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Department of Health Sciences

Dr. Robert Koslow, Head
Phone: (540) 568-6510
E-mail: koslowre@jmu.edu
Web site: www.healthsci.jmu.edu/

Professors
H. Amato, A. Bopp, P. Brevard, J. Hammond, R. Koslow, J. Martino-McAllister, J. Thompson, M. Warner,
D. Wenos, M. Wessel

Associate Professors
D. Cockley, J. Gloeckner, J. Loveland, P. Maxwell, D. Sutton, D. Torisky, T. Wagner

Assistant Professors
P. Bailey, C. Cadieux, T. Enyeart Smith, A. Kent, S. Knickrehm, K. Lewis, S. Maiewski, C. Peterson, R. Prodoehl, T. Sabato, J. Wenos, A. Russell Yun

Instructors
S. Cook, S. Hudy, J. Kaltenborn, T. Kuster, B. McSorley, E. Richardson, C. Smith, S. Summers, G. Tessier

 

Mission Statement
Career Opportunities
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
Special Admission Requirements
Degree and Major Requirements
Master Level Degrees
Minor Requirements
Credit by Examination

 

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Department of Health Sciences is to contribute to the liberal arts education of all students and prepare students for professional careers in the health sciences and/or for entry into professional programs.

 

Goals

The goals of the Department of Health Sciences are to:

  • promote the health and well being of the JMU community.
  • support the general education program.
  • educate health professionals.
  • provide service to the community, the state, the region and the nation.
  • conduct, disseminate, and publish research/scholarship in health sciences.

 

Career Opportunities

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Assessment and Promotion Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist (Graduate Program)
  • Physician Assistant (Graduate Program)
  • Public Health Educator
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Professional

 

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • American College of Health Care Executives Student Association
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Student Athletic Trainers Association
  • Eta Sigma Gamma (Health Sciences Honor Society)
  • JMU Dietetic Association
  • JMU Physician Assistant Student Society
  • JMU Student Occupational Therapy Association
  • Pre-OT Society
  • Pre-PT Society

 

Special Admission Requirements

Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to all academic majors and minors. Special applications are required for admission to the clinical portions of the Athletic Training program, the Health Services Administration program and the Occupational Studies program.

Deadline Notice for Change or Declaration of Majors

Effective fall 2007, deadlines for change or declaration of major forms will be as follows:

Summer semester: February 15
Fall semester: February 15
Spring semester: September 15 of the previous year

Forms submitted after the deadline will apply to the following semester.

 

Degree and Major Requirements

The Department of Health Sciences offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
  • Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in:
    • Health Assessment and Promotion
    • Health Studies
    • Occupational Studies
    • Public Health Education

The Physician Assistant program and the Occupational Therapy program are available at the master’s degree level.

 

Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training

This major prepares students to become Certified Athletic Trainers through the Board of Certification. Areas of study include injury prevention, emergency care, injury evaluation and rehabilitation of the physically active. The Athletic Training Education Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). This program is comprised of both academic and clinical requirements. It is not an open major; students are selected through a competitive admission process. Specific program requirements, including academic, clinical and technical standards, may be found on the Athletic Training Curriculum Web site (www.jmu.edu/healthsci/at/courses.html). Additional information pertaining to admission and retention policies may also be found online or in the Athletic Training Curriculum Handbook, located in the CISAT Library, in the Program Director’s office or on the ATEP Web site.

Degree Requirements
Credit Hours
General Education courses1
41
Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education)
3
Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education)
4
Major and elective requirements (listed below)
72

 
120

1The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

 

Required Courses/ Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year
Credit Hours
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics1
3
ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training2
3
Electives
6
General Education courses
18

 
30
   
Second Year
Credit Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology1
4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy2
4
ATEP 206. Recognition and Management of Athletic Injuries2,3
3
ATEP 291. Pre-Professional Practicum in Athletic Training2,3
1
Electives
1
General Education courses
16

