Approved by Faculty Senate

University Studies Course Approval

Department or Program Health & Human Performance
Course Number 204
Semester Hours 3
Frequency of Offering Each Semester
Course Title Personal & Community Health
Catalog Description
This course is designed to provide the student with a broad spectrum of pertinent personal and public
health topics and issues. Principles and concepts related to health behavior are stressed. Included are topics such as improved mental/emotional health, dietary practices, physical fitness, prevention, reduced risk and control of diseases. The use of alcohol,
tobacco, and other drugs, with an emphasis on prevention strategies and personal guideline development is specifically stressed
as mandated by Minnesota State Law 126.06.Offered every semester.

This is an exiting course                           Yes
previously approved by A2C2                                              

This is a new course proposal                     No

(If this is a new course proposal, the WSU
Curriculum Approval Form must also be completed
as in the process prescribed by WSU Regulation 3-4)

University Studies Course Approval                                                                                                                                                         

 Health 204
Personal & Community Health – 3 s.h.
A General Education/University Studies Basic Skills Course
Catalog Description
This course is designed to provide the student with a broad spectrum of pertinent personal and
public health topics and issues. Principles and concepts related to health behavior are stressed.
Included are topics such as improved mental/emotional health, dietary practices, physical fitness,
prevention, reduced risk and control of diseases. The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, with
an emphasis on prevention strategies and personal guideline development is specifically stressed as
mandated by Minnesota State Law 126.06.Offered every semester.

General Course Information
Personal & Community Health 204 is the required course mandated by the Minnesota State Law 126.06
for all education majors. The course is designed to provide an essential knowledge and skills necessary to
maintain, adopt, and practice a sound and health lifestyle throughout one’s life.

Rationale

USP Course Objective #1. Upon completion of this course, the student will learn skills that will
improve the quality and length of their lives.
bulletHealth is an integrated method of functioning which is oriented toward maximizing the potential of which the
individual is capable. It requires that the individual maintain a continuum of balance and purposeful direction
with the environment where one is functioning. Students will read and exchange ideas regarding the current
health issues in today’s society and how they relate to them. Although topics may vary from section to section,
course readings are typically chosen for their societal impact. ASSIGNMENTS/ASSESSMENT: Short

assignments, health journal, family tree and examinations.

USP Course Objective #2. Upon completion of this course, the student will make proactive
choices that lead to a healthier lifestyle.
bulletHealth education is the continuum of learning, which enables people, as individual members of social
structures, to voluntarily make decisions, modify, and change social conditions in ways that are health
enhancing. After thoroughly understanding health related topics through discussion, the student will be able
to choose what is the best for their healthy lifestyle. ASSIGNMENTS/ASSESSMENT: Short assignments, health
journal, family tree and examinations.

USP Course Objective #3. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to explore dimensions
of personal health promotion and disease prevention.
bulletMany times a student looks at health as only physical. However, in reality, health is much broader in scope.
Health enables one to make appropriate decisions in all of the health dimensions: spiritual, emotional,
intellectual, social, physical and environmental. This entails all students to understand diseases and how to
prevent them from their lifestyle. ASSIGNMENTS/ASSESSMENT: Short assignment, and examinations.

 

USP Course Objective #4. Upon completion of this course, the student will attain skills necessary to make
critical decisions regarding health-related issues.
bulletHealthy lifestyles deals with continually making decisions that relate to health, whether the simplest decision
about brushing your teeth to more complex one such as whether one should engage in sexual intercourse. One
need to know that decision-making is a process and that each choice they make in relationship to health will
have a direct effect on their lives
. Each individual is ultimately responsible for her or his well-being.
ASSIGNMENTS/ASSESSMENT: Short assignments, health journal, family tree, and examinations.

 

USP Course Objective #5. Upon completion of this course, the student will understand health as multidimensional,
involving the whole person’s relationship to the total environment.
bulletThe wellness approach to living is that good health is achieved by balancing each of the dimensions: physical,
emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual and environmental. ASSIGNMENTS/ASSESSMENT: Short assignments,
health journal, family tree and examinations.

 

 

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USP Course Objective #6. Upon completion of this course, the student will utilize physical activity to
reduce risk of illness and injury and provide relaxation, socialization, and balance in their lives.
bulletThe well-being of an individual is a person who is capable of maintaining a lifestyle of fitness and wellness
by performing physical skills that contribute to personal participation in social and recreational activities.
ASSIGNMENTS/ASSESSMENT: Short assignments, health journal and examinations.

