College of Health and Human Services
(See Health Education in the Academic Programs section for information on degrees)
100 Integrating University and Self (3)
A holistic orientation to SFSU, its resources and facilities, and its relevance for personal and professional growth. Exploration of life and career goals and lifestyle choices related to healthful living. Educational planning based on personal choices, interests, needs, and aspirations.
290 Promoting Positive Health (3)
Designed to develop skills and knowledge necessary to promote and maintain positive health. Students assess their personal health and fitness status and the impact of their lifestyles on longevity and quality of life, and design plans for healthful living.
300 The Health Education Profession (3)
Prerequisite: completion of critical thinking requirement. Introduction to the health education profession including definitions and history of health education, qualifications and professional preparation in health education, and roles and responsibilities of health educators in the community, schools, and health care settings.
310 Health in Society (3) [GE]
Major health issues/problems of individual and society are surveyed with emphasis on prevention and the validity of current health beliefs. Areas include: nutrition, mental health, sexuality, environmental health, communicable and chronic diseases, consumerism, stress, aging and related areas.
312 Consumer Health (3) [GE]
Health services and products important to individuals and family members; selection of medical advisers, health insurance, agencies; quackery and faddism, health budgets, health careers.
315 Drugs and Society (3) [GE]
Physical, psychological, and sociological aspects of drug use and misuse in contemporary society, including community prevention and control programs.
320 Contemporary Sexuality (3) [GE]
Examines current information about sexuality; its impact on interpersonal relationships. Topics: sexual anatomy and physiology; psychosexual development, sex roles, pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual behavior, myths, misconceptions. Includes discussion of sexual value systems and communication skills.
325 Computer Applications in Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation (3)
Information management for health, physical education, and recreation presentations, workshops, reports, records, budgets, fees, participation, market data, statistics, testing, scheduling, handouts, and equipment inventories using computerized word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, outlining, and databases. No computer experience necessary. Classwork, two units; laboratory, one unit. (Also offered as KIN/REC 325.)
370 Current Health Issues (1-3)
Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Current issues in health. May be repeated for a total of nine units when topics vary.
410 Organization and Function of Health Services (3)
Organization for health care and delivery of services: identification and function of governmental, private, and voluntary health organizations; programs in health protection and promotion at local, state and national levels. Community activities are required.
414 Women's Health—Problems and Issues (3) [GE]
Health issues and problems confronting women, including mental health, sexuality, parenting, nutrition, exercise, rape and battery, aging and occupational health. Emphasizes the politics of health care and the self-help movement.
415 Health Aspects of Aging (3) [GE]
Prerequisites: upper division standing and consent of instructor. Current conditions involving the physical, social and psychological aspects of aging. Health concerns of the elderly, including medical care, long-term care, nutrition, death and dying, crime and elder abuse, medicare-medicaid. Requires visitations and communications with older adults.
417 AIDS: Contemporary Health Crisis (1 or 3) [GE]
Prerequisite: completion of critical thinking requirement. Study of AIDS—acquired immune deficiency syndrome—from a variety of perspectives. It examines the physical/medical, emotional, psychosocial, political, economic, and cultural components of the disease. Prevention and educational strategies are also included. Appropriate for all disciplines.
418 Environmental Health (3) [GE]
Provides a non-technical overview of current environmental health issues. Considers socio-political implications and planning intervention strategies. Topics include: occupational health, toxic waste management, air and water quality control, and radioactive hazards. Community activities are optional.
420 Epidemiology (3) [GE]
Methods for the study of disease patterns in the human population, how diseases are distributed, what factors are associated with them. Includes etiology, recognition, transmission, prevention and control of health disorders and communicable and chronic diseases.
425 Introduction to Research and Statistics in Health (3)
An introduction to quantitative methods which prepare students for elementary statistical analysis in research and evaluation in the health field.
430 Foundations of Community Health Education (3)
Prerequisites: H ED 300 with a grade of C or better. The theoretical framework, concepts and methods which form the basis for community health education. Consideration of communication, group process, community organization, learning, behavior and attitudinal change.
431 Community Health Education: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation (3)
Prerequisite: H ED 430 with a grade of C or better. Planning and implementation of community health education programming, including the planning process, research and evaluation, organizing the community to action, and professional preparation.
444 Sexually Transmissible Diseases: Trends and Issues (3) [GE]
Prerequisite: a course in college biology. Current issues and approaches to prevention, treatment, control, education, and behavioral aspects of sexually transmissible diseases.
450 Contemporary Issues in Health (3) [GE]
Designed to involve participants in a variety of student-selected local, state, national and international health issues. Emphasis on methods of educational and socio-political intervention.
480 Field Work in Community Health (3-6)
Prerequisites: H ED 430 and 431 with at least a C in each course and written application. Directed experiences in community health education through field work in health departments, voluntary health agencies, and other community health services.
