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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Health Science

Page address: http://grad.mnsu.edu/programs/bulletin/healthscience.html

College of Allied Health and Nursing
Department of Health Science

213 Highland North
507-389-1527

Community Health Education MS/ Public Health Education Graduate Certificate

School Health Education MS/ School Health Education Graduate Certificate

Wellness Coachng and Disease Prevention MS

The Department of Health Science offers a Master of Science Degree in Community Health Education or School Health Education as well as Post-baccalaureate Certificates in School Health Education and in Public Health Education. The M.S. in Community Health Education is designed for community/public health educators interested in an advanced degree. The M.S. in School Health Education is for licensed teachers seeking an advanced degree in health education or those who have completed the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in School Health Education. Required courses are determined by the choice of either the School Health Education or Community Health Education option. Elective courses are chosen in consultation with the student's graduate advisor to meet the student's educational and professional goals.

Policy: A minimum of 50% of all graduate coursework, excluding thesis and APP credit, applied toward the degree, must be completed at the 600-level.


Master of Science in Community Health Education

(30-34 credit program, depending upon capstone chosen)
Thesis: 30 credits
Alternate Plan Paper: 34 credits

Common Core
Total Credits: 21 semester hours
HLTH 606 * Epidemiology 3
HLTH 630 Techniques of Research in Health 3
HLTH 659 Health Administration 3
HLTH 664 Health Program Planning & Evaluation 3
HLTH 665 Theory and Philosophy of Health Education 3
HLTH 667 Advanced Health Communications and Advocacy 3
HLTH 675 * Applied Biostatistics 3

Thesis: 30 credits. APP: 34 credits.
Choose 1 - 6 Credit(s).
Thesis: Choose HLTH 699 (3) and HLTH 631 (3). APP: Choose HLTH 631 (1)

HLTH 631 Seminar 1-3
HLTH 699 Thesis 1-4
Restricted Electives
APP (Alternative Plan Paper) choose 12 credits. Thesis choose 3 credits.
HLTH 510 Current Health Issues 3
HLTH 550 Environmental Health 3
HLTH 551 Emotional Health and Stress 3
HLTH 555 Health and Aging 3
HLTH 556 Assessment and Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorders 3
HLTH 559 Critical Topics in Health 1-3
HLTH 565 Health Care Delivery in the United States 3
HLTH 566 * Global Health 3
HLTH 567 Public Health Law 3
HLTH 568 * Grant Writing for Health Professions 3
HLTH 569 Co-Occurring Disorders 3
HLTH 577 * Behavior Change Foundations and Strategies 3
HLTH 588 Worksite Health Promotion 3
HLTH 632 Alcohol and Drug Education 3
HLTH 654 Disease and Prevention in Public Health 3
HLTH 662 Human Sexuality 3

 

Master of Science in School Health Education

(30-34 credit program, depending upon capstone chosen)
Thesis: 30 credits
Alternate Plan Paper: 34 credits

Common Core

CHOOSE 1 CLUSTER: THESIS
Total Credits: 30
HLTH 631 Seminar-2 credits
HLTH 699 Thesis-3 credits

HLTH 510 Current Health Issues 3
HLTH 551 Emotional Health and Stress 3
HLTH 630 Techniques of Research in Health 3
HLTH 631 Seminar 1-3
HLTH 632 Alcohol and Drug Education 3
HLTH 654 Disease and Prevention in Public Health 3
HLTH 661 * Curriculum Trends 4
HLTH 662 Human Sexuality 3
HLTH 675 Applied Biostatistics 3
HLTH 699 Thesis 1-4

CHOOSE 2 CLUSTER: Alternative Plan Paper (APP)
Total Credits: 34
HLTH 631 Seminar-1 credit
Select 8 credits of Restricted Electives

HLTH 510 Current Health Issues 3
HLTH 551 Emotional Health and Stress 3
HLTH 630 Techniques of Research in Health 3
HLTH 631 Seminar 1-3
HLTH 632 Alcohol and Drug Education 3
HLTH 654 Disease and Prevention in Public Health 3
HLTH 661 * Curriculum Trends 4
HLTH 662 Human Sexuality 3
HLTH 675 Applied Biostatistics 3

Restricted Electives
HLTH 541 Death Education 3
HLTH 550 Environmental Health 3
HLTH 566 Global Health 3
HLTH 568 Grant Writing for Health Professions 3
HLTH 606 Epidemiology 3
HLTH 667 Advanced Health Communications and Advocacy 3
HLTH 696 Internship: Health Science 1-6

 

Graduate Certificate in School Health Education

This certification program provides the professional who already has a teaching degree with the necessary courses to meet the Minnesota standards for teacher licensure in school health education.

