Health

Department of Health Sciences

GHTH 100. Personal Wellness. 3 credits.

Emphasizes lifestyle behaviors contributing to health promotion and disease prevention. General areas affecting health status are identified and suggestions made as to how health-related behaviors, self-care and individual decisions contribute to wellness and influence dimensions of health. A one-hour weekly individual physical wellness lab is included.

HTH 151. Foundations of the Health Sciences. 3 credits.

Review of the basic competencies and foundations of the health sciences including academic planning, professionalism, writing and presentation skills, information literacy, foundational principles and the roles and responsibilities of selected health science fields. This is intended to be the first course that a student takes in the health sciences major.

**HTH 204. Emergency Health Care (2, 2). 3 credits.

A survey of various dimensions of the legal aspects of emergency care, cardiorespiratory emergencies, hemorrhage control, wounds, shock, heat injuries and other health emergencies. Selected American Red Cross and American Heart Association certifications available.

HTH 205. Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries (2, 2). 3 credits.

Basic preventive procedures and treatment for athletic injuries. Methods of wraps and applying protective padding with wrapping and taping will be included.

HTH 206. Advanced Athletic Training. 3 credits.

This course involves advanced study of injuries associated with physically active individuals including injury mechanisms, signs and symptoms and treatments. Other topics include relationships athletic trainers build with other health care professionals; environmental issues related to physical activity; and special needs of various populations. Prerequisites: BIO 290 and HTH 205. Formerly HTH 303.

HTH 252. Sexually Related Diseases. 1 credit.

Sexually transmitted diseases and other sexual systems problems (breast and testicular cancer), nonvenereal diseases, chromosomal anomalies, sexual disorders of the genitalia and urinary system problems.

HTH 270. Personal Health Promotion. 3 credits.

A survey of principles for the promotion of optimum individual, family and community health through intelligent self-direction of health behavior. Topics include the physical, mental and social dimension of health economics; disease control; human sexuality; chemical abuse; injury control; and nutrition.

HTH 278. Alcohol: Use and Abuse. 1 credit.

Survey of the drug alcohol. Topics include pharmacological effects, patterns of use, potential for abuse, treatment programs and prevention of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

HTH 291. Pre-Professional Practicum in Athletic Training.  1 credit.

This course is designed to help students better understand the duties and responsibilities of the athletic trainer. By focusing on psychomotor skills and the application of didactic knowledge, students build a foundation which prepares them for future clinical rotations. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

HTH 300. Medical Terminology. 3 credits.

Study of terms that relate to body systems, anatomical structures, medical processes and procedures and a variety of diseases disorders that afflict human organisms. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

HTH 302. The Language of Medicine. 1 credit.

This course introduces the student to the vocabulary of medicine through learning the prefixes, roots and suffixes used to construct medical terms.

HTH 304A. Upper Quarter Evaluation (2, 2). 3 credits.

This course systematically focuses on orthopedic and neurological evaluation including functional testing of athletic injuries. The upper quarter consists of the upper extremity, head, neck and thorax. Other topics include management of crisis situations and facial injuries related to athletic participation. Prerequisite: HTH 206.

HTH 304B. Lower Quarter Evaluation (2, 2). 3 credits.

This course systematically focuses on orthopedic and neurological evaluation including functional testing of athletic injuries. The lower quarter consists of the lower extremity, pelvis and lumbar spine. Other topics include management of internal injuries and sudden death related to athletic participation. Prerequisite: HTH 304A.

HTH 305. Rehabilitation in Athletic Training: Upper Extremity.  3 credits.

This course explains the rehabilitation process of upper-extremity muscular and joint injuries related to athletic activities. Additional topics include prevention of athletic injuries and aquatic rehabilitation. Prerequisite: BIO 290. Formerly HTH 305A.

HTH 306. Therapeutic Modalities (3, 2). 4 credits.

This course provides a thorough overview of tissue injury,  inflammatory response, healing process and neurophysiology applied to musculoskeletal injuries. Theory, application and clinical decision making processes using therapeutic modalities during rehabilitation will be emphasized. Documentation, purchasing and maintenance are also addressed. Prerequisites: BIO 270 and HTH 206, permission of instructor.

HTH 307. Field Applications in Athletic Training. 2 credits.

