Department of Health Sciences

 

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
  • Health Fitness Specialist
  • Occupational Therapist (Graduate Program)
  • Physician Assistant (Graduate Program)
  • Public Health Educator
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Professional

 

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

 

 

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, dietetics program, and the occupational studies program.

 

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Deadline Notice for Change or Declaration of Majors
Deadlines for change or declaration of major forms are as follows:

 

Semester Deadline
Summer February 15
Fall February 15
Spring September 15 of the previous year

 

 

Forms received in the health sciences office after the deadline will be processed the following semester. In addition, students changing their major to health sciences after February 15 of the sophomore year should expect an additional semester(s) to complete the program. The number of additional semesters required to complete the program will depend on the timing of the change to health sciences as well as the number of summer courses completed.

 

Degree and Major Requirements
The Department of Health Sciences offers the following degrees:

 

 

The physician assistant program and the occupational therapy program are available at the master's degree level.

 

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Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
This major prepares students to sit for the national certification examination through the Board of Certification. Areas of study include injury prevention, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute care of injuries and illnesses, therapeutic interventions, psychosocial strategies and referrals, healthcare administration, evidence-based practice, and professional development and responsibility. 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

 

Any student may declare athletic training as his/her major upon entering JMU and enroll in the pre-professional phase of the program. Students must apply to the professional phase of the program for a limited number of seats at the end of their sophomore year or upon completion of required prerequisite courses. Performance in the prerequisite courses is a strong consideration in the admission process. In order to make a formal application, students must have completed the following courses with a grade of "C" or better, or be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in May:

 

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training

ATEP 206. Recognition and Management of Athletic Injuries

ATEP 291. Pre-Professional Practicum in Athletic Training

 

The athletic training program application and supporting documents are available to students while enrolled in ATEP 291 or by contacting the program director. Applications can be submitted to the program director after January 15, but must be submitted no later than April 1 to be considered for full admission.

 

Specific program requirements, including academic, clinical and technical standards, may be found on the Athletic Training Curriculum website (http://www.healthsci.jmu.edu/AT/) or in the Athletic Training Curriculum Handbook, which can also be found on the ATEP website.

 

Degree Requirements

 

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education 1 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

 

1 The 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 Statistics 1 3
ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training 2 3
Electives 5
General Education courses (CHEM 120 or CHEM 131 suggested) 18

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Second Year Credit Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology 1 4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy 2 4
ATEP 206. Recognition and Management of Athletic Injuries 2, 3 3
ATEP 291. Pre-Professional Practicum in Athletic Training 2, 3 2
General Education courses 15-16

  28-29

 

Third Year Credit Hours
ATEP 304A. Lower Quarter Evaluation 2, 4 3
ATEP 304B. Upper Quarter Evaluation 2, 3 3
ATEP 305. Rehabilitation in Athletic Training: Lower Extremity 2, 3 3
ATEP 306. Therapeutic Modalities 2, 4 4
ATEP 307. Acute Care of Injuries and Illnesses 2, 4 3
ATEP 350. Measurement Techniques in Athletic Training 2, 4 2
ATEP 355. Infectious Disease Control 2, 3 1
ATEP 377. General Medicine in Athletic Training 2, 3 2
ATEP 378. Assessment Skills in Athletic Training 2,3 1
ATEP 392. Level II Practicum in Athletic Training 2, 4 3
ATEP 393. Level III Practicum in Athletic Training 2, 3 2
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System 2 3
HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics 2,3 3
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness 2 3

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Fourth Year Credit Hours
ATEP 376. Pharmacology for Athletic Trainers 2, 4 2
ATEP 405. Rehabilitation in Athletic Training: Upper Extremity 2, 4 3
ATEP 406. Organization and Administration in Athletic Training 2, 3 3
ATEP 494. Level IV Practicum in Athletic Training 2, 4 2-3
ATEP 495. Level V Practicum in Athletic Training 2, 3 2
KIN 302. Exercise Physiology 2 3
KIN 302L. Exercise Physiology/Lab 2 1
NUTR 382. Sports Nutrition 2, 4 3
General Education courses 7-8

  26-28

 

1 BIO 270 and MATH 220 may be met by choosing the correct course in General Education and be counted for both general education and the major.

