graduates also can find employment on the federal, state, county, or local government levels. Examples of professions graduates might pursue include

  • Health education specialist
  • Health promotion specialist
  • Lifestyle coach
  • Policy advisor
  • Program analyst
  • Program evaluator
  • Program planner
  • Project coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Wellness coordinator

Employers of MTSU alumni include, but are not limited to

  • American Diabetes Association
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Foundation for Wellness Professions
  • Golden Living Center (nursing home and assisted living)
  • Healthways Inc.
  • Human Resources/Health Benefits Departments
  • Kandy Kastle 2nd Generation Daycare
  • Middle Tennessee Medical Center
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Onlife Health
  • RMS Spectrum Services
  • Rutherford County Department of Health
  • Southeast Michigan Beacon Community
  • Sports 4 All Foundation
  • Tennessee Cancer Coalition
  • Tennessee Department of Health
  • Unique Medical, Inc.
  • Vanderbilt General Pediatrics
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • York VA Medical Center

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State and Regional Health

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

Undergraduate

The major in Community and Public Health is designed to prepare students for occupations in health promotion, epidemiology, and environmental health strategies. Students are trained to influence positive health change for individuals, organizations, and communities. Students majoring in Community and Public Health focus on Public Health and earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. This program is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health.

The minor in Public Health focuses on the health of communities and the prevention of disease, and would be beneficial for students interested in the role of health in society or pursuing a health-related profession. 

Community and Public Health courses are also included in the Health Care Services minor, which is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to work in applied health care settings.”

Graduate

The Health and Human Performance Department offers an M.P.H. in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health. The department also offers an M.S. in Exercise Science and Leisure and Sport Management, which has two concentrations: Recreation and Leisure Services and Sport Industry.

Other programs offered by HHP

Other undergraduate majors offered by the Health and Human Performance Department that lead to a B.S. include  Athletic Training; Exercise Science; Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Management; Physical Education; and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

The Health and Human Performance Department also offers a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in Human Performance with specializations in exercise science, health, leisure studies, and physical education.

Community and Public Health, Public Health Concentration, B.S.

Health and Human Performance 
615-898-5073
Bethany Wrye, program coordinator
Bethany.Wrye@mtsu.edu

The major in Community and Public Health with a concentration in Public Health provides basic experiences for those interested in preparing for numerous health and health-related professions.

The Community and Public Health major is designed to prepare health educators in community and public health strategies so that they may influence changes in public health practice for individuals, organizations, and/or communities. In consultation with an advisor, the student will include the curriculum below. NOTE: MTSU is an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education in Public Health.

Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM) Program

High achieving students majoring in Community and Public Health who intend to pursue a master's degree in Public Health may apply to participate in the Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM) pathway. The pathway allows undergraduate students an opportunity to complete select requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees simultaneously. Upon successful completion of the ABM pathway, students must submit an application (including application fee) to the graduate program.  Additional application requirements will be waived, and the student will be admitted to the program automatically. For more information about the ABM pathway, see the Graduate Catalog.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Community and Public Health, Public Health, B.S., Academic Map 

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirement63 hours
     Major Core   (30 hours)
     Public Health Concentration   (21 hours)
     Public Health Focus   (12 hours)
Supporting Course4 hours
Electives12-19 hours
TOTAL120 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will increase. 

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (63 hours)

Community and Public Health (30 hours)

  • HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness  3 credit hours  
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    HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 1531. Explores the role and importance of health and wellness in the lives of individuals and society in general. Laboratory venues will allow opportunities for assessment of lifestyles, decision-making, and research data on health and wellness. Lectures will provide concepts, information, and data involved in maintaining optimum health and wellness. Two lectures and one laboratory.

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    0 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 1530.

 

  • BIOL 2030 - Anatomy and Physiology  3 credit hours  
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    BIOL 2030 - Anatomy and Physiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111. Corequisite: BIOL 2031. General structure and physiological activities of human systems. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

 

  • HLTH 2600 - Introduction to Health Professions

    3 credit hours

    Examines select health professions. Includes admission procedures, training, post-graduate training, licensure, practice options. Designed to assist students interested in a health career make a more informed choice early in their undergraduate preparation.

