The health science concentration is designed for students who wish to enter a health care-related field (that does not require licensure, certification or registry status) such as corporate wellness, human services, nonprofit health promotion and medical and pharmaceutical sales. Graduates holding a degree with a concentration in health science can also be qualified to enter either graduate or professional health science programs, such as public health, health education and promotion, physical therapy, occupational therapy, pharmacy, nursing, speech-language pathology, audiology, radiation safety, clinical laboratory science and health care administration.

Learning outcomes

  • Graduates will be prepared to demonstrate the ability to use a variety of resources to assess individual community health topics.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to use interdisciplinary sciences to construct knowledge for the application of skills designed to solve complex health science issues and problems.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to implement health promotion programs in a clinical and public health setting.

Special requirements

A minimum grade of C is required in all HPEX core, health science core, clinical experiences and elective courses. Students cannot use more than one HPEX course (three credits) from the exercise science core as an elective.

Degree requirements for Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a concentration in health science

General Education requirements

University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
UNIV   200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Approved humanities/fine arts3
Approved natural/physical sciences3-4
Approved quantitative literacy3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences3-4
Total Hours21-24
Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)
HUMS   202Choices in a Consumer Society1
Approved H&S diverse and global communities3
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)
Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)
Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)
Approved H&S General Education electives6-8
Experiential fine arts 11-3
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement)0-8
Total Hours11-23
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Course offered by the School of the Arts

Collateral requirements

Select from:
Biological Concepts
and Biological Concepts Laboratory (fulfills approved science and technology and University Core natural/physical science)
Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
BIOL   205Basic Human Anatomy4
CHEM   101
CHEZ   101
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH   151Precalculus Mathematics (fulfills University Core quantitative literacy)4
or MATH   200 Calculus with Analytic Geometry
PHIS   206
PHIZ   206
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
4
PHYS   201General Physics4
PSYC   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to PsychologyIntroduction to Psychology (fulfills approved human, social and political behavior)4
PSYC   304Life Span Developmental Psychology3
STAT   210Basic Practice of Statistics3
Total Hours22

HPEX core

HPEX   300Health Care Delivery in the U.S.3
HPEX   310Fitness and Health3
HPEX   395Clinical Experience I3
HPEX   495Clinical Experience II (fulfills senior capstone)6
Total Hours15

Health science core

HPEX   250Medical Terminology1
HPEX   345Nutrition for Health and Disease3
HPEX   352Substance Abuse3
HPEX   353Disease Trends, Prevention and Control3
HPEX   354Coping and Adaptation3
HPEX   357Personal Health and Behavior Change3
HPEX   358Introduction to Epidemiology3
HPEX   435Health Disparities in the U.S.3
HPEX   445Principles of Health Care Management3
Total Hours25

Electives

Select additional courses from the list below12-16
Total Hours12-16

Total minimum requirement 120 credits

Electives

ANTH   301Human Evolution3
BIOL   151
BIOZ   151
Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I
4
BIOL   152
BIOZ   152
Introduction to Biological Sciences II
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II
4
BIOL   201Human Biology3
BIOL   209Medical Microbiology3
BIOL   217Principles of Nutrition3
BIOL   300Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOL   308Vertebrate Histology4
CHEM   102
CHEZ   102
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM   301
CHEZ   301
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHEM   302
CHEZ   302
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
5
CHEM   403Biochemistry I3
HPEX   271Safety, First Aid and CPR3
HPEX   300-level and 400-level courses
HUMS   391Special Topics in the Humanities and Sciences (health careers mentoring)1-4
PHIL   201Critical Thinking About Moral Problems3
PHIL   213Ethics and Health Care3
PHYS   202General Physics4
PHYS   208University Physics II5
PSYC   308Stress and its Management3
PSYC   309Personality3
PSYC   401Physiological Psychology3
PSYC   407Psychology of the Abnormal3
PSYC   412Health Psychology3
SOCY   445Medical Sociology3
UNIV   101Introduction to the University1
Other adviser-approved courses

What follows is a sample plan that meets the prescribed requirements within a four-year course of study at VCU. Please contact your adviser before beginning course work toward a degree.

