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HHE5225 Foundations of Health Education

Course Description

This course overviews the field of health education and prepares students for study and practice in their chosen field. We discuss the role of the health educator and various professional and ethical considerations inherent in that role. We look into various holistic theories as tools for analyzing and understanding health and health education. We begin to identify issues and questions of importance to the field and to us personally and professionally, such as health education for the “whole person;” shifting from a disease-focused to a health-focused health paradigm; wellness and the salutogenic approach to health promotion; self-care; and spirituality and health. This course is also designed to provide students entering the MA in Health Education program with a review of the critical thinking, research, and writing skills that will serve as a foundation for producing graduate-level work.