2 Grade of "C" or better required.

3 Offered only in spring semester.

4 Offered only in fall semester.

 

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Bachelor of Science in Dietetics
The Bachelor of Science in dietetics is the first step toward registration as a dietitian. The Registered Dietitian (RD) credential is a national credential that requires completion of a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), a Dietetic Internship (DI), and successful completion of the national registration examination. The DPD at James Madison University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 120 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, (312) 899-4876. The program in dietetics gives the student a wide view of dietetics careers including clinical dietetics, administrative dietetics, community dietetics, food service, education and research.

 

Special Admission Requirements
Any student admitted to JMU can declare dietetics as his/her major and will be permitted to enroll in NUTR 280 Nutrition for Wellness and NUTR 295 Foundations of Nutrition Practice. However to make progress in the major beyond the first few courses students need to apply and be admitted to the professional program.

 

Student wishing to be admitted to the dietetics program at JMU must apply in the spring semester no later than February 15 during which admission requirements will be met, usually in the sophomore year.

 

Students applying for admission must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in the following courses, with no grade lower than a "C":

 

 

Retention and Receiving Didactic Program in Dietetics Verification
To remain in the major, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 in the major and earn grades of "C" (2.0) or higher in all remaining required courses. Transfer credit will not be accepted for the following courses: NUTR 363, NUTR 446, NUTR 482, NUTR 484 and NUTR 490. All successful graduates will receive four copies of a signed verification statement from the James Madison University DPD as soon as final transcript verifying all grades and degree confirmation is available.

 

Required Courses/ Recommended Schedule for Majors

 

First Year Credit Hours
CHEM 131131L. General Chemistry I with laboratory 3 4
CHEM 132132L. General Chemistry II with laboratory 4
NUTR 295. Foundations of Nutrition Practice 2
Quantitative requirement (B.S. degree requirement) 3
General Education courses 18

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Second Year Credit Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology 3 4
GPSYC 101. General Psychology 3 3
or GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development 3  
GPOSC 225. U.S. Government 3 4
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 3 3
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness 3
General Education courses 12
Elective 3

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Third Year Credit Hours
CHEM 241 & 241L. Concepts of Organic Chemistry with laboratory 2 4
CHEM 260 & 260L. Concepts of Biochemistry with laboratory 1 4
HTH 300. Medical Terminology 3
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System 3
NUTR 340. Science of Food Preparation 2 3
NUTR 362. Food Service Systems 1 3
NUTR 380. Global Nutrition 3
NUTR 384. Clinical Nutrition I 1 3
NUTR 385. Nutrition throughout the Life Cycle 1 3
NUTR 395. Introduction to Patient Care in Dietetics 2 2

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Fourth Year Credit Hours
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology 4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy 4
NUTR 360. Management in Dietetics 1 3
NUTR 363. Quantity Food Production 3
NUTR 386. Community Nutrition 2 3
NUTR 446. Experimental Foods 1 3
NUTR 482. Nutrition and Metabolism 2 3
NUTR 484. Clinical Nutrition II 1 3
NUTR 490. Field Experiences in Dietetics 4 3
NUTR 495. Senior Seminar in Dietetics 2 2
Electives 4

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1 Offered only in spring semester.

2 Offered only in fall semester.

3 These courses may count for both General Education and the major depending on General Education course choice.

4 Field Experience Practicum should be completed during summer between junior and senior years.

 

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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 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

 

Required Courses Credit Hours
General Education 1 40
Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education) 3
Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education) 3
Major requirements (listed after schedule) 74

  120

 

Required Courses/Recommended Schedule for Majors

 

First Year Credit Hours
General Education courses 31

  31

 

Second Year Credit Hours
ACTG 244. Accounting for Non-Business Majors 3
COB 204. Computer Information Systems 3
ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro) 3
HSA 290. Gerontology for Health Services Administration 4, 2 3
HSA 385. Health Services Administration Career Seminar 2 1
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System 5 3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 3
General Education courses 9

  28

 

Third Year Credit Hours
FIN 345. Finance for the Non-Financial Manager 3
HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research 2 3
(B.S. degree requirement)  
HSA 358. Health Administration 2, 4 3
HSA 363. Health Economics 2, 4 3
HSA 365. Values in Health Care 2 3
MGT 305. Management and Organizational Behavior 3
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing 3
HSA 463. Quality Management in Health Care 2,3 3
Program electives (choose from list of approved courses) 6

  30

 