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
BIOL   101
BIOZ   101
Biological Concepts
and Biological Concepts Laboratory
4
HPEX   310 Fitness and Health 3
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
Approved H&S literature and civilization 3
 Term Hours: 13
Spring semester
HUMS   202 Choices in a Consumer Society 1
MATH   151 Precalculus Mathematics 4
PSYC   101 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to Psychology Introduction to Psychology 4
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
Approved H&S diverse and global communities 3
 Term Hours: 15
Sophomore year
Fall semester
HPEX   300 Health Care Delivery in the U.S. 3
HPEX   357 Personal Health and Behavior Change 3
PHIS   206
PHIZ   206
Human Physiology
and Human Physiology Laboratory
4
UNIV   200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Foreign language (101 level) 4
 Term Hours: 17
Spring semester
CHEM   101
CHEZ   101
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
4
HPEX   250 Medical Terminology 1
HPEX elective 3
Foreign language (102 level) 4
H&S general education elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
Junior year
Fall semester
HPEX   395 Clinical Experience I 3
PHIL   201 Critical Thinking About Moral Problems 3
PHYS   201 General Physics 4
HPEX elective 3
Experiential fine arts 1-3
 Term Hours: 14-16
Spring semester
BIOL   205 Basic Human Anatomy 4
HPEX   445 Principles of Health Care Management 3
PSYC   304 Life Span Developmental Psychology 3
HPEX elective 3
H&S general education elective 3-4
 Term Hours: 16-17
Senior year
Fall semester
HPEX   345 Nutrition for Health and Disease 3
HPEX   352 Substance Abuse 3
HPEX   353 Disease Trends, Prevention and Control 3
STAT   210 Basic Practice of Statistics 3
HPEX elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
HPEX   358 Introduction to Epidemiology 3
HPEX   435 Health Disparities in the U.S. 3
HPEX   495 Clinical Experience II 6
HPEX elective 3
 Term Hours: 15
 Total Hours: 120-123
 

HPEX   107. Badminton. 1 Hour.

1 credit.

HPEX   121. Self Defense: Karate or Judo. 1 Hour.

1 credit.

HPEX   201. Individual Sports and Lifelong Leisure Activities. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture/laboratory hours. 3 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. Prepares students to develop educational skills and methodology for instruction of individual sports in the classroom, gymnasium and outdoor field settings; students acquire skills needed to teach individual sports in middle and high school environments.

HPEX   202. Team Sports and Activities. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture/laboratory hours. 3 credits. Open only to general health and physical education majors in the health, physical education and exercise science program. Students develop educational skills and methodology for instruction of team sports and group activities in classroom, gymnasium and outdoor field settings. Students acquire skills needed to teach team sports and activities in middle and high school environments.

HPEX   203. Wilderness Education I. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Designed to examine the principal philosophical foundations of adventure theory and wilderness leadership. Concepts of judgment, decision-making, leadership and environmentally correct practices are introduced.

HPEX   211. Tumbling and Elementary Rhythmics. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 2 laboratory hours. 1 credit. Prepares students to work with elementary children 4 to 12 years of age in rhythmic activities; includes elementary tumbling, activities and games designed to help a child's rhythmic ability.

HPEX   214. TEACHING SOCIAL RHYTHMICS. 1 Hour.

HPEX   216. Lifeguard Training. 1,2 Hour.

1-2 credits.

HPEX   217. Water Safety Instruction. 1,2 Hour.

1-2 credits.

HPEX   218. Scuba. 1 Hour.

1 credit.

HPEX   220. Introduction to Athletic Training. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: BIOL   205 and BIOZ 205L. Corequisite: HPEZ 220L. An introduction to the field of athletic training. Includes the prevention and basic care of athletic injuries in the physically active.

HPEX   230. History and Philosophy of Health and Physical Education. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An overview of the professional aspects of health and physical education. Historical and philosophical concepts, evaluation and research methods, current issues and trends, and career opportunities are discussed. Field experiences allow exposure to various professionals and facilities related to the health and physical education domains.

HPEX   231. Principles of Accident Prevention. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course is designed to provide information on the magnitude of the accident problem in the nation. Special attention is given to concepts and theories of accident prevention, particularly as they relate to use of highways.

HPEX   232. Introduction to Driver Education. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A current automobile operator's permit is required. An introduction to the vehicle operator's task within the highway transportation system: driver task analysis.

HPEX   250. Medical Terminology. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Self-directed learning experience for students entering a medical or allied health profession. Presents medical terms by their root word, suffix and prefix. Develops skills to build and decode medical terms by their word parts. Develops ability to recognize and use common medical abbreviations.