Common Core

21 credits
HLTH 510 Current Health Issues 3
HLTH 551 Emotional Health and Stress 3
HLTH 632 Alcohol and Drug Education 3
HLTH 654 Disease and Prevention in Public Health 3
HLTH 661 * Curriculum Trends 4
HLTH 662 Human Sexuality 3
HLTH 696 Internship: Health Science 1-6

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Education

The Certificate in the Public Health Education is a 21-credit departmental program that offers coursework in five major disciplines of health promotion for students wishing to earn graduate credit. The courses are taught by faculty at Minnesota State University, Mankato and are offered through the medium of distance learning. Certificate coursework may be transferable to a degree program within the Minnesota State University College of Graduate Studies and Research or to other graduate programs. This program offers greater flexibility for students who wish to enhance their knowledge and skill base in community health promotion but do not wish to commit to the extended curriculum of a graduate degree. 

Common Core

Total Credits: 18 semester hours
HLTH 550 Environmental Health 3
HLTH 606 * Epidemiology 3
HLTH 654 Disease and Prevention in Public Health 3
HLTH 659 Health Administration 3
HLTH 665 Theory and Philosophy of Health Education 3
HLTH 675 * Applied Biostatistics 3

 

Select One Course
Choose 3 Credit(s).

HLTH 664 Health Program Planning & Evaluation 3
HLTH 667 Advanced Health Communications and Advocacy 3

Wellness Coachng and Disease Prevention

The Master of Science program in Wellness Coaching and Disease Prevention (WCDP) prepares future wellness coaching and disease prevention professionals to address clients’ or patients’ wellness, disease prevention, or disease treatment goals by establishing the coaching relationship utilizing evidence-based health behavior change strategies. The WCDP program provides a multi-disciplinary perspective drawing upon the disciplines of health psychology, coaching psychology, exercise science, nutrition, and community health education.

Common Core

Wellness Coaching and Disease Prevention MS
Choose 30 Credit(s).

Wellness Coaching and Disease Prevention MS
Choose 30 Credit(s).

FCS 625 * Nutrition is Medicine 3
FCS 699 Thesis 3-6
HLTH 551 Emotional Health and Stress 3
HLTH 630 Techniques of Research in Health 3
HLTH 654 Disease and Prevention in Public Health 3
HP 610 Statistical Methods 3
HP 687 * Exercise is Medicine 3
PSYC 578 Health Psychology 4
WCDP 577 * Behavior Change Foundations and Strategies 3
WCDP 617 * Principles of Wellness Coaching 3
WCDP 650 * Advanced Wellness Coaching 3

 

Course Descriptions

HLTH 500 (3) Women's Health

This course explores current issues, controversies, and concerns affecting women's health. Relationships between social, cultural, psychological, environmental, and physical factors of women's health status are examined.

HLTH 506 (3) Ethics and Professionalism for Addictions Professionals

The focus of this course is on the foundations of ethics and professionalism for addictions professionals. The course will cover professional and ethical codes as well as topics related to continued development as a professional. 

HLTH 508 (3) Theories and Methods for Addiction Professionals


This course explores counseling theories and strategies and how they can be applied to clients in alcohol and drug treatment programs. The course also provides an overview of primary functions of addiction professionals and methods to deliver effective services.

HLTH 510 (3) Current Health Issues

An in-depth review of significant current health concerns and controversies in health science, using the elements of reasoning as the framework for critiquing the issues.

HLTH 517 (3) Principles of Wellness Coaching

This course contains content associated with achieving entry-level certifications for wellness coaching. Health behavior change strategies are emphasized within the context of the health coaching theory, coaching relationship skills, well-being assessment, and goal setting.

HLTH 520 (5) Health Teaching Methods

Overview of methodology and materials used in the school health setting. Review curriculum development, teaching strategies and program administration. Includes the preparation and presentation of lessons.

HLTH 541 (3) Death Education

Explores the relationship of death concerns to the process of meaningful living. Uses a variety of learning strategies to examine death attitudes, values ,and related behaviors.

HLTH 550 (3) Environmental Health

Promotes identification and analysis of environmental influences upon health status. Health concerns related to residential, occupational, and other environments are explored. Problems pertaining to air, water, solid waste, housing, land use, toxic waste, and sanitation are addressed.

HLTH 551 (3) Emotional Health and Stress

The course examines the foundations of emotional health and explores methods for promoting and maintaining emotional health. Emphasis is on recognition of, and enhancing awareness about, how stress affects human health and performance. Stress management techniques such as relaxation, effective communication, cognitive-behavioral approaches, eating behaviors, regular exercise, and time management are explored.