This course is designed for student athletic trainers to meet the educational competencies for national accreditation in the following areas: development of risk management/emergency action plans, prevention of injuries associated with the physically active, utilization of diagnostic tools and an overall understanding of protective equipment.

HTH 308. Therapeutic Assessment. 3 credits.

The purpose of this course is to present an overview of established  and current knowledge in the major content areas in therapeutic assessment by examining the impact of work and the working environment on human body systems as they relate to health and wellness.  Prerequisite: BIO 290.

HTH 310. Medical Interviewing and Physical Examination I.  1 credit.

This is the first in a four-course series that presents fundamental concepts in the physician assistant/patient relationship, skills needed to conduct complete medical histories and physical examinations of patients of  all ages, systematic approaches to clinical problem solving and methodologies commonly used to communicate medical information. Prerequisite: Admission to Physician Assistant concentration or permission of program director.

HTH 311. Medical Interviewing and Physical Examination II.  1 credit.

This is the second in a four-course series that presents fundamental concepts in the physician assistant/patient relationship, skills needed to conduct complete medical histories and physical examinations of patients of all ages, systematic approaches to clinical problem solving and methodologies commonly used to communicate medical information. Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 312/ KIN 312. The Profession of Teaching Health & Physical Education. 2 credits

Introductory study of the roles of the teacher and the learner, and the pedagogical content knowledge of health and physical education. An in-depth examination of the unique position and qualifications of the specialist in physical education and health. Systematic observations will occur. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

HTH 313. Preventive Medicine. 1 credit.

The course presents strategies that physician assistants employ in promoting health and well being among the people they serve. It also examines public health strategies focused on early discovery of disease, prevention of disease and stopping the spread of disease. Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 317. Clinical Laboratory Medicine. 2 credits.

This course presents the clinical laboratory tests used to detect and monitor common diseases and disorders. It focuses on selecting and interpreting the appropriate tests for each body system as well as performing selected tests. Prerequisite: Admission to the Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research.  3 credits.

This course reviews statistical concepts and techniques with special reference to their relation to health science applications and issues. It also reinforces the logical processes associated with statistical decision making, again with particular reference to health and medical research methods. Prerequisites: MATH 220 and HTH 354.

HTH 330. Theories and Principles in Occupational Therapy.  2 credits.

This course introduces the student to the history, philosophy and development of the profession of occupational therapy. A variety of theoretical approaches will be examined and applied to the meaning and dynamics of purposeful activity to enhance occupational performance. Use of professional uniform terminology will be emphasized. Prerequisite: Admission into Occupational Therapy concentration.

HTH 332. Analysis of Therapeutic Process and Interaction. 1 credit.

Introduction to processes of functional groups and how individuals contribute to group dynamics and effective change within groups. Components of effective individual and group interaction aimed at achieving therapeutic goals will be explored. The foundations of self awareness, therapeutic use of self, therapeutic observation and interviewing will be examined. Prerequisite: Admission into Occupational Therapy concentration.

HTH 336. Development, Performance and Intervention I (2, 3).  3 credits.

This course examines conditions impeding occupational performance from birth through adolescence. Instruction of assessment and intervention strategies to be used to address functional deficits will be studied. An analysis of theory, treatment planning, uniform terminology, documentation and partnerships with other professionals and an appreciation of multicultural factors will be provided. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 338. Analysis and Application of Therapeutic Media and Technology (1, 3). 2 credits.

This course will provide a thorough overview of therapeutic application of craft media, adaptive equipment and advanced technology utilized in practice. Introduction in activity analysis and compensatory strategies in regard to therapeutic methods and occupational performance tasks will be examined. The relationship of activity to professional theory will be discussed. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 340. Perspectives in Motor Function (1, 3). 2 credits.

This course will examine principles of movement, biomechanics and motor control and their relationship to occupational performance. Traditional and contemporary approaches to assessment and intervention will be explored. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 342. Seminar in School Based Practice (1, 3). 2 credits.

This course will examine the history and roles of occupational therapy personnel in school based settings. Skills related to school based practice will be addressed. Interdisciplinary collaboration and important public policy issues will be explored. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH/BIO 343. Functional Neuroscience (2, 2). 2 credits.

This course will examine functional performance of all aspects of the human nervous system. Specific nervous system conditions will be introduced and their impact on occupational performance, performance components and environmental contexts discussed. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 344. Functional Neuroscience (2, 2). 2 credits.

