Sep 22, 2018  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Health Sciences, Public Health Education Concentration, B.S.


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Dr. Andrew A. Peachey, Department Head
Phone: (540) 568-5053
Email: peacheaa@jmu.edu
Location: Health and Behavioral Studies, Room 3091
Website: http://www.healthsci.jmu.edu

Professors
R. Koslow, K. Lewis, M. Warner, M. Wessel

Associate Professors
S. Baller, A. Burnett, T. Enyeart Smith, K. Ott Walter, A. Peachey, D. Sutton

Assistant Professors
S. Blackstone, C. Cangin, E. Collazo-Vargas, D. Henry, A. Johnson, L. Merrell

Instructors
L. Blosser, B. Covington

Lecturers
L. Eicher, T. Howley, R. Prodoehl, M. Stickney

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.

Co-curricular Organizations

  • Eta Sigma Gamma (Health Sciences Honor Society)
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy Association
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Society
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Club

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 and the dietetics program.

Deadline for Change or Declaration of Majors

Deadlines for change or declaration of major forms are:

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. 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 and the number of summer courses completed.

Degrees Offered

The Department of Health Sciences offers the Bachelor of Science in Health Studies with concentrations in:

  • Health Assessment and Promotion
  • Health Studies
  • Public Health Education

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.

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, and public health education.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 physical activity concepts. Health assessment and promotion students master a variety of clinical assessments and can begin to develop health communication skills prior to graduation.

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.

Concentration Requirements

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

Health Science Core


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, and public health education.

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

Concentration Requirements


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

Additional Information


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


Footnote


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

Total: 30 Credit Hours


Footnote


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

Total: 30 Credit Hours


Third Year


Total: 30 Credit Hours


Fourth Year


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.

Total: 18 Credit Hours

Spring Semester


Footnote

3 Offered first eight weeks of spring semester.

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4 Offered only in spring or summer.

Total: 12 Credit Hours

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