Fourth Year Credit Hours
HTH 450. Epidemiology 2 3
HSA 454. Internship in Health Organizations 6 3
HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation 2 3
HSA 466. Health Politics and Policy (B.S. degree requirement) 2, 4 3
HSA 462. Managed Care 2, 3 3
Choose two of the following: 6
HSA 452. Hospital Organization and Administration 2, 3  
HSA 455. Long Term Care Organization and Administration 2, 3  
HSA 456. Ambulatory Care Services: Organization and Administration 2, 4  
HSA 464. Funding in Health Care 2, 3 3
Electives 7

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

2 Grade of "C" or better required.

3 Offered only in spring semester.

4 Offered only in fall semester.

5 Grade of "B" or better required.

6 Grade 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 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 Science Core
All students pursing the B.S. in Health Science must complete the following core courses:

 

Health Sciences Core Courses Credit Hours
CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry 3-8
or CHEM 131/ 132+L. General Chemistry  
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 3
GHTH 100. Personal Wellness 3
HTH 230. Community Health 3
Quantitative requirement for B.S. degree 3
(HTH 320. Statistical Methods will count)  
HTH 330. Introduction to Human Disease 3
HTH 351. Health Behavior Change 3
HTH 408. Health Research Methods 3
HTH 450. Epidemiology 3
Select two of the following: 8
BIO 270. Human Physiology  
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology  
BIO 290. Human Anatomy  

  35-40

 

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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 12-18 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 Specialist and/or the Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist certification programs sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine.

 

Concentration Requirements
Students must complete the General Education requirements, the B.S. degree requirements, the health sciences core and the health assessment and promotion core requirements.

 

Course Requirements
Credit Hours
Health Sciences Core (See Health Sciences Core in previous section)
35-40
ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training
3
BIO 290. Human Anatomy
4
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness
3
NUTR 382. Sports Nutrition
3
HTH 308. Therapeutic Assessment
3
HTH 389. Practicum in Health Education
3
HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics
3
HTH 442. Chronic Diseases
3
HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation
3
HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology
3
HTH 480. Health Assessment Techniques
3
HTH 482. Advanced Health Assessment Techniques
3
HTH 495. Internship in Health Organizations
3

 

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 Chemistry 1 3
GHTH 100. Personal Wellness 3
HTH 230. Community Health 3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 1 3
General Education courses 15

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Second Year Credit Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology 1 4
BIO 290. Human Anatomy 4
ATEP 205. Introduction to Athletic Training 3
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness 3
General Education courses 15-18

  30

 

Third Year Credit Hours
HTH 308. Therapeutic Assessment 2 3
HTH 330. Introduction to Human Disease 3
HTH 351. Health Behavior Change 3
HTH 389. Practicum in Health Education 3
HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology 3
NUTR 382. Sports Nutrition 3 3
Quantitative requirement for B.S. degree 3
(HTH 320. Statistical Methods will count)  
General Education courses 4
Core and elective courses 6

  31

 

Fourth Year Credit Hours
HTH 408. Health Research Methods 3
HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics 3
HTH 442. Chronic Diseases 3 3
HTH 450. Epidemiology 3
HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3
HTH 480. Health Assessment Techniques 3 3
HTH 482. Advanced Health Assessment Techniques 2 3
Core and elective courses 6
HTH 495. Internship in Health Organizations 3

  30

 

1 BIO 270, CHEM 120 and MATH 220 may be counted for both general education and the major.

2 Offered only in spring semester.

3 Offered only in fall semester.

 

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Health Studies Concentration
The health studies concentration is designed for students interested in applying to a professional program. The health studies concentration combines a broad foundation of health-related course work with a choice of preparatory courses suitable for entry into graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, optometry, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, physician assistant and veterinary medicine.

 

Students must complete the core course requirements for a major in health sciences and the requirements for the concentration in health studies. Students are encouraged to identify individual professional program requirements to select courses within the concentration requirements that will be most suitable for the graduate program of their choice.

 

Health Studies Concentration Credit Hours
Health Sciences Core (see core requirements in previous section) 35-40
Required Courses 6
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System  
HTH 300. Medical Terminology  
Select 16 credits from these pre-professional courses: 16
(check with pre-professional adviser prior to course selection)  
BIO 114. Organisms  
BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology  
BIO 224. Genetics and Development  
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology 1  
BIO 324. Human Genetics  
BIO 370. Animal Physiology  
CHEM 241 + 241L. Organic Chemistry  
CHEM 260. Concepts of Biochemistry  
CHEM 242/242L. Organic Chemistry II  
HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics  
PHYS 140 + 140L. College Physics I  
PHYS 150 + 150L. College Physics II  
GPSYC 101. General Psychology  
GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development  
PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology  
Select five courses from the following: 15
HTH 352. Environmental Health  
HTH 370. Child and Adolescent Health  
HTH 372. Human Sexuality  
HTH 378. The Use and Effects of Drugs  
HTH 423. Contemporary Health Issues  
HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics  
HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology  
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness  
HTH 368. International Health and Nutrition Studies  

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1 Will not count for the 16 credits in this category unless also take BIO 270 and BIO 290.

