Department of Health Science
Department Chair: Nathan Yearsley
Department Secretary: Jean Hardy (208) 496-1333
Department Faculty: Kelly EvansK C JonesJames LamphMarie ParkinsonFred PearsonLynn PerkesBrian SchaatNathan Yearsley

 
Department of Health Science
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 specialties.
 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in Health Science (750)   
A degree in Health Science provides a variety of employment opportunities. There are three major areas of emphasis: 1) Public Health (39), 2) Corporate Health and Safety (43), 3) Health Promotion and Lifetime Wellness (42). Each student will have the opportunity to select a minor or two clusters (12-18 credits each) that will enhance their marketability.
 
Minor or 2 Clusters Required

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Requirement 1:

Take these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0
BIO 264
ECON 111
ENG 316
SOC 112
 
AND
Take 1 Course     Min GPA: 2.0
MATH 108, 110
 
AND
Take 1 Course     Min GPA: 2.0
HS 131, 131W

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course     Min GPA: 2.0
CHEM 101, 105

 
Major Requirements
   
Take these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0
BIO 221, 222, 265
HS 320, 340, 350R, 470, 490, 498
MATH 221
 
AND
Take 1 Course     Min GPA: 2.0
HS 222, 223

Emphasis in Public Health  (39)   
Public Health is involved with the prevention and treatment of health problems in a population. A variety of careers are available for a graduate with this major. These include working for local, state, and federal government health agencies, volunteer health organizations, business and industrial entities, and other institutions that provide health and medical care to groups and individuals.
Take all of these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0
HS 360, 400
PH 101, 101L
 
AND
Take 7 Credits     Min GPA: 2.0
HFED 100
HS 100, 280, 349, 349L, 351, 355R, 365, 375, 401, 410, 450, 455R, 460, 480, 485, 486
PE 375

Emphasis in Health Promotion & Lifetime Wellness  (42)   
A Health Science degree with an emphasis in Health Promotion and Lifetime Wellness will prepare a student, both theoretically and experientially, for career opportunities including Community Health Educator, Health Promotion Specialist, Corporate Wellness, Health Counseling, Resort Wellness, Fitness Center, Educational Health Promotion, Wilderness Health Promotion and Lifestyle Training Specialist.
Take these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0
HFED 100
HS 365, 401, 410
PE 375
 
AND
Take 3 Credits     Min GPA: 2.0
HS 100, 280, 349, 349L, 351, 355R, 360, 375, 400, 450, 455R, 460, 480, 485, 486
PH 101, 101L

Emphasis in Corporate Health & Safety  (43)   
A degree in Corporate Health and Safety helps prepare students for working in the industrial and maufacturing industry. In this setting, graduates oversee and administer health and safety procedures relating to the industrial work environment. Areas of responsibility include hazardous materials management, compliance with OSHA requirements and facilitation of worker safety guidelines, interaction with Human Resources on employee-management health and safety issues and laws, and in some cases implementation and administration of company health promotion programs.
Take these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0
HS 400, 485, 486
PH 101, 101L
 
AND
Take 4 Credits     Min GPA: 2.0
HFED 100
HS 100, 280, 349, 349L, 351, 355R, 360, 365, 375, 401, 410, 450, 455R, 460, 480
PE 375


 
B.S.  in Health Education (920)   
Health Education is offered as a major or minor under the Secondary Education degree. Graduates will have completed all the course work for education including student teaching. This degree will certify the student to teach in 42 states.

For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.

General Education Requirements

As you fill the General Education and University requirements, take the classes listed below and then go to the General Education section for a complete listing of the requirements.
 
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0
BIO 264

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course     Min GPA: 2.0
HS 131, 131W

 
AND
Requirement 3:

Take this Course    
ED 270

 
Major Requirements
   
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0
BIO 265
HFED 100
HS 405, 430, 460
PSYCH 111
 
AND
Take 1 Course    
HS 222, 223
 
AND
Take 8 Credits    
HS 300, 320, 340, 349, 349L, 351, 401, 410, 490

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take all of these Courses    
ED 200
SECED 252, 280, 322, 410, 492



Minor in  Health Science (123)   
Requirement 1:

Take all of these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0
HS 320, 340, 350R, 470, 490

AND
Take 1 Course    
HS 131, 131W

AND
Take 6 Credits    
BIO 264, 265
HFED 100
HS 100, 280, 349, 349L, 351, 360, 365, 375, 400, 401, 410, 450, 460, 480, 485, 486
PE 375

 
AND
Requirement 2:

Take 1 Course     Min GPA: 2.0
HS 222, 223



Minor in  Health Education (171)   
For a listing of approved Secondary Education majors and minors see the Teacher Education section of this catalog.