HLTH 554 (3) Chronic and Infectious Diseases

The purpose of this course is to develop the knowledge and understanding of the causes, symptoms and methods of controlling and preventing chronic and infectious diseases. Primary and secondary prevention strategies will be identified. Emphasis will be placed on those behaviors that foster and those that hinder well-being.

Prerequisite: HLTH 260

HLTH 555 (3) Health and Aging

This course investigates the physical and mental health concerns of the aging process. Explores specific health problems confronting older persons, and examines preventive health behaviors and health maintenance practices.

HLTH 556 (3) Assessment and Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorder

This course is designed to provide students with practical knowledge and application techniques in assessing an individual with a chemical use/dependency problem. Various assessment techniques will be presented and discusses as to appropriate utilization. This course meets the criteria for Rule 25 training in Chemical Dependency Assessment.

Prerequisite: HLTH 225

HLTH 559 (1-3) Critical Topics in Health

An in-depth study of specific topics of current interest in the Health Science discipline.

HLTH 560 (3) Introduction to Epidemiology

Examines the philosophy and rationale of current epidemiological practice. Requires the application of epidemiological techniques to selected health concerns. Explores the interaction of agent, host, and environment with the emphasis on application of principles of prevention.

HLTH 565 (3) Health Care Delivery in the United States

An examination of the system of delivery of health care in the United States from an historical, social, political, and economic perspective.

HLTH 566 (3) Global Health

This course focuses on the determinants of health, the concept of culture, and the intersection of health issues, culture, and health status. Linkages between health and development are addressed and research methods instrumental for identifying relationships between culture and health are discussed. The course examines diverse strategies for measuring health and explores how public health efforts (domestic and global) benefit from understanding and working with cultural processes. Emphasis is placed on the burden of disease, risk factors, populations most affected by different disease burdens, and key measures to address the burden of disease in cost-effective ways.(F, S) On demand

HLTH 568 (3) Grant Writing for Health Professions

This course is designed to make students familiar with the steps of grant writing, explore the various sources of grants available to health professionals and develop skills and competencies to successfully write grant proposals. (S) Odd years

HLTH 567 (3) Public Health Law

An examination of the judicial system and the development, enactment and enforcement of laws as they relate to the public's health.

HLTH 569 (3) Co-Occurring Disorders

This course is designed to provide students with practical knowledge and application techniques in assessing an individual with a chemical use/dependency problem. Various assessment techniques will be presented and discussed as to appropriate utilization. This course meets the criteria for Rule 25 training in Chemical Dependency Assessment.

Prerequisite: HLTH 225

HLTH 575 (3) Biostatistics

Introduction to statistical analysis as applied to the health sciences. Examines concepts and methods of statistical procedures applied to health problems and issues.

HLTH 577 (3) Behavior Change Foundations and Strategies

Behavior Change Foundations and Strategies (3 semester credits) is a course that focuses upon the complexity of health behavior change and the skills necessary for a health promotion professional to assess, plan, and evaluate behavior change interventions for individuals and communities. Health behavior change theories and strategies will be discussed. Topics covered in class will include: behavior modification, goal setting, self-management, coping skills, and social support. Emphasis will also be given to the impact of policy and environmental influences on behavior.

HLTH 580 (4) Community and Program Development for Health

Focuses upon knowledge and skills necessary for community organization and program development. The course identifies and explores methods and techniques needed for organizing a community for implementing health promotion.

Prerequisite: HLTH 260, 361, 460

HLTH 581 (3) Community Organizing for Health

Knowledge and skills necessary for community organization. Identifies and explores methods and techniques needed for organizing a community for implementing health promotion and education programs. Program administration, strategic planning, personnel relations, leadership development, collaboration, and working with diverse populations.

HLTH 588 (3) Work Site Health Promotion

The course examines approaches to promote health and prevent disease and injury, and explores other health related issues at the workplace. Assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation strategies are addressed. Model programs are reviewed and analyzed.

HLTH 590 (1-4) Workshop

Intensive educational experience on selected topics related to skill development, content update, or material development. Typically offered in a concentrated format.

HLTH 606 (3) Epidemiology

This course focuses on advanced methods used in epidemiologic investigation and research. Topics include causal inference in epidemiology, study designs, measures of disease frequency and association, methods to assess and handle confounding and bias, and analysis and statistical modeling in epidemiologic studies.

HLTH 630 (3) Techniques of Research in Health

Examines and applies research methods common to health science. Requires an extensive literature review. This course should be taken near the end of a graduate program when the student is ready to begin work on the thesis or alternate plan paper. The student must have completed a plan of study prior to enrollment.

Prerequisite: HLTH 675 and HLTH 661 or HLTH 665

HLTH 631 (1-3) Seminar

Course requires completion of thesis proposal or alternate plan paper, extensive literature review, and oral presentation for group review.