 
29
 
Third Year
Credit Hours
ATEP 304A. Upper Quarter Evaluation2,3
3
ATEP 304B. Lower Quarter Evaluation2,4
3
ATEP 405. Rehabilitation in Athletic Training (Lower) 2,3
3
ATEP 306. Therapeutic Modalities2,4
4
ATEP 307. Field Application in Athletic Training2,4
2
ATEP 350. Measurement Techniques in Athletic Training2,4
2
ATEP 355. Infectious Disease Control2,3
1
ATEP 377. General Medicine in Athletic Training2,3
2
ATEP 392. Level II Practicum in Athletic Training2,4
2
ATEP 393. Level III Practicum in Athletic Training2,3
2
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care Systems2
3
HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics2
3
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness2
3

 
33
   
Fourth Year
Credit Hours
ATEP 376. Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers2,4
2
ATEP 305. Rehabilitation in Athletic Training (Upper)2,4
3
ATEP 406. Organization and Administration of Athletic Training2,3
3
ATEP 494. Level IV Practicum in Athletic Training2,4
2
ATEP 495. Level V Practicum in Athletic Training2,3
2
KIN 302. Physiology of Muscular Activity2
3
KIN 302L. Physiology of Muscular Activity/Lab2
1
NUTR 382. Sports Nutrition2,4
3
Elective
2
General Education courses
7

 
28

1BIO 270 & MATH 220 may be met by choosing the correct course in General Education and be counted for both general education and the major
2Grade of “C” or better required
3Offered only in spring semester
4Offered only in fall semester.

 

Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

The major in dietetics is an accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) which prepares the student as a generalist in dietetics. The program in dietetics gives the student a wide view of dietetic careers including clinical dietetics, administrative dietetics, community dietetics, education and research. Following the completion of the program in dietetics, students should plan to meet the experience requirements for registered dietitian status by completing a dietetic internship (DI). The Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) at James Madison University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of The American Dietetic Association, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-4876.

 

Meeting the Didactic Program in Dietetics

Any student wishing to complete the DPD at James Madison University must be enrolled in either the B.S. program in Dietetics or in the M.S. program in Health Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics or Nutrition and Physical Activity and completing DPD classes at the undergraduate level concurrently. In order to receive a signed Verification Statement from JMU, students must take a minimum of NUTR 482, Nutrition and Metabolism; NUTR 484, Clinical Nutrition II; NUTR 446, Experimental Foods; NUTR 363, Quantity Food Production; NUTR 460, Computer Systems for Foods and Nutrition; and NUTR 490, Field Experience Practicum on campus at James Madison University.

 

Receiving Verification Statement

In order to receive a signed Verification Statement from James Madison University, a student must have documentation of the following:

  • Completion of all DPD courses required at JMU, with a “C” or higher in all nutrition classes and an average GPA of at least 2.5 in all DPD classes.
  • Final transcript verifying all grades and degree confirmation.

As soon as the final transcript is received, the student will be given four copies of the signed Verification Statement, which is necessary before beginning a dietetic internship.

 

Required Courses/ Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year
Credit Hours

CHEM 131-131L. General Chemistry I with laboratory and CHEM 132-132L. General Chemistry II with laboratory

8
NUTR 140. Contemporary Foods
3
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness
3
NUTR 295. Foundations of Nutrition Practice1
2
Quantitative requirement (B.S. degree requirement)
3
General Education courses1
12

 
31
 
Second Year
Credit Hours
CHEM 221-221L. Concepts of Organic Chemistry with laboratory 2
4

CHEM 222-222L. Concepts of Biochemistry with laboratory1

4
NUTR 385. Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle2
3
NUTR 386. Community Nutrition
3

G PSYC 101. General Psychology3 or G PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development3

3
G POSC 225. U.S. Government3
4
General Education courses
12

 
33
 
Third Year
Credit Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology3
4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics
3
NUTR 360. Management in Dietetics2
3
NUTR 362. Food Service Systems1
3
NUTR 363. Quantity Food Production
3
NUTR 380. Global Nutrition
3
NUTR 384. Clinical Nutrition I1
3
NUTR 395. Introduction to Patient Care in Dietetics2
2
Elective
3

