Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2023

Department of Public Health

Dr. William Mkanta, Chair      

Academic Complex, Office 133
Phone: (270) 745-4797, Fax: (270) 745-4437
Email: public.health@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/publichealth

The Department of Public Health offers academic programs which prepare students for a wide variety of health careers.  An important responsibility is to carry out applied research and other scholarly activities which provide opportunities for student engagement, maintain the academic strength of the faculty, expand knowledge in various fields, and improve health in the communities served The department also conducts service with multiple agencies, institutions, and organizations in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and across the nation. In addition, the department provides a service to the University’s Colonnade program through instruction to improve the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of students related to Colonnade goals.

Students may pursue one of several major or minor programs. Specialized programs prepare individuals for careers in public health, health care administration, environmental health and safety, occupational safety and health, health information management, health science, and related areas.

All majors and minors are expected to work closely with their academic advisors in planning their courses of study. Special interests and abilities will be considered in planning the individual course of study. More information about the department is available at: http://www.wku.edu/publichealth.

Departmental Academic Regulations

Students who have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours, including the courses required for seeking admission status, with an overall GPA of 2.3 (an overall GPA of 2.5 for Health Care Administration majors), qualify for admission into a program in the Department of Public Health.

Students whose grade point average falls below 2.3 for two successive semesters will be dropped from the program. Students who receive a grade below a “C” in two or more courses required in a major or minor will be dropped from the program. A student may be reinstated in the program when the overall grade point average is elevated to at least 2.3 and all courses in which a grade of less than “C” has been earned have been repeated and a grade of “C” or better was earned. Students must have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 before enrolling in the internship. Grades below “C” in major or minor courses will not be counted toward meeting graduation requirements.

Academic regulations for Health Information Management and Health Sciences majors are described subsequently with the full descriptions of the programs.

Internships/Off-Campus Experiences

Students may be required to undergo criminal background checks and drug testing, and to provide proof of health insurance, liability insurance, and/or immunization records prior to participating in any required experiences at selected off-campus facilities/agencies. Additionally, there may be certifications, training seminars, or other requirements specified by the facility/agency that a student must meet in order to be eligible for field or practical experiences at the facility. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all institutional and/or facility requirements are met as a condition of participating in the off-campus experiences; students may be responsible in part or in full for any costs incurred to meet such requirements. Students are also responsible for transportation to and from off-campus experiences.

Faculty

Professor

Tania B. Basta PhD (Health Promotion and Behavior), University of Georgia, 2006

Grace K. Lartey PhD (Health Education), University of Toledo, 2006

William N. Mkanta PhD (Health Services Research), University of Florida, 2005

Ritchie D. Taylor PhD (Environmental Science), University of North Texas, 2002

Associate Professor

Xiuhua Ding PhD (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), University of Kentucky, 2016

Gregory E. Ellis-Griffith PhD (Administration/Health Services), University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010

Marilyn M. Gardner PhD (Health Ed Promotion), The University of Alabama, 1999

Gretchen M. Macy EdD (Kinesiology and Health Promotion), University of Kentucky, 2012

Michelle C. Reece PhD (Public Health), East Tennessee State University, 2014

Assistant Professor

Kristen L. Brewer PhD (Education (Health Education)), Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2021

Susan S. Eagle PhD (Anthropology), Tulane University, 2005

Edrisa Sanyang PhD (Occupational & Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene)), University of Iowa, 2016

Pedagogical Associate Professor

Janice R. Hunt-Shepherd MHA (Health Administration), Western Kentucky University, 2005

Instructor I

Jacqueline R. Basham MPH (Public Health, Environmental Health), Western Kentucky University, 2015

Pamela A. Chandler MED (Education), Indiana Wesleyan University, 2008

Melanie D. Eaton MBA, Western Kentucky University, 2003

Nadia F. Houchens MHA, Western Kentucky University, 2017

Jae J. Kim MS (Health), Western Kentucky University, 1987

Angel N. Parker MPH (Public Health), Western Kentucky University, 2020

Roberta D. Pope MS, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012

Environmental Science (ENV)

ENV 120    Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health    3 Hours

An introduction to the principles of occupational safety and health. A survey course covering the basic principles and techniques of accident investigation and prevention. Includes field trips. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-SB | SB