  • HLTH 3000 - Service Learning in Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 3240 or HLTH 3320 with C- or better. Health and health care services and the principles, techniques, and context for service. Insight into service organizations, the basic methods and concepts of service learning, and the impact of actual service experiences. Offers background in the cultural, political, and social contexts of service experiences and serves as a forum for discussion of issues surrounding civic engagement and social responsibility. (An EXL course.)

  • HLTH 3240 - Introduction to Community and Public Health

    3 credit hours

    Historical issues, philosophical foundations, ethical considerations, and theories of health behavior and learning which provides a foundation for the practice of health education.

  • HLTH 3260 - Environmental Health

    3 credit hours

    Covers influences of the physical and social environment on health including definitions of toxicology, risk assessment and management, occupational health, and the role of social justice and environmental regulations on health.

  • HLTH 3350 - Survey of Human Disease

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 2030/BIOL 2031 or BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021 with grade of C or better. Introduces the foundations of organ systems and disease. Includes information on symptoms, diagnosis, and the impact of both infectious and noninfectious disease on organ systems.

  • HLTH 4020 - Biostatistics for Public Health

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with grade of C or better. Introduces the foundations of biostatistics for public health. Specific topics will include epidemiological study designs, hypothesis testing procedures, data visualization and statistical analyses. Emphasis will be placed on proper data collection, usage, and analyses for public health.

  • HLTH 4400 - Drugs and Violence in Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Offers an understanding of the nature of drugs, relationships people form with drugs, and consequences of those relationships. Relationship of drugs to acts of violence considered as well as educational programs addressing issues related to drug use/abuse and acts of violence.

Public Health Concentration (21 hours)

  • HLTH 3320 - Assessment in Community and Public Health

    3 credit hours

    Basic preparation for health educators in community and public health programs with an emphasis on identifying and solving problems. Concentrates on the role of the health educator in needs assessment, effective communication, and the management of public health concerns.

  • HLTH 4430 - Program Planning in Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 3320 and HLTH 3240 with C- or better. Historical and contemporary health education philosophy and theories, Health Objectives for the Nation, the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) process, ethical issues, diversity issues, and practice in various setting.

  • HLTH 4450 - Technology Applications

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: An introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission; corequisite: HLTH 4451. Understanding and competency using a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in corresponding lab during the same semester.

  • HLTH 4451 - Technology Applications Lab

    2 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 4450. Investigation and application of profession-specific software and hardware applications.

  • HLTH 4460 - Introduction to Epidemiology

    3 credit hours

    Epidemiologic analysis including measures of disease frequency, measures of effect, association and causation, sources of inaccuracy, experimental and observational study designs.

  • HLTH 4810 - Measurement and Evaluation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 4430 with a minimum grade of C; junior or senior standing. Concepts and procedures used for applied measurement and evaluation in health and human performance settings. Basic statistics, reliability and validity, measurement instruments in field and laboratory settings, and the administration of a variety of tests within discipline.

  • HLTH 4870 - Methods of Communicating and Marketing Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 3320, HLTH 3240, and HLTH 4430 all with a minimum grade of C-. Theory and practice of planning, implementing, and evaluating marketing and communication programs in community and public health education. Includes a review of health communication theories, social marketing, assessment of population needs, coalition-building, health literacy, health advocacy and campaign design, implementation, and evaluation.

Public Health Focus (12 hours)

  • HLTH 3300 - First Aid and Safety Education

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHED 3300.) Deals with first aid measures, accident prevention, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Addresses issues related to drug use/abuse and related acts of violence. Satisfactory completion of the course qualifies the student for Emergency Care and Safety Institute Standard First Aid and CPR certificates. NOTE: If taking online, student must take skills test with instructor in order to receive certification.

  • HLTH 4280 - Instructor's Course in First Aid and CPR

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: HLTH 3300/PHED 3300 or current First Aid/CPR certification. Organization, planning, and teaching Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) First Aid/CPR courses. ECSI Instructor certification can be earned after successful completion of all course and agency requirements. NOTE: Student must have current First Aid and CPR certification.

  • HLTH 4300 - The School Health Program

    3 credit hours

    Offers preparation for leadership roles in school health services, instruction, and emergency situations, with special emphasis on evaluation.

