Course Descriptions

    This seminar is designed to introduce students to the field of health sciences. Career options in the health professions are explored including a discussion of cooperative education and senior internship experiences. Skills essential to securing a position are also discussed.

    This course offers a broad study of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and their effects on personal and community health. The provision of culturally competent health care is discussed. The ways in which different societies attempt to meet basic health needs are explored.

    This course includes a study of nutritional principles and their application to health maintenance, energy, metabolism, calorie requirements of the human body and weight control. The etiology of obesity and diet counseling and diet therapy are discussed.

    This course will examine both licit and illicit substances used and abused in our society. Substances covered will include use, misuse, and abuse of prescription drugs, common street drugs, licit drugs such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol, and popular ‘designer’ drugs. The history of substance abuse, the U.S. “war on drugs”, current trends regarding substances of abuse, and the economic, cultural, and social impact of this epidemic will be explored.

    This course examines the various areas of human sexuality, such as, sexual attitudes and behaviors, human reproduction, contraceptives, gender identity and relationships and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) including AIDS. Education and prevention initiatives are discussed. A major focus is placed on enhancing students’ levels of comfort, as well as developing an understanding and appreciation of cross-cultural differences in human sexuality.

    This course examines the principles and practices of public health at the local, state, national and international levels. The importance of personal and community action to solve public health problems is the focus of study, with discussion of major public health issues in environmental health, health education and chronic, communicable and infectious disease.

    Consumer issues such as health insurance, legal rights of consumers, informed consent and medical malpractice are examined in this course. Problems consumers may experience when attempting to purchase health care products are also explored. The course attempts to prepare students to look critically at the myriad of health services and providers available to them, using current scientific research. Students’ personal experiences and interests, as consumers of health, are drawn upon in class.
    Prerequisite: HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health

    This course addresses the major areas in women’s health such as the health status of women, women as health workers, reproductive health, chronic diseases, older women’s health issues, sexually transmitted disease, eating disorders and occupational and environmental health. The focus is on policy analysis and program planning.

    Theories of health counseling are discussed and the practice of health counseling is studied as an approach to voluntary change in an individual’s behavior. Students engage in self-analysis and develop personal plans to help prevent illness, maintain health and/or cope with existing problems. Current trends in patient education are discussed.
    Prerequisites: HLTH 201 Seminar in Health Sciences; HLTH 203 Cultural Aspects of Health; HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health; HLTH 302 Mental Health

    This course provides students with an overview of current mental health problems and the community resources that address them. It presents an overview of emotional and behavioral problems that may affect physical well being. Particular emphasis is placed on social, mental and physical interaction in a variety of community settings.

    An overview of the environment and the environmental factors that affect health and well being, are studied in this course. Although students assess their own communities and discuss environmental issues in New Jersey, a global perspective is maintained.
    Prerequisites: HLTH 201 Seminar in Health Sciences; HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health

    This course presents procedures in the collection, summarization, presentation and analysis of data in the health sciences. Elements of statistical inference including sampling, probability distributions, tests of hypotheses, confidence interval estimation, types of error, the t-test, Analysis of Variance and chi-square techniques are discussed. Finally, an introduction to the use of statistical software to analyze data is presented.
    Prerequisites: HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health; MATH 102 Fundamentals of Math or MATH 112 Intermediate Algebra

    This course focuses on the principles of safety and injury prevention on the com¬munity, agency and individual levels. The analysis and investigation of accident hazards on the national, state and local levels are discussed.

    This course will prepare administrators, health educators, school nurses, social workers, teachers and other health/medical care providers to detect, identify and assess issues and trends that impact on the health of immigrant populations, particularly children. The role of culture and/or religion on the health and medical practices of several of those populations will also be discussed.

    An introductory course for driver education teachers focuses on the methods, materials and evaluation techniques for classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. Appointments are made for supervised behind-the-wheel practice with novice (practice permit) drivers, who require the instructor’s permission to participate. The course satisfies New Jersey certification requirements and may be applied toward New York State provisional certification.

    This course is designed to move between the theoretical bases for health education program development and the practical applications of such theories. Initial class sessions focus on establishing a framework for development of educational programs.
    Prerequisite: HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health

    This course examines the school nurse’s role in providing health services in the school setting. Assessment of chronic, acute, mental and emotional health conditions affecting school-aged children will be a primary focus. N.J. State School Health Services Guidelines for screening, immunization, medication administration, documentation, and other procedures will be emphasized. The impact of cultural, economic, and racial diversities as they relate to academic success and lifelong health will be highlighted. The nursing process as it related to school nursing practice will be explored.