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

ENV 221    Safety and Health Standards, Codes, and Regulations    3 Hours

A review of the important occupational safety and health standards and codes with particular emphasis on application of these codes to typical work situations. Includes field trips. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 120

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021; spring 2022

ENV 280    Introduction to Environmental Science    3 Hours

An introductory course devoted to the study of environmental issues. A general understanding of the application of science to solve contemporary environmental challenges. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-NS | NS

Equivalent(s): PH 280

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

ENV 321    Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene    3 Hours

A basic introduction to the field of industrial hygiene. A survey of the effects of toxic agents on the body and general methods of control. Includes field trips. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 117 and CHEM 105 and CHEM 106

Corequisite(s): ENV 323

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020

ENV 322    Physical Hazards Recognition and Control I    3 Hours

An examination of physical hazards in the work environment and methods of recognition and control. Includes field trips. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 221

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

ENV 323    Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene Laboratory    1 Hour

Examines basic industrial hygiene sampling, measurement and analytical techniques. Laboratory exercises will include airflow calibration standards, procedures for calibration of personal sampling pumps, instrumentation and indoor air quality monitoring methodology.

Corequisite(s): ENV 321

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

ENV 360    Air Pollution Control    3 Hours

Examines air pollution sources, nature and behavior of air pollutants, air sampling and analysis, dispersion and diffusion in the atmosphere, air pollution meteorology, and methods and equipment for community air pollution control. Topics in indoor air quality (IAQ), modeling, and prediction, air quality control regulations, control strategies for stationary and mobile sources.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 107 and CHEM 108 and MATH 118

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2022

ENV 365    Air Pollution Control Laboratory    1 Hour

Provides hands-on experience with field instrumentation and equipment, calibration methods and quantitative determination of different physical and chemical air pollutants. Examines air sampling, measurement and analytical methodologies and basic scientific and analytical techniques used in air pollution control.

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENV 375    Introduction to Water Resources    3 Hours

Recent advances and the present state of water resources; water resources planning and development; management and administration. Priorities in water resources research. Selected case histories.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENV 380    Principles of Environmental Toxicology    3 Hours

An overview of the principles of environmental toxicology. Reviews the effects of environmental toxicants in relation to ecosystems and human health and provides an overview of techniques used in assessing the presence and distribution of environmental toxicants.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 105 and CHEM 106 and MATH 118 and ENV 280

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021

ENV 410    Water Treatment Processes    3 Hours

Determination of water quality characteristics pertinent to water and waste-water treatment.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 107 and CHEM 108 and MATH 118

Corequisite(s): ENV 411

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

ENV 411    Water Treatment Processes Laboratory    1 Hour

Application of water treatment processes in a laboratory. Topics will include water quality measurements, water treatment methods and monitoring.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 375

Corequisite(s): ENV 410

Course Fee: $50

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

ENV 423    Safety Program Management    3 Hours

Acquaints students with the common elements of a modern safety program. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 120 and ENV 221

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2022

ENV 430    Radiological Health    3 Hours

Fundamentals of detection of ionizing radiation, radiation interaction, with matter biological effects radiation dosimetry and radiation protection concepts.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 332

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENV 435    Radiological Health Laboratory    1 Hour

A laboratory course correlated with ENV 430. Two laboratory hours per week.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENV 460    Environmental Management    3 Hours

Provides students with a working knowledge of environmental management techniques, standards, permitting and programs that used to protect our air, water, and land resources. Off-campus travel is required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated sites.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 360 (may be taken concurrently) and ENV 410 (may be taken concurrently) and ENV 480 (may be taken concurrently)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021; fall 2022

ENV 474    Environmental Risk Assessment    3 Hours

Develops both qualitative and quantitative skills in assessing the health risk of exposure to hazardous environmental agents. Topics include risk prioritization approaches and exposure monitoring strategies. Laboratory sessions focus on the application of risk asssessment software tools and include a field project. Off-campus travel is required. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to designated sites.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 321 and ENV 380

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2022

ENV 475    Selected Topics in Env    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 9 hrs)

A consideration of special topics to acquaint the advanced student with significant problems and developments of current interest in environmental technology. Topics to vary each semester offered. Field trips as appropriate. Note: Permission of instructor required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; fall 2022

ENV 480    Hazardous and Solid Waste Management    3 Hours

Includes the physical, chemical, and biological stressors associated with both hazardous and solid waste. Emphasis on characterization and remediation efforts.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 107 and CHEM 108 and MATH 118

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2022

ENV 485    Educational Experiences in Occupational Safety and Health    3 Hours

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.Special collection of selected short courses with content focused in the area of occupational safety and health. Instruction provided by outside agencies including the Kentucky Labor Cabinet, the Kentucky Regional Technology Center, and the North Carolina National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Educational Resource Center. Total instruction time approximately 160 hours. .