This course will examine functional performance of all aspects of the human nervous system. Specific nervous system conditions will be introduced and their impact on occupational performance, performance components and environmental contexts discussed. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 346. Level One Fieldwork I. 1 credit.

This course provides a contextual setting for the application of skills and information gained from didactic course work. Participants will have the opportunity to design and implement courses of intervention under close supervision in a human services setting. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 352. Environmental Health. 3 credits.

An investigation of environmental factors and their effects on the health of the individual, community and society.

HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System. 3 credits.

This course examines the structure and organization of the health care delivery system in the United States. The components, functions, financing and resources of this system are described.

HTH 355. AIDS and Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  1 credit.

Discussion includes theories of origins, statistics and characteristics of the causative pathogen, incubation, illness patterns, transmission, prevention and treatment of AIDS and other STDs. AIDS and other STDs in relation to prisons, children, schools, global concerns, health care systems and legal factors will be considered.

HTH 357. Coping With Stress. 1 credit.

Identifying causes and personal symptoms associated with stress and individual methods of handling stress.

HTH 358. Health Administration. 3 credits.

This course provides an introduction to management functions, tasks  and roles as they are carried out in health services organizations. Discussion of emerging issues affecting the management of health services organizations is provided. This course uses the case method of analysis to develop critical thinking skills. Prerequisite: HTH 354 or permission of the instructor.

HTH 359. Leadership in Health. 3 credits.

This course will introduce students to the concept of leadership, provide opportunities to develop leadership skills, relate leadership to ethics and personal values and assist students in creating a bridge between leadership theory and practice.

HTH 360. Health Care Marketing. 3 credits.

This course introduces the role, functions and tasks of health care marketing. Attention is devoted to understanding basic marketing principles; using oral, written and visual electronic communications media; and developing marketing plans for health care organizations.

HTH 363. Health Economics. 3 credits.

This course explains how economic forces affect the health service sector and how economic tools can be used to assess and improve health industry performance. Efficiency and equity trade-offs are considered. Prerequisite: ECON 201 or equivalent.

HTH 365. Values in Health Care. 3 credits.

This course provides an overview of health ethics and health law for students majoring in health sciences. Students will address the major principles facing a health service professional in the delivery of  health services. Particular attention will be paid to development of methodologies for ethical decision-making. Prerequisite: HTH 354 or permission of instructor.

HTH 366. Health Politics and Policy. 3 credits.

This course provides an introduction to the state and federal policy-making processes with a distinct focus on health policy. Emphasis will be on how health policy impacts health service organizations and the delivery of health care. Prerequisite: HTH 354 or permission of instructor.

HTH 367. Comparative International Health Systems. 3 credits.

This course concentrates on various approaches used to provide public and personal health services around the world. Strengths and weaknesses of different health care systems in terms of availability, accessibility, cost effectiveness, continuity and quality of services will be considered. Prerequisite: HTH 354.

HTH 368. International Health and Nutrition Studies. 3 credits.

This course involves participation with an interdisciplinary team which will travel outside of the United States to observe and experience the health care challenges in a developing nation.

HTH 370. Child and Adolescent Health. 3 credits.

This course will discuss the CDC priority health risk categories and the Healthy People 2010 Objectives for the Nation as they relate to child and adolescent health. In addition, the CDC model for Coordinated  School Health Programs will be explored to determine specific strategies for health improvement. Prerequisite: Restricted to PHETE or Health Sciences majors.

HTH 372. Human Sexuality. 3 credits.

An in-depth study of sexuality across the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on the development of sexuality with attention given to the psychological, physiological, ethical and socio-cultural implications.

HTH 375. Pregnancy Control and Abortion. 1 credit.

An in-depth study of four areas concerning the following sexual aspects of living: contraception, abortion, sterilization and fertility-enhancing methods. The biochemical, physiological, legal, cultural and ethical aspects are considered.

HTH 376. Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers. 2 credits.

This course is designed for students to understand knowledge, skills and values that an entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess in pharmacological applications, including awareness of the indications, contraindications, precautions and interactions of medications, and of the governing regulations relevant to physically active individuals. Corequisite: HTH 377.

HTH 377. General Medicine in Athletic Training. 2 credits.