HPEX   271. Safety, First Aid and CPR. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course includes American Red Cross and/or American Heart Association certification in Multimedia Standard First Aid and Basic Life Support (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). In addition, basic principles of accident causation and prevention are presented.

HPEX   291. Special Topic in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits. Restricted to health, physical education and exercise science majors only. Offers students the opportunity to participate in an approved professional experience related to the students' knowledge base of general education and professional introduction courses; may include participatory and experimental formats dictated by the faculty supervisor; credits determined by the number of contact hours of the experience.

HPEX   292. Independent Study in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. May be repeated up to a maximum of 3 credits. Enables a student to create an individualized research project or professional experience based on specific professional needs and goals; must have adviser's approval; experiences based on the student's knowledge base of general education and professional core introduction courses; credits determined by the number of contact hours and extensiveness of the project.

HPEX   293. Field Practicum I. 3-6 Hours.

Semester course; variable practicum hours. 3-6 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. Provides observational and small group experiences for the pre-professional student; includes planned observations, tutorials and small group involvement under the supervision of the faculty and field supervisor; summary papers, observational logs, resumes and updated five-year plans are completed in this writing intensive course; minimum of 50 contact hours per credit hour required; consult with adviser to obtain specific course requirements.

HPEX   294. Field Practicum II. 3-6 Hours.

Semester course; variable practicum hours. 3-6 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. Provides observational and small group experiences for the pre-professional student; includes planned observations, tutorials and small group involvement under the supervision of the faculty and field supervisor; minimum of 50 contact hours per credit hour required; consult with adviser to obtain specific course requirements.

HPEX   295. Clinical Practicum I. 3-6 Hours.

Semester course; variable practicum hours. 3-6 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. Provides observational and small group experiences for the pre-professional student; includes planned observations, tutorials and small group involvement under the supervision of the faculty and clinical supervisor; summary papers, observational logs, resumes and updated five-year plans are completed in this writing intensive course; a minimum of 50 contact hours per credit hour required; consult with adviser to obtain specific course requirements.

HPEX   296. Clinical Practicum II. 3-6 Hours.

Semester course; variable practicum hours. 3-6 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. Provides observational and small group experiences for the pre-professional student; includes planned observations, tutorials and small group involvement under the supervision of the faculty and clinical supervisor; a minimum of 50 contact hours per credit hour required; consult with adviser to obtain specific course requirements.

HPEX   300. Health Care Delivery in the U.S.. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Introduces students to the American health care system and provides an opportunity to analyze the diverse components comprising the system. Major components of the system are examined, including inpatient and outpatient services, financing, insurance and technology. Provides the student a perspective of the variety of career choices in health care.

HPEX   310. Fitness and Health. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Presents the knowledge and pedagogical principles of strength, flexibility, aerobic and anaerobic training programs, as well as the role that exercise and lifestyle play on overall health. Emphasis is on understanding, experiencing and applying conditioning principles for individuals and how they impact health.

HPEX   325. Pathology and Pharmacology in Athletic Training. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: HPEX   220, HPEZ 220L, PHIS   206 and PHIZ/BIOZ 206L. Acquaints the student with the pathology of athletic injuries and the proper use of pharmacology in the treatment of athletic injuries. Includes the pathomechanics of sports injuries and the use of medication in the treatment of sports injuries.

HPEX   330. Elementary Health and Physical Education. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prequisites: HPEX   230, and either HPEX   201 or HPEX   202. Open only to general health and physical education majors in the health, physical education and exercise science program. Emphasis is given to the role of movement and theory in the education program and its implications for curriculum development and learning. Major consideration is given to the development of movement competency through thematic instruction.

HPEX   331. Methods in Driver Education. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: HPEX   232. This course is designed to provide driver education instructional principles and methodology.

HPEX   332. Motor Learning and Performance. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. This course is designed to introduce the student to the major concepts of motor control and motor learning and the influencing conditions. It will provide a framework for understanding the structure and function of the nervous system in relation to perception and motor control. Other topics include the general nature of skill acquisition and how learners interact with the environment while performing motor tasks. The theoretical framework underlying learning and memory are related to the acquisition of motor skills.

HPEX   333. Psychosocial Aspects of Sport and Physical Activity. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. The focus of this course is the scientific study of the behavior of individuals and groups within sport and physical activity in terms of the psychological effects and factors of sport participation, and in terms of the social relationships and social settings within which sport participation occurs.