 
31
 
Fourth Year
Credit Hours
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology
4
NUTR 446. Experimental Foods2
3
NUTR 460. Computer Systems for Foods and Nutrition1
3
NUTR 482. Nutrition and Metabolism2
3
NUTR 484. Clinical Nutrition II1
3
NUTR 490. Field Experience Practicum4
3
NUTR 495. Senior Seminar in Dietetics2
2
Elective
4

 
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1Offered only in spring semester.
2Offered only in fall semester.
3These courses may count for both General Education and the major depending on General Education course choice.
4Field Experience Practicum should be completed during summer between junior and senior years.

 

Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration

The program in Health Services Administration prepares the student for entry-level administrative positions, and staff positions requiring administrative skills, in various health services organizations including hospitals, hospital systems, managed care organizations, retirement and long term care facilities, ambulatory care organizations and public health organizations. The student is prepared to plan, organize, direct and control health programs and/or facilities. In addition, the program provides the foundation for graduate study in health services administration and related fields. The Health Services Administration program is not an open program; students must meet specific criteria for admission to the program. The criteria are available from the program director and are available on the program’s Web site at www.healthsci.jmu.edu/hsa/pages. The Health Services Administration program is approved as a Full Certified undergraduate program by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Upon completion of all JMU and program requirements, the student is awarded the B.S. in Health Services Administration.

No more than 30 hours may be taken in the College of Business.

Degree Requirements
Credit Hours
General Education courses1
40
Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education)
3
Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education)
3
Major and elective requirements (listed after schedule)
74

 
120

 

Required Courses/Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year
Credit Hours
HTH 151. Foundations of Health Sciences2
3

General Education courses

28

 
31
 
Second Year
Credit Hours
COB 218. Legal Environment of Business
3

COB 241. Financial Accounting

3
COB 204. Computer Information Systems
3

ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)

3

HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System6

3

HSA 385. Seminar in Health Services Administration2

1

General Education courses

12

 
28
 
Third Year
Credit Hours

FIN 345. Managerial Finance

3

GERN 280. Social Gerontology

3

HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research2(B.S. degree requirement)

3
HSA 366. Health Politics and Policy2,5 (B.S. degree requirement)
3

HSA 358. Health Administration2,5

3

HSA 363. Health Economics2,5

3

HSA 365. Values in Health Care2

3

MGT 305. Management and Organizational Behavior

3

MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing

3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics1

3

 
30
 
Fourth Year
Credit Hours

HTH 450. Epidemiology2

3

HSA 454. Internship in Health Organizations7

3

HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation2

3

HSA 462. Managed Care2,3

3

Choose one of the following:

3

HSA 452. Hospital Organization and Administration2,3
HSA 455. Long Term Care Organization and Administration2,3
HSA 456. Ambulatory Care Services: Organization and Administration2,5

HSA 464. Funding in Health Care2,3

3

Program electives (selected from list of approved courses)

6

Electives

7

 
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1The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2Grade of “C” or better required.
3Offered only in spring semester.
5Offered only in fall semester.
6Grade of “B” or better required.
7Grade of “C” or better required in all HSA courses.

 

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

The B.S. degree with a major in health sciences consists of health and science course requirements in addition to general education requirements and B.S. requirements. For specialization in a professional area, concentrations are available in health assessment and promotion, health studies, occupational studies, and public health education.

 

Health Assessment and Promotion Concentration

This concentration prepares students for positions in wellness, hospital, and corporate-based health promotion and assessment programs. Students are trained to develop and implement comprehensive health promotion activities by combining health education, assessment techniques and fitness concepts. HAP students master a variety of clinical assessments and can begin to develop health communication skills prior to graduation. The concentration includes 16-18 hours of electives which can be used to complete any minor requirements or which pre-professional students can use to finish prerequisites for their selected professional program. Additionally, this broad-based program provides a strong foundation for related graduate studies. Upon completion, students are prepared to enroll in the Health/Fitness Instructor certification program sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Students must complete the General Education requirements, the B.S. degree requirements and the Health Assessment and Promotion core requirements.

