Academic Catalog

Health Sciences (HLSC)

HLSC-215  Nutrition Sciences and Application  (4 Credits)  

Principles of nutrition, including macro- and micronutrients and their functions, DRIs, and assessment of nutritional status and dietary patterns are explored. In-depth review of digestion, absorption, utilization, and function of nutrients, with emphasis on using food for disease prevention and wellness. Concepts and skills are developed through an integrated lab.

Prerequisite(s): INHLSC-175  
Offered: Spring, Every Year  
HLSC-225  The Nutrition Profession  (2 Credits)  

An introduction to the educational, professional, and career expectations in the nutrition profession. Students will explore career options, including national registration, community service, and lifelong learning. Other topics include ethics, research, and current issues in health. Professional portfolios will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): INHLSC- 175 and Nutrition or Nutrition and Dietetics Options only  
Offered: Spring, Every Year  
HLSC-240  Microbio for Health Profession  (4 Credits)  

An introduction to microbiology for health professionals. Topics include microbial cell structure and function, microbial physiology, genetics, basic virology, control of microbial growth, epidemiology, immunology, and food microbiology. Laboratory experiences include microscopy, staining, culturing and basic molecular techniques. Material delivered via 3 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.

Offered: All, Every Year  
HLSC-245  Introduction to Research Methods  (4 Credits)  

An introduction to research methods, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Students will critically review published research in public health and determine how research findings are useful in guiding evidence-based decisions.

Prerequisite(s): Public Health and Health Sciences Majors Only  
Offered: Spring, Every Year  
HLSC-290  Topics in Public Health  (4 Credits)  

Study of a selected topic in Public Health. May be repeated as topics change.

Prerequisite(s): May vary as topics change  
HLSC-298  Independent Study  (1-8 Credits)  

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study. Repeatable for a total of 8 credits.

Offered: All, Every Year  
HLSC-305  Epidemiology  (4 Credits)  

An introduction to the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and their applicability in the field of Public Health. Students will examine factors governing health and disease in populations. Skills will be introduced to critically interpret the epidemiologic literature relevant to health professionals.

Prerequisite(s): MATH-141 or permission of instructor  
Offered: Spring, Every Year  
HLSC-308  International Health  (4 Credits)  

An examination of international health from a local and global perspective. The course will examine global institutions, identify approaches to measuring health needs, burden of non-communicable diseases and infectious diseases, relief/support systems, cultural humility, global health systems, policies, priority setting and community participation.

Offered: Fall, Even Years  
HLSC-313  Food Service Management  (4 Credits)  

Theory and integrated practice in management of planning, directing, and coordinating food service systems. Topics: menu design, purchasing, inventory, food production and service, finances, personnel management, space or equipment layout and use, and food safety or sanitation certification. Application of principles through service-learning field experiences.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior standing or permission of instructor  
Offered: Spring, Every Year  
HLSC-318  Nutrition Throughout the Lifespan  (4 Credits)  

Comprehensive examination of nutritional requirements, physiological demands, and health concerns from preconception through late adulthood. Challenges posed by physical and psychological growth, development, and lifelong wellness are discussed. Nutrition assessment, intervention, and evaluation of individuals, groups, and communities are addressed. Integrated application of skills through community-based observations.

Prerequisite(s): ?HLSC-215  
Offered: Fall, Every Year  
HLSC-325  Leadership in Public Health  (4 Credits)  

Explores public health and community-based models and theories to identify common problems and strengths to mobilize resources and achieve health goals. Public health, health communication, field work tools, coalition building, cross-cultural competency skills, and evaluation of community organizing processes are explored using an interdisciplinary approach.

Prerequisite(s): ISHLSC-285  
Offered: Fall, Every Year  
HLSC-360  Physical Activity and Health  (4 Credits)  

This course explores the essential role of physical activity in promoting and maintaining health based on current exercise physiology research. Students will develop a physical activity program for apparently healthy populations and those with common chronic conditions.

Prerequisite(s): BIO-230 and BIO-332  
Offered: Fall, Every Year  
HLSC-380  Addiction and Behavior Change  (4 Credits)  

The analysis of addiction and behavior change through theoretical perspectives and models, including but not limited to the Public Health model, Sociocultural perspective, Psychological perspectives, Transtheoretical model, and Health Belief Model. Interventions and Treatment are addressed.

Prerequisite(s): Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors only  
Offered: All, Every Year  
HLSC-414  Medical Nutrition Therapy I  (4 Credits)  

An in-depth examination of nutritional assessment concepts such as anthropometry, dietary intake data collection methods, biochemical measurements, and food/nutrient-medication interactions and their application within the nutrition care process.

Prerequisite(s): HLSC-482; Co-requisite HLSC-318  
Offered: Fall, Every Year  
HLSC-415  Nutritional Biochemistry  (4 Credits)  

An in-depth analysis of digestion, absorption, transport and cellular metabolism of macronutrients while emphasizing certain micronutrients. Disorders of energy metabolism are addressed such as obesity, diabetes and malnutrition. The course integrates aspects of scientific method principles and its application to the field of nutrition.

Prerequisite(s): BIO-332, and CHEM-220 or CHEM-221  
Offered: Fall, Every Year  
HLSC-416  Medical Nutrition Therapy II  (4 Credits)  

Comprehensive coverage around pathophysiology of disease and nutrition care for prevention and treatment of disease. Application of the nutrition care process to various diseases and the metabolic response to critical illness as well as the use of parenteral and enteral nutrition. Integrated application of skills through 1:1 service-learning field experience. Corequisite HLSC-414.

