At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Identify and describe the dimensions of wellness and effective behavior change strategies.
2. Analyze stressors, stress management strategies, and the effect of stress on physical and mental health.
3. Describe psychological approaches to face life's challenges, common psychological disorders, and treatment.
4. Explain health-related benefits of sleep, consequences of disrupted sleep, and good sleep habit strategies.
5. Describe effective methods of communication and the role communication plays in heatlhy relationships.
6. Explain concepts of human sexuality and the stages of pregnancy and childbirth.
7. List contraceptive choice, their effectiveness, and the facts, methods, laws, and debate on abortion.
8. Explain factors that contribute to drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, misuse, and addiction.
9. List the components of a healthy diet and current nutritional guidelines.
10. Describe the benefits of exercise and assess one's current physical fitness level.
11. Discuss lifestyle factors associated with successful weight management and the relationship to body image and eating disorders.
12. Explain the risk factors and causes for cardiovascular disease and cancer, detection, diagnosis, prevention and treatment methods.
13. Identify major types of pathogens, the diseases they cause, and treatments.
14. Evaluate the relationships between environmental issues and the future health and well-being of the individual and society.
15. Explore options in conventional and complementary medicine including discerning between evidence-based and sham practices or products.
16. Describe factors contributing to violence, intentional and unintential injuries and how to best protect yourself.
17. List the strategies for healthy aging and the issues and challenges facing older adults.
I. Health Promotion and Goals
A. Dimensions of wellness
B. Health disparities
C. Influences of personal behaviors, environment, family history, and access to health care
D. Behavior change strategies and motivation
II. Stress Management
A. Definition and causes of stress
B. Physical, cognitive, and psychological responses to stressors
C. Men, women, and stress
D. Stress management and coping strategies and techniques
III. Psychological Health
A. Positive psychology
B. Healthy self-esteem
C. Defense mechanisms
D. Psychological disorders
E. Treatment and models of therapeutic change
F. Getting help
A. Sleep biology and changes across the lifespan
B. Relationship to health and good sleep habits
C. Sleep disorders
V. Intimate Relationships and Communication
A. Developing interpersonal relationships
B. Effective communication
C. Pairing, singlehood, marriage, and family life
VI. Sexuality, Pregnancy, and Childbirth
A. Sexual anatomy
B. Gender roles, sexual orientation, and sexual behavior
C. Fertility and infertility
D. Pregnancy, fetal development, and prenatal care
E. Complications of pregnancy
VII. Contraception and Abortion
A. How contraceptives work
B. Short-acting and long-acting reversible contraception
C. Emergency contraception
D. Permanent contraception
E. Abortion history, laws, methods, and statistics
F. Abortion legal restrictions and public debate
VIII. Drug Use and Addiction
B. Risks associated with use and misuse
C. Physical, Psychological, and Cognitive factors on the body
D. Types of psychoactive drugs
E. Preventing drug related problems
IX. Alcohol and Tobacco
A. Alcohol content in beverages, metabolism, absorption, and excretion
B. Alcohol intake levels and blood alcohol concentration
C. Alcohol immediate and long-term effects
D. Why people use tobacco
E. Health hazards of tobacco use
G. Regulation and smoking cessation strategies and options
A. Components of a healthy diet
B. Nutritional guidelines and planning
C. Food labels
D. Dietary supplements
E. Organic foods
F. Additives and food biotechnology
G. Food allergies and intolerances
H. Food safety and foodborne illnesses
B. Components of physical fitness and an active lifestyle
C. Exercise program design
D. Getting started and staying on track
XII. Weight Management
A. Evaluating body composition and impact on wellness
B. Factors contributing to excess body fat
C. Healthy lifestyle changes for successful weight management
D. Approaches to weight loss
E. Body image and eating disorders
XIII. Cardiovascular Health and Cancer
A. Major forms of cardiovascular disease
B. Risk factors and prevention for cardiovascular disease
C. Cancer facts and causes
D. Detecting, diagnosing, and treating cancer
E. Common types of cancer
XIV. Immunity and Infection
A. Our body's defense system
B. Spread of disease
C. Pathogens, diseases, and treatments
D. Immune system
E. Major STIs, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
XV. Environmental Health
A. Environmental impacts of energy use and production
B. Air, water, chemical, radiation, noise and solid waste pollution
C. Climate change
XVI. Conventional and Complementary Medicine
A. Self-care and professional care
B. Conventional medicine
C. Integrative medicine
D. Health care
XVII. Personal Safety
B. Intentional and unintentional injuries
C. Emergency care
A. Social, physical, and psychological changes
B. Issues and challenges facing older adults
C. Healthy strategies