  • HLTH 4340 - Fitness Education for the Adult

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PHED 4340/REC 4340.) Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for the adult. Offers preparation for administering and interpreting assessments of related components with understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the adult. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

  • HLTH 4360 - Teaching Human Sexuality

    3 credit hours

    Assists individuals in developing, implementing, and evaluating human sexuality curricula and programs for schools (K-12) and other educational venues.

  • HLTH 4390 - Women's Health  3 credit hours  

    HLTH 4390 - Women's Health

    3 credit hours

    Applies and extends the knowledge base of health care for women and provides students with the knowledge to help them enhance their own and others' health.

  • HLTH 4700 - Coordinated School Health

    3 credit hours

    Offers preparation for individuals to assume roles as school health coordinators. Emphasizes comprehensive school health and how it fits into K-12 education.

  • HLTH 4990 - Health Internship  6 to 12 credit hours  

    HLTH 4990 - Health Internship

    6 to 12 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of department and must be taken after all major classes are complete. If the 12-hour option is chosen, no other courses may be taken except for HLTH 4900. On-site practical experience in a community health agency.

  • LSTS 3380 - Disabilities and Diversity in Leisure, Sport, and Tourism

    3 credit hours

    Explores issues surrounding leisure, sport, and tourism opportunities for persons with disabilities. Introduces important issues such as attitudes, advocacy, accessibility, legislation, and the broad range of opportunities in the provision of leisure, sport, and tourism services for persons with disabilities in our society. For LSTS majors only.

  • NFS 1240 - Principles of Nutrition

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of normal nutrition and its relationship to health and physical fitness with emphasis on the scientific, psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of nutrition. (Credit not allowed for Nutrition and Food Sciences major.)

Supporting Course (4 hours)

  • BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life  4 credit hours  
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    BIOL 1030 - Exploring Life

    4 credit hours

    Corequisite: BIOL 1031. Designed for non-majors. Offers understanding, experiences, and skills related to common biological issues. Includes class discussions, small group activities, lectures, selected readings, and laboratory investigations. Students earning an A in BIOL 1030/1031 and wishing to declare a major or minor in Biology may substitute BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 for BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 toward meeting the requirement for the major or minor. Three hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

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    BIOL 1031 - Exploring Life Lab

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    Corequisite: BIOL 1030.

Electives (12-19 hours)

Following are recommended electives:

  • BIOL 2100 - Microbiology in Disease  3 credit hours  
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    BIOL 2100 - Microbiology in Disease

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111 or BIOL 2010/ BIOL 2011 with a grade of C or better. Corequisite: BIOL 2101. Fundamentals of the role of microorganisms responsible for disease in humans. Does not apply toward a major or minor in Biology. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

 

  • CDFS 3320 - Family Relations  3 credit hours  

    CDFS 3320 - Family Relations

    3 credit hours

    Family systems, giving consideration to interpersonal relationships. The structure, function, and development of families in a changing society and in relation to other social institutions.

  • COMM 2560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces how communication patterns are influenced by perceptions, values, and norms of behavior that vary among people of different cultural, racial, and national backgrounds. Content focuses on increasing understanding as well as improving abilities to facilitate cross-cultural interactions.

  • ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship  3 credit hours  

    ENTR 2900 - Entrepreneurship

    3 credit hours

    Theories and practices of starting and operating an entrepreneurial business. Topics include idea generation, opportunity recognition, feasibility analysis, business plan development, competitor analysis, new venture team building, start-up marketing, and growth strategies.

  • LSTS 4470 - Leisure and Aging

    3 credit hours

    Aging relative to the individual, family, peers, and society with an emphasis on leisure. The holistic approach including physical, psychological, social, cultural, environmental, and cognitive aspects. Interdisciplinary approach makes this course ideal for the developing or practicing human service professional.

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • MGMT 4000 - Not-for-Profit Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610; junior or senior standing; and admission to the College of Business. Explores management theories and practices that impact effective management of organizations in the not-for-profit sector.

     

  • NFS 3260 - Community Nutrition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: NFS 1240 or NFS 2220 with C or better. Nutrition problems and practices in the community; nutrition programs of state and federal agencies; supervised field experiences; preparation of nutrition education materials.