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENV 486    Senior Environmental Health Seminar    1 Hour

Current environmental health issues discussed, including identification of possible careers in environmental health fields.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

ENV 490    Food Safety    3 Hours

Principles of food safety in the processing and distribution of milk and milk products, meat, shellfish, and other foods, food borne illnesses and sanitation standards, surveillance and evaluation. Off-campus travel is required. Students must arrange own transportation for required field trips. Note: 6 hours of biology courses are required for course enrollment.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

ENV 491    Internship in Environmental, Health, and Safety    3 Hours

Supervised experience in an organization, facility, industry, or business with ENV responsibilities. Assignments individually arranged. Off campus travel required. Note: Permission of instructor required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022

ENV 495    Environmental Measurement    3 Hours

Includes environmental measurement methods for air, soils, and water analysis. Devices covered include: AA, GC/MS, XRF, PID, SEM, colorimetric tubes, and water quality instruments.

Prerequisite(s): ENV 280 and ENV 360 and ENV 410 and ENV 480

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

Health Care Administration (HCA)

HCA 120    Health Literacy for Consumers    3 Hours

Provides an introduction to health literacy from a consumer's perspective. Students will examine the current state of affairs in healthcare, identify medical challenges, and learn how consumers can heighten awareness and better prepare to be their own best advocate. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-SB | SB

Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

HCA 247    Contemporary Healthcare Issues    3 Hours

An introductory course addressing contemporary issues confronting the healthcare delivery system, patients, and medical professionals in American society.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100C

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman.

Equivalent(s): HED 247C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

HCA 340    Health Care Organization and Management    3 Hours

Examines the historic, social, political, and economic factors that shape the U.S. health care delivery system. Topics include the components of the healthcare delivery system such as medical office practices, hospitals, and long-term healthcare systems. Included are financial and non-financial resources found in the U.S., concepts of public health, quality of care and outcomes measurement, and strategies for improving access to care. The role of health care administration as critical to the system will be stressed. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SY

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

HCA 342    Human Resources Management for Healthcare Managers    3 Hours

This course explores human resource management issues experienced by supervisors within healthcare organizations. Course topics include core human resources management functions and skills (job analysis, recruitment, retention, selection, placement, training/education, performance evaluation, and compensation) related to clinical, administrative, and paraprofessional employees within the healthcare setting. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HCA 343    Quality Management for Healthcare    3 Hours

Examines the history, philosophies, methods, and techniques used in continuous quality improvement programs, specifically for healthcare delivery systems. Topics include problem identification, data collection and analysis, implementation, and evaluation of system changes. Customer service approach to health care, accreditation, credentialing, and current issues in quality improvement (performance improvement models and patient safety improvement), utilization management and risk management will be included in the discussion. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022

HCA 344    Health Systems Management    3 Hours

This course provides information and applications of general systems theory relative to organizations, operations, and decision analysis in health care delivery system components. The course will also explore the responsibilities, relationships, and trends of various departments in health facilities. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HCA 345    Long-Term Care Administration    3 Hours

Introduce the special topics and operating environment facing long-term care managers today. Emphasis is on regulations, reimbursement, care delivery, and alternative delivery systems that deal with the elderly. Includes field trips. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HCA 346    Ambulatory Care Administration    3 Hours

Access, content, and expected outcomes of health care delivery settings outside traditional inpatient facilities.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

HCA 347    International Comparisons of Health Care Systems    3 Hours

Cross country comparisons, including concepts of illness and healing within different cultural contexts; differing approaches to critical issues including access, quality of care, and cost containment; and methods of organization, financing and structuring of providers in various countries. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

HCA 353    Quality and Patient Safety in Long-Term Care    3 Hours

Application of quality management techniques with special emphasis on the types of populations, facilities, and expectations involved in long-term care service delivery programs.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

HCA 355    Nursing Facility Administration    3 Hours

Cover the domains of knowledge associate with the national licensure examination for nursing home administrators along with other necessary knowledge for the administration of a long-term care facility. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 345

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

HCA 383    Management Applications in Healthcare    1 Hour

This course covers data types, data use, and data management approaches including statistical applications that are currently used in the healthcare industry, Data management and analysis products including MS Excel, SPSS and other data management/statistical applications relevant to the healthcare environment would be used to deliver course content. Basic familiarity with personal computers is assumed.

