Health Education Minor

According to the National Education Association, Health Education is defined as “the process of providing learning experiences that favorably influence understanding, attitudes, and behavior relating to individual and community health.” Health is dynamic and multi-dimensional. PEAT staff view health education from seven dimensions – Social, Physical, Emotional, Career, Intelligence, Environmental, and Spiritual. Educators attempt to heighten awareness by focusing on attitudes and behaviors of individuals, assisting them in developing life skills and make informed decisions regarding prevention and behavior change.

Courses in Health Education Minor

HLED 104. Introduction and Current Health Issues. 3 cr.
Introduction to health, wellness programs in schools and the community as well as the development of the health education professional. Current issues of mental-emotional health, stress management, aging and dying, disease, alcohol, and consumer health.
HLED 140. Responsible Sexuality. 3 cr.
Sexual development in America, reproduction and contraception, and related issues, develop skills for presenting this knowledge to children in classroom and family settings including the methodology needed to deliver a K-12 sexuality curriculum. GDR: WLNS/HE
HLED 250. Teaching Methods for Middle/Secondary Schools. 3 cr.
Use approved methods and materials for teaching health from middle school through grade 12; apply teaching techniques and procedures in a student centered fasion. Prereq: 104 or 140; declared HLED minor.
HLED 340. Curriculum and Resource in Health Education. 3 cr.
Curriculum design, content, and resources, with practical experience and field problems in health education and community resources. Prereq: 104, 145.
HLED 390/590. Wellness and Drugs. 3 cr.
Uses of drugs in our culture and the decision-making process that leads to minimal, intentional, deliberate use of drugs including caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, over-the-counter drugs, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs: effects, consequences, and alternatives are discussed.
HLED 398. Student Teaching in Health Education. 4-16 cr; pass/fail.
Observation and teaching of health education under the guidance of cooperating teachers and university faculty.
HLED 427. Techniques in Elementary and Middle School Health Education. 3 cr.
Aims, methods, materials, strategies, techniques, organization and testing in K-9 health education. Prereq- 340.
BIO 285. Human Physiology. 4 cr. Prereq: 160; or 101 and Chemistry 101.
Normal functions of organ systems in humans; fulfills the physiology requirements for biology, human development and nutritional sciences, physical education majors, and is recommended for students with preprofessional interests in medical or allied health fields. 3 hrs lec, 3 hrs lab per wk
FN 253. Introduction to Nutrition and Nutrient Metabolism. 3 cr.
Basics for and use of nutrient recommendations and dietary guidelines; digestion, metabolism, use and interrelationships of foods and nutrients. Prereq: So st.

Other Health Education Courses

HLED 397/597. Workshop in Health Education. Variable credit.
Participate in special experiences related to your minor program. Subtitle will designate area. May repeat for maximum of 6 credits.
HLED 399. Special Work.
Upper class health education minors may arrange for independent study with cons instr and coordinator. Credit will be based on the scope of the project. Before beginning the prearranged project, a statement must be filed in the Associate Dean's office in the School of HESA.
HLED 498. Intern Teaching. Variable cr- pass/fail.
Structured field experiences in approved school programs. Interns are certified by the Department of Public Instruction and are employed under contract with schools to design, deliver, and assess instructional programs in grades n-k-12. Prereq- Completion of all methods courses and 75% of content courses in appropriate major. Con reg in appropriate section of Education 400 may be required.
HLED 796. Independent Study. 1-3 cr.
Planned study to supplement preparation in area of specialization; regular conferences with staff supervisor, through arrangement with head of HESA.
HLED 797. Workshop in Health Education. Variable credit.
Participate in special graduate-level experiences related to your major program. Subtitle will designate area. May repeat for maximum of 6 credits.

Title Credits
HLED 104
Current Health Issues​ 3
HLED 140
Responsible Sexuality
HLED 250
* Teaching Methods for Middle/Secondary Schools​ 3
HLED 340
Curriculum and Coordinated School Health Programs
HLED 390
Wellness and Drugs
HLED 427
* Techniques in Elementary and Middle School HLED​ 3
BIO 285
Human Physiology​ 4
FN 253 or
Introduction to Nutrition and Nutrient Metabolism
FN 151
** Contemporary Nutrition

*Indicates that the course is not required of elementary education majors
**Associated with elementrary education majors