HEALTH AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Health and Human Performance
Anderson Athletic Recreation Center (AARC) 206, (651) 962-5970
Duoos (Chair), Mead, Mellick, Scibora

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/hhp/

Health and Human Performance offers the following undergraduate professional programs of study:

  1. A major in physical education teaching which leads to licensure at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Candidates successfully completing all coursework and MN teacher licensure requirements will be able to effectively execute and teach numerous physical activities in a K-12 setting. 
  2. A major in health education teaching leads to licensure at the middle and secondary school levels. Candidates successfully completing all coursework and MN teacher licensure requirements will be able to effectively teach numerous health topics in a 5-12 setting.             
  3. A dual major in physical and health education leads to licensure in both 5-12 health education and K-12 physical education. Candidates successfully completing coursework and MN teacher licensure requirements in both areas will be able to effectively teach a variety health topics and physical education activities in the school system.
  4. A major in public health studies prepares students for work in public and community health.  Students graduating with a major in public health studies will be able to effectively apply the knowledge and skills required in public health, community health education, preventive health care, and nonprofit health advocacy settings. 
  5. A major in health promotion prepares a student for work as a fitness specialist outside the school setting.  Students graduating with a major in health promotion will have had experience either at a work site or fitness setting.  They will demonstrate the skill and knowledge expected of the entry-level exercise science professional in the areas of designing, implementing and evaluating health promotion programs, assessing fitness, prescribing exercise, and facilitating lifestyle behavior change, both in a normal and special population.  They will effectively assess theory and interface it with practice. 
  6. A major in exercise science prepares the student for entrance into a doctor of physical therapy program, graduate programs in exercise science or other related fields.  A student graduating with a major in exercise science will be trained on highly sophisticated assessment equipment and will have gained real-world experience in a variety of settings outside the classroom. 
  7. A minor in public health studies provides students with basic public health concepts and skills that complement the student's major. 
  8. A minor in exercise science is intended for students looking to enhance their career objectives and goals who may be considering work in the allied health, wellness or fitness world.  A minor increases a student's knowledge base, enhances qualifications, provides for a greater competitive edge in the job market and builds individual credibility.  This minor is a good complement to a number of other disciplines such as business, marketing, communications and psychology. 

Major in Public Health Studies

 

  • HLTH 250 Personal Health and Wellness (4 credits)
  • HLTH 285 Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (2 credits)
  • HLTH 310 Global Health (4 credits)
  • HLTH 345 Nutrition for Health and Fitness (4 credits)
  • HLTH 353 Consumer, Community and Environmental Health (4 credits)
  • HLTH 400 Epidemiology (4 credits)
  • HLTH 342 Community Health Education: Curriculum and Assessments (4 credits)
  • HLTH 352 Community Health Education: Methods and Instruction (4 credits)
  • HLTH 462 Human Sexuality Education (4 credits)
  • HLTH 464 Critical Issues in Health Education (4 credits)
  • HLTH 465 Health Research Methods (4 credits)
  • HLTH 470 Health Internship 100 hours (2 credits)

Allied requirements

  • PHED 208 Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 111 General Psychology (4 credits)

Four credits from the following:

  • PHED 430 Measurement and Evaluations (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics (4 credits)

Four credits from the following:

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOCI 110 Social Problems (4 credits)

Four credits from the following:

  • BIOL 101 General Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 105 Human Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 106 Women, Medicine and Biology (4 credits)

Four credits from the following:

  • COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace (4 credits)
  • COJO 111 Introduction to COJO I (4 credits)

Four credits from the following:

  • ENVR 151 Humans and the Environment (4 credits)
  • ENVR 212 Social Dynamics of the Environment (4 credits)
  • GEOL 161 Medical Geology (4 credits)

 

MAJOR IN HEALTH EDUCATION 5-12

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Major in Health Promotion (B.S.)

Health Promotion (B.S.) - Major Field Guide

  • HLTH 120 Foundations of Health Promotion (2 credits)
  • HLTH 250 Personal Health and Wellness (4 credits)
  • HLTH 275 Lifelong Stress Management (2 credits)
  • HLTH 285 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (2 credits)
  • HLTH 345 Nutrition for Health and Fitness (4 credits)
  • HLTH 465 Health Research Methods (4 credits)
  • PHED 213 Human Anatomy (4 credits)
  • PHED 214 Physiology (4 credits)
  • PHED 326 Kinesiology (4 credits)
  • PHED 332 Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
  • PHED 426 Biomechanics (4 credits)
  • PHED 430 Measurement and Evaluation (4 credits)
  • PHED 432 Advanced Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
  • PHED 450 Health Promotion Internship 100 (2 credits)
  • First Aid/CPR/AED Certification required (Must provide proof of certification) 

Allied requirements

  • MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • MGMT 305 Management and Organizational Behavior (4 credits) (or BUSN 201 from previous semesters)
  • MKTG 320 Integrated Marketing Communication (4 credits) 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • BIOL 101 General Biology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 105 Human Biology (4 credits) 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • CHEM 100 Chemistry in our World (4 credits)
  • CHEM 101 Environmental Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace (4 credits)
  • COJO 112 Public Communication (4 credits) 

Note: Eighty-four credits are required outside the areas of PHED and HLTH.

Major in Exercise Science (B.S.)