HPEX   334. Measurement and Analysis in Teaching and Exercise Science. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Corequisite: HPEZ   334. Topics include selecting, administering, scoring and evaluating tests in the areas of general motor performance, health screening, fitness, sport skills and knowledge. Includes scientific test construction and basic statistical analysis.

HPEX   335. Elementary Physical Education for Physical Education Majors. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 laboratory hours. 3 credits. Designed to enhance knowledge of elementary physical education through an analysis of the aims, goals, objectives, programs and teaching methods. Construction of year-round curriculum and daily lesson plans. Emphasis also placed upon the acquisition of administrative and organizational knowledge dealing with facilities, equipment, teaching aids, testing, measurement and safety.

HPEX   337. Technology in Teaching Health and Physical Education. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Emphasis is placed on the application of the latest software and hardware technology used in the field of health and physical education. Students use public school settings and authentic data whenever possible.

HPEX   345. Nutrition for Health and Disease. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Overview of basic nutritional knowledge for both healthy individuals and those with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The course relies on evidence-based research when discussing food and nutrition. Topics include science and politics of dietary guidelines; the science and controversies of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals; supplements; obesity and weight loss; digestion and absorption; allergies and intolerances; functional foods, phytochemicals and organic food.

HPEX   350. Nutrition. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Provides learning opportunities that enable the student to acquire a practical and useful knowledge based on the sound principles of applied human nutrition. Emphasis will be on nutritional needs through the cycles of life providing information that will enhance the student's own lifestyle and provide experience in interpreting nutritional information for the public.

HPEX   351. Issues in Sexuality. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. An overview of content, principles and strategies relating to issues in human sexuality both in the community and school settings. Basic concepts of human sexuality as they develop in today's world are presented. Issues include sexual maturity, reproductive systems, conception, birth, abortion and varieties of sexual behavior and sexual dysfunctions and disorders.

HPEX   352. Substance Abuse. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. A survey of drugs that are used and abused in contemporary society. Multidisciplinary lectures and discussions include the historical and sociological perspectives of drugs in the school and community; the psychological and physiological effects of drug use; and the role of local and regional resources. Designed for students, teachers, counselors, administrators and other interested persons. Rehabilitation methods and prevention programs also will be discussed.

HPEX   353. Disease Trends, Prevention and Control. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Pre- or corequisite: HPEX   250. Provides students an opportunity to examine the major categories of diseases, infectious and noninfectious, including significant examples in each category. Students will also research major diseases affecting the U.S. population as well as global populations. Current modalities for the prevention, treatment and control of these diseases will be studied.

HPEX   354. Coping and Adaptation. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Focuses on common stress factors in life such as death, personal loss, life changes, divorce and emotional problems, such as anger, loneliness and frustration. Strategies for dealing with such stressors are discussed and applied to both personal and professional settings.

HPEX   355. School and Community Health Resources. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Acquaints the student with current available school and community resources and educational materials for health information. Available services in a community health program will be surveyed.

HPEX   356. Community Health Education and Promotion: Theory and Practice. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: HPEX   300 and 353. Pre- or corequisite: HPEX   355. Introduces theories, roles and skills that are the foundation for the professional practice of community health education. Emphasizes the growing significance of health education in preventing and/or treating health problems, health promotion and improving quality of life. Presents the historical evolution and development of the profession and the various settings in which health educators practice. Assists in the preparation of students for certification as health education specialists.

HPEX   357. Personal Health and Behavior Change. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Designed to provide students with a basic understanding of various contemporary personal and community health issues. Special emphasis placed on increasing awareness of multiple factors that affect individual health-behavior change and, subsequently, influence current and future health status.

HPEX   358. Introduction to Epidemiology. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: STAT   210. Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Introduction of students to the field of public health epidemiology, emphasizing methods for assessing factors associated with the distribution and etiology of health and disease. Skills include methods for identifying and evaluating sources of health information, calculation of key epidemiologic measures, epidemiological investigation techniques, and evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of different study designs.

HPEX   370. Coaching Seminar. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. A lecture/discussion course that identifies the practical administrative and organizational responsibilities coaches encounter. Realistic problem-solving is stressed.