This course is designed for students to understand knowledge, skills and values that an entry-level certified athletic trainer must possess in order to recognize, treat and refer, when dealing with general medical conditions and disabilities related to athletes or others involved in physical activity. Corequisite: HTH 376.

HTH 378. The Use and Effects of Drugs. 3 credits.

A study of the use and pharmacological properties of popular legal and illegal drugs and their effects on the health of individuals and society.

HTH 385. Health Services Administration Career Seminar. 1 credit.

This course is a career development seminar for Health Services Administration students. An array of health administrators from varied health care organizations helps expand studentsí understanding of the health administration field. This course is designed for junior level  students with an expectation of a major concentration in Health Services Administration.

HTH 389. Practicum in Health Education. 1-3 credits.

Selected practicum experiences which provide students with supervised practicum experiences. Formerly HTH 389M, S.

HTH 390. Selected Topics in Health Science. 1-3 credits.

Study of selected topics in health science. Consult e-campus for specific topics. May be repeated for credit when course content changes.

HTH 392. Level II Practicum in Athletic Training. 1 credit.

This course focuses on clinical performance and application of didactic knowledge. Clinical rotations, clinical competencies, inservices, case studies and professional journal are included in course content. Sport specific activities and clinical applications involving palpation and wound care are key components of this course. Prerequisite: Admission to clinical component of Athletic Training Curriculum.

HTH 393. Level III Practicum in Athletic Training. 1 credit.

This course focuses on clinical performance and application of didactic knowledge. Clinical rotations, clinical competencies, inservices, case studies and professional journal are included in course content. Sport specific activities and clinical applications involving manual muscle testing and equipment fitting are key components of this course. Prerequisite: HTH 392.

HTH 403. Topics in Health Education. 3 credits.

An overview of selected topics required for students preparing to teach health in public schools. Selected topics include consumer health, environmental health, mental-emotional health, personal health, prevention and control of chronic diseases, aging, death and dying. Special emphasis will be on issues relevant to teaching these topics in schools. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.

HTH 405. Rehabilitation in Athletic Training: Lower Extremity  (2, 2). 3 credits.

This course explains the rehabilitation process of lower extremity muscular and joint injuries related to athletic activities. Additional topics include rehabilitation facility design, budget preparation and pre-season assessment. Prerequisite: HTH 305. Formerly HTH 305 B.

HTH 406. Organization and Administration in Athletic Training.  3 credits.

This course is an overview of managerial issues including legal concerns, OSHA guidelines, budgeting/purchasing and staffing. In addition, this course provides a variety of experiences culminating in the knowledge and skills needed to meet entry-level competencies set by the National Athletic Trainersí Association. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Formerly HTH 405.

HTH 408. Managing and Interpreting Health Research Information. 2 credits.

This course will present an overview of the role of research application, interpretation and communication as related to the decision-making processes in health care fields. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 410. Medical Interviewing and Physical Examination III.  2 credits.

This is the third in a four-course series that presents fundamental concepts in the physician assistant/patient relationship, skills needed to  conduct complete medical histories and physical examinations of patients of all ages, systematic approaches to clinical problem solving and methodologies commonly used to communicate medical information. Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 411. Clinical Problem Solving. 2 credits.

This is the fourth in a four-course series that presents fundamental concepts in the physician assistant/patient relationship, skills needed to conduct complete medical histories and physical examinations of patients of all ages, systematic approaches to clinical problem solving and methodologies commonly used to communicate medical information. Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 413. Pharmacology for Physician Assistants I. 3 credits.

This is the first of two courses that provide the base of information necessary for clinical prescribing of medications. It includes pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. Within each class of therapeutic drugs, the course examines drug actions, interactions, reactions and contraindications. The course will also include principles of prescribing and patient compliance. Prerequisites:  Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful  completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 414. Pharmacology for Physician Assistants II. 3 credits.

This is the second of two courses that provide the base of information necessary for clinical prescribing of medications. It includes pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics. Within each class of therapeutic drugs, the course examines drug actions, interactions, reactions and contraindications. The course will also include principles of prescribing and patient compliance. Prerequisites:  Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful  completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 417. Clinical Medicine I. 3 credits.

This is the first of a three-course series that examines the etiology, presentation, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders common to primary care physician assistant practice. This course serves as preparation for the clinical rotations in internal medicine and family medicine. Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 418. Clinical Medicine II. 5 credits.