This program is designed for students interested in applying to a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) program or other clinical graduate programs, such as physician assistant, chiropractic school or medical school or graduate school in Biomechanics or Exercise Physiology. Additional coursework may be required for some professional fields. (Consult Advisor)

Exercise Science (B.S.) - Major Field Guide

  • HLTH 250 Personal Health and Wellness (4 credits)
  • HLTH 275 Lifelong Stress Management (2 credits)
  • HLTH 345 Nutrition for Health and Fitness (4 credits)
  • PHED 130 Foundations of Exercise Science (2 credits)
  • PHED 213 Human Anatomy (4 credits)
  • PHED 214 Physiology (4 credits)
  • PHED 240 Medical Terminology (2 credits)
  • PHED 326 Kinesiology (4 credits)
  • PHED 332 Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
  • PHED 426 Biomechanics (4 credits)
  • PHED 432 Advanced Exercise Physiology (4 credits)
  • PHED 449 Exercise Science Research Methods (4 credits)
  • PHED 450 Internship 100 hours(2 credits)

Allied requirements

  • BIOL 207 Genetics, Ecology, and Evolution (4 credits)
  • BIOL 208 Biological Communication and Energetics (4 credits)
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 112 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 109 General Physics I (4 credits)
  • PHYS 110 General Physics II (4 credits)
  • PSYC 111 General Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSYC 301 Psychopathology (4 credits)

Plus one of the following:

  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • MATH 108 Calculus with Review I (4 credits) and MATH 109 Calculus with Review II (4 credits)

Note: Eighty four credits are required outside the areas of PHED and HLTH.

MAJOR IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION (K-12)

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Minor in Public Health Studies

Core Courses (16 credits)

HLTH 250 Personal Health and Wellness (4 credits)
HLTH 310 Global Health (4 credits)
HLTH 400 Epidemiology (4 credits) (prerequisite- STAT 220)

Elective Courses (8 credits): Given that Public Health is a very broad discipline, students are allowed to choose one course from a wide variety of supporting courses, focusing on issues which interest them most.  Students must select four credits from each of the following groups:

Group 1
Four credits from the following:
PSYC 151 Cross Cultural Psychology (4 credits)
BIOL 105 Human Biology (lab) (4 credits)
BIOL 106 Women, Medicine, and Biology (lab) (4 credits)
SOCI 110 Social Problems (4 credits)
ENVR 151 Humans and Environment (4 credits)
GEOL 161 Medical Geology (lab) (4 credits)
HLTH 275 Lifelong Stress Management (2 credits)
HLTH 285 Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (4 credits)
PSYC 207 Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Behavior (4 credits)
PHED 208 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
ENVR 212 Social Dynamics/Environment (4 credits)
WMST 205 Foundations in Women's Studies (4 credits)
ESCI 310 Environmental Problem Solving (4 credits)

Group 2
Four credits from the following:
HLTH 345 Nutrition for Health and Fitness (4 credits)
HLTH 353 Consumer, Community, and Environmental Health (4 credits)
HLTH 462 Human Sexuality Education (4 credits)
HLTH 464 Critical Issues in Health Education (4 credits)

 

Minor in Exercise Science

  • PHED 213 Human Anatomy (4 credits)
  • PHED 214 Human Physiology (4 credits)
  • PHED 326 Kinesiology(4 credits)
  • PHED 332 Exercise Physiology (4 credits)

Plus four credits from the following:

  • PHED 426 Biomechanics (4 credits)
  • PHED 432 Advanced Exercise Physiology (4 credits)

Students majoring in Health Promotion are not eligible to declare this minor.

Course Number Title Credits
HLTH  120 Foundations of Health Promotio 2
HLTH  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
HLTH  250 Personal Health & Wellness 4
HLTH  269 Research 2 OR 4
HLTH  275 Lifelong Stress Management 2
HLTH  280 Exploring Medicine 2
HLTH  285 Alcohol, Tobacco & Other drugs 2
HLTH  296 Topics 2
HLTH  297 Topics 4
HLTH  298 Topics 4
HLTH  310 Global Health 4
HLTH  341 Hlth Educ: 5-12 Curric & Asses 4
HLTH  342 HLTH & FAM EDUC: Curric & Asse 4
HLTH  345 Nutrition for Hlth& Fitness 4
HLTH  351 Hlth Ed: 5-12 Meth & Instructi 4
HLTH  352 Cmty Hlth Educ: Meth & Instruc 4
HLTH  353 Consumer,Community,Envr Hlt 4
HLTH  389 Research 2 OR 4
HLTH  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
HLTH  400 Epidemiology 4
HLTH  462 Human Sexuality Education 4
HLTH  464 Issues in Health Education 4
HLTH  465 Health Research Methods 4
HLTH  470 Health Internship I00 Hours 2
HLTH  489 Topics 4
HLTH  490 Topics 4
HLTH  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4
Course Number Title Credits
PHED  101 Physical Fitness 2
PHED  105 Water Safety/Lifeguard Trng 2
PHED  110 Team Sports 2
PHED  111 Skills for Individual Sports 2
PHED  202 Phys Educ Curr. Inst. Assess 4
PHED  208 Anatomy & Physiology 4
PHED  213 Human Anatomy 4
PHED  214 Physiology 4
PHED  215 Rhythms and Dance 2
PHED  240 Medical Terminology 2
PHED  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
PHED  269 Research 2 OR 4
PHED  297 Topics 4
PHED  300 Motor Development 2
PHED  302 Phys Educ Meth for Elem 2
PHED  304 Methods-Middle & SecondarySchs 4
PHED  326 Kinesiology 4
PHED  332 Exercise Physiology 4
PHED  351 Teachg Stdnts w/special needs 2
PHED  389 Research 2 OR 4
PHED  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
PHED  426 Biomechanics 4
PHED  430 Measurement & Evaluation 4
PHED  432 Advanced Exercise Physiology 4
PHED  449 Research Methods in Exerc Scie 2 OR 4
PHED  450 EX SCI/HLTH PROM Internship 2
PHED  478 Experiential Learning 4
PHED  487 Topics 2
PHED  490 Topics 4
PHED  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4