  • NFS 4210 - Nutrition in Aging

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: NFS 1240 or NFS 2220 with C or better. Nutritional needs of elderly individuals and how these requirements are affected by physiological, pathological, and socioeconomic changes associated with aging. Emphasis placed on assessment, nutrition counseling skills, and resources to assist elderly individuals with adequate nutrient intake.

  • PSY 3230 - Abnormal Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Patterns of maladaptive behavior, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and antisocial behavior.

  • PSY 3590 - Personality  3 credit hours  

    PSY 3590 - Personality

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Historical and contemporary personality theory and research, including the trait, cognitive, and motivational approaches. Topics include personality development, the unconscious, the self, goals, emotions, coping, disorders, and personality change.

  • PSY 4380 - Group Dynamics  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4380 - Group Dynamics

    3 credit hours

    The functioning of groups. Includes development of group structure, group conflict, cohesion, social influence, leadership, group productivity, group decision making, and growth groups. Classroom activities are supplemented by group projects that may require some out of class meetings.

  • PSY 4400 - Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Introduces applied behavior analysis and the application of behavior change procedures to enact socially significant behavior change. Will include applications of behavior analysis to self-management, family, education, disability, correctional institutions, clinical settings, and industrial organizations.

  • PSY 4630 - Death and Dying  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4630 - Death and Dying

    3 credit hours

    An experiential course covering the folklore of thanatology, the funeral industry, handling grief, counseling the bereaved, and the hospice concept. Objectives include an attempt to view death with equanimity and personal growth from confronting death.

  • PSY 4650 - Health Psychology  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4650 - Health Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Focuses on the relationship between psychological factors and health and the application of psychological principles to the enhancement of health and prevention and treatment of illness.

  • SOC 2500 - Marriage and Family

    3 credit hours

    Social, cultural, and personal factors relating to mate selection, intimate relationships, and family life with an emphasis on families in the United States.

  • SOC 2600 - Introduction to Gerontology

    3 credit hours

    (Same as GERO 2600.) Basic concepts, overview of the field, illustrations of problems, and applications for an aging America.

  • SOC 3400 - Gender and Society

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SOC 1010, SOC 2010, or WGST 2100. A sociohistorical and cultural exploration of the socialization patterns, relationships, expectations, influences, organizational, institutional, and aging experiences of women and men in American society.

  • SOC 4020 - Sociology of Aging

    3 credit hours

    Demographic, social, and cultural aspects of aging with particular emphasis on the types of problems encountered by older persons in American society.

  • SOC 4040 - Health Care Delivery Issues

    3 credit hours

    Sociological analysis of health care delivery and major issues facing providers, patients, and citizens in the twenty-first century, from the level of social interaction through the broader structures of health care systems and policies. Includes sociological approaches to health and medicine, health care institutions, insurance and reimbursement structures, and vulnerable populations, along with future issues and directions in U.S. health care delivery.

  • SOC 4240 - Race and Ethnic Relations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4240 and AST 4240.) The dynamics of race and ethnic relations in the United States from a socio historic perspective.

Curriculum: Community and Public Health, Public Health Concentration

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • HLTH 3240 - Introduction to Community and Public Health

    3 credit hours

    Historical issues, philosophical foundations, ethical considerations, and theories of health behavior and learning which provides a foundation for the practice of health education.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
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    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours (BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 rec.)

 

  • HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness  3 credit hours  
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    HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 1531. Explores the role and importance of health and wellness in the lives of individuals and society in general. Laboratory venues will allow opportunities for assessment of lifestyles, decision-making, and research data on health and wellness. Lectures will provide concepts, information, and data involved in maintaining optimum health and wellness. Two lectures and one laboratory.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Sophomore

 

  • BIOL 2030 - Anatomy and Physiology  3 credit hours  
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    BIOL 2030 - Anatomy and Physiology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 1030/BIOL 1031 or BIOL 1110/BIOL 1111. Corequisite: BIOL 2031. General structure and physiological activities of human systems. Two hours lecture and one two-hour laboratory.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
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    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
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    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - World Literatures  3 credit hours  
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    HUM 2610 - World Literatures

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • Natural Science 4 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Electives 6 credit hours
  • HLTH 3320 - Assessment in Community and Public Health

    3 credit hours

    Basic preparation for health educators in community and public health programs with an emphasis on identifying and solving problems. Concentrates on the role of the health educator in needs assessment, effective communication, and the management of public health concerns.