HPEX   371. Psychology of Physical Activity. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Examines psychological issues related to physical activity, exercise and sport participation. Topics include individual and group motivation theory and techniques, leadership effectiveness, mental health, mental skills training, injury rehabilitation, eating disorders, exercise adherence, addiction, overtraining and use of ergogenic aids. Emphasizes examination of current research and application of psychological principles in a physical activity setting.

HPEX   372. Survey of Kinesiology and Physiology of Exercise. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Examines the basic concepts of human biomechanics and exercise physiology. Includes basic and applied kinesiology and metabolic, endocrinological, cardiovascular and respiratory responses and adaptations to exercise. Emphasizes the integration of kinesiological and physiological principles.

HPEX   373. Structural Kinesiology. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: BIOL   205. Corequisite: HPEZ   373. Presents the anatomical aspects of human motion with particular attention given to application of anatomical structure and terminology in analysis of physical activities; emphasizes structure and function of the human musculoskeletal system and qualitative analysis of motor skills.

HPEX   374. Musculoskeletal Structure and Movement. 4 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture and 2 laboratory hours. 4 credits. Prerequisite: BIOL   205. Pre- or corequisite: PHYS   201. Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Provides an understanding of the mechanical aspects of human motion with particular attention given to application of anatomical structure, terminology and biomechanics in the analysis of physical activity. Laboratory learning allows students to acquire practical knowledge and skills in palpation, biomechanical analysis and instrumentation.

HPEX   375. Physiology of Exercise. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHIS   206. Corequisite: HPEZ   375. Physiological changes in the human organism resulting from exercise, investigation of recent research in diet, drugs, fatigue, cardiovascular/respiratory fitness, conditioning programs for various age groups and the effects of exercise upon various components of physical fitness and health. Application of specific problems to physical education programs. Laboratory experience in the use of research instruments.

HPEX   380. Resistance Training for Health and Performance. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: HPEX   310 and HPEX   375. Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to design and implement resistance training programs for a variety of populations. Covers the scientific and practical basis for resistance training to reduce injuries, improve health and optimize performance. Students actively participate in and demonstrate knowledge of a range of resistance exercise techniques, as well as preparticipation screening. Helps prepare those students wishing to attempt the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Certified Strength and Conditioning exam.

HPEX   391. Special Topic in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. May be repeated up to a maximum of three credits. Offers students the opportunity to participate in an approved professional experience related to the students' knowledge base of general education, professional introduction and some core professional courses; may include participatory experiences in which the student plays an active role in the experience; credits determined by the number of contact hours of the experience.

HPEX   392. Independent Study in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. May be repeated up to a maximum of 3 credits. Enables a student to create an individualized research project or professional experience based on specific professional needs and goals; must have adviser's approval; experiences based on the student's knowledge base of general education and professional introduction and some professional core courses; credits determined by the number of contact hours and extensiveness of the project.

HPEX   393. Field Experience I. 3-6 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 3-6 credits. Prerequisites: permission of instructor; acceptance into teacher preparation program; and CPR certification. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. Precedes the in-depth student teaching experience or the in-depth exercise science field experience; includes planned observations, tutorials, small group involvement under the supervision of the faculty and field supervisor; practices routine, basic and advanced procedures; minimum of 50 contact hours per credit hour required; consult with adviser to obtain specific course requirements.

HPEX   394. Field Experience II. 3-6 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 3-6 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. Designed to provide supervised practical experience in the teaching process or delivery of health education/health promotion programs; opportunities to further abilities in physical education and exercise science through practical application of skills in school or agency settings; a minimum of 50 contact hours per credit hour required; consult with adviser to obtain specific course requirements.

HPEX   395. Clinical Experience I. 3 Hours.

Semester course: 3 clinical hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites for students in the exercise science concentration: HPEX   375, junior standing and permission of instructor. Prerequisites for students in the health sciences concentration: HPEX   250, HPEX   300, HPEX   353 and BIOL   205, junior standing, and permission of instructor. Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Students are also expected to maintain current CPR/AED/FA certification throughout the semester. Students should consult with an adviser or course instructor to obtain concentration-specific course prerequisites and course requirements. Addresses competencies in exercise science, health promotion and/or health science. Provides experiences at an approved affiliate site under the supervision of faculty and approved site supervisors. Students gain practical experience in routine and basic procedures associated with exercise science, health promotion and/or health science. A minimum of 40 contact hours per credit hour required.