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 183 or SOCL 300 or PH 383)

Corequisite(s): PH 383

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022

HCA 401    Fundamentals of Health Care Financial Management    3 Hours

Principles of financial management for health care organizations. Financial ratios applicable to health providers and insurance companies; issues in the healthcare revenue cycle and value chain; recognizing sources of risk in reimbursement and addressing risk in financial plans. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; summer 2020; winter 2021; summer 2021; winter 2022; summer 2022

HCA 440    Health Economics    3 Hours

Examines the characteristics of the markets for medical services with emphasis on medical costs, competition, health cost inflation, health insurance, medical service markets, regulation, and economic strategies for health care managers. This course includes financing and cost-control in foreign health systems.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340 and HCA 344 and (HCA 345 or HCA 346) and (ECON 202 or ECON 203)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HCA 441    Legal Aspects / Health Care    3 Hours

This course will examine the relationship between the health care system in the United States and the legal system. The component parts of the legal system, including the legislative, administrative and judicial functions will be reviewed. Current trends in the area of health care law will be studied. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HCA 442    Principles and Methods of Health Planning    3 Hours

This course will provide theoretical foundations and methodology used in health planning. It will include the roles of government, health professions and consumers in the process of planning for health services, facilities and manpower.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340 and HCA 344

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

HCA 445    Health Care Finance    3 Hours

Methods of financing health care will include a review of health care specific financial statements and quantitative methods. Students are expected to develop an understanding of the financial basis of cost accounting and managerial decision-making. The course covers the importance of managed care and an overview of managed care contracting.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340 and HCA 344 and (HCA 345 or HCA 346 or HCA 355) and (ACCT 110 or HIM 252) and (HCA 440 or ECON 300 or ECON 302 or ECON 303 or ECON 305 or ECON 306 or ECON 307 or ECON 323 or ECON 375 or ECON 380 or ECON 385 or ECON 390 or ECON 400 or ECON 410 or ECON 414 or ECON 420 or ECON 430 or ECON 434 or ECON 440 or ECON 445 or ECON 464 or ECON 465 or ECON 467 or ECON 475 or ECON 480 or ECON 490 or ECON 491 or ECON 496 or ECON 497 or ECON 499)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HCA 446    Health Care Informatics    3 Hours

Consideration of the vital role played by the exchange of organizational information in support of clinical care and management decision making in today's health care environment.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HCA 447    Information Systems Laboratory    1 Hour

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. This course includes hands-on instruction in computer hardware, operating systems, and database architecture. Basic familiarity with personal computers is assumed.

Corequisite(s): HCA 446

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HCA 448    Health Care Analysis and Evaluation    3 Hours

Unifies the knowledge gained in the required course work for health care administration majors and prepares them for the internship experience. Individual primary research projects are required.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 344

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HCA 449    Internship in Health Care Administration    1-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Prerequisite(s): Completion of all program course requirements, general education and electives, minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and permission of the internship supervisor. The internship provides the student administrative experience with a health care provider or health related organization. Students are expected to secure the internship site during the last academic semester and are responsible for all university and facility requirements during the internship. Participating agencies will have a qualified administrator to serve as preceptor. Off campus travel required. Interns are not permitted to take other courses during internship.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

HCA 450    Internship in Long-term Care    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Internships provides the HCA student administrative experience with a health care provider or health related organization with additional hours rotation as required by National Association of Long-term Care Administrators Boards (NAB). Students are expected to secure the internship site and are responsible for all university and facility requirements during the internship. Participating agencies will have a qualified administrator to serve as preceptor. Off campus travel required. Note: Must have an overall GPA of 2.5.