  • HLTH 2600 - Introduction to Health Professions

    3 credit hours

    Examines select health professions. Includes admission procedures, training, post-graduate training, licensure, practice options. Designed to assist students interested in a health career make a more informed choice early in their undergraduate preparation.

  • HLTH 3350 - Survey of Human Disease

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: BIOL 2030/BIOL 2031 or BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021 with grade of C or better. Introduces the foundations of organ systems and disease. Includes information on symptoms, diagnosis, and the impact of both infectious and noninfectious disease on organ systems.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

 

  • HLTH 3260 - Environmental Health

    3 credit hours

    Covers influences of the physical and social environment on health including definitions of toxicology, risk assessment and management, occupational health, and the role of social justice and environmental regulations on health.

  • HLTH 4020 - Biostatistics for Public Health

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with grade of C or better. Introduces the foundations of biostatistics for public health. Specific topics will include epidemiological study designs, hypothesis testing procedures, data visualization and statistical analyses. Emphasis will be placed on proper data collection, usage, and analyses for public health.

  • HLTH 4400 - Drugs and Violence in Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Offers an understanding of the nature of drugs, relationships people form with drugs, and consequences of those relationships. Relationship of drugs to acts of violence considered as well as educational programs addressing issues related to drug use/abuse and acts of violence.

  • HLTH 4430 - Program Planning in Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 3320 and HLTH 3240 with C- or better. Historical and contemporary health education philosophy and theories, Health Objectives for the Nation, the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) process, ethical issues, diversity issues, and practice in various setting.

  • HLTH 4460 - Introduction to Epidemiology

    3 credit hours

    Epidemiologic analysis including measures of disease frequency, measures of effect, association and causation, sources of inaccuracy, experimental and observational study designs.

  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness  3 credit hours  
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    HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 1531. Explores the role and importance of health and wellness in the lives of individuals and society in general. Laboratory venues will allow opportunities for assessment of lifestyles, decision-making, and research data on health and wellness. Lectures will provide concepts, information, and data involved in maintaining optimum health and wellness. Two lectures and one laboratory.

 

  • HLTH 4450 - Technology Applications  1 credit hour  
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    HLTH 4450 - Technology Applications

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: An introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission; corequisite: HLTH 4451. Understanding and competency using a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in corresponding lab during the same semester.

  • HLTH 4451 - Technology Applications Lab

    2 credit hours

    Corequisite: HLTH 4450. Investigation and application of profession-specific software and hardware applications.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

 

  • HLTH 3000 - Service Learning in Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 3240 or HLTH 3320 with C- or better. Health and health care services and the principles, techniques, and context for service. Insight into service organizations, the basic methods and concepts of service learning, and the impact of actual service experiences. Offers background in the cultural, political, and social contexts of service experiences and serves as a forum for discussion of issues surrounding civic engagement and social responsibility. (An EXL course.)

  • HLTH 4810 - Measurement and Evaluation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 4430 with a minimum grade of C; junior or senior standing. Concepts and procedures used for applied measurement and evaluation in health and human performance settings. Basic statistics, reliability and validity, measurement instruments in field and laboratory settings, and the administration of a variety of tests within discipline.

  • HLTH 4870 - Methods of Communicating and Marketing Health Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: HLTH 3320, HLTH 3240, and HLTH 4430 all with a minimum grade of C-. Theory and practice of planning, implementing, and evaluating marketing and communication programs in community and public health education. Includes a review of health communication theories, social marketing, assessment of population needs, coalition-building, health literacy, health advocacy and campaign design, implementation, and evaluation.

  • Electives 6 credit hours
  • Public Health area of focus classes 12 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour

Subtotal: 28 Hours

Our adjunct faculty bring outstanding professional experience to our programs. Many are industry leaders with decorated careers and honors. Importantly, they are innovative educators who offer hands-on learning to our students to prepare them to enter and thrive in a dynamic, and oftentimes emerging, industry and professional world. They inspire, instruct, and challenge our students toward academic and professional success.