 

Recommended Schedule for Health Studies Concentration

 

First Year Credit Hours
GHTH 100. Personal Wellness 3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 3
Other quantitative course for B.S. degree requirement  
or HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research  
taken later  
Pre-professional courses 4-8
General Education courses 13-17

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Second Year Credit Hours
HTH 230. Community Health 3
CHEM 120 + L. Concepts of Chemistry 3-8
or CHEM 131 + L and CHEM 132 + L  
Choose one of the following: 4
BIO 270. Human Physiology  
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology  
BIO 290. Human Anatomy  
Health studies electives/pre-professional courses 3-6
General Education courses 12-17

  30

 

Third Year Credit Hours
HTH 300. Medical Terminology 3
Choose one of the following: 4
BIO 270. Human Physiology  
BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology  
BIO 290. Human Anatomy  
HTH 330. Introduction to Human Disease 3
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System 3
Health studies electives/pre-professional courses 3-6
General Education electives 6-9
Electives 0-5

  30

 

Fourth Year Credit Hours
HTH 351. Health Behavior Change 3
HTH 408. Health Research Methods 3
HTH 450. Epidemiology 3
Health Studies electives/pre-professional courses 11-16
General Education courses 3-8
Electives 0-7

  30

 

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Occupational Studies Concentration
This concentration is only available to those students who have been officially accepted to The Graduate School at James Madison University through the early-entry program for the Master in Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program. Students in this concentration must have completed all prerequisite courses for JMU's M.O.T. program through the health studies concentration by the end of their junior year, have applied to the M.O.T. program by January 10 of their junior year and have successfully gained admission to The Graduate School and the M.O.T. program as senior-level students. Students accepted to the early-entry program are accepted by The Graduate School and the Occupational Therapy program, but remain as undergraduate students during the first year in the program. Thus, students in this program complete the bachelor's and master's degrees in 5½ years rather than the traditional 6½ year program (assuming students' progress through the degrees in the intended timeline).

 

Students wishing to pursue the early-entry program for OT must declare their major as health sciences with a health studies concentration and complete the following requirements of that concentration to be eligible to apply for admission.

 

  • Complete a minimum of 85 credits by the end of the junior year, including all general education requirements.
  • Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher:

GANTH 195. Cultural Anthropology or an anthropology focused course

GSOCI 140. Microsociology: The Individual in Society

GSOCI 110. Social Issues in a Global Context

or GHTH 100. Personal Wellness

GPSYC 160. Life Span Human Development

PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry

BIO 270. Human Physiology

BIO 290. Human Anatomy

NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness

HTH 230. Community Health

HTH 300. Medical Terminology

HTH 320. Statistical Methods for Health Science Research or second math course

HTH 330. Introduction to Human Disease

HTH 351. Health Behavior Change

HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System

HTH 408. Health Research Methods

HTH 441. Rehabilitative Biomechanics or comparable physics or kinesiology course

HTH 450. Epidemiology

 

In addition to the course requirements listed above, students must:

 

  • Submit documentation of a minimum of 40 hours of observation of occupational therapy services (documentation form can be found in the application packet).
  • Take GRE exams (verbal, quantitative, and writing) by November 15 of the junior year and submit scores to The Graduate School at JMU.
  • Submit application to the M.O.T. program including application to the OT program and to The Graduate School. Although accepted by The Graduate School during the junior year admission process, actual entry to the graduate level of the M.O.T. program will be delayed one year from the application to allow students to complete the undergraduate degree.

 

Upon official acceptance into The Graduate School and the Occupational Therapy program, early-entry students will be switched from the Health Sciences major-Health Studies concentration to the Health Sciences major-Occupational Studies Concentration. Students in this program start coursework during the summer prior to the senior year and complete their undergraduate courses/first year OT courses during the senior year to earn their bachelor's degree. Upon completion of the bachelor's degree and successful completion of all OT program requirements for the first year, students in this program transition to graduate level status in the M.O.T. program.