Prerequisite(s): (HCA 345 with a minimum grade of C or HCA 355 with a minimum grade of C or permission of instructor)

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Health Care Adm (559) or Health Care Admin- Seeking Adm (559P)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HCA 459    Global Health Service-Learning Practicum    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Designed to provide students in health professions with a global service-learning experience. Integrates student knowledge and skills with practical applications in a global health context, based on the student career objectives and the health needs of the served communities. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 347

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

HCA 471    Managed Care    3 Hours

This elective course provides an overview of managed care; includes history, government policy, organizational structures, cost control strategies, and management issues.

Prerequisite(s): HCA 340 and HCA 344 and HCA 440 and HCA 441

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

Health Information Management (HIM)

HIM 100    Health Data Content and Structure    4 Hours (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

Emphasis on the health information profession, interdisciplinary relationships, health care data management, documentation standards, methods of access and retention of image-based information and maintenance of health information in acute and non-acute care facilities. Procedures for maintaining vital statistics and specialized registries will be included.

Course Fee: $75

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HIM 220    Statistical Applications in Health Information Management    2 Hours

Emphasis on acquiring knowledge and skills in data collection methods, health statistics terminology and computation, and presentation of reported health statistics.

Prerequisite(s): HIM 100 and (MA 109C or MATH 109 or MA 116C or MATH 116)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIM 221    Health Information and Quality Management    4 Hours (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

Exploration of principles of management, human relations, human resources, total quality management, utilization and risk management and credentialing in the HIM department and healthcare setting.

Prerequisite(s): HIM 100

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIM 225    Legal Issues in Health Information Management    2 Hours

Advanced course relating concepts and principles of law, the health record as a legal document, confidential communication, consents and authorization, release of information and current trends in health legislation.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HIM 230    Computer Systems and Applications in Health Information Management    3 Hours (repeatable max of 3 hrs)

Exploration of computer systems for health information management with emphasis on the electronic health record. Various HIM software applications will be utilized.

Prerequisite(s): HIM 100 and (CSCI 145C or CIS 141)

Course Fee: $65

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

HIM 250    International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Coding    4 Hours (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

Discussion of various nomenclature and classification systems. Guidelines used to assign codes to disease and operations in the ICD classification system. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): HIM 100 and AH 290 and (BIO 131C or BIOL 131)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

HIM 251    Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System / Current Procedural Terminology (HCPCS / CPT) Coding    4 Hours (repeatable max of 4 hrs)

Application of HCPCS/CPT coding principles to outpatient reimbursement systems. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): HIM 100

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

HIM 252    Healthcare Payment Systems    3 Hours

Overview of management of health care payment systems including insurances, billing and collection processes, case mix analysis, corporate compliance, HIPAA, and other current reimbursement issues.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

HIM 290    Medical Terminology    2 Hours

A course designed to acquaint the student with the specialized language of medicine and to develop communication skills in areas where use of medical terms is necessary and appropriate.

Equivalent(s): AH 290

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

HIM 291    Advanced Medical Terminolgy    2 Hours

Terminology of diseases, operations and treatment modalities.

Prerequisite(s): (AH 290 or HIM 290)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

HIM 292    Pharmacology and Laboratory Diagnostics    2 Hours

Study of pharmacology, laboratory tests and diagnostics as they relate to the management of health information.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

HIM 295    Seminar and Professional Practice Experience    5 Hours

Final project-based field experience. Two weeks preparatory classroom work; two weeks focused field experience, on-campus post-seminar and project persentation. Students responsible for own expenses. Note: Completion of all associate degree HIM required courses is required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIM 330    Electronic Health Record Systems    3 Hours

Uitlization, application, analysis, and evaluation of an electronic health record system for data collection, communication, storage, reporting, and exchange of health information.

Prerequisite(s): (HIM 100 or HCA 340 or CD 280 or NUR 105 or SWRK 205)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

HIM 350    Health Informatics Research    3 Hours

Applies principles and methods of scientific research to selected topics in Health Informatics and relevant healthcare issues.

Prerequisite(s): HIM 230 and PH 383 and HCA 340

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Health Information Management (529)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

HIM 351    International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) Coding    1 Hour

Course provides students with opportunities to learn and apply guidelines of ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Health Information Management (529)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

HIM 421    Health Information Leadership and Management    3 Hours

Application, evaluation, and creation of operational, managerial, and strategic planning for health information including project managment, budgeting, human resources, professional development, and other administrative functions.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Enrollment is limited to students in Health Information Management (529)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

HIM 422    Clinical Evaluation and Outcomes    3 Hours

Advanced course in applying measurements, evaluations, and reports to processes, structures,and outcomes in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of health information management and clinical services.