    This course is designed to help students develop knowledge and understanding of the planning and evaluation of health pro¬grams. The roles and responsibilities of public, private and voluntary health agencies and organizations are explored. Individually, and in groups, students investigate the sociological, economic and environmental causes of health problems at the community level and identify the role of government and public/private organizations and agencies in addressing those problems. A course requirement is to write and present a health program plan for a specific population.
    Prerequisites: HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health

    This is a required field experience for those seeking to become certified as a teacher of health education in New Jersey. Taken in the fall or spring of the senior year, in conjunction with a classroom management seminar, it entails a full semester of supervised full-time teaching in a public school when the student has completed all other course requirements. This advanced experience provides students with opportunities for practice in various phases of health education practice. Completion of application for internship one semester prior to taking the course.
    Prerequisite: All major and professional sequence courses. Corequisite: EDU 485 Seminar in Classroom Management.

    This is a capstone field experience for those seeking the standard school nurse certificate. Students will spend half of the time in both elementary and secondary health offices and the remaining time in a health education classroom. National Standards for School Nursing Practice will be used as competencies for student performance in the school nurses office. Core Curriculum Content Standards for Health Education will be utilized in developing and implementing lesson plans in the health classroom.
    Prerequisite: HLTH 403 School Health Services for School Nurses I, HLTH 414 School Health Services for School Nurses II, and HLTH 418 Methods and Curriculum Development in Health Education

    This course is required for registered nurses seeking school nurse certification who have not had at least 450 hours of experience as a school nurse in a public school. This four-week, full-time, field experience is divided between an elementary and secondary school, and requires participation in the administration and operation of a school health office, under the supervision of a certified, school nurse. Completion of application one semester prior to internship.
    Prerequisite: EDU 250 The Education Challenge; HLTH 403 School Health Services for School Nurses I; HLTH 418 Methods and Curriculum Development in Health Education

    This course continues to explore and analyze the school nurse’s role as a healthcare provider, health counselor, health educator, child advocate, and valuable member of an interdisciplinary coordinated school health program. Legal issues affecting school nursing practice; including documentation, confidentiality, IDEA, Section 504, and HIPAA & FERPA, will be emphasized.
    Prerequisite: HLTH 403 School Health Services for School Nurses I

    The American family, past and present, and its evolution are studied in this course. Emphasis is placed on mate selection, human sexuality, interpersonal relations, planning for parenthood, childbearing and the various stages of the family life cycle, alternate life-styles and future trends. New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards grades K to 12, on family living are presented.

    This course is an introductory study of the distribution and determinants of communicable diseases and chronic diseases. Measures of morbidity and mortality are reviewed and the concept of risk factors is discussed by looking at how disease is distributed in a population by person, place and time factors. Various types of research methodologies employed by epidemiologists are examined. Some common childhood and adolescent communicable diseases are reviewed.
    Prerequisites: HLTH 201 Seminar in Health Sciences; HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health; HLTH 304 Biostatistics

    The analysis of health problems in selected countries and their sociological, politcal and economic relationships to specific geographical areas are the focuses of this
    course. The origin, orientation and purposes of agencies and organizations functioning in the international health domain are studied. (Travel plans to be arranged.)

    This course is an introduction to the various elements of school and community health education programs. The philosophy of health education and practices and principles for program development are explored.
    Prerequisites: HLTH 201 Seminar in Health Sciences; HLTH 210 Introduction to Public Health

    This supervised field experience is required in the senior year. It consists of 320 hours of supervised experience in various health agencies upon completion of all other requirements. This advanced experience provides the student opportunities to apply the principles, techniques and procedures learned in the classroom to actual working situations in preparation for assuming the role of a qualified health educator in a variety of health agencies. Prerequisite: All Required Courses

    Graduate Course Descriptions

    HLT H 500 Managed Health Care (3)
    This course examines the history, organization, cost and quality of managed health care in the United States. The perspectives of hospitals, physicians, nurses, managed care administrators, and government agencies will be addressed. Important and controversial issues will be examined such as: the role of profit-making in health care, private health care delivery versus public accountability, the interface between funding sources and institutions, threats to the professional autonomy of health professionals and ethical dilemmas raised by these new developments.

    HLT H 501 The Administration of Managed Health Care Plans (3)
    This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the administration of managed care plans in several key areas. First, the process of claims and benefit administration is discussed including claims processing, benefit determination, authorization, and appeals. The contracting with hospitals and physicians is reviewed, including a discussion of reimbursement arrangements and negotiating strategies. Physician profiling, peer review, and accreditation are discussed as part of a quality assurance program. Finally, the importance of member services is examined including grievance processing and outreach. Students analyze the forces influencing the administration of managed care health plans by looking at the interests of the consumer, physician, institution, and insurance sectors.