This course provides an introductory knowledge base in pediatrics, womenís medicine and behavioral medicine. It prepares students for clinical rotations in these specialties. Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 419. Clinical Medicine III. 3 credits.

This course provides an introductory knowledge base in general surgery and emergency medicine. It prepares students for clinical rotations in these specialties. Emphasis is on the primary care aspects pertinent to physician assistant practice. Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 420. The Physician Assistant Profession. 1 credit.

This course will explore the principles of the PA profession, its history and place in the spectrum of health care professions. Economic, legal and societal factors influencing the profession will be discussed. Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 421. Transition to Physician Assistant Practice. 1 credit.

This course examines issues related to the shift from the role of a PA student to that of a practicing PA. Topics include medical liability and risk management, business aspects of clinical practice, credentialing processes and career development. Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 422. Advanced Clinical Skills. 1 credit.

This course focuses on the skills needed to provide appropriate care for individuals and groups who have specific needs based on culture, lifestyle or temporary circumstance. Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 423. Pediatric Clinical Rotation. 2 credits.

During this four-week clinical rotation the student gains knowledge, experience and skill in interviewing and examining children, diagnosing and treating disorders and educating and counseling children and parents through participation in these activities while under the supervision of an experienced clinician practicing pediatric medicine. The course will also include assigned readings and exercises. Prerequisites:  Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful  completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 425. Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinical Rotation. 2 credits.

During this four-week clinical rotation the student gains knowledge, experience and skill in interviewing and examining women, diagnosing and treating disorders and educating and counseling women through participation in these activities while under the supervision of an experienced clinician practicing obstetric and gynecologic medicine. The course will also include assigned readings and exercises.  Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 427. Internal Medicine Clinical Rotation. 4 credits.

During this eight-week clinical rotation the student gains knowledge, experience and skill in interviewing and examining children, diagnosing and treating disorders and educating and counseling patients through participation in these activities while under the supervision of an experienced clinician practicing internal medicine. The course will also include assigned readings and exercises. Prerequisites:  Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful  completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 429. Family Medicine Clinical Rotation. 4 credits.

During this eight-week clinical rotation the student gains knowledge, experience and skill in interviewing and examining patients of all ages, diagnosing and treating disorders and educating and counseling patients and families through participation in these activities while under the supervision of an experienced clinician practicing family medicine. The course will also include assigned readings and exercises. Prerequisites: Admission to Physician Assistant concentration and successful  completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 430. Development, Performance and Intervention II (3, 4).  4 credits.

This course provides an in-depth examination of conditions impeding occupational performance during adult and geriatric periods. Analysis of appropriate assessment and intervention strategies to be used to address functional deficits will occur. An exploration of theory, treatment planning, uniform terminology, documentation and partnerships with other professionals will be provided. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 432. Health, Wellness and Alternative Therapeutic Approaches (1, 3). 2 credits.

This course will provide instruction and practical application as to how health promotion, disease prevention and alternative therapeutic techniques can be integrated into practice. Occupational Therapy theory and literature regarding health, wellness and disease prevention will be explored. Myofascial release, cranial-sacral therapy, Feldenkrais and other contemporary approaches will be examined. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 434. Level One Fieldwork II. 1 credit.

This course provides a contextual setting for the application of skills and information gained from didactic course work. Participants will have the opportunity to design and implement courses of intervention under close supervision in a human services setting. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 436. Seminar in Community Based Practice. 3 credits.

As a result of current emphasis on health promotion and prevention, it is important for the occupational therapist to be cognizant of community resources and how they serve the needs of individuals with disabilities. This course will expose the student to community based models and provide practicum experiences in a local agency. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 438. Administrative Functions in Occupational Therapy.  2 credits.

This course examines the roles and responsibilities of the occupational therapist in administration and management in a variety of service areas. The aspects of budgeting, staffing, program development, productivity, recruitment, ethics, utilization of OT personnel, program evaluation and working with other disciplines will be explored. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 440. Preaffiliation Seminar (2, 8). 4 credits.

This course will provide final intensive preparation of the student for Level Two Fieldwork, which will begin the same semester. Continued examination of professionalism, clinical skills, critical thinking, administration, ethics, research and fieldwork performance evaluation will be provided. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work.

