Health Promotion and Exercise Sciences

Non-Activity Courses

HPX 100 Health Promotion and Maintenance 3 SH
This course focuses on knowledge and skills necessary to maintain and improve one’s level of health. It will define and elaborate on the various areas of well-being and on methods to promote health-enhancing behaviors related to achieving optimal health.

HPX 157 Leisure and Recreation in a Changing Society 3 SH
Introduction to leisure/recreation studies. Includes historical development; current social trends, problems and issues; psychological and sociological aspects of leisure; the era of participation and the quest for fitness.

HPX 160 First Aid and Safety 2 SH
This course will show how to recognize when an emergency has occurred, prepare a person to make appropriate decisions regarding first aid care and to act on those decisions. Specific areas covered include: adult, child and infant breathing and CPR emergencies, first aid techniques, handling sudden illness, and providing care until professional medical help arrives.

HPX 163 Basic Disaster Services 2 SH
This course prepares students to comprehend the organization of disaster team services. It covers topics such as mass disaster care, emergency shelter management, family services, damage assessment and disaster action teams. It includes the necessary training for students to obtain national certification as America Red Cross disaster service volunteers. Official training materials are provided by the American Red Cross.

HPX 201 Community Health 1 SH
This course is an introduction to health issues and needs in various types of communities and to the concepts that underlie community health efforts of public, private, and voluntary organizations. Co-requisite: must be taken with HPX 285.

HPX 205 Nutrition and Health 2 SH
This course explores the basic nutritional needs of persons throughout the life cycle, the nutritive composition of foods, and the digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients in the body.

HPX 207 Nutrition and Health Labs 1 SH
This course expands upon topics introduced in HPX 205 Nutrition and Health course and provides hands-on-experience. Students will explore current topics such as popular diets, nutritional supplements, and organic foods. In addition, students will learn how to distinguish reliable nutritional information versus misinformation. Students will apply nutritional concepts and assessments to the individual. Co-requisite: Must be taken with HPX 205.

HPX 215 Health Issues in the Schools (Grades PK –12) 3 SH
This course is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are in education programs to learn about teaching health topics as mandated by Connecticut law (i.e., child sexual abuse, AIDS, drug education, suicide prevention, conflict resolution). Curricula and developmentally appropriate lesson plans which can assist educators in providing information, attitude clarification and living skills will be presented and discussed. The course will provide a strong information base and the opportunity to practice those skills needed to teach potentially controversial and sensitive health topics. Prerequisite: education major; 30 credits of course work completed with a GPA > 2.67.

HPX 230 Drug Studies 3 SH
The pharmacology, sociology and psychology of drug use and abuse will be examined in detail. Legal implications of the Drug Abuse Act will also be evaluated. Drug education in public schools will be addressed. Spring semester.

HPX 250 Movement Education 2 SH
Movement education deals with basic body movements. Explores how, where and what parts of the body move. Prerequisite: PSY 210 or 212.

HPX 251 Scientific Foundation of Human Movement 2 SH
A survey course covering anatomy, physiology and mechanical principles for students who are primarily interested in the coaching or physical education concentrations.

HPX 252 Recreation/Leisure Activities and Programs 3 SH
Study of the knowledge and skills necessary to plan, implement, evaluate and adjust activities and programs in leisure and recreation. An in-depth study of community recreation programs: organization, administration, supervision, management, and economics.

HPX 253 Concepts of Diseases 1 SH
Leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States and the progress in research related to diseases will be discussed. Emphasis will be on non- communicable diseases

HPX 254 Fitness Seminar and Laboratory 3 SH
The seminar portion of this course examines the relationship between physical activity and health, and reviews some basic exercise physiology, biomechanics, and kinesiology. In lab, students will have the opportunity to practice fitness assessment techniques, physical activity counseling, and exercise prescription. Prerequisite: HPX 100.

HPX 257 Legal Safety Aspects of Coaching Adolescents 1 SH
This course investigates legal responsibilities of athletic coaching. School administrative policies are considered; the coaching environment is analyzed; safety of facilities and equipment is covered. Legislation for handicapped is interpreted.