Prerequisite(s): PH 383 and HIM 221

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Health Information Management (529)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

HIM 430    Health Data Management and Analytics    3 Hours

Acquisition, analysis, display, interpretation, reporting, transformation, and management of healthcare data to respond to needs, trends, and changes in clinical practice, management, health care quality, regulations, legislation, accrediting bodies and marketplace.

Prerequisite(s): HIM 330 and (HIM 230 or (HCA 446 and HCA 447) or CIT 350 or BDAN 330 or INS 272C)

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Health Information Management (529)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

HIM 450    Application & Analysis of Him Theory    3 Hours

Advanced study in application and analysis of HIM theory in healthcare settings. Must be taken in semester prior to enrollment in HIM 495 Capstone PPE.

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students in Health Information Management (529)

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

HIM 495    Capstone Professional Practice Experience    3-6 Hours

Professional practice experience in a health-related setting. Students are responsible for their travel. Lab component required. Note: Completion of all HIM baccalaureate degree required courses are required for course enrollment.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

Public Health (PH)

PH 100    Personal Health    3 Hours

Examines behaviors and environmental conditions that enhance or hinder an individual's health status. In addition to exploring social and environmental factors, students are encouraged to think critically about behavioral choices that impact ones' health. Students assess their individual behavior in the light of current scientific knowledge concerning mental health; drugs, alcohol and tobacco; health care; selection of health products; prevention of disease; nutrition; exercise, and stress management. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-SB | SB

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

PH 165    Drug Abuse    3 Hours

This course offers an opportunity for the student to explore the drug culture, and both healthful and harmful use of drugs. The scope will include marijuana, hallucinogens, narcotics, stimulants, depressants and volatile chemicals. Pharmacological, psychological and sociological aspects of drug abuse will be studied through individual research, group discussion, lectures and field trips when practical. Equivalent(s): HED 165C.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

PH 261    Foundations of Public Health Education    3 Hours

An introduction to the discipline of health education, including history, theoretical basis, comparison and contrast of work settings, ethics, professional organizations, and perspectives on the future.

Prerequisite(s): PH 100

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022

PH 280    Introduction to Environmental Science    3 Hours

An introductory course devoted to the study of environmental issues. A general understanding of application of science to solution of contemporary environmental problems. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-NS | NS

Equivalent(s): ENV 280

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 365    Human Sexuality    3 Hours

Examines sociological, physiological, and psychological aspects of human sexuality in relation to family life, courtship, marriage, reproduction, education, and aging. Includes information on sexual assault, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and HIV/AIDS. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

PH 381    Public and Community Health    3 Hours

Study of international, national, state and local health problems, and the governmental, voluntary and private sectors of the health care system. Emphasis is placed upon preventative strategies appropriate for contemporary public health concerns. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): (PH 261 or PH 100)

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

PH 382    Peer Health Education    3 Hours

Admission based upon academic background and interview. Course focuses on health concerns specific to college students with a strong emphasis on alcohol and other drug issues, and methods of addressing these issues through peer health education. Note: Permission of instructor required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 383    Biostatistics in the Health Sciences    3 Hours

Introduction to statistical methods, scientific structure of study design, hypothesis formation and verification and study classification. Includes descriptive statistics, data presentation, data sources, questionnaire construction, interviewing techniques and use of computer technology.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 109 or MATH 115 or MATH 116 or MATH 117 or MATH 118 or MATH 119 or MATH 121 or MATH 127 or MATH 136 or MATH 137 or MATH 142 or MATH 183 or MATH 205 or MATH 206 or (MATH 225 or MATH 302) or MATH 237 or MATH 240 or MATH 275 or MATH 295 or MA 109C or MA 115C or MA 116C or MA 117C

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

PH 384    Introduction to Epidemiology    3 Hours

Explores the distribution and determinants of health and diseases, illnesses, injuries, disability, and death in populations. Examines the application of epidemiologic procedures to the understanding of the occurrence and control of conditions such as infectious and chronic diseases, mental disorders, community and environmental health hazards, accidents, and geriatric problems.

Prerequisite(s): PH 383 or MATH 183 or SOCL 300 or PSYS 313 or PSY 313 or STAT 301 or BIOL 382

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

PH 385    Environmental Health    3 Hours

This course examines the environment and its relationship to health status. Areas of emphasis include food protection, air, water and land pollution, hazardous wastes, and noise and radiation hazards.