HTH 441/KIN 407. Rehabilitative Biomechanics. 3 credits.

This course is designed to introduce the student to a variety of biomechanical concepts and applications as related to the health professions. Specific attention will be given to the biomechanical aspects of the musculoskeletal system. Prerequisite: BIO 290.

HTH 442. Chronic Diseases. 3 credits.

This course examines the pathophysiological effects of chronic diseases on health and well-being. Discussions include various strategies which improve the functional status and health of individuals at risk. Prerequisite: KIN 302.

HTH 444. Level Two Fieldwork I. 8 credits.

Organized and designed by the university and fieldwork site, this course offers the opportunity for the student to participate in a variety of experiences to develop entry-level competence. Areas of assessment, planning, intervention, problem solving, administration, supervision of personnel and professional responsibilities will be intensively addressed. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work. Level Two Fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of completion of didactic course work.

HTH 446. Level Two Fieldwork II. 8 credits.

Organized and designed by the university and fieldwork site, this course offers the opportunity for the student to participate in a variety of experiences to develop entry-level competence. Areas of assessment, planning, intervention, problem solving, administration, supervision of personnel and professional responsibilities will be intensively addressed. Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work. Level Two Fieldwork must be completed within 24 months of completion of didactic course work.

HTH 448. Postaffiliation Seminar. 4 credits.

This course will focus on dissemination of student experiences from recently completed Level Two Fieldwork. Analysis of professional development through review of actual case studies involving clinical competency, critical thinking, interdisciplinary processes, administration, ethics and research. Orientation to the national certification exam and state registration requirements will be reviewed. Prerequisite:  Satisfactory completion of previous concentration course work or permission of the instructor.

HTH 450. Epidemiology. 3 credits.

A study of the causation and prevention of the major diseases that affect the quality of an individualís life. Practical skills utilized by practicing epidemiologists are emphasized.

HTH 451. Health Behavior Change. 3 credits.

Factors which influence health behavior and characteristics of these individuals and groups. Analysis of previous programs designed to change these behaviors and the formulation of new health modification  programs included. Prerequisite: Senior standing require or permission of the instructor.

HTH 452. Hospital Organization and Administration. 3 credits.

This course examines the organization and operation of community hospitals in the U.S. Specific attention is devoted to managementís role in internal operations and in external relationships with the community and other stakeholders. Discussion of emerging issues affecting the management of hospitals and hospital systems is provided. Prerequisites: HTH 354 and HTH 358, or permission of the instructor.

HTH 454. Internship in Health Organizations. 3 credits.

Full-time directed field experience in a health organization. Opportunity provided to work in an appropriate setting. Student furnishes off-campus living and traveling expenses. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and a 2.5 grade point average.

HTH 455. Long Term Care Organization and Administration.  3 credits.

This course provides an in-depth examination of the organization and administration of long term care programs: nursing homes, home  health services, adult daycare, assisted living and hospice. This  course is recommended for students planning careers in long  term care. Prerequisites: HTH 354, HTH 358 and GERN 280 or permission of the instructor.

HTH 456. Ambulatory Care Services: Organization and Administration. 3 credits.

This course provides an in-depth examination of the staffing, organization, budgeting and administration of ambulatory services including medical group practices, community and hospital-based clinics, and ambulatory surgery centers. This course is recommended for students  planning administrative careers in this area with a foundation in health services administration. Prerequisite: HTH 354, HTH 358 or permission of the instructor.

HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation (2, 2). 3 credits.

This lecture and laboratory course introduces students to principles and the techniques employed to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion programs. Students will conduct a campus-wide event and write a grant proposal. Prerequisite: HTH 451 or admission to the Health Services Administration Program.

HTH 462. Managed Care. 3 credits.

The growing influence of managed health care on the organization  and delivery of health services in the United States is addressed in this course. Structural and operational characteristics of managed care organizations and plans, including HMOs, PPOs and other plans are explored, as are the implications of managed care plans for the management of hospitals and other health care organizations. Prerequisite: HTH 358 or permission of the instructor.

HTH 463. Quality Management in Health Care. 3 credits.

This course examines the quality management function required in diverse health care organizations. The student is exposed to definitions and standards of quality in health care, as well as to various tools used to measure, evaluate and improve quality. Emerging issues affecting the management of health care quality are discussed. Prerequisites: HTH 354 and HTH 358 or permission of the instructor.