    HLT H 503 Defensive Driving Teaching Techniques (3)
    The purpose of the course is to develop classroom and behind-the-wheel perceptual (IPDE) instructional skills. Students explore the habits, attitudes, and practices confronting drivers. Instructional strategies that can be applied to a six-hour defensive driving course are also developed.

    HLT H 504 Adolescent Health: Psychosocial and Physical Health (3)
    This course prepares teachers, health educators, administrators, school nurses, and other providers in the identification, promotion and evaluation of adolescent health. Course content equips educators with knowledge of behaviors that place adolescents at risk of social/health problems, chronic diseases and premature death. There is an emphasis on developmental theorists and theories as they relate to social, historical, and cultural constructs in adolescent health.

    HLT H 505 Contemporary Methods, Materials, and Evaluation in Driver Education (3)
    Instruction in and practical application of methods and materials for classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction are covered. Future teachers in traffic safety develop content for thirty hours of classroom instruction as well as work behind the wheel with novice drivers.

    HLT H 506 Trends and Issues in Driver Education (3)
    Students discuss and review (via literature) important traffic safety issues relevant to classroom or behind-the-wheel issues. Traffic Safety educators update their background knowledge on key issues confronting law enforcement officials and educators.

    HLT H 507 Principles of Safety and Accident Prevention (3)
    This course presents an interdisciplinary approach to Safety Education. Guidelines in safety procedures cover the following major areas: 1) domestic hazards; 2) fire safety problems; 3) athletic and recreation issues; 4) industrial practices; and 5) firearms issues. Insight into the nature of the problems and designed preventive programs are presented.

    HLT H 509 Driver Education for the Physically Disabled (3)
    Designed as an introduction to preparing instructors to teach the handicapped to operate effectively, this course offers students the opportunity to develop materials for behind-the-wheel instruction. An overview of various health problems requiring special aids is the focus of instructional attention.
    The course includes observation experience at a rehabilitation center.

    HLT H 510 Health Science Field Study and Travel Seminar: International Health Management (3)
    An analysis of health problems in selected countries and their sociological, political and economic relationships to specific geographical areas are examined. Study of the origin, orientation, and purposes of agencies and organizations in international health is also studied.

    HLT H 515 Curriculum Development in Health Education (3)
    This course examines the school health curriculum in relation to curriculum development, design, planning and implementation for teachers, school nurses and school administrators in all levels of education K-12 grades.

    HLT H 517 Methods of Health Education (3)
    Instructional methodology, design, production, validation, utilization and evaluation of materials for use in community health, patient education and school health programs are studied.

    HLT H 603 Coordinating School and Community Health Programs (3)
    This course prepares teachers, health educators, administrators, school nurses, and other school health team members to implement, coordinate, and integrate an eight-component action model into their district schools (K-12). The course is designed to guide school health teams from elementary, middle
    and secondary schools through a planning process. Participants prepare to design and implement a quality, coordinated school health program systematically linking their school with the community it serves.

    HLT H 604 Community Nutrition (3)
    This course provides a review of nutritional requirements and the relation of diet to health and well-being. Health delivery systems with nutritional components are examined. Methods of determining the nutritional status of at risk groups: infants, preschool children, teenagers, pregnant women and the elderly are examined. Food faddism, weight control, nutrition misinformation and legislation are also addressed.

    HLT H 605 Environmental, Occupational Health and Safety (3)
    This course deals with the economic and health impacts of exposure to environmental and occupational hazards. In addition, there is a review of the laws, regulations and regulatory agencies related to this issue. An emphasis will be placed on methods of preventing disease caused by exposure to these hazards.

    HLT H 609 Supervised Field Training (Residency) (2-6)
    This course is a directed field experience in voluntary, proprietary and public agencies or health related organizations. Field Training is supervised jointly by departmental graduate faculty and agency personnel. Written reports and projects, as well as regular meetings with the faculty supervisor are required.

    HLT H 610 Contemporary Trends in Community Mental Health (3)
    Concepts of mental health, mental illness evaluation, and prevention of mental disorders are comprehensively reviewed. Also studied are mental health in public health programs, legal aspects and program planning.

    HLT H 612 Community Organization for Health (3)
    This course focuses on various methods of organizing for community health action. Educational processes will be stressed and procedure planning will be practiced. An overview of grant writing is included.