Health Assessment and Promotion Requirements:
Credit Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology
4
CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry + 120L
4
HTH 151. Foundations of Health Sciences
3
HTH 354. US Health Care Systems
3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics
3
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness3
3

 
20

 

Required Courses/Recommended Schedule for Health Assessment and Promotion Concentration

Evidence of CPR/First-Aid certification must be presented for graduation.

First Year
Credit Hours
CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry1
3
G HTH 100. Personal Wellness
3
HTH 151. Foundations of the Health Sciences2
3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics1
3
General Education courses
18

 
30
 
Second Year
BIO 270. Human Physiology1
4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training2
3
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness
3
General Education courses
15

 
29
 
Third Year
HTH 308. Therapeutic Assessment2,3
3
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System2
3
HTH 389. Practicum in Health Education2
3
HTH 451. Health Behavior Change2
3
NUTR 382. Sports Nutrition4
3
General Education courses
4
Electives
12

 
31
 
Fourth Year
HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics2
3
HTH 442. Chronic Disease2,4
3
HTH 450. Epidemiology2
3
HTH 454. Internship in Health Organizations2
3
HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation2
3
HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology2,4
3
HTH 480. Health Assessment Techniques2,4
3
HTH 482. Advanced Health Assessment Techniques2,3
3
Electives
6

 
30

1BIO 270, CHEM 120 & MATH 220 may be met by choosing the correct course in General Education and be counted for both general education and the major.
2Grade of “C” or better required.
3Offered only in spring semester.
4Offered only in fall semester.

 

Health Studies Concentration

The Health Studies concentration is designed for students interested in making application to a professional program. The Health Studies concentration combines a broad foundation of health-related course work with preparatory courses in one of the pre-professional programs: pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-occupational therapy, pre-physical therapy, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician assistant and pre-veterinary. Students must select a pre-professional program and complete the related course work. See pre-professional packages. Completion of a pre-professional program does not ensure that individual professional program prerequisites, including JMU professional programs, have been met. Students are encouraged to identify individual professional program requirements.

Health Studies Concentration
Credit Hours
Choose one of the following:
4-8

CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry + L
CHEM 131 + L and CHEM 132 + L

BIO 270. Human Physiology
4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness
3
G HTH 100. Personal Wellness
3
HTH 151. Foundations for the Health Sciences
3
HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Sciences Research
3
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System
3
HTH 408. Managing and Interpreting Health Research Information
3
HTH 450. Epidemiology
3
HTH 451. Health Behavior Change
3
Select four classes from the following Health Studies electives:
12

HTH 300. Medical Terminology
HTH 352. Environmental Health
HTH 370. Child and Adolescent Health
HTH 372. Human Sexuality
HTH 378. The Use and Effects of Drugs
HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics
HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation
HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology

Additional requirements:

Select one pre-professional program from the following: pre-dentistry, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy, pre-physician assistant, pre-veterinary medicine. See the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services for course requirements.

 

Recommended Schedule for Health Studies Concentration

A pre-professional program is required.

First Year
Credit Hours
G HTH 100. Personal Wellness
3
HTH 151. Foundations of Health Sciences
3
Pre-professional general biology course (if required)
4
General Education courses
20-24

 
30
 
Second Year
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

CHEM 120 + L or CHEM 131 + L and CHEM 132 + L

4-8
NUTR 280. Nutrition
3
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
General Education courses
12-16

 
30
 
Third Year
HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science
3
BIO 270. Human Physiology
4
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System
3
HTH 451. Health Behavior Change
3
Electives from designated Health Studies electives
6
Electives
11

 
30
 
Fourth Year
HTH 408. Managing and Interpreting HS Research Information
3
HTH 450. Epidemiology
3
Electives from designated Health Studies electives
9
Electives including pre-professional courses
15

 
30

 