HTH 464. Funding in Health Care. 3 credits.

General financial analysis is covered in terms of its application to health care entities. Concepts, issues and tools related to health care funding are covered. Prerequisites: CS 128, ACTG 241 and FIN 345.

HTH/SEED 470. Clinical Techniques Ė Health Education Methods. 3 credits.

Specific techniques and methods for students in health sciences. Competencies to be developed will include daily and unit planning, instructional methods, evaluation of student learning, micro-teaching experiences and others.

HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology. 3 credits.

Promotion of health in the aged; physiological aspects of the aging process; community, state and federal health programs and services for the aged.

HTH 472. Family Life Education for Teachers. 2 credits.

This course will present an overview of issues affecting the sexual health of children and youth. A variety of Family Life Education curricula will be discussed, however, the approved Virginia Department of Education curriculum will be examined and students will be trained in implementing and evaluating its various modules.

HTH 480. Health Assessment Techniques. 3 credits.

Examination of health risk appraisals and metabolic assessments used to implement strategies for behavioral change and improved overall wellness. Other topics include programming and group dynamics used to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors.

HTH 481. Behavioral Medicine Clinical Rotation. 2 credits.

During this four-week clinical rotation the student gains knowledge, experience and skill in interviewing and examining patients, diagnosing and treating disorders and educating and counseling patients and family members through participation in these activities while under the supervision of an experienced clinician practicing behavioral medicine. The course will also include assigned readings and exercises. Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 482. Advanced Health Assessment Techniques. 3 credits.

Skill acquisition of current health assessment techniques. These assessments are used to determine risk factors which play a role in heart disease, selected chronic diseases and to evaluate current health status. Prerequisite: HTH 480.

HTH 483. Surgery Clinical Rotation. 2 credits.

During this four-week clinical rotation the student gains knowledge, experience and skill in interviewing and examining patients, diagnosing and treating disorders and educating and counseling children and patients through participation in these activities while under the supervision of an experienced clinician practicing surgery. The course will also include assigned readings and exercises. Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 485. Emergency Medicine Clinical Rotation. 2 credits.

During this four-week clinical rotation the student gains knowledge, experience and skill in interviewing and examining patients, diagnosing and treating disorders and educating and counseling patients and family members through participation in these activities while under the supervision of an experienced clinician practicing emergency medicine. The course will also include assigned readings and exercises. Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 487. Elective Clinical Rotation I. 2 credits.

This four-week rotation is devoted to an area of study of the studentís choosing and the facultyís approval. It might be additional time in a specialty already introduced through another rotation, a different medical specialty of interest or a non-clinical area associated with the PA profession such as education, professional practice issues, etc. The course will also include assigned readings and exercises. Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous courses in the concentration or permission of the program director.

HTH 489. Elective Clinical Rotation II. 2 credits.

This four-week rotation is devoted to an area of study selected by the student from a menu of options offered by the PA program. The purpose is to provide the student with experience with a broader social context for PA practice. Options might include experience with patient populations of various cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds, inner city or rural medically underserved populations or multicultural or interdisciplinary team practices. The course will also include assigned readings and exercises. Prerequisites: Admission to the Physician Assistant concentration and successful completion of all previous course in the concentration or permission of the instructor.

HTH 490. Special Studies in Health Education. 1-3 credits each semester.

Designed to give the superior student in health education an opportunity to complete independent study and/or research under faculty supervision. Prerequisite: Permission of the department head.

HTH 494. Level IV Practicum in Athletic Training. 1 credit.

This course focuses on clinical performance and application of didactic knowledge. Clinical rotations, clinical competencies, inservices, case studies, and professional journal are included in course content. Sport specific activities and clinical applications involving orthopedic testing and emergency internal abdominal/chest evaluation are key components of this course. Prerequisite: HTH 393.

HTH 495. Level V Practicum in Athletic Training. 1 credit.

This course focuses on clinical performance and application of didactic knowledge. Clinical rotations, clinical competencies, inservices, case studies and professional journal are included in course content. Sport specific activities and clinical applications involving cranial nerve assessment and neurological evaluation are key components of this course. Prerequisite: HTH 494.

HTH 499. Honors. 6 credits. Year course.

** The American Red Cross registration fees.



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