Prerequisite(s): (BIOL 113 or BIOL 120 or BIOL 122 or BIOL 131 or BIOL 199 or BIOL 207 or BIOL 222 or BIOL 224 or BIOL 226 or BIOL 231 or BIOL 302 or BIOL 312 or BIOL 315 or BIOL 316 or BIOL 317 or BIOL 319 or BIOL 321 or BIOL 324 or BIOL 335 or BIOL 336 or BIOL 344 or BIOL 348 or BIOL 350 or BIOL 372 or BIOL 377 or BIOL 382 or BIOL 390) and (CHEM 101 or CHEM 105 or CHEM 107 or CHEM 109 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 116 or CHEM 120 or CHEM 222 or CHEM 240 or CHEM 304 or CHEM 314 or CHEM 320 or CHEM 330 or CHEM 340 or CHEM 342)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

PH 390    Wellness and Fitness Assessment    3 Hours

Techniques of wellness and fitness assessment, evaluations of various populations including identification of individual health risk factors, and personal goals for cardiovascular health and fitness. Note: CPR certification required.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 131 and HMD 211

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2022

PH 402    Worksite Health Promotion    3 Hours

Provides specific concepts and skills needed in worksite health promotion using comprehensive health promotion and education techniques. Also discusses policy issues, program planning and special population interactions that are unique to the worksite setting. Note: Instructor permission may be required.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

PH 410    Global Perspectives on Population Health    3 Hours

Global population health focuses on the health and well-being of entire populations. Populations may be geographically defined, such as neighborhoods, states, or countries, or may be based on groups of individuals who share common characteristics such as age, gender, race-ethnicity, disease status, employee group membership, or socioeconomic status. With roots in epidemiology, public health, and demography, a key component of population health is the focus on the social determinants of health and "upstream" collaborative interventions to improve population health and variance, identify and reduce health disparities, and reduce healthcare costs. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

PH 412    Health Disparities and Health Equity    3 Hours

Health disparities are differences in health outcomes that cannot be solely attributed to genetic or biological differences among populations; instead, they are associated with social, cultural, and economic factors such as income, residence, minority status, or educational attainment. Health disparities are diminished and health equity is achieved when all people have the opportunity to be as healthy as possible despite any social, cultural, or economic differences. Unravelling the multifactorial causes for health disparities and pursuing health equity both require a systems thinking approach. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SY

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2022

PH 443    Health and Aging    3 Hours

Examines the multiple factors affecting health of older adults. The course will discuss normal changes in aging and how to promote health of older adults. Students are required to have hands-on field experience. Students are responsible for their own off campus transportation. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

PH 444    Death, Dying and Bereavement    3 Hours

A study of the universal experience of dying and death, within societal, cultural, philosophical and spiritual contexts, designed to help people make sense of their mortality and the development of coping skills to assist with dealing with the death of loved ones. Note: 3 hours of social or behavioral science courses is required.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

PH 447    Human Values and the Health Sciences    3 Hours

An analysis of the difficult ethical, legal, and social dilemmas confronting the health care delivery system, patients, medical practitioners and other health care professionals in contemporary American society. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; winter 2022; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

PH 450    Rural Health and Safety    3 Hours

Students will explore a variety of health and safety issues unique to rural populations. The interdisciplinary team concept will be used throughout the course to foster collaboration that facilitates sharing of the expertise of the students and faculty. One Saturday meeting will be required for a team building activity.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 456    Independent Study in Health and Safety    1-3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Specific and detailed analysis of practical problem areas in health and safety. Designed specifically for independent study. Note: Permission of instructor is required.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2020; spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; winter 2021; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022

PH 461    Comprehensive School Health Program    3 Hours

Examines the instructional component of a comprehensive school health program. Discusses the role of administrators, teachers, counselors, health service personnel and policy issues in coordinating and evaluating the comprehensive school health program.

Prerequisite(s): PH 381

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; fall 2022

PH 462    Folklore and Medicine    3 Hours

This course examines the role of traditional culture in shaping attitudes and behavior related to sickness, health, and healing. Institutional, alternative, and informal medical settings are discussed. Equivalent(s): FLK 462.