 

USP Course Objective #7. Upon completion of this course, the student will become intelligent consumers
of good healthy habits and information.
bulletHealth promotion is the ability to engage in purposeful activities that will continually allow one to strive
toward behavioral change strategies, which consists of continual growth in health knowledge, the understanding
of risk behaviors, the reinforcement of behavioral choices, and the ability to maintain health habits.
ASSIGNMENTS/ASSESSMENT: Short assignments, health journal and examinations.

 

USP Course Objective #8. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to enhance
creative use of leisure time.

            Leisure time indicated one’s time to utilize and engage in purposeful activities. With the ever increasing
            world of technology, leisure time allows one to strive toward continual growth in health behaviors; thus,
           establishing and maintain health habit ASSIGNMENTS/ASSESSMENT: Health journal and examinations.

 

USP Course Objective #10. Upon completion of this course, the student will become accountable for their health
and leisure choices and the impact of those choices on self, others, and the environment.
bulletQuality health education helps students develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed to become
health literate. Throughout the course, each student will be required to keep a health journal. The journal will
consist of three areas: diet exercise and stress management. Clearly, no knowledge is more crucial than knowledge
about health. Without it, no other life goal can be successfully achieved. ASSIGNMENTS/ASSESSMENT: Health journal,
family tree and examinations.

 

USP Course Objective #11. Upon completion of this course, the student will understand basic nutritional
considerations that will aid in health food choices and lifestyles.
bulletNutrition is an area of health education that has the greatest significance over time. Seven out of the top ten
causes of death are directly related to dietary choices. Dietary patterns that contribute to disease are one of the
six risk behaviors singled out by the Center for Disease and Prevention Control. ASSIGNMENTS/ASSESSMENT:
Short assignments, health journal and family tree.

  

This is a University Studies Course Approval – Syllabus

COURSE SYLLABUS
COLLEGE OF NURSING & HEALTH SCIENCES
Department of Health & Human Performance
WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Course Number: HHP 204                                                                                                          Course Title: Personal & Community Health

Number of Credits: 3 s.h.                                                                                                          Grading: Letter grade only.

Prerequisites: None

Course Applies to: University Studies Course – Physical Development and Wellness
Required course for all teacher education majors.
Required course for all school & community health majors.

Catalog Description
This course is designed to provide the student with a broad spectrum of pertinent personal and
public health topics and issues. Principles and concepts related to health behavior are stressed.
Included are topics such as improved mental/emotional health, dietary practices, physical fitness,
prevention, reduced risk and control of diseases. The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, with
an emphasis on prevention strategies and personal guideline development is specifically stressed as
mandated by Minnesota State Law 126.06.Offered every semester.

Major Objectives:
After the completion of this course, the student will:
#01. learn skills that will improve the quality and length of their lives.
#02. make proactive choices that lead to a healthier lifestyle.
#03. be able to explore dimensions of personal health promotion and disease prevention.
#04. attain skills necessary to make critical decisions regarding health-related issues
#05. understand health as multidimensional, involving the whole person’s relationship to the total environment.
#06. utilize physical activity to reduce risk of illness and injury and provide relaxation, socialization, and balance in their lives.
#07. become intelligent consumers of good healthy habits and information.
#08. be able to enhance creative use of leisure time.
#09. become accountable for their health and leisure choices and the impact of those choices on self, others, and the environment.
#10. Upon completion of this course, the student will understand basic nutritional considerations that will aid in health food
         choices and lifestyles.

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Textbook:

Edlin, G., Golanty, E. and Brown, K.M. (1998). Health and Wellness. (6th Edition). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. *Note: this text will change often due to updating of material.

Assignments and Assessments:

  1. Short Assignments
bulletShort assignments will be collected when specified by the instructor (i.e. self-assessments, internet assignments, etc.) bulletStudents are responsible to see they are handed in on due dates. bulletUSP Objectives: #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11.

     2.  Health Journal bulletEach student will be required to keep a daily health journal.
  The journal will consist of three areas: diet, exercise and stress management. bullet  USP Objectives: #1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11.

       3.  Family Tree bulletStudents will be required to turn in a Family Health Tree.
bulletThe students will research their family health history through grandparents and write a paragraph on how their health history pertains to them. bulletUSP Objectives: #1, 2, 4, 5, 10.

      4.  Examinations bullet       Each student will be required to turn in a Family Health Tree
bullet      These tests will cover all reading material assigned, handouts, class lectures, guest speakers, and discussions
bullet      The final exam will not be comprehensive

   bulletUDP Objectives #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,  7 ,8, 10, 11

                     Basic Instructional Plan and Teaching Methods Utilized:

                               Lecture
                               Group Work
                               Guest Speakers (i.e. SEMCAC Clinic, Fitness Center Coordinator, Nutrition Specialist)
                               Videos (many related to health topics)
                               Internet Work
                                Individual Work

The individual instructor will determine Grading and Grading Scale.