Department of Health Science

Nathan L. Yearsley, Department Chair
Alan Brower, Kelly Evans Janice J. Harrop, Kendal Jones, James A. Lamph, Marie Parkinson, Fred R. Pearson, Lynn Perkes, Brian Schaat
Jean Hardy, Secretary (208) 356-1333

During the last decade there has been a strong shift in emphasis toward well trained technical support for professionals at the Baccalaureate and Graduate level in the Health Sciences. To address this need, BYU-Idaho has developed a variety of courses designed to focus on the preparation of specialists in a variety of Health Care Services.

This program is designed for those interested in teaching health science or in careers in community health, health agencies, and hospital and/or clinic careers, etc. Upon the completion of the degree and the General Education Requirements , the student is prepared to transfer to a four year institution.

Associate in Arts and Sciences -Major in Health Science (071)

General Education Requirements

Note: Several required courses also fill GE requirements (HS 131, Chem 101, Psych 111, BIO 264/265). We recommend Soc 111 Intro to Soc, or Soc 112 Social Problems, as the second Social Science GE course. Eng 111 College Writing and one of the following: Eng. 311, 315, 316 or 314. (If going to BYU, take 315, 316, or 314.

Major Course Requirements

Freshman

First Semester
Religion                         2
GE (Eng 111)                     3
HS 131 Pers Hlth Well            2
HS 200 Intro to Allied           3
HS 222 or 223                    3
Electives                        3
Total Credits                   16

Second Semester
Religion                         2
HS 280 Med Term                  3
Chem 101                         3
Psych 111                        3
GE                               3
Electives                        2
Total Credits                   16

Sophomore

First Semester
Religion                         2
GE (Soc Sci )                    3
GE (Arts)                        3
BIO 264 Anat & Phys I            4
HS 460 Use & Abuse               3
Electives                        2
Total Credits                   17

Second Semester
Religion                         2
BIO 265 Anat & Phys II           4
GE  (Letters)                    3
Electives                        6
Total Credits                   15

Associate in Arts and Sciences with a major in Sports Medicine (241)

Health Science Major with emphasis in Sports Medicine is offered to students planning on becoming a National Certified Athletic Trainer within the United States or Canada. It is important to check with the advisor concerning certification requirements and major universities offering Athletic Training - Sports Medicine Curriculum Programs.

Electives: Electives are courses that might be of special interest.

General Education Requirements

Notice that several required courses also fill GE requirements.

Eng 111 Composition and one of the following: 311, 315, 316, or 314. If planning on transferring to BYU, take 315, 316 or 314 with a "B" or better.

Courses for Majors

Freshman Year

First Semester
Eng 111                          3
HS 131                           2
HS 222                           3
HS 248                           2
Math 110                         3
Rel                              2
Total Credits                   15

Second Semester
Math 111                         2
Letters                          3
Psych 111                        3
Elective                         3
Arts                             3
Rel                              2
Total Credits                   16

Sophomore Year

First Semester
Chem 101                         3
Amer Inst                        3
HS 248                           1
HS 449                           3
HS 449L                          1
BIO 264                          4
Rel                              2
Total Credits                   17

Second Semester
HFED 200                         3
HS 248                           1
HS 460                           3
BIO 265                          4
Minor/Elective                   3
Rel                              2
Total Credits                   16
Bachelor of Science with a Major in Health Education (920)
HS 131                           2
BIO 264                          4
BIO 265                          4
HS 330                           2
HS 362                           2
Psych 111                        3

Take 13 credits of the following:

FHED 200                         3
HS 222                           3
HS 320                           3
HS 340                           3
HS 351                           2
HS 405                           3
HS 449 & 449L                    4
HS 460                           3
HS 490                           3
Health Education Minor
BIO 264                          4
BIO 265                          4
HS 131                           2
HS 330                           2
HS 362                           2

Take 10 credits of the following:

FHED 200                         3
HS 222 or 449 & 449L             3-4
HS 320                           3
HS 340 or 490                    3
HS 351                           2
HS 460                           3

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

HS 131* Personal Health & Wellness (2:2:0)
This Personal Health and Wellness course is designed to provide scientific health information which promotes desirable attitudes and behavior toward health and wellness. This course includes lecture and outside of class activities.