HPEX   396. Clinical Experience II. 3-6 Hours.

Semester course; variable clinical hours. 3-6 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. Addresses required competencies in the athletic training, kinesiotherapy or community wellness education programs; provides experiences in an approved affiliate site under the supervision of faculty and approved clinical instructors; gains practical experience in routine, basic and advanced procedures associated with athletic training, kinesiotherapy or community wellness; a minimum of 50 contact hours per credit hour required; consult with adviser to obtain specific course requirements and clinical competencies addressed.

HPEX   420. Athletic Training Administration. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: HPEX   395 and HPEX   396. Acquaints the student with the proper organization and management techniques used in health care administration of athletic training programs. Includes organization, management and administration of health care of the physically active in the athletic setting.

HPEX   430. The Organization, Administration and Supervision of the Intramural Sports Program. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 laboratory hours. 3 credits. Experiences in the organization and administration of an intramural sports program. Lecture will be devoted to the theory, philosophy, history and plans for the conduct of an intramural sports program. Laboratory experience will be obtained by working in intramural programs.

HPEX   431. Adapted Physical Activity. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prepares future teachers and professionals to meet the needs of persons with disabilities in organized health, physical education and rehabilitation programs in the school, community or hospital setting. Provides an overview of those disabilities found most frequently in public school and rehabilitation settings.

HPEX   432. Methods and Curriculum in Physical Education. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prepares students to become independent problem-solvers and decision-makers by applying previously acquired knowledge to curriculum design and instruction in multiple settings; students acquire pedagogical skills and gain insight into the development of a physical education curriculum for elementary, middle and high school levels.

HPEX   433. Methods and Curriculum in Health Education. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prepares students to become independent problem-solvers and decision-makers by applying previously acquired knowledge to curriculum design and instruction in a classroom setting; students acquire pedagogical skills and gain insight into the development of a health education curriculum for elementary, middle and high school levels.

HPEX   435. Health Disparities in the U.S.. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: HPEX   353 and HPEX   358. Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Provides an exploration into the magnitude of health disparities in the U.S. and the association with socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, country of origin, cultural history and access to health services. Students are encouraged to broaden their perspectives and understand how various sociocultural factors impact health and health care delivery as it relates to the patient/consumer as well as the health care practitioner. Targets the values, beliefs, attitudes and customs of multiple segments of the population in relationship to age, gender, disability status, sexual orientation, area of residence, etc. Emphasizes and provides learning experiences to assist in the development of cultural competence.

HPEX   440. Chronic Disease and Exercise Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: HPEX   375 and HPEZ 375L. Presents in-depth information of various concepts specifically related to exercise management of persons with chronic disease and/or disability. Provides scientific knowledge of various chronic diseases and disabilities that are commonplace and can be managed with physical activity. General topics include cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, metabolic diseases, immunological and hematological diseases, orthopaedic diseases and disabilities, neuromuscular disorders, and cognitive, emotional and sensory disorders. Focuses on the understanding of specific physical and physiological characteristics associated with the various diseases and disabilities.

HPEX   441. Assessment and Exercise Intervention in Health and Disease. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 1 laboratory hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: HPEX and HPEZ   375. Provides in-depth information of various concepts specifically related to exercise assessment and prescription for healthy persons and those with chronic disease and/or disability. Examines the various concepts specifically related to measurement of cardiorespiratory fitness, pulmonary function, body composition, flexibility and muscular strength and endurance. Focuses on the development of exercise and physical activity prescriptions for healthy and diseased populations.

HPEX   445. Principles of Health Care Management. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: HPEX 240 or 300. Exposes the student to basic aspects of administration and management in various health care settings. The traditional areas of administration and management, such as planning, organizing, staffing, directing and controlling will be addressed. Contemporary issues such as cultural competence, quality of care, ethics, and fraud and abuse will be examined. The course will provide a theoretical base that will enhance and facilitate the student's application of sound management principles in various practice settings.

HPEX   450. Program Planning and Evaluation. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: HPEX   356. Corequisite: HPEZ   450. Presents the foundations of planning, implementation and evaluation of community health education programs. Exposes students to programming and evaluation in a variety of community health settings, including schools, work sites, hospitals, state and local health departments and nonprofit agencies.

HPEX   451. Professional Conference in Community Health Education. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Offers the student an opportunity to participate in a professional conference focusing on community health education. This experience includes observing, summarizing and critically evaluating presentations, as well as preparing and delivering presentations and networking.