Prerequisite(s): BIO-332, HLSC-318, HLSC-482  
Offered: Spring, Every Year  
HLSC-473  Practicum  (4-8 Credits)  

Field-based experience for students to develop professional skills and apply theory, strategies, interventions, and knowledge learned in the classroom. Application through Public Health Department.

Offered: Spring, Every Year  
HLSC-482  Counseling & Education Skills  (4 Credits)  

This course offers an introduction to counseling theories and techniques and health education programming. Topics include individual and group counseling skills, using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Person-Centered Therapy. Students will develop, facilitate, and assess a wellness education program.

Prerequisite(s): Public Health and Health Sciences majors or Addiction minors only, sophomore standing or above, or permission of instructor  
Offered: All, Every Year  
HLSC-490  Advanced Special Topics  (1-4 Credits)  

Study in area of Public Health beyond that provided in other courses. May be repeated as topics change.

Prerequisite(s): Varies with topic  
Offered: All, Every Year  
HLSC-491  Addiction: Critical Issues  (4 Credits)  

This course examines new or developing theories, methods, models, techniques, and concepts in the field of addiction.

Prerequisite(s): HLSC-380  
Offered: Fall, Every Year  
HLSC-493  Co-Occurring Disorders  (4 Credits)  

An in-depth examination of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. The course will cover an introduction to assessment, diagnosis, intervention, treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention for co-occurring disorders.

Prerequisite(s): HLSC-380  
Offered: Spring, Every Year  
HLSC-494  Health Sciences Capstone  (4 Credits)  

This course focuses on professional preparedness in Health Sciences. Divided into modules guided by constructs from Program Planning with focus on evidence-based programming/scope of practice, individual and community-based programming, ethical practice and evaluation. Final products relate to professional preparedness that demonstrate skills, teamwork, and leadership.

Prerequisite(s): HLSC-245 & Senior standing  
Offered: Spring, Every Year  
HLSC-498  Independent Study  (1-8 Credits)  

Independent study under faculty supervision of a problem in an area of Public Health. Initiative and self-direction required. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor  
Offered: All, Every Year  
IIHLSC-216  Food Culture in Communities  (4 Credits)  

An interdisciplinary course exploring nutrition and food in our communities through policy, food security/economics, and culture. Federal nutrition assistance programs are discussed including laws, qualifications, and services. Cultural competency is explored through beliefs, customs, religion, communication, and food practices of various cultural groups and self. Students prepare culturally inspired foods.

Offered: Fall, Every Year  
IIHLSC-330  Resiliency for Well-Being  (4 Credits)  

A multi-disciplinary course that explores the sociological, psychological, biological and spiritual components of resiliency. Includes discussion, contemplation, self-reflection and active practice of strategies that cultivate resiliency such as: meditation, ecotherapy, communication skills, conflict resolution, cognitive restructuring, forgiveness, art, yoga, and time management.

Prerequisite(s): 24 credits ISP, including ITW-101 and QL  
IIHLSC-350  Women and Health  (4 Credits)  

A survey of womens health from the biological, social, economic, and political perspectives, drawing from the interdisciplinary field of public health.

Prerequisite(s): 24 credits in ISP, including ITW-101 and QL  
Offered: Fall, Odd Years  
IIHLSC-445  Human Sexuality  (4 Credits)  

An interdisciplinary examination of human sexual development and behavior, including reproduction, sexual anatomy, psychosexual development, sexual socialization, values, and various forms of sexual expression. This course will explore human sexuality from biological, cultural, legal, and political perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): 24 credits in ISP including ITW-101 and QL  
Offered: Summer, Every Year  
INHLSC-175  Essentials of Nutrition Science  (4 Credits)  

An introduction to basic science concepts including nutrition guidelines, micro and macronutrients, anatomy and physiology of digestion and absorption of nutrients, energy balance, and health and wellness. The course will integrate course content, technology and quantitative reasoning using hands-on investigative activities to interpret and evaluate nutritional needs.

Offered: All, Every Year  
INHLSC-310  Food Science  (4 Credits)  

This course introduces the principles of food selection, sensory criteria, physical and chemical changes to ingredients and nutrients during food preparation and storage, basic nutrition content related to food, government regulations related to different types of food items, food technology, food preparation methods and allows students to develop professional skills.

Prerequisite(s): 24 credits in ISP, including ITW-101 and a QL course  
Offered: Fall, Every Year  
ISHLSC-101  Health and Wellness  (4 Credits)  

An interdisciplinary course exploring the health dimensions of wellness including physical, social, psychological, and environmental aspects. Focus on self-assessment, development of critical thinking and behavior change skills to facilitate personal awareness and well-being.

Offered: All, Every Year  
ISHLSC-200  AOD: The Fundamentals  (4 Credits)  

An introduction to alcohol and other drugs and biopsychosocial and historical perspectives. Topics include the history and classification of drugs; the physical, cognitive, psychological, and societal aspects of psychoactive substances; levels of use; and addiction liability.

Offered: All, Every Year  
ISHLSC-285  Health in Society  (4 Credits)  

An introduction to the social determinants that impact health, such as socioeconomic status, education, culture, and health policy. Topics of social justice and ethics will be explored.

Prerequisite(s): ITW-101  
Offered: All, Every Year