Prerequisite: HLTH 630

HLTH 632 (3) Alcohol and Drug Education

Focuses on preventing and reducing risks associated with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in school and community settings. Emphasizes planning, implementing, assessing, and evaluating alcohol, tobacco, and other drug education in K-12 schools. 

HLTH 640 (3) Health and Sick Role Behavior

Reviews concepts of health and illness as they affect individuals, families, and communities. Cross-cultural perspectives and the influence of economics, political, religious, geographical, and educational factors on health are emphasized.

HLTH 654 (3) Disease and Prevention in Public Health

Human health problems comprise a wide range of infectious, degenerative, and genetically-based disease factors. In addition to these factors, human disease results from a wide range of environmental and socially- caused pathologies. This course presents the basic scientific and biomedical concepts of modern public health problems and explores, in depth, mechanisms and models of the major categories of disease. The biologic principles presented in this course are foundations to developing and implementing public health disease prevention, control, or management programs in the student’s future.

HLTH 659 (3) Health Administration

Specific managerial components will be emphasized such as organizational patterns, fiscal administration, and personnel management common to the health system. Administrative functions of policy settings, planning coordination, public issue involvement, and community relations will be included. Particular attention is given to the human side of management.

HLTH 660 (3) Standards, Assessment and Methods

Explores health education standards, assessment, and methods for teaching functional knowledge and health-related skills. Requires the development of a assessment plans, assessments, lesson plans, and other materials for aligning, assessing, and teaching functional health knowledge and health-related skills.

HLTH 661 (4) Curriculum Trends

Evidence-based approaches to health education curriculum and instruction. Focuses on the alignment of health education standards, assessment, and curriculum and instruction focused on functional knowledge, health-related skills, and health-enhancing values, beliefs and norms. Requires the development of health education curriculum, unit plans, lesson plans, and/or assessment plans.

HLTH 662 (3) Human Sexuality

Explores current issues, controversies, and concerns affecting sexual health. Relationships between social, cultural, psychological, environmental, and physical factors of sexuality are examined.

HLTH 664 (3) Health Program Planning & Evaluation

Provides a thorough background on the practical aspects of health planning, including development, adoption, and implementation of health programs.

HLTH 665 (3) Theory and Philosophy of Health Education

Directed toward providing a solid theoretical and philosophical foundation for professional health education practice. Current and historical health education, theoretical and philosophical models, and concepts are explored. Application of these models and concepts to professional practice is emphasized.

HLTH 666 (3) International Health

An examination of health status and health care delivery systems of developing, transitional, and developed nations. Includes social, economic, and political analysis of health policy formation.

HLTH 667 (3) Advanced Health Communications and Advocacy

This course focuses upon advanced development of communication and advocacy skills for the health educator. The course provides in-depth coverage of health communication theory, application, and evidence. Students will plan, implement and evaluate an evidence-based health communication program.

HLTH 668 (3) Grant Proposal Writing for Health Professionals

Designed to make students familiar with the steps of grant writing, explore the various sources of grants available to health professionals, and develop skills and competencies to successfully write grant proposals.

HLTH 675 (3) Applied Biostatistics

This course will review the basic principles and techniques used in Biostatistics and will incorporate a final project that entails analyzing data, using the SPSS program, to answer hypothesized questions and make conclusions using the inferential statistical process. (Summer)

HLTH 677 (1-4) Individual Study

An in depth project on a topic of particular interest to the student. Project must be approved by the faculty supervisor and department chairperson and proposal filed with department.

HLTH 690 (1-3) Selected Topics in Health

Provides an in-depth investigation of a topic of particular concern at the time of offering. Topics will deal with timely issues regarding health promotion, disease prevention, and/or socio/political concerns regarding health in the modern world.

Prerequisite: may depend on topic

HLTH 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper

Course requires completion of Alternate Plan Paper and oral presentation for group review.

HLTH 696 (1-6) Internship: Health Science

A concentrated work experience for those students preparing for a career in community health.

Prerequisite: core courses completed

HLTH 697 (1-12) Internship: Alcohol and Drug Studies

A concentrated pre-professional experience for those preparing for a career in alcohol and drug studies. Students must successfully complete all alcohol and drug studies core course work and the Alcohol and Drug Studies application and screening process to be eligible for the internship. Students must schedule a meeting with the Coordinator of Alcohol and Drug Studies one semester in advance to schedule their internship placement.

Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA in Alcohol and Drug Studies, core courses completed

HLTH 699 (1-4) Thesis

Credit for students working on their thesis. Permission of advisor and department chairperson required.

Prerequisite: all core courses and HLTH 630 completed