Equivalent(s): FLK 462

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 463    Consumer Health    3 Hours

This course examines the benefits and/or hazards associated with health related products, services and information presently available to the consumer. The methods and techniques of health frauds are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on the development of individual criteria for the potential selection and purchase of health products and services. Field trips may be required.

Prerequisite(s): PH 261

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 464    Women’s Health    3 Hours

An analysis of the major health problems of contemporary women, with a special emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention, and consumer health concerns. Note: Permission of instructor is required.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

PH 465    Health and Safety in the Elementary School    3 Hours

An exploration of the nature and purpose of school health and safety in the elementary school, including curriculum development, instructional content areas, appraising students health and evaluation.

Prerequisite(s): PH 100

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 467    Drug Abuse Education    3 Hours

A drug abuse education and prevention course designed to provide current and documented information about abused substances. Includes study of the development, implementation and evaluation of drug prevention programs in the home, school, community and workplace. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

PH 468    Sexuality Education    3 Hours

A critical review of programs designed to promote sexuality education in community and school settings. Forces that impact on the adoption of various curricula and the development of new curricula are examined. Students are taught to utilize scientific and cultural considerations in preparing and adopting curricula for different populations. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior or Freshman may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; fall 2022

PH 469    Critical Issues in Health and Safety    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Analysis of current health problems from both school and community viewpoints. The purpose of the course is to permit in-depth exploration, through research and discussion, of specific local, national and worldwide health and safety problems.

Prerequisite(s): PH 261 and PH 381

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 472    Illicit Drug Policy in the Us    3 Hours

Examination of the illicit drug policy in the United States and its intended and unintended outcomes. Topics include the history of illicit drug policy, current trends in drug policy enforcement, drug use and abuse, and proposed alternative policies. Note: Permission of instructor may be required.

Prerequisite(s): (PH 100 or PH 165)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 483    Administration of Public Health Programs    3 Hours

Introductory study of the basic principles, theories and practices of public health administration. Emphasis will be placed on the development and organization of health programs from voluntary and official agencies to meet the health needs of the community.

Prerequisite(s): PH 384

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; fall 2022

PH 484    Community Organization for Health Education    3 Hours

Examines the role of the health educator in solving community health problems. Emphasis is placed on appropriate methods and techniques of communication, processes by which a community identifies its needs and the importance of cultural and social factors in community organization and community development. Principles of community organization and planning as a process will be stressed as well as the imporantance of public health policy. Note: Permission of instructor is required.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman or Sophomore may not enroll.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022

PH 485    Fundamentals of Public Health Planning    3 Hours

The roles and functions of the community health educator in planning, implementing, and evaluating health education programs.

Prerequisite(s): PH 483

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2021; fall 2022

PH 488    Public Health Senior Seminar    3 Hours

Course allows students to synthesize and apply public health skills and knowledge acquired in their prior coursework to design an action plan to solve a health problem in a selected community. Course will expose students to public health professional preparation skills.

Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Enrollment is limited to students in Public Health (521)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

PH 490    Internship    3-6 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Supervised, 400-hour field experience planned with various agencies, organizations, facilities, industries, and businesses with health related missions or programs, and approved by the Department of Public Health. Off-campus travel required, and students are responsible for their own transportation. Note: Permission of instructor is required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

Safety (SFTY)

SFTY 171    Safety and First Aid    1 Hour

The course is designed to prepare students to provide immediate and temporary care in emergency situations involving accidents or sudden illness. The symptoms and appropriate first aid for shock, wounds, heart problems, fractures, heat and cold injuries, poisons, and proper methods of transportation will be covered. The course is applicable to all students, especially those pursuing a teaching career where they will be responsible for other students entrusted to their supervision and care.

Course Fee: $10

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

SFTY 270    General Safety    3 Hours

Introduction to the history of safety in America. Examines steps involved in analyzing the causes and prevention of accidents. Emphasizes programs designed to educate the student in general safety concepts and principles, and an overview of statistical analysis, theories, and models used in hazard pre-planning and post-incident analysis and/or mitigation. Major topics include traffic, home, recreational, fire, and occupational safety.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

SFTY 271    Emergency Care and Transportation    6 Hours

Students will learn how to evaluate, provide emergency care, and properly move and transport ill or injured people utilizing equipment available in an ambulance. Successful completion of this course and a skills evaluation leads to certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

Recent Term(s) Offered: None