HPEX   470. Exercise Programming and Leadership. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: HPEX   310, HPEX   380 and HPEX   441. Provides knowledge and skills necessary for assessing, interpreting and designing health and activity programs for apparently healthy populations. Students develop leadership skills through presentation of ACSM exercise testing procedures and implementation of exercise prescriptions.

HPEX   475. Cardiovascular Pathophysiology and Pharmacology. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: HPEX   375 and HPEX   440 or equivalents. Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Presents theoretical principles of electrocardiography and the effects of pharmacological intervention in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Specific emphasis placed on myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction and their treatment through exercise rehabilitation protocols. The impact of pharmacological agents on the ECG and on exercise is explored.

HPEX   480. Professional Certification Seminar. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 1 lecture hour. 1 credit. Prerequisites: HPEX   380, HPEX   441 and HPEX   470. Enrollment restricted to seniors in HPEX major. Provides structured experiences in the classroom, laboratory and exercise arenas to improve knowledge, skills and abilities in health-related physical fitness assessment and exercise programming. Supplements existing course work by correcting any deficiencies in learning competencies toward being a successful exercise professional. A review of certification materials is also an important component of the course.

HPEX   491. Special Topic in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. May be repeated up to a maximum of 3 credits. Offers students the opportunity to participate in an approved professional experience related to the students' knowledge base of general education, professional introduction and extensive core professional courses; may include research-based projects or more academically rigorous experiences; credits determined by the number of contact hours of the experience.

HPEX   492. Independent Study in Health, Physical Education and Exercise Science. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 1-3 credits. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. May be repeated up to a maximum of 3 credits. Enables a student to create an individualized research project or professional experience based on specific professional needs and goals; must have adviser's approval; experiences based on the student's knowledge base of general education, professional introduction and extensive core courses; credits determined by the number of contact hours and extensiveness of the project.

HPEX   493. Field Experience III. 3-12 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 3-12 credits. Prerequisites: pass Praxis II; HPEX   393 with a minimum grade of C. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. An in-depth field experience in a public school, health education/health promotion agency or other approved setting; designed to provide the pre-professional student with greater practical application of skills culminating in full responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating the classroom, agency or facility activities; a minimum of 50 contact hours per credit hour required; consult with adviser to obtain a course syllabus regarding prerequisites and specific course requirements.

HPEX   494. Field Experience IV. 3-6 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 3-6 credits. Prerequisites: pass Praxis II; HPEX   393 with a minimum grade of C. Health, physical education and exercise science majors only. An in-depth field experience in a public school, health education/health promotion agency or other approved setting; designed to provide the pre-professional student with greater practical application of skills culminating in full responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating the classroom, agency or facility activities; a minimum of 50 contact hours per credit hour required; consult with adviser to obtain a course syllabus regarding prerequisites and specific course requirements.

HPEX   495. Clinical Experience II. 6 Hours.

Semester course: 6 clinical hours. 6 credits. Prerequisites: HPEX   395, senior standing, permission of instructor and minimum grade of C in all HPEX prerequisite courses. Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Students are also expected to maintain current CPR/AED/FA certification throughout the semester. Students should consult with an adviser or course instructor to obtain concentration-specific course prerequisites and course requirements. Fulfills capstone requirement. Addresses competencies in exercise science, health promotion and/or health science. Provides experiences at an approved affiliate site under the supervision of faculty and approved site supervisors. Students gain practical experience in routine, intermediate and advanced procedures associated with exercise science, health promotion and/or health science. A minimum of 40 contact hours per credit hour required.

HPEX   496. Clinical Experience III. 3-6 Hours.

Semester course: 6 clinical hours. 6 credits. Prerequisites: HPEX   395, senior standing, permission of instructor and minimum grade of C in all HPEX prerequisite courses. Enrollment restricted to HPEX majors. Students are also expected to maintain current CPR/AED/FA certification throughout the semester. Students should consult with an adviser or course instructor to obtain concentration-specific course prerequisites and course requirements. Addresses competencies in exercise science, health promotion and/or health science. Provides experiences at an approved affiliate site under the supervision of faculty and approved site supervisors. Students gain practical experience in routine, basic and advanced procedures associated with exercise science, health promotion and/or health science. A minimum of 40 contact hours per credit hour required.