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Course Descriptions

HPR 500 Exercise Physiology
Focuses on the acute and chronic effects of exercise on bioenergetics; endocrinology; and the cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, and neuromuscular systems. Other areas of study include the pathophysiology of diseases associated with a sedentary lifestyle and the role of exercise in the prevention and treatment of hypokinetic diseases. Special populations will be examined with regard to exercise prescription. Offered spring semesters only. (3)
HPR 501 Foundations of Health Education and Health Promotion
Introduces the basic principles, philosophies, and functional areas of health promotion and education. Describes prevalent educational and psychological theories of learning and behavior change used by health educators in a variety of work settings. Offered fall semester only. (3)
HPR 502 Introduction to Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Provides an overview of the field of public health, with emphasis on prevention of chronic and communicable diseases. This is a required course for Health  Promotion Management students who have no undergraduate degree in health education or related fields. Offered summer semester only. (3)
HPR 510 Health and Culture
Examines culturally based value orientations, communication, and patterns of health care beliefs and practices among clients and health care providers. Emphasis  is on the provision of culturally competent health care. Offered fall and summer semesters only. (3)
HPR 520 Principles of Epidemiology
Study of the nature, prevention, control, and treatment of injuries and communicable and noncommunicable diseases. Examines epidemiological principles,  methods, and strategies and the use of morbidity, mortality, and other vital statistics data in the scientific appraisal of community/organizational health. It is recommended that students take this course before NU 591. Offered spring semester only. (3)

HPR 534 Topics in Nutrition and Weight Management
Presents scientific principles of nutrition, diet planning, and weight management. Includes current research on the role of nutrition in the prevention of disease and the causes of and treatments for obesity. Offered spring semester only. (3)

HPR 536 Stress Management
Designed to help individuals better identify, understand, and manage their own stressors and stress response, as well as enable them to help others who are  experiencing excessive stress. Offered spring semester, alternating years, only. (3)
HPR 540 Designing and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs
Focuses on the design of effective learning programs: emphasizes objectives, learning activities, and program assessment. Evaluation includes construction/use of health-risk appraisals and a variety of health-related measures. Offered fall semester only. (3)
HPR 550 Management of Health and Wellness Organizations
Considerations in managing health/fitness programs at the workplace and in other agencies. Includes budgeting, revenue, personnel, emergency procedures and safety, legal liability, facility management, staff development, marketing, record keeping, policies and procedures, and various management strategies. Offered fall semester, alternating years, only. (3)

HPR 555 Health Communication
This course addresses a variety of communication methods in 1) advocating for health and health education and 2) planning and administering health-education strategies, interventions, and programs. Students will explore interpersonal communication in the patient-caregiver relationship to include health disparities, organizational communication in health-care settings, mass communication processes including media campaigns, influence of research on developing preventive health-care messages, and the incorporation of communication strategies into program planning and implementation. Offered spring semester only. (3)

HPR 560 Design of Adult Fitness Programs
Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely administer exercise tests to adults in various states of health, to analyze results, and to  prescribe appropriate exercise. Offered fall semester, alternating years, only. Prerequisite: HPR 500 or permission of instructor. (3)

HPR 588 Selected Topics in Health
A seminar that examines a different topical issue in health each time it is offered. See department chair for course offering schedule. (3)

HPR 598 Internship
On-the-job application of knowledge and skills that were developed during coursework in the Health Promotion Management program. Options include community, corporate, clinical, or commercial fitness/wellness facilities; nonprofit organizations; sports medicine settings; or health plans. This is the culminating experience for students in the Health Promotion Management program. Offered each semester. (3)
HPR 599 Research Project
An individual investigation of a topic in health promotion/health education, with relevance to an elective concentration chosen by the student. Under direction of a faculty advisor, student will demonstrate the ability to conduct independent research and prepare a research paper. Offered each semester. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (3)