Health Care Services Course Descriptions

These courses are also available as General Education electives.

HCS 240 Health and Medical Aspects of Stress Management

Three semester hours
This course will focus on the relationship between stress and health as well as current stress management practice and theory. Stress management techniques will be emphasized. Provided will be an understanding of stress and its physical, psychological and social effects. Includes the relationships between stress and change, self-evaluation, sources of stress and current coping skills for handling stress in all life roles.

HCS 241 Human Services I

Three semester hours
An introduction to the role and history of human services. Students will discover the roles, challenges and importance of boundaries for human services workers. Problems and approaches utilized in working with at risk populations will be defined.

HCS 243 Human Services II

Three semester hours
This course provides an introduction to the functions and activities of human services organizations within the community. Special attention will be given to utilizing case management systems through collaborative and interagency services. Students will identify key aspects of working within a macro setting and how these may affect case management.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of HCS 241.

HCS 250 Epidemiology

Three semester hours
This is a foundational course for health professionals in the field of infection control in all health care settings. This course integrates microbiology, infection prevention, and patient care practices as applied to a population-focused practice. It provides major emphasis on risk identification and prevention strategies.

HCS 251 Environmental Risk Factors and Disease

Three semester hours
This course investigates physical, chemical and biological risk factors that may contribute to human disease. Disease processes, manipulation of the environment to prevent disease, and therapeutic interventions to cure diseases will be discussed. 

HCS 260 Introduction to Women’s Health Topics and Issues

Three semester hours
This course provides an introduction to women's health. A review of the historical and current issues related to the growth and development of women and the barriers to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the lifespan.

HCS 261 Women’s Health I

Three semester hours
This course examines psychological, social, and behavioral influences on women's health. It focuses on the relationship between lifestyle factors and mental and physical health in women. Topics covered include high-risk health behaviors, stress, weight, sexuality, fertility, and promoting health and wellness among women.

HCS 264 Literature and New Models in Women’s Health

Three semester hours
This course provides an introduction to the ideas and issues central to women’s health as evidenced in current literature and historiography. The course will utilize an interdisciplinary approach of materials including writing and research.

HCS 320 Patient Advocacy and Health Literacy

Three semester hours
This course will examine recommended actions to promote a health literate society and how to be an advocate to not only the patient and family but at a local, state and national level. Content areas include an exploration of verbal and written techniques, tools and interventions implemented to ensure health information is clearly communicated and promotes patient access and resources for quality care. Students will also learn key principles and strategies of how to effectively provide resources to a variety of patient populations and improve health literacy, along with different methods of evaluating literacy and its impact on health.

HCS 330 Health and Physical Aspects of Aging

Three semester hours
This course will explore the anatomy and physiology of adult body systems, age-related changes in structure and function and age-related disorders. Epidemiology of the major chronic diseases, risk factors, methods of prevention and current methods of treatment will be discussed. Students will also learn about the impact of physical activity and recreation, nutrition and infection control on health and disease in the aging population.

HCS 333 Psychological and Social Aspects of Aging

Three semester hours
This course provides an overview of the psychological and social aspects of aging. It addresses both normal aging and psychopathology.  This course provides an analysis of the individual and society, and an exploration of the changing roles and status of the aging population.  It addresses both normal aging and psychopathology.  Implications for cultural diversity and at-risk populations will also be explored.

HCS 334 Managing End of Life Care

Three semester hours
This course surveys contemporary policies, programs and services for an aging population and explores the impacts of an aging society on financial planning and retirement.  Students, caregivers, professionals, family members, and friends are equipped with information to provide quality care for elderly people while taking care of their own needs for support and rest.  Focus is on understanding a multidisciplinary approach to community, home, and institution based care which addresses social and ethical issues, problems, policies, and programs that affect the quality of life for our rapidly aging population. This course explores specific health needs of aging individuals and assists students in identifying techniques and strategies used in developing programs for the older adult.

HCS 336 Seminar in Gerontology

Two semester hours
An integrative course in which students will apply knowledge gained in earlier coursework to gerontology related areas such as advocacy, professionalism, family and workspace issues, education, vulnerability, and legal issues.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of HC 220, HCS 330, HCS 333 and HCS 334.

HCS 341 Gerontology in Human Services

Three semester hours
This course will address Gerontology and human services practices and policy focusing on historical developments and content of key social, legislative and governmental programs designed for older adults.

HCS 343 Diversity Seminar

One semester hour
This seminar could cover topics that include the following: religion, culture, ethnicity, sexuality and global perspectives.

HCS 344 Populations at Risk Seminar

One semester hour
This seminar could cover topics that include the following: abuse, neglect, HIV/AIDs, refugees, immigrants and homelessness.

HCS 345 Crisis Intervention Seminar

One semester hour
This seminar could cover topics that include the following: substance abuse, mental health, medical crisis and relief agencies during times of natural disasters.

HCS 351 Data Collection and Future Trends in Public Health

Three semester hoursIn this course, students will analyze information concerning future trends in Public Health Care using methods learned in Advanced Statistics. Students will also look at demographics, facilities, educational infrastructure and law, and analyze how future trends will affect public health.
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of ST 410.

HCS 353 Community Engagement in Public Health

Three semester hours
This course will look at the concepts of community building and health improvement.   Students will identify strategies for stakeholder outreach and implementation of community health initiatives.  Active public engagement will assist with the exploration and identification of established programs within a community of interest.

Prerequisites:  Successful completion of HCS 250, HCS 251, HCS 320, ST 410, and BU 470. HCS 351, may be taken concurrently or prior to HCS 353.

HCS 362 Women’s Health II

Three semester hours
This course examines women’s health with an emphasis on global issues. Social, political, economic, cultural and geographical factors influencing women’s health will be explored. Students will examine the basic health needs of all women and compare the availability of and types of services in different parts of the world.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of HCS 261.

HCS 363 Violence and Mental Health Issues

Three semester hours
This course examines the mental health of women throughout the lifespan. Topics such as sleep and self-care, substance abuse, co-dependency, anxiety, post-partum depression and empty-nest phenomena will be explored. Additionally, the effects of domestic violence (battered women, rape, rape-trauma syndrome) against women will be discussed to examine how violence affects the mental health of women.

HCS 365 Women’s Health Seminar: Mammography

One semester hour
This course examines the role of mammography in breast cancer detection. Breast cancer risk factors, the need for screening, breast health strategies and available technology will be discussed. 

HCS 366 Women’s Health Seminar: Pharmacology

One semester hour
This course examines pharmacologic agents used during pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum. Oral and long acting contraceptives, menopausal hormone replacement therapy, and the pharmacologic prevention and treatment of osteoporosis will also be discussed.

HCS 367 Women’s Health Seminar: Physical Therapy

One semester hour
This course examines topics relevant to women’s health, such as incontinence, lymphedema, breast/ovarian/uterine cancer rehabilitation, pelvic floor dysfunction and how to stay active throughout the lifespan

HCS 410 Fieldwork (concentration related)

Three semester hours
The fieldwork experience allows students to combine academic theory with new, career-related experience in their area of professional interest. Students must gain permission from the advisor before enrolling.
Course Grade:  Pass/No Pass

HCS 420 Capstone (concentration related)

Three semester hours
The capstone experience requires students to conduct programmatic research and implement a service project in their area of professional interest. Students must gain permission from the advisor before enrolling.
Course Grade:  Pass/No Pass

HCS 441 Ethical and Professional Issues in Human Services

Three semester hours
This course will cover ethical, legal and professional issues facing the human services worker. It is designed to teach a process of ethical decision-making and to increase awareness of the complexities in practice.