HPX 258 Medical Aspects of Coaching Adolescents 1 SH
This course is designed to apply basic anatomical and physiological principles to exercise and movement.

HPX 259 Introduction to Exercise Physiology 3 SH
This study is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the body’s responses to physical activity. General physiological processes will be discussed with the emphasis placed on the important effects that occur due to exercise.

HPX 260 Principles and Practices of Coaching Adolescents and Adolescent Sport Psychology 1 SH
Emphasis is placed on developing a philosophy of sport, on decision-making and on responsibilities.

HPX 280 Principles of Health Education 2 SH
This course is a study of the foundations, theories and principles of health education and health promotion. The content is required for SABPAC (Society for Public Health Education Association for the Advancement of Health Education Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee). The course must be completed before registering for upper level courses in the major. Spring semester.

HPX 281 Principles of Wellness 3 SH
This course immerses students in the concept of wellness, which has been described as a multi-dimensional approach to understanding health and preventing disease. Students will be expected to analyze their own lifestyles and environments as they explore various dimensions of wellness, so they can relate principles learned in the classroom to themselves. Prerequisite: HPX 100.

HPX 285 Service Learning in Community Health I 1 SH
Service learning is a powerful process which combines meaningful service to the community with a structured opportunity to learn from the service experience. This course combines the traditional educational goals of intellectual and personal growth with the social values of community service. Students are required to spend 30 hours during the semester at an organization. Students are responsible for finding their own organization/site and for their own transportation. Classroom meetings are included. Prerequisite: must be taken with HPX 201. Fall semester.

HPX 290 Body Therapies and Meditation 1 SH
This introductory course explores various forms of bodywork and focused mindfulness. The class will cover the following topics: massage iridology, reflexology, acupressure, body movement (Tai Chi), meditation, visualization and guided imagery. An experiential component is included.

HPX 291 Energy Therapies 1 SH
This course will be an introduction to various forms of bio-energy field work. The following topics will be covered: spirituality as contrasted to religion; acupressure and acupuncture; polarity therapy; breathwork; chakras; auras; channeling; chi as expressed in body movements; and “healing” vs. medical curing. An experiential component is included.

HPX 292 Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Herbs and Nutritional Self-Care 1 SH
This course will examine the areas of naturopathy, homeopathy, herbs and nutritional self-care.

HPX 293 Cross-Cultural Health & Healing 1 SH
This course is an overview of methods used by many cultures to ensure balance in one’s life in order to promote health and healing. The following topics will be included: Native American (e.g. Navajo) health and healing, ayurvedic practices, traditional Chinese health and healing, and a brief look at the use of plants for healing.

HPX 298 Faculty Developed Study 1–6 SH

HPX 299 Student Developed Study 1–6 SH

HPX 310 Methods and Materials in Health Education 3 SH
This course simulates teaching situations that community and school health educators face in employment situations. Developmentally appropriate lessons/presentations will be formulated and presented using a variety of teaching strategies. Teaching experiences will be synthesized to enable students to modify and develop specific competencies prior to assuming professional roles in either a school or a community setting. Prerequisite: junior standing in health education. Fall semester.

HPX 311 School Health Programs 3 SH
Eight components of a comprehensive school health program (i.e. health instruction, health services and school environment,etc.) will be covered. This field experience provides the opportunity to observe and participate in instruction in a public elementary school. Prerequisite: HPX 310 and acceptance as sophomore health major. Fall semester.

HPX 312 Physical Education Program in Modern Schools 3 SH
This course examines the principles basic to a good physical education program for the modern elementary school. Facts from child growth and development research, showing the need for such a program are studied. Underlying principles of teaching, as well as of selection and care of facilities and equipment for each part of program, are considered. Fall semester.

HPX 315 Leisure and Recreation for Special Populations 3 SH
Program planning in leisure and recreation for preschoolers, senior citizens, physically challenged, mentally challenged, economically deprived, youthful and adult offenders. Characteristics, interests, needs and problems of each population are considered.

