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Health and Human Performance: Public Health

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Why study HHP: Public Health at APSU?

The public health concentration provides students the opportunity to prepare for entry level health educator or health facilitator positions in hospital settings, state, regional or local health departments, home health care agencies, health maintenance organizations, nursing homes, surgical care centers, insurance companies, physician groups, and voluntary health agencies. Students build their academic knowledge of the field and engage in a semester-long internship experience as part of the program. 

What will I learn?

To earn a degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Public Health, the student must earn 120 total hours.  The curriculum requires the students to take APSU 1000 (1 hour), 41 general education hours, 43 hours in the major, and 35 elective hours. 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

HHP 2250 - Public Health Essentials (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  HHP 1250
Public Health Essentials is intended to serve as an introductory framework for public health and the public health profession.  This course provides an overview of public health concepts and practice including history, purpose, functions, activities, theory, and philosophy. 

HHP 3000 - Healthcare Management (3 hours)

A study of the principles of effective health care management functions, including planning, organizing, leading, controlling, and processes of decision-making and communication.

HHP 3055 - Program Planning and Evaluation I (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  HHP 2050 or HHP 2250
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and features of health promotion program or project development with a focus on needs assessment.

HHP 3450 - Health Issues of Special Populations (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  HHP 2050 or WS 2050, or 2000 level sociology course or permission of instructor
This course examines the interaction of social, environmental and biological determinants of health. Students will be introduced to the major concepts, problems and programming associated with U.S. health disparities related to gender, race and ethnicity, place, age and socioeconomic position.

HHP 3600 - Communication and Advocacy (3 hours)

Prerequisite: HHP 2050 or HHP 2250
Students will develop knowledge and skills to become an effective advocate for health. Goals include identifying issues that require advocacy, creating and delivering messages using communication theory, assessing and utilizing technologies, evaluating communication/advocacy efforts, and assessing the impact of existing and proposed policies on health.

HHP 4010 - Foundations of Health Education (3 hours)

Prerequisite: HHP 2050 or HHP 2250
The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation for the practice of health through an understanding of historical and ethical issues, theories of health behavior and learning, and certification responsibilities.

HHP 4055 - Program Planning and Evaluation II (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  HHP 3055
An introduction to the fundamental concepts and features of health promotion program or project development; including planning, implementation, and evaluation.

HHP 4070 - Introduction to Human Health and Disease (3 hours)

Prerequisite:  BIOL 1040 or BIOL 2010
Underlying factors of human health and common infectious and non-communicable diseases are reviewed. Strategies for promoting and protecting health are introduced.

HHP 4500 – Epidemiology and Biostatistics (3 hours)

Prerequisite: MATH 1530
Examination of epidemiological concepts in relation to specific public health issues. Disease investigation techniques, causal factors, case histories, and related biostatistics are examined and educational implications are discussed.

HHP 4800 Capstone for Public Health (3 hours)

Prerequisite/Concurrent enrollment:  HHP 3600, HHP 4010, HHP 4055, HHP 4070, and HHP 4500 

This course is a cumulative, integrative, scholarly and applied experience in which students demonstrate knowledge and competencies acquired during their course of study in the Public Health Concentration. A  service learning experience is required in addition to other activities.

HHP 4989 - Pre-Internship and Career Seminar (1 hour)

Prerequisite: Senior standing
Students will engage in key processes required to prepare for the internship experience including paperwork preparation, investigation of internship sites, preparing a resume, and practice intervention skills.  Key concepts related to career planning will also be presented; such as, career/graduate school options, networking and professional behaviors.

Choose one of the following options:

Option 1 - Experiential

HHP 440I - Internship in Health and Human Performance (12 hours)

Prerequisite:  HHP 4989
The internship consists of 360 work or contact hours of observation and participation from selected agencies, corporations or organizations. Grading on a pass/fail basis. Note: Students must be within 12 hours of finishing degree requirements after completing HHP 4990 except with permission of department chair.

Option 2 - Extended Public Health Coursework (Choose four - can be taken in any semester and not just the last semester)

HHP 3030 - Nutrition - Science Application

HHP 3110 - Substance Use and Abuse

HHP 4060 - Consumer Health

HHP 4080 - Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality

HHP 4300 - Stress Management

COMM 1400 - Intro to Public Relations

COMM 3800 - Principles of Media Advertising

POLS 2040 - Intro to Public Policy

POLS 4050 - Health Care Policy in the U.S.

PSY 3340 - Health Psychology

PSY 4150 - Behavior Modification

SOC 2050 - Social Problems

SOC 3700 - Medical Sociology

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are the HHP Club and the Eta Sigma Gamma honor society.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.  HHP students may choose to engage in a semester long 12 credit hour internship.



What Do HHP: Public Health Majors Do After Graduation?

Graduates are employed as health educators or health facilitators in:

  • hospital settings
  • state, regional or local health departments
  • home health care agencies
  • health maintenance organizations
  • nursing homes
  • surgical care centers
  • insurance companies
  • physician groups