500 Values Clarification in Sexuality (3) [GE]
Prerequisite: BIOL 330 or H ED 320 or CFS 321 or equivalent. Theory and techniques of values clarification; assistance to students in determining the content and power of their set of values as they relate to the many aspects of sexuality. (Also offered as HMSX 500.)
582 Homelessness: A Public Health Perspective (3) [GE]
Prerequisite: completion of the critical thinking requirement. Homelessness as a major public health problem in the United States—its incidence, etiology, consequences, and preventions. Students develop critical understanding of this epidemic and strategies for intervention. Field visit is required. (Also offered as URBS 582.)
630 Elementary School Health (3)
Prerequisite: senior standing or credential candidate. Current research data related to personal, family and community health for children and youth with concentration on alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and venereal disease. Health practices and procedures in schools including philosophy, problems, emergency care, school lunch, safety and environment.
635 Secondary School Health (1)
Examines the school health programs with emphasis on the teacher's role and responsibilities toward the promotion and maintenance of the health of the secondary school student through health services, environment and comprehensive health education. Primarily for Secondary Credential candidates.
660 School Health Programs (3)
In-depth study of the principles and practices of school health programs in America emphasizing California school programs. Topics include: health services, healthful school environment, health education, roles of the school health team members and school/community relationships.
670 Principles of Peer Health Education (3)
Prerequisite: prior consent of instructor. First of two-course sequence to train student volunteers for Student Health Center. Concepts of positive health promotion and prevention; training in helping and behavior change skills. Students volunteer three hours weekly plus class meetings.
671 Practice of Peer Health Education (3)
Prerequisite: H ED 670. Second of two-course sequence to train student volunteers for Student Health Center. Experience providing health risk assessment, consulting with clients, staffing resource center, conducting workshops. Work four hours per week plus supervision seminar.
699 Special Study (1-3)
Prerequisite: senior standing and consent of instructor. Study of a particular problem in health education under the direction of a member of the department. May be repeated for a total of nine units.
710 Introduction to Health Sciences Literature and Research (3)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Introduction to sources, methods, and techniques of locating health science literature; emphasis on new technologies and critical analysis of research articles. Introduction to basic research methods. Presentation of results of written literature review, including development of a research question.
715 Philosophy of Health Education (3)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Explores the philosophical issues, premises, and theories which provide a foundation for the science and art of health education. Students learn to articulate and further develop their educational philosophy and examine their philosophical assumptions in relation to the adult learning process.
725 Educational Strategies for the Health Professions (3)
Prerequisites: H ED 710 and 715 or consent of instructor. Principles and skills of planning education programs including assessment of learner's needs, development of content, preparation of instructional objectives, designing and evaluating the educational process. Includes development of curricula for knowledge, attitude, and skill learning.
740 Evaluation in Health Sciences (3)
Prerequisites: ISED 612 or equivalent, H ED 710 and/or H ED 715. Instruction in the principles of measurement and evaluation in Health Science. Development of the critical skills necessary to determine the credibility of published evaluative research and to apply technical evaluation skills in professional practice.
760 Administration in Health Services I (3)
Prerequisite: H ED 710 or consent of instructor. Administrative functions in health service organizations. Introduction to administrative environments, organizational theory, management functions, planning and leadership processes.
761 Administration in Health Services II (3)
Prerequisites: H ED 760 or consent of instructor. Administrative functions in health service organizations. Decision-making, controlling, communication, coordination, organizational change, and legal aspects.
795 Seminar in Research Design (3)
Prerequisites: completion of ISED 612 or equivalent, H ED 710, 715, 740, 750 or consent of instructor. Research methodology in health sciences education; analysis of health science studies; development of procedures and protocol appropriate for individual research projects.
892 Supervised Field Internship (3)
Prerequisite: H ED 795. A culminating experience requiring M.S. interns to apply health education theories acquired in the core program to undergraduate teaching in health courses. Requires planning, implementation, and evaluation of a teaching module and written documentation and oral review of results.
895 Individual Research Project in Health Education (3)
Prerequisite: H ED 795. A culminating, applied research experience designed to aid master's degree candidates to integrate knowledge from the core program. Requires a major written documentation of the project and oral review by the department graduate committee. Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.
897 Research (3)
Prerequisites: previous enrollment in H ED 895 and consent of graduate coordinator. Independent, original research investigation supervised by a graduate program faculty member. May be repeated once for credit. Units cannot be included in the minimum total required for the master's degree. CR/NC grading only.
898 Master's Thesis (6)
Prerequisites: H ED 795 and consent of health education graduate major adviser. An approved thesis of applied research in health education. Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.
899 Special Study (1-3)
Prerequisites: consent of health education graduate adviser. Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the Health Education Department. Open only to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of six units.