    HLT H 614 Advanced Epidemiology (3)
    Epidemiologic methods and their application to both infectious and noninfectious diseases are analyzed. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of the epidemiologic process as well as original problem formulation and solution.

    HLT H 616 Techniques of Health Research (3)
    Students are required to review and critically analyze research in health and health education. Applications of research techniques used in problems selected from student’s interest areas culminate in the preparation of a research proposal.

    HLT H 617 Health Administrative Theory and Practice (3)
    In this course, students focus on the assessment of effective administrative behavior, focusing on decision-making, planning, organizing, and evaluating. Other factors are considered such as analyzing the situation, directing the work of others, maintaining organizational relationships, and improving communication. Models and case studies are used, and in-basket exercises are related to broader organizational and administrative theory.

    HLT H 618 Health Economics (3)
    The study of demand, supply and price determinants in the public and private health sectors. Economics analysis is applied to the health service industry. Need and demand for medical care; financing medical care; supply and distribution of manpower and facilities; application of cost-benefit and input-output analysis to evaluating and planning medical programs are covered.

    HLT H 620 Evidenced-Based Public Health (3)
    This course will give an overview of public health to graduate level students in health sciences. There will be an emphasis on evidence-based public health practice. Case studies will be utilized to gain experience applying evidence-based program planning to selected health issues.

    HLT H 621 Seminar in Comprehensive Health Planning (3)
    Concepts and methods of community, regional and national health planning are reviewed. Social, economic, structural and political aspects of the planning agencies; budgetary and political aspects of the planning agencies; budgetary and political constraints, accountability; and feasibility of implementation are examined.

    HLT H 622 Health Personnel Management (3)
    Philosophy, structure and processes of health personnel management in health care are reviewed. Topics covered include position classification, recruitment, job allocation, orientation and training, performance evaluation, and collective bargaining.

    HLT H 626 Health Care Organization (3)
    This course explores the organizational patterns for the delivery of medical care and personal health services in the United States. Through assigned readings, independent research, and class discussions, the following topic areas are among those covered: health facilities and their functions, supply and distribution of health personnel and evaluation of organized medical programs.

    HLT H 629 Health Education Theory and Practice (3)
    This course is designed to examine the theoretical bases for the development of health education programs. Students will be expected to translate general principles of health education and learning theory to their own community and area of interest.

    HLTH 630 Trends and Issues in Substance Abuse (3)
    This course covers the major theoretical theories (biological, psychological and sociological) regarding substance abuse. The trends in substance abuse are addressed. Issues such as national and state legislation and policies are discussed.

    HLT H 632 Long-Term Care Administration (3)
    This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the administrative and policy issues related to long-term care. An in-depth analysis is made of nursing home structure and operations, including governance and personnel. The course includes a discussion of the present status of the elderly in our society and attitudes towards aging.

    HLT H 633 Consumer Health (3)
    An in-depth examination of the problems consumers face when attempting to seek health care services is presented. Students develop strategies for addressing these problems and assume the role of consumer advocate. Students are expected to complete an intensive analysis of a consumer issue.

    HLT H 635 Public Health Issues of Immigration (3)
    This course will prepare administrators, health educators, school nurses, social workers, teachers and other health/medical care providers to detect, identify and assess issues and trends that impact on the health of immigrant populations, particularly children. The role of culture and/or religion on the health and medical practices of several of those populations will also be discussed.

    HLT H 636 Role of the School Nurse in the Coordinated School Health Program I (3 )
    This course is designed for nurses interested in pursuing a career in school nursing. Students will analyze the role of the school nurse in a Coordinated School Health Program. Focus is on health assessment for the school-aged child and evidence based practice. The impact of cultural, economic, and racial diversities will be highlighted. The nursing process as it relates to school nursing practice will be explored. Special emphasis will be placed on resource management, care planning, research, and interventions.

    HLT H 637 Health Law (3)
    An overview of the legislative, judicial and regulatory basis for health law is given. The relationship between federal, state and local responsibility will be covered. The liability of health care providers is discussed. Other issues such as health licensure, certification and accreditation are addressed.

    HLT H 638 Fiscal Management (3)
    This course is an introduction to financial and accounting principles for the health care administrator. Topics covered include third party reimbursement, accounting theory, budgets, financial planning, grants management and long-term financing.

    HLT H 641 Methods and Curriculum Development in Health Education (3)
    This course covers instructional methodology, design, implementation and evaluation of health education lessons and programs. Students a will be taught effective strategies for teaching sensitive health issues to diverse populations in schools. Additional emphasis will be placed on addressing the
    cognitive and affective domains in designing, developing, and implementing health curriculum in school setting for all levels of education (K-12).