Take all of these Courses     Min GPA: 2.0
BIO 264
HFED 100
HS 405, 430, 460

AND
Take 1 Course     Min GPA: 2.0
HS 131, 131W

AND
Take 1 Course     Min GPA: 2.0
BIO 265
HS 222, 223, 300, 320, 340, 349, 349L, 351, 401, 410, 490
 
Course Descriptions

HS 100 Introduction to Health Professions (1:1:0)
A survey course for students majoring in one of the Health Science degree programs. Department requirements, career emphasis and related careers will be discussed.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 131 Personal Health & Wellness (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Basic Skills requirement.
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. This class satisfies the Basic Skills Option requirement.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
HS 131W Women's Health Issues (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Basic Skills requirement.
Prerequisite: You must be a woman.
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.
(Fall, Winter, 1st Summer)
 
HS 222 Advanced First Aid (3:3:0)
First Aid is the immediate care given to a person who has been injured or who suddenly becomes ill. It includes self-help and home care if more advanced medical assistance is not needed or is delayed. In Advanced First Aid, the student is trained to provide emergency medical care in a wide range of acute care situations. There will be many opportunities for hands-on simulated training throughout the course of this class. At the successful completion of this course, each qualifying student will receive a First Aid card and a CPR Certification card issued by the NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
HS 223 Wilderness First Aid (3:3:0)
Fee:  $13.00
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. At the completion of this course, the student will receive national certification in Wilderness First Aid & CPR. There will be one overnight field trip during the semester to engage in a mock First Aid activity.
(Fall, Winter, 2nd Summer)
 
HS 280 Medical Terminology (2:2:0)
This class is an introduction course into the language of medicine.
(Fall, Winter, 1st Summer)
 
HS 299 Professional Experience Seminar (1-3:0:0)
This class is designed to offer credit to students ready for "hands-on" experience in helping with teaching, recording, and organizational experiences. Credit is to be determined according to the workload arranged by you and the supervising professor.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
HS 300 Environmental Health for Secondary Teachers (3:3:0)
Introduction to the field of environmental health. This course investigates the impact on our environment of water pollution, air pollution, solid and hazardous waste, resource recovery and reuse, energy sources, and population and how the environment impacts personal health. It is designed to prepare teachers for classroom teaching.
(Fall, Winter)
 
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.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 340 Introduction to Community Health (3:3:0)
Introduction to agencies, facilities, and programs playing a role in the prevention of disease and the promotion of health in the community. Special emphasis is placed on the competencies needed for community health professionals and health educators to function in a variety of community and teaching settings.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
HS 349 Sports Medicine (3:3:0)
Designed for health professional students i.e. athletic trainers, coaches, health and physical educators, physical therapists, EMT's and premedical students for recognition, evaluation, and care of injuries. Techniques in prevention, and rehabilitation of injuries will be presented.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 349L Sports Medicine Lab (1:0:2)
Fee:  $35.00
Numerous prevention and therapeutic techniques will be presented i.e. taping, bracing, skin care, nausea and basic sports related illnesses.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 350R Current Health Issues (1:1:0)
This course is designed to be repeated for credit. The student will design and pursue advanced knowledge in an area of interest in the health field. This course will require extensive internet and hands on work. At the conclusion of the course the student will turn in a research paper or summary of experience attained throughout the semester. No more than 3 credits can be taken toward graduation.
(Fall, Winter, 2nd Summer)
 
HS 351 Gerontology (2:2:0)
This class is designed to include the scientific study of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 355R Athletic Training Clinical Experience (1-3:0:0)
May be repeated for a maximum total of 5 credits with no more than 2 credits per semester. The contact hours per week to be arranged with instructor. Practical application and clinical experience in health skills and use of therapeutic and health evaluation modalities. A maximum of 3 credits will apply toward graduation.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)
 
