George Mason University 1997-98 Catalog Catalog Index
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Health Education Courses (HEAL)


Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources

110 Personal Health (3:3:0). Individual and family well-being through the integration of such topics as fitness, nutrition, human sexuality, consumer health, drug education, and mental health.

205 Principles of Accident Causation and Prevention (4:3:0). Investigation of safety-related problems; emphasis on fire, home, occupational, and vehicle safety; violent and property crime prevention.

220 Dimensions of Mental Health (3:3:0). Integration of behavioral and sociocultural factors in the study of mental health.

305 Teaching Methods in Health Education (K-12) (3:3:0). Content, methodology, and resource materials in teaching health education for physical education teaching majors.

310 Drugs and Health (3:3:0). Analysis of drug use, with emphasis on its positive aspects; alternatives to drug misuse and abuse.

312 Health and Wellness Choices (3:3:0). May be taken by nonmajors. Designed to actively involve students in becoming managers of their personal health and well being throught the life span. Consistent with Healthy People 2000 goals for the nation. Emphasis placed on lifetyle activity and fitness, behavioral change, and maintenance.

323 Program Implementation and Evaluation in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources (3:3:0). Prerequisite: PRLS 310 or permission of the instructor. This course focuses on the implementation and evaluation of health education, fitness, and recreation resources programs. Studies use compter technology while studying the evaluative aspects of program planning and administration.

325 Health Aspects of Human Sexuality (3:3:0). Biological, behavioral, and sociocultural factors in human sexual behavior, apparently related to sexual problems.

330 Nutrition (3:3:0). Assessment of dietary habits and patterns in relation to nutrient requirements. Emphasis on weight control, diet and fitness, and current nutritional controversies.

430 Seminar on Contemporary Health Problems (3:3:0). Overview of contemporary and often controversial health issues with analysis of selected problems of current concern to society.

450 Epidemiology (3:3:0). Study of the incidence, distribution, and causes of diseases and injuries in human populations. Emphases are on essential diagnostics and planning for community health problem solving.

480 Special Topics (1-3:3:0). Selected health issues and/or problems are presented. Application of information to education programs receives special attention.

490 Internship (12:0:0). Directed experience to observe and participate in health promotion and exercise science activities at community agencies, health care centers, and private sector organizations. Graded Pass/Fail.

499 Independent Study in Health Education (1-3:0:0). Prerequisites: 90 hours and permission of department. Study of a problem area in health education research, theory, or practice under faculty direction. May be repeated but no more than three hours total credit may be earned.


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