Occupational Studies Concentration

This concentration is an early-entry program that can lead toward the Master in Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program. Through this concentration qualified and selected JMU undergraduate students prepare for admission to the MOT program during their senior year. The health sciences major core is combined with prerequisite courses and first year requisite courses that can lead to the MOT degree. This concentration allows the occupational studies student the opportunity to earn a B.S. degree prior to applying to, and gaining admission to, the MOT program. Entry into this concentration requires a supplemental admission process. Admission to JMU does not guarantee admission to the occupational studies concentration or to the MOT Program; likewise admission into the Occupational Studies program as a senior does not ensure direct admission in the College of Graduate and Outreach Programs (CGOP) or the MOT program. Application to the MOT program will occur during the student’s senior year with admission based on academic performance and other factors. Students must complete the General Education requirements, the health sciences major core requirements and the occupational studies core requirements prior to admission.

Students who successfully complete the required 84 undergraduate credits and meet all criteria listed for the supplemental application process, and are selected by the OT program admission committee, will be admitted to the occupational studies concentration prior to the start of their senior year. These students will then complete the remaining prescribed 36 undergraduate credits and will earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with an occupational studies concentration.

 

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the occupational studies concentration must initially be accepted to JMU and can apply once all requirements for admission are completed. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 and earn a “C” (2.0) grade or better in all prerequisite course work. Applicants must submit:

  • Graduate Record Examination scores in Verbal, Quantitative and Writing
  • documentation verifying a minimum of 40 hours of observation of occupational therapy services
  • three reference forms: One from an instructor, one from an employer/ volunteer supervisor and one from another non-related individual
  • an autobiography/professional aspirations statement (1,500 words or less). See the OT Program Web site for further information.
  • evidence of at least one instructional experience in the arts or media (from high school, community college or college course, private instruction or community arts certificate). See the OT Program Web site for further information.

Applicants must meet all General Education requirements including the Information Seeking Skills Test (ISST) and computer competency requirements as required by the university. All prerequisites and requirements must be complete by the stated deadlines. Incomplete application packages will not be considered for admission.

Students must complete the General Education requirements, the B.S. degree requirement and the occupational studies core requirements. Students can take elective credits that may allow them the opportunity to complete a minor if desired.

 

Occupational Studies Core

Required Courses/Recommended Schedule
First Year
Credit Hours
CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry1
3
CHEM 120L. Concepts of Chemistry Lab
1
Choose one:
3

G HTH 100. Personal Wellness
G KIN 100. Lifetime Fitness and Wellness

3
HTH 151. Foundations of Health Sciences
3
G ANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology
3
G PSYC 160. Life Span Human Development
3
General Education courses
9
Electives
6

 
31
 
Second Year
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness
3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics1
3
Choose one:
3

G SOCI 210. Social Issues in a Global Context or
G SOCI 240. Individual in Society

General Education courses
7
Electives
9

 
29
 
Third Year
PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
3
BIO 270. Human Physiology1
4
HTH 320. Health Statistics
3
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care Systems
3
HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics
3
Electives
9

 
25
 
Fourth Year
BIO 414. Clinical Anatomy for OTs4
4
BIO 440. Functional Neuroscience for OTs3
3
HTH 409. Therapeutic Interaction3
3
HTH 424. Occupational Development Through the Life Span3
3
HTH 431. Human Occupation and Foundations of the Profession3
3
HTH 435. Level One Fieldwork One2
1
HTH 438. Administrative Functions for OTs4
3
HTH 445. The Occupational Therapy Process3
3
HTH 460. Sensorimotor Foundations of Occupational Engagement2
2
HTH 461. Assistive Technology and Therapeutic Media2
3
HTH 478. Occupational Dysfunction- Cause and Impact2
3
HTH 479. Foundations of Research in OT2
3
HTH 491. Occupational Therapy Tutorial I3
1
HTH 492. Occupational Therapy Tutorial II2
1

 
36
1BIO 270, CHEM 120 & MATH 220 may be met by choosing the correct course in General Education and be counted for both general education and the major.
2Offered spring only.
3Offered fall only.
4Offered summer only.