HS 360 Community & Public Health Administration (3:3:0)
Functions of local, state, and federal agencies that provide guidelines and funding to health care facilities. Emphasis will be placed on the factors that have a major impact on health care agency programs and services.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 365 Kinesiology and Ergonomics (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: BIO 264 & BIO 265
Study of functional anatomy with application of basic kinesiological principles in the analysis of human motion and ergonomic considerations.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 375 Wilderness Health Promotion (2:2:0)
Utilization of nature and non-traditional class room settings to instruct others in the improvement of personal wellness. Emphasis on getting individuals out of the office and into the outdoors to experience the healing and rejuvenating power of nature.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 400 Environmental Health (3:3:0)
Environmental health comprises those aspects of human health including quality of life that are determined by physical, biological, social, and psychosocial factors in the environment. This course provides a concise knowledge base of how our environmental may effect human health.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 401 Lifestyle Management Instructor (3:3:0)
This course is designed to give studetns an exposure to different lifestyle enhancement tools and techniques. The students will gain information that will enable them to teach individuals or groups lifestyle improving behaviors and techniques.
(Fall, Winter, 2nd Summer)
 
HS 405 Health Teaching Methods (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: HS 131 or 131W, BIO 264, BIO 265. Must be a declared Health Education Major or Minor in junior or senior year. Health Minors are not required to have BIO 265.
Health for the secondary teacher, emphasizing his or her role as a health educator, methodologies of teaching, and a wide variety of strategies for teaching health education.
(Fall, Winter, 1st Summer)
 
HS 410 Health/Fitness Appraisal & Prescription (3:3:0)
Fee:  $15
Prerequisite: HS 131, BIO 264, and BIO 265. Must be a Junior or Senior status.
Methodologies and techniques for evaluations of health and fitness values including body composition, maximal oxygen consumption, antropometric measurements, blood values, blood pressure, stress, nutrition, respiratory, lifestyle habits, etc. Principles of health program prescription based on individual values and recommended improvements.
(Fall, Winter, 1st Summer)
 
HS 430 School Health Programs (3:3:0)
Must declare Health Education as a major or minor and have completed the majority of freshman and sophomore core work. This class is designed to inform the future teacher about the comprehensive health education environment including both the school and the community health programs and procedures. The class also prepares students for recognizing and dealing with "at risk" students. Introduction to needs assessment, program development, finances evaluation, and implementation of school health programs will be covered.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 450 Environmental Sanitation and Water Quality Management (3:3:0)
Engineering, biological and management principles of community water supply and water quality control after treatment. Comprehensive study of the environmental health and safety practices, procedures and laws as applied to food establishments, recreation sites, housing facilities, medical institutions and industrial sites throughout the United States. Some field experience required. Fee attached.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 455R Health/Fitness Clinical Experience (1-2:0:0)
Practical application of health and fitness assessment protocols. Skills are applied in a clinical setting. May be repeated for a maximum of 5 credits with no more than 2 credits/semester and only 3 credits applied toward graduation.
(Fall, Winter, 1st Summer)
 
HS 460 Drugs of 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.
(Fall, Winter, 2nd Summer)
 
HS 470 Epidemiology (3:3:0)
The study of the distribution of diseases and pathophysiological conditions of humans and of factors which influence their occurrence. The course requires an understanding of the statistical principles.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 480 International Health (3:3:0)
Explores meaning of "health" as it applies to people of many different cultures throughout the world. Provides an international evaluation of the health status of these many different cultures, including their morbidity and mortality rates. Evaluates the many health promotion methods used to create healthy lifestyles and environmental concerns among these cultures.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 485 Toxicology (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: Chemistry 101 or 105, Biology 221 and 222
Presents a survey of the impact of toxic chemicals found in the environment and workplace. Discussion of the basic principles of toxicology, the environmental and biological impacts of toxic chemicals, and the regulatory guidelines for working with these chemicals.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 486 Occupational Safety and Risk Management (3:3:0)
This course is designed to develop an understanding of basic occupational safety and health terminology, principles and practices through education and practical activities.
(Fall, Winter)
 
HS 490 Planning, Implementing and Evaluation of Health Programs (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.
(Fall, Winter, 2nd Summer)
 
HS 498 Internship (1-3:0:0)
Students will be placed in a job related experience with various settings (e.g.) hospital, doctor's office, medical clinic, state health department, industrial/corporation, nursing home, etc. This class is normally taken during your off track of your senior year.
(Fall, Winter, Summer)