Health

HLTH 1530 - Health and Wellness
3 credit hours

Corequisite: HLTH 1531. Explores the role and importance of health and wellness in the lives of individuals and society in general. Laboratory venues will allow opportunities for assessment of lifestyles, decision-making, and research data on health and wellness. Lectures will provide concepts, information, and data involved in maintaining optimum health and wellness. Two lectures and one laboratory.

HLTH 1531 - Health and Wellness Lab
0 credit hours

Corequisite: HLTH 1530.

HLTH 2600 - Introduction to Health Professions
3 credit hours

Examines select health professions. Includes admission procedures, training, post-graduate training, licensure, practice options. Designed to assist students interested in a health career make a more informed choice early in their undergraduate preparation.

HLTH 3000 - Service Learning in Health Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: HLTH 3240 or HLTH 3320 with C- or better. Health and health care services and the principles, techniques, and context for service. Insight into service organizations, the basic methods and concepts of service learning, and the impact of actual service experiences. Offers background in the cultural, political, and social contexts of service experiences and serves as a forum for discussion of issues surrounding civic engagement and social responsibility. (An EXL course.)

HLTH 3020 - Terminology in Health and Human Performance
3 credit hours

Develops vocabulary skills and provides content important to the health and human performance field. Self-study using the Internet.

HLTH 3240 - Introduction to Community and Public Health
3 credit hours

Historical issues, philosophical foundations, ethical considerations, and theories of health behavior and learning which provides a foundation for the practice of health education.

HLTH 3260 - Environmental Health
3 credit hours

Covers influences of the physical and social environment on health including definitions of toxicology, risk assessment and management, occupational health, and the role of social justice and environmental regulations on health.

HLTH 3300 - First Aid and Safety Education
3 credit hours

(Same as PHED 3300.) Deals with first aid measures, accident prevention, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Addresses issues related to drug use/abuse and related acts of violence. Satisfactory completion of the course qualifies the student for Emergency Care and Safety Institute Standard First Aid and CPR certificates. NOTE: If taking online, student must take skills test with instructor in order to receive certification.

HLTH 3320 - Assessment in Community and Public Health
3 credit hours

Basic preparation for health educators in community and public health programs with an emphasis on identifying and solving problems. Concentrates on the role of the health educator in needs assessment, effective communication, and the management of public health concerns.

HLTH 3350 - Survey of Human Disease
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: BIOL 2030/BIOL 2031 or BIOL 2010/BIOL 2011 and BIOL 2020/BIOL 2021 with grade of C or better. Introduces the foundations of organ systems and disease. Includes information on symptoms, diagnosis, and the impact of both infectious and noninfectious disease on organ systems.

HLTH 3590 - Workshops and Instructional Methods in Health Education
3 credit hours

Preparation for conducting workshops in a variety of professional settings.

HLTH 3760 - Teaching Water Safety
2 credit hours

(Same as PHED 3760.) Designed to provide knowledge and skills needed for physical educators and recreational leaders to teach water safety.

HLTH 4020 - Biostatistics for Public Health
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 1710 with grade of C or better. Introduces the foundations of biostatistics for public health. Specific topics will include epidemiological study designs, hypothesis testing procedures, data visualization and statistical analyses. Emphasis will be placed on proper data collection, usage, and analyses for public health.

HLTH 4080 - Alternative Therapy in Athletic Training
3 credit hours

(Same as ATHT 4080.) Examines the didactic and psychomotor concepts of various alternative and complementary therapies as they relate to the profession of athletic training.

HLTH 4250 - Internship
9 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department; must be taken after major classes. On-site practical experience in an exercise science/health promotion program. Note: Students may enroll in a maximum of an additional 4 credit hours while enrolled in HLTH 4250.

HLTH 4260 - Curriculum and Teaching Methods in Health Education
3 credit hours

Curriculum planning and teaching methods for prospective school, community, and public health personnel who aspire to teach health education.

HLTH 4270 - Bioethical Issues in Public Health
3 credit hours

An analysis of current bioethical issues, problems, needs, trends, and interests in health education.

HLTH 4280 - Instructor's Course in First Aid and CPR
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: HLTH 3300/PHED 3300 or current First Aid/CPR certification. Organization, planning, and teaching Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) First Aid/CPR courses. ECSI Instructor certification can be earned after successful completion of all course and agency requirements. NOTE: Student must have current First Aid and CPR certification.

