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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. (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. (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 education and promotion students who have no undergraduate degree in health education or related fields. (3)

HPR 510 Global Health and Culture

Examines evidence-based, contemporary cultural health issues from across the globe. From a health education and promotion perspective, theories, principles, and concepts are utilized to develop cultural competence and communication to address the behavioral and social needs of diverse individuals and groups within their culture and subcultures in regards to assessment, program planning, and evaluation. Offered as online or face to face format. (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 HPR 591. (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. (3)

HPR 536 Stress Management

Designed to help individuals better identify, understand, and manage their own stressors and stress response. In addition, students begin to act in a health professional role by assessing and planning to assist others who are experiencing excessive stress, by exploring numerous stress management techniques and designing a community stress management plan. (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. (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. (3)

HPR 555 Health Communication

This course addresses a variety of communication methods in advocating for health and health education and 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.  (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. 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 591 Research Methods in Health Education

This hybrid online course provides an overview of the qualitative and quantitative methods commonly used in health education and reviews critical elements of various designs and issues in research.  This course prepares the student to: access and interpret research publications; critically engage in discussions of published articles; differentiate between common study designs; integrate health behavior theory into studies; conduct common statistical analyses used in health education; and develop practical evidence-based research-related skills. Prerequisites: HPR 501, HPR 540, and HPR 555. (3)

HPR 598 Internship

On-the-job application of knowledge and skills that were developed during coursework in the health education and promotion 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 education and promotion program. Offered each semester. Eligibility is based upon completion of 21 graduate credits, 12 from the core HEP requirements. (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)

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Arlington, VA 22207

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Health Education & Promotion (M.S.)

Health Education & Promotion (M.S.)