    HLT H 642 Role of the School Nurse in the Coordinated School Health Program II (3)
    This course is the second component of foundation coursework for school nurses. Focus is on the school nurse’s role in the coordinated school health program, including; caring for special needs students, participation in intervention and referral services, counseling and intervention in meeting the psychosocial needs of students, and legal/ confidential issues affecting practice. Special emphasis will be placed on the school nurse’s leadership role in the school community, particularly regarding professional
    affiliation, legislation, visibility in the school and community, and building a power base for action.

    HLT H 643 Graduate School Nurse/ Health Education Practicum (8)
    This is a supervised practicum experience that exposes the student to both the school health office and the health education classroom. Students will experience the multidimensional role of the school nurse in the coordinated school health program. Emphasis will be placed on leadership and advocacy related to school nursing practice. Students will actualize the role of the school nurse according to National Guidelines for School Nursing Practice.

    HLT H 645 Family Life and Sex Education (3)
    This course is designed for school personnel who are responsible for implementing, teaching and evaluating family life and sex education programs.

    HLT H 647 Health Disparities in Diverse Populations (3)
    This course focuses on the changing definition of health, class, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity in regard to disparities in access and quality of health care. The role of racism, sexism and heterosexism on individual’s health will be discussed. Students participating in this course will be able to identify theories explaining racial, class, and gender disparities and select a conceptual model to reduce or eliminate persistent health disparities.

    HLT H 648 Contemporary Issues in Family Life Education (3)
    An analysis of the role of teachers and schools in providing education on current issues in family life education is made. The course will develop a theory and method for examining topics of vital public concern in a rapidly changing society. Each issue will be investigated using three domains of learning: cognitive, affective and skills.

    HLT H 650 Development of Substance Awareness Programs (3)
    This course is designed to develop school and family programs which focus on substance abuse prevention and intervention.

    HLT H 660 Thesis or Department Project (3)
    Students prepare a master’s thesis or project under the supervision of a departmental advisor.

    EDU 301 Challenges in Urban Education (3)
    Students examine sociological, historical, philosophical, political, and anthropological foundations of education, to understand how these underpin life in urban classrooms, schools, and school systems. Readings and class work encourage critical perspectives on the social, political, and economic contexts that influence teaching and learning in urban schools. Field observations are required.

    EDU 330 Focus: Development, Behavior and Learning (3)
    This course will emphasize the practical applications for classroom instruction of the major theories, research, concepts, and issues in the areas of human learning, development and measurement and evaluation. Prerequisites: EDU 301 Challenges in Urban Education; LTED 330 Focus: Reading, Language and Literacy; PSYC 150 Developmental: Birth to Adolescence or PSYC 152 Developmental: Adolescence to Adulthood; CGPA 2.75 or higher

    EDU 331  Education Field Experience II  (1)
    A graded field experience that General Elementary and Secondary Education majors take. Education Field Experience II will meet for the entire semester. It consists of a weekly field experience and four seminars. The attributes of the reflective urban practitioner model are discussed and practiced by utilizing real experiences and urban child care and/or educational settings where knowledge of child development can be observed and applied to Elementary and Secondary Education program practices. Special attention is devoted to the delivery of developmentally appropriate practice to children and their families. Prerequisites: EDU 301 Challenges in Urban Education and LTED 330 Focus: Reading, Language and Literacy; passing score on the COE Writing Assessment

    EDU 485 Classroom Management and Assessment (2)
    This course is designed to introduce students to strategies for effectively planning classroom assignments and activities, effective assessment, managing various types of classroom behaviors, and developing instructional techniques for guiding students’ learning. Activities and readings will emphasize the relationship between classroom environment and student behavior. Corequisites: EDU 470 Concurrent Student Teaching Seminar, and EDU 480 Internship

    LTED 330 Focus: Reading, Language and Literacy (3)
    This course is designed to introduce all students seeking teaching certification to the concepts of contemporary literacy and literacy instruction including literacy in the workplace and the community at large. Particular attention is devoted, however, to literacy and language arts education in the school, grades pre K-12, proceeding from understanding of the reading process to cognitive-linguistic bases, and to the concepts and tasks involved in literacy instruction in grades pre K-12.
    Prerequisite: EDU 350 Urban Challenges in Education.

    SPEC 250 Introducation to Education and Psychology of Exceptional Children and Youth (3)
    This course is an overview of the needs of exceptional children. The course focuses on the identification of handicaps and the use of individual and group processes for children having hearing losses, visual problems, speech disorders, emotional-social handicaps, and intellectual deviations. It is strongly recommended that students begin the special education program with this course.