HPX 316 Projects in Wellness Preparation 1 SH
This seminar provides students with the opportunities to design a wellness promotion initiative for the WCSU community under the supervision of appropriate faculty. This course prepares students for the Projects in Wellness course HPX 317, where designed programs will be implemented. Prerequisite: HPX 281.

HPX 317 Projects in Wellness 2 SH
This course provides the students the opportunity to carry out a wellness promotion initiative for the WCSU community, under the supervision of appropriate faculty. This will prepare students for internship in the community-at-large, during their professional semester. Prerequisite: HPX 316.

HPX 325 Business, Industrial, Commercial Fitness and Leisure 3 SH
Study of existing fitness and leisure programs in the business/industrial and commercial worlds. Phase 1: Program development; activity selection and leadership and identification problems; solutions of problems and probabilities for the future. Phase 2: Key issues of effective development and/or management of commercial recreation;

HPX 342 Global Health and Epidemiology 3 SH
This course provides an overview of the health status, methods of health care delivery, health infrastructure, and epidemiology concerning health on a global scale. Prerequisite: majors must take with HPX 385. Spring semester.

HPX 352 Mental Health 3 SH
This course is an introduction to mental well-being through the practice of stress management and personal health planning. Current theories of mental health are explored, areas of intrapersonal and interpersonal stress are identified, and coping skills and relaxation techniques are practiced. Skills are developed to eliminate high-risk behaviors and maintain better overall health. Prerequisite: junior standing. Spring semester.

HPX 355 Human Sexuality 3 SH
This course is a discussion of emotional, social, spiritual and physical development as it relates to human sexual behavior. Emphasis is placed on self-understanding and awareness of one’s own sexual nature and needs. Topics covered include human reproduction and sexual response, psychosexual development, interpersonal relationships, sexual deviance, and parenting (family planning). Prerequisite: junior standing. Fall semester.

HPX 380 Worksite Health 3 SH
This course reviews the worksite health promotion field to include employee and employer benefits, theories and models as the basis for programs, types of programs, and the necessary knowledge and skills for worksite wellness education. Prerequisite: HPX 100.

HPX 381 Environment and Health 1 SH
This course explores the relationship between human behavior and the ecosystem; examines major areas of environmental pollution and the effects on the health of the ecosystem and on humans; includes methods of remediation and prevention. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

HPX 385 Service Learning in Community Health II 1 SH
Service learning is a powerful process which combines meaningful service to the community with a structured opportunity to learn from the service experience. This course combines the traditional educational goals of intellectual and personal growth with the social values of community service. Students are required to spend 30 hours during the semester at an organization. Students are responsible for finding their own organization/site and for their own transportation. Classroom meetings are included. Majors must take concurrent with HPX 342.

HPX 400 Outdoor Education 3 SH
The history, philosophy and significance of outdoor education in American culture. Current practices in the various types of camps are studied and discussed. Personal assessment of individual skills necessary for outdoor education leadership is followed by practice of the skills needed. A project which includes planning, carrying out and evaluating a worthwhile outdoor experience is required of each student.

HPX 401 Leisure Counseling 3 SH
This course explores the development, theories and processes of leisure counseling. Students will learn assessment, program preparation and evaluation of leisure programs catering to individual needs. Leisure counseling will be interrelated with the physical and psychological needs of the individual. Students will be applying skills learned for self analysis and self direction in this field.

HPX 405 Field Experience in Fitness, Health and Leisure 1–6 SH
By arrangement and approval of department chairperson.

HPX 460 Health Education Student Teaching Seminar 1 SH
This course includes an examination of student teaching experiences; human behavior and health; job interviews; resume writing; health education related to student teaching experiences; conflict management; professional research and literature including current issues. Prerequisites: HPX 100, 215, 230, 280, 310, 311 and ED 400 and EPY 405. Co-requisite: must be taken concurrent with HPX 464. Spring semester.