 

Curriculum
Once accepted to the occupational therapy early-entry option, students complete the following courses during their senior year. All of the following courses are required and must be taken in the sequence specified. Students must be enrolled full-time. Exceptions to this requirement are rare and are only granted by the program coordinator. Students must perform satisfactorily from an academic standpoint in a manner that is consistent with MU graduate school and occupational therapy program policies.

 

Occupational Therapy Degree Requirements

 

 
Summer Year One (6 weeks) Credit Hours
HTH 409. Therapeutic Interaction 3
HTH 431. Human Occupation and the Foundations of the Profession 3
HTH 435. Level One Fieldwork One 1

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Fall Year One Credit Hours
HTH 424. Occupational Development through the Lifespan 3
BIO 414. Clinical Anatomy for Occupational Therapists 4
BIO 440. Functional Neuroscience for Occupational Therapists 3
HTH 461. Therapeutic Media in Occupational Therapy 2

  12

 

Spring Year One Credit Hours
HTH 435. Level I Fieldwork One 1
HTH 460. Sensorimotor Foundations of Occupation 3
HTH 478. Occupational Dysfunction – Cause and Impact 3
HTH 479. Foundations of Research in Occupational Therapy 3
HTH 485. Psychosocial Perspectives in OT Practice 3
HTH 491. Occupational Therapy Tutorial I 1

  14

 

Students enrolled in this program have the option of earning a minor in gerontology, substance abuse or special education (non-teaching) if appropriate course work is completed.

 

Students pursuing occupational therapy but who are not able to gain admission via the early-entry program may remain as Health Science majors (or change to another preferred major) to complete their bachelor's degree. Qualified students not accepted to the early-entry program are encouraged to re-apply to the traditional M.O.T. program upon completion of their bachelor's degree.

 

For more information on this program, including the complete application process and requirements, see the Graduate Catalog at: http://www.jmu.edu/catalog.

 

Public Health Education Concentration
This concentration prepares the student for entry-level public health education positions or health-related positions in a wide variety of government, community, and voluntary health agencies, such as health departments and community-based health programs. This concentration also provides a strong foundation for students to pursue a Master of Public Health degree. Students completing this concentration are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. The program has been approved by the Society for Public Health Education and the American Association for Health Education.

 

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

 

Required Courses Credit Hours
Health Sciences Core (see core requirements in previous section) 35-40
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 423. Contemporary Health Issues 3
HTH 453. Public Health Education Methods 1 3
HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3
HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology 3
HTH 495. Internship in Health Organizations 3
Select 6 credits from the following designated electives: 6
HTH 300. Medical Terminology  
HTH 354. U.S. Health Care System  
HTH 407. Health Education Facilitation/Synthesis  
NUTR 280. Nutrition for Wellness  

 

Public Health Education students are encouraged to have foreign language skills, particularly Spanish. Elective credits may be used for this purpose.

 

Recommended Schedule for Public Health Education Concentration

 

First Year Credit Hours
CHEM 120. Concepts of Chemistry 2 3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 2 3
General Education courses and electives 24

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Second Year Credit Hours
BIO 270. Human Physiology 2 7-8
and/or BIO 280. Allied Health Microbiology  
and/or BIO 290. Human Anatomy  
HTH 230. Community Health 3
Public health designated electives 6
General Education courses and electives 14

  30

 

Third Year Credit Hours
HTH 330. Introduction to Human Disease 3
HTH 351. Health Behavior Change 3
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
Quantitative requirement for B.S. degree 3
(HTH 320. Statistical Methods will count)  
General Education courses 3
Electives 6

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In order to graduate in May of the senior year, a student must save HTH 423, HTH 458 and HTH 471 to be completed the third block of the senior year. The internship, HTH 495, 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 the summer after their senior year.

 

Fourth Year

 

Fall Semester Credit Hours
HTH 408. Health Research Methods 3
HTH 450. Epidemiology 3
HTH 453. Public Health Education Methods 3
Electives 9

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Spring Semester Credit Hours
Third Block  
HTH 423. Contemporary Health Issues 3 3
HTH 458. Health Program Planning and Evaluation 3 3
HTH 471. Health Aspects of Gerontology 3 3
Fourth Block  
HTH 495. Internship in Health Organizations 4 3

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1 Offered fall semester only..

2 BIO 270, CHEM 120 and MATH 220 may be counted for both general education and the major.

3 Offered first eight weeks of spring semester.

4 Offered only in spring or summer.

 

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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 JMU Graduate Catalog or gain access through the Health Sciences website at the Health Sciences website.

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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