The Occupational Therapy Program has achieved full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20824-1220; (301) 652-AOTA; www.aota.org. As of January 1, 2007, all entry level occupational therapy education programs are at the post-baccalaureate level only.

Program graduates are eligible to sit for the National Certification Examination for the Occupational Therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational therapy (NBCOT), 800 South Frederick Ave., Suite 200, Gaithersburg, MD 20877-4150; (301) 990-7979; www.nbcot.org. After successful completion of this exam, the individual will be an Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR). Passage of this exam forms the basis for regulation of practice in forty-eight states, the District of Columbia and most territories.

A prior felony conviction may impact ability to practice occupational therapy. Applicants are advised to check individual state requirements for the practice of occupational therapy.

 

Public Health Education Concentration

This concentration prepares the student for entry-level health education positions or health-related positions in community, voluntary, and public health agencies such as health departments, American Heart Association, and American Red Cross. The program has been approved by the Society for Public Health Education and the American Association for Health Education.

Students must complete the General Education requirements, the B.S. degree requirements and the public health education core requirements.

Required Courses/Recommended Schedule for Public Health Education
First Year
Credit Hours
CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry1
3
HTH 151. Foundations of the Health Sciences
3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics1
3
General Education courses and electives
21

 
30
 
Second Year
BIO 270. Human Physiology1
3
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology
4
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness
3
TSC 210. Introduction to Technical and Scientific Communication
3
General Education courses and electives
18

 
31
 
Third Year
HTH 352. Environmental Health
3
HTH 370. Child and Adolescent Health
3
HTH 372. Human Sexuality
3
HTH 378. The Use and Effects of Drugs
3
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System
3

Quantitative requirement for B.S. degree. (HTH 320 will count)

3
General Education courses
7
Electives
4

 
29

In order to graduate in May of the senior year, a student must save HTH 450, HTH 453 and HTH 471 to be completed the third block of the senior year. The internship, HTH 454, is completed the fourth block. The internship is full-time supervised work at a professional site for eight weeks; thus, semester long courses cannot be taken the spring semester of the senior year.

Students who need additional courses must complete their internship during May-June after their senior year.

Fourth Year
Credit Hours
Fall Semester
HTH 451. Health Behavior Change
3
HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation
3
Electives
12

 
18
 
Spring Semester
Third Block
HTH 450. Epidemiology
3
HTH 453. Public Health Education Methods2
3
HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology
3
Fourth Block
HTH 454. Internship in Health Organizations3
3

 
12
 
1BIO 270, CHEM 120 & MATH 220 may be met by choosing the correct course in General Education and be counted for both general education and the major.
2 Offered only in spring semester.
3Offered only in spring or summer.

 

Master Level Degrees

In addition to undergraduate programs, the Department of Health Sciences offers several advanced degrees. For more information about any of the programs listed, refer to the Graduate Catalog, College of Graduate and Outreach Programs Web site at http://www.jmu.edu/cgop or gain access through the Health Sciences Web site at http://www.healthsci.jmu.edu.

Master of Occupational Therapy

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Master of Science in Health Sciences/Dietetics Concentration

Master of Science in Health Sciences/Nutrition and Physical Activity Concentration

 

Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Certification

This program is housed in the Department of Kinesiology and culminates in a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

 

Minor Requirements

Substance Abuse Intervention Minor

The interdisciplinary substance abuse intervention minor prepares the student to understand the impacting forces on the abusing individual and help the individual seek aid as appropriate.
The SAI minor also prepares the student to assist communities in designing science-based prevention programs. Course work in the SAI minor can lead to a Certified Prevention Professional, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (CPP-ATOD). For a full description of this program, see “Interdisciplinary Programs.”

 

Credit by Examination

The Department of Health Sciences offers credit by examination for a limited number of the courses taught in the department. Students who want permission to take an examination must apply to the department head during the regular registration period. Students will receive details regarding approval and examination dates after they apply. Examinations will be given only in courses offered during the semester.