HPX 464 Student Teaching 12 SH
Each student will spend a full semester (70 contact days) observing and teaching health and health-related classes in the public schools under the supervision of a state-trained cooperating teacher as well as a university health science faculty member. Participation in student teaching seminar (HPX 460) and ED 340 is required. Students are urged not to be employed during the student teaching semester. Prerequisite: permission of the program coordinator. May not have more than 13 semester hours of required general education courses or 8 semester hours of approved, academic major courses remaining. Co-requisite: must be taken concurrent with HPX 460. Spring semester.

HPX 486 Program Planning & Evaluation 1 SH
This course covers the major components of health education /health service planning and evaluation, including: assets and needs assessment; goals and objectives; and selection, evaluation, design and implementation of strategies. It includes the development of a health education program. Prerequisites: HPX 310, junior standing, or permission of the instructor.

HPX 490 Practicum for Health Promotion Studies 12 SH
This practicum is designed to provide the student with first-hand experience in a health organization. Students work full time (450 hours) with a preceptor at an organization to determine specific responsibilities for the field experience. Students make arrangements for their own transportation. Prerequisites: HPX 100, 201, 310, 342 and other courses depending on option.

HPX 491 Health Promotion Studies Senior Seminar 1 SH
This course includes an examination of practicum experiences, human behavior and health, job interviews, resume writing, community health related to practicum experiences, conflict management, professional research and literature including current issues. Co-requisite: Taken concurrent with HPX 490. Prerequisites: HPX 100, 201, 280, 285, 310, 342 and 385.

Physical Activity Courses

(All physical activity courses meet gen. ed. requirements)

* General Education: HPX Activity Course
* HPX 102 Body Conditioning & Weight Control .5 SH
* HPX 104 Sports Officiating .5 SH
* HPX 106 Track & Field .5 SH
* HPX 110 Weight Training .5 SH
* HPX 114 Basketball .5 SH
* HPX 116 Softball .5 SH
* HPX 118 Volleyball I .5 SH
* HPX 120 Soccer .5 SH
* HPX 123 Badminton I .5 SH
* HPX 124 Bowling I .5 SH
* HPX 125 Fencing I .5 SH
* HPX 126 Golf I .5 SH
* HPX 129 Swimming I .5 SH
* HPX 131 Yoga I .5 SH
* HPX 132 Jogging .5 SH
* HPX 134 Tennis I .5 SH
* HPX 136 Hiking & Backpacking .5 SH
* HPX 137 Cycling .5 SH
* HPX 139 Fitness and Wellness I .5 SH
* HPX 140 Lap Swimming .5 SH
* HPX 142 Tai Chi-Chi Gong .5 SH
HPX 150 Dance Workshop 3 SH

This course helps students develop powers of expression through creative experience in dance. Basic factors related to body movements are studied and research is done in the historical development of dance. This is a general education fine arts course. Every semester.

General Education: Humanities/Fine Arts.
* HPX 158 Ballroom Dance .5 SH
* HPX 159 Fitness through Dance .5 SH
* HPX 161 Play Activities for .5 SH

Elementary School
* HPX 162 Rhythm for Children 1 SH
* HPX 165 Movement Activities in .5 SH

Theatre Arts
* HPX 170 Ballet for Beginners 1 SH
* HPX 171 Modern Jazz 1 SH
* HPX 172 Introduction to Modern Dance 1 SH
* HPX 174 Square Dance I 1 SH
* HPX 177 Fitness for Life 2 SH

This 2 SH course is divided into one weekly lecture and 2 weekly activity classes that are designed to improve cardiovascular, muscular and/or flexibility fitness.
* HPX 218 Volleyball II .5 SH
* HPX 223 Badminton II .5 SH
* HPX 224 Bowling II .5 SH
* HPX 225 Fencing II .5 SH
* HPX 226 Golf II .5 SH
* HPX 229 Swimming II .5 SH
* HPX 231 Yoga II .5 SH
* HPX 234 Tennis II .5 SH
* HPX 239 Fitness and Wellness II .5 SH
* HPX 274 Square Dance II 1 SH

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