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Community Health degree program at Fairmont State University: Community Health Courses

Course descriptions (updated as more courses are added)

CHEP 1100: Health Promotion…................................................................…4 hrs.

Students will explore the significance of each dimension of health and the reciprocal relationship between human health status and the environment. Various body systems and related health issues will be discussed. Students will learn how to be educated consumers of health information and how to advocate for health on behalf of their clients.    

CHEP 1110: Nutrition & Health Promotion …................................................................… 3 hrs

This course examines nutritional needs across the life cycle and in special populations. The course will also discuss challenges to healthy nutrition, including eating disorders and economic/geographical barriers.  Students will develop a plan for healthy nutrition.

CHEP 2202: Environmental Health…................................................................… 3 hours

This course focuses on current environmental health issues such as population dynamics and interventions designed to modify the environment in order to improve communities as well as the impact of humans on their environment. Students examine the ramifications of decisions regarding management of environmental resources (i.e. air, water, forests, etc.), their impact on quality of life, and the role of organizations/governmental agencies involved with pollution control will be undertaken.

CHEP 3000: Epidemiology & Disease Etiology ................................................ 3 hrs.

This course examines the multi-causal issues that lead to disease. Disease types, tracking, diagnosis, methods of transmission, prevention, and treatment will be covered.  Students are introduced to the scientific processes of health research. Students will analyze the causes of disease and assess disease progression in communities.  Pre-req/Co-req: CHEP 1100 or PSYC 1101 or SOCY 1110.

CHEP 3320: Behavior Change Theory .................................... 3 hrs.

This course examines theories, models, and constructs related to personal, environmental, and population-based health risk and health-enhancing behaviors. Students will apply course material to health promotion in a variety of settings.  Pre-req: CHEP 3000, PSYC 1101, or SOCY 1110.

CHEP 3345: Needs Assessment ................................................ 3 hours

The course assesses health-related needs, assets, and capacity in communities.  Students will participate in data collection and analysis, as well as develop recommendations to promote health in the community. Pre-req: CHEP 3000

CHEP 3350: Program Planning & Evaluation ................................................ 3 hours

This course examines the importance of health promotion programs.  Students will design/tailor and implement programs to meet the needs of an identified community.   Students will also participate in program evaluation and offer recommendations for improvement. Pre-req: CHEP 3000 & 3345

CHEP 3360: Communication Techniques for Health Promotion……….. 2 hrs.

This course examines health communication, tailoring of health materials, using social media for health promotion, etc.  Low health literacy and low reading literacy and their impact on health status are covered.  Students apply the course material and develop health promotion materials related to a health topic of interest to them.  Pre-req: CHEP 3000 or PSYC 1101 or SOCY 1110.

CHEP 4000: Death, Dying, and Caretaking…………….3 hrs.

This course examines theories surrounding life/death, grief/bereavement, and caregiving.  Stress management and life-balance of formal and informal caretakers are covered.  Additionally, the legal and political issues of death and caregiving are covered. Pre-req: PSYC 1101 or SOCY 1110

CHEP 4001: Disability, Communities, & Health……3 hrs.

This course investigates the experiences and needs of individuals with disabilities, health impairments, and/or chronic pain.  Topics include how disabilities are defined, measured, perceived in society, health disparities/inequality, and emerging trends/topics of concern.  Students investigate the challenges faced by individuals when navigating through society as well as ways communities can create a more inclusive environment.  Pre-req: PSYC 1101 or SOCY 1110

CHEP 4410: Public Health Policy Seminar ................................ 2  hours

This course provides a framework for identifying public health policy issues. Topics covered each semester will be tailored to current events while incorporating historical influences on current situations.  Students will participate in advocacy for health education/promotion, discuss current and emerging health issues; explain how policy and/or systems change can promote or discourage health. Pre-req: Junior or Senior-level standing.

CHEP 4440: Health Research and Measurement Design ....................................... 3 hours

This course examines principles of research and measurement including research ethics, instrument construction, designing a study and an examination of concepts and strategies involved with assessment. Students identify a health topic of interest, determine what is currently known on the topic, and develop a research project to further their knowledge on the topic.  Pre-req/Co-req: CHEP 3320

CHEP 4445: Health Research Implementation ....................................... 3 hours

This course investigates the concepts of project management, data collection, analysis methods, and designs used in health-related programs.  Students collect data on a health topic of interest to them, analyze the data, and make recommendations for health promotion based on the findings. Pre-req: CHEP 4440

CHEP 4450: Program Funding & Administration. ............................... 3 hrs.    (Writing Intensive Course)

This course provides an overview of securing funding for and managing of health promotion programs. Students will create a grant proposal and other materials necessary for managing a health promotion program. Pre-req: ENGL 1102 or higher, and MATH 1407 or higher.

CHEP 4480: Community Health Capstone. .................................. 2 hrs.

This course serves as a review for the Community Health program. Topics include assessing and addressing community health needs, advocating for health, using behavior change theory to promote health, managing health promotion programs/research.  Students will participate in class discussions, reflect on assigned readings and apply skills developed across courses to real-world, health-related situations.  Students will also take practice exams that are aligned with various professional accreditation bodies in the health promotion field. Pre-req/Co-req: CHEP 3350.

CHEP 4490: Community Health Internship....................................... 4 hrs.

This course is a 120-hour, semester-long experience working directly with a community agency during the student’s last semester. Specific goals will meet the needs of the agency in collaboration with the student and the course faculty. Expectations include implementing, administering, or managing a health education project, and serving as a health promotion/education resource person. Students also develop a portfolio showcasing their best work from the internship.  Pre-req/Co-req: CHEP 3350.