HLTH 4300 - The School Health Program
3 credit hours

Offers preparation for leadership roles in school health services, instruction, and emergency situations, with special emphasis on evaluation.

HLTH 4340 - Fitness Education for the Adult
3 credit hours

(Same as PHED 4340/REC 4340.) Planning, teaching, and participating in individual and group fitness programs for the adult. Offers preparation for administering and interpreting assessments of related components with understanding of physiological principles related to exercise in the adult. Major lifetime wellness activities covered.

HLTH 4360 - Teaching Human Sexuality
3 credit hours

Assists individuals in developing, implementing, and evaluating human sexuality curricula and programs for schools (K-12) and other educational venues.

HLTH 4390 - Women's Health
3 credit hours

Applies and extends the knowledge base of health care for women and provides students with the knowledge to help them enhance their own and others' health.

HLTH 4400 - Drugs and Violence in Health Education
3 credit hours

Offers an understanding of the nature of drugs, relationships people form with drugs, and consequences of those relationships. Relationship of drugs to acts of violence considered as well as educational programs addressing issues related to drug use/abuse and acts of violence.

HLTH 4430 - Program Planning in Health Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: HLTH 3320 and HLTH 3240 with C- or better. Historical and contemporary health education philosophy and theories, Health Objectives for the Nation, the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) process, ethical issues, diversity issues, and practice in various setting.

HLTH 4450 - Technology Applications
1 credit hour

Prerequisite: An introductory course in computer literacy or equivalent with instructor permission; corequisite: HLTH 4451. Understanding and competency using a variety of technology applications related to the profession. Students required to enroll in corresponding lab during the same semester.

HLTH 4451 - Technology Applications Lab
2 credit hours

Corequisite: HLTH 4450. Investigation and application of profession-specific software and hardware applications.

HLTH 4460 - Introduction to Epidemiology
3 credit hours

Epidemiologic analysis including measures of disease frequency, measures of effect, association and causation, sources of inaccuracy, experimental and observational study designs.

HLTH 4700 - Coordinated School Health
3 credit hours

Offers preparation for individuals to assume roles as school health coordinators. Emphasizes comprehensive school health and how it fits into K-12 education.

HLTH 4810 - Measurement and Evaluation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: HLTH 4430 with a minimum grade of C; junior or senior standing. Concepts and procedures used for applied measurement and evaluation in health and human performance settings. Basic statistics, reliability and validity, measurement instruments in field and laboratory settings, and the administration of a variety of tests within discipline.

HLTH 4870 - Methods of Communicating and Marketing Health Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: HLTH 3320, HLTH 3240, and HLTH 4430 all with a minimum grade of C-. Theory and practice of planning, implementing, and evaluating marketing and communication programs in community and public health education. Includes a review of health communication theories, social marketing, assessment of population needs, coalition-building, health literacy, health advocacy and campaign design, implementation, and evaluation.

HLTH 4900 - Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Review
1 credit hour

For Health majors; to be taken with HLTH 4990. Responsibilities and competencies on the Certified Health Education Specialist examination.

HLTH 4920 - Independent Study
1 to 3 credit hours

(Same as ATHT 4920/EXSC 4920/PHED 4920/LSTS 4920.) Independent study topics based on a study plan prepared in cooperation with a faculty supervisor. Culminates in a formal paper and/or comprehensive examination. Application forms must be completed and approved prior to enrollment. A maximum of three credit hours may be applied toward degree.

HLTH 4960 - Advanced Teaching in Health Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: HLTH 4260; corequisite: YOED 4020. Supervised field-based experience the semester prior to Residency II (student teaching). Teacher candidates will spend one full school day a week engaged in research-based best practices under the collaborative supervision of highly effective mentor teachers and university faculty. Seminars constructed around effective teaching skills and a variety of co-teaching models.

HLTH 4990 - Health Internship
6 to 12 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department and must be taken after all major classes are complete. If the 12-hour option is chosen, no other courses may be taken except for HLTH 4900. On-site practical experience in a community health agency.

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Phone | 615-898-5073

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615-904-8494 | CKNB 201E

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