HS 131W* Women’s Health Issues (2:2:0)
Introduction to Women’s Issues: A multi-disciplinary study of women’s emotional and physical issues in today’s society, including health care, identifying groups at risk, and learning to maintain a healthy life style.

HS 200 Introduction to the Health Careers (3:3:0)
An introduction to several occupations in health careers including education requirements, average earnings, and career opportunities. A relationship will be established between the health careers and the areas of employment.

HS 203 Introduction to Occupational Therapy (3:2:1)
This course explores the roles, activities, and expectations of occupational therapists.

HS 204 Introduction to Physical Therapy (3:3:1)
This course explores the roles, activities, and expectations of physical therapists.

HS 222 Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care (3:3:0)
Covers first aid and medical emergencies. Qualifies student for National Safety Council Certification.

HS 223 Wilderness First Aid (3:3:0)
First Aid is the immediate care given to a person who has been injured or suddenly becomes ill. Wilderness First Aid teaches protocols followed if a person is more than two hours from advanced medical support. This does not always have to be in a wilderness setting. Many times natural disasters will place individuals in situations where accessibility to advanced medical support is greatly limited or non-existent.

HS 248 Athletic Training Practicum 1-3
May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Hours per week to be arranged with instructor.
Practical application of athletic training skill, and use of modalities in the training room. Need to be registered with Idaho Athletic Trainers Association as a student member.

HS 280 Medical Terminology (3:3:0)
This class is an introductive course into the language of medicine. The student will learn the meanings of over 20,000 medical terms.

HS 298 Independent Clinical Experience -Hands-On 1-3
This course explores the roles, activities, and expectations of occupational and physical therapists.

HS 299 Professional Experience Seminar 1-3
Prerequisite: Consent of supervising faculty members
May be repeated for credit
Hours per week to be arranged
Designed to offer credit in a specialty area where teaching, administrative or organizational experiences are provided for individual students in the area of Health Science.

HS 320 Introduction to Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases (3:3:0)
Introduction to the general principles of disease. Etiology, signs, symptoms, treatment and management of diseases that affect individuals and their various body systems. Prerequisites: BIO 264, BIO 265.

HS 330 School Health Programs (2:2:0)
Introduction to needs assessment, program development, evaluation, and implementation of school health programs.

HS 340 Environmental Health (3:3:0)
Introduction to the field of environmental health and the regulatory aspects of local, state and federal laws. This course investigates the impact on our environment of water pollution, air pollution, solid and hazardous waste, resource recovery and reuse, toxic substances, pesticides, herbicides, occupational safety and health and radiation.

HS 351 Gerontology (2:2:0)
Theories of aging as a normal process, as a pathological process. Health promotion in the aging process and coping with the stresses of death and dying.

HS 362 Methods for Teaching Health (2:2:0)
Health for the elementary /secondary teacher, emphasizing his or her role as a health educator; appraisal of typical student health problems.

HS 405 Health/Fitness Appraisal & Prescription (3:3:0)
Methodologies and techniques for health and fitness appraisal including body composition, fitness, nutrition, stress, safety, emotional well-being, anthropometric measurements, clinical values, family medical history, etc. Computer generated appraisals with interpretation of patient data and prescription based on individual values and recommended improvements.

HS 449 Sports Medicine (3:3:1)
Three class hours per week plus one hour of lab application (HS 449L)
Designed for athletic trainers, coaches, health and physical educators, physical therapists, EMT's and premedical students for recognition, evaluation, and care of athletic injuries. Techniques in taping, prevention, and rehabilitation of injuries will be presented.

HS 449L Sports Medicine Lab (1:2:0)
Lab Fee: $35
Numerous prevention and therapeutic techniques will be presented (i.e.) taping, bracing, skin care, nausea and basic sports related illnesses.

HS 460 Use And/Abuse (3:3:0)
The nature and effects of alcohol and other drugs on human beings, considered from physiological, psychological, and sociological viewpoints as well as the educational and legal aspects.

HS 490 Community Health Issues (3:3:0)
Individual, school, and community involvement in the concepts and skills needed in the prevention of disease, improvement of healthy lifestyles and the health promotion techniques throughout the entire life-span. Emphasis is placed on needs assessments, health planning and health marketing.

HS 497 (Keystone) Undergraduate Research 2-6
Clinical experience in area of choice. Can be paid or volunteer.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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