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 242 Human Services Theory and Application

Three semester hours
This course will introduce the role, history and theory of human services. The goal is to provide a context for understanding the societal need for human service workers from intake to discharge. The focus will be on understanding the framework for connecting people with the community services they may need, from a strengths-based perspective. This class requires an off-site service commitment in order to provide an opportunity for real world application

HCS 244  Vulnerable Populations

Three semester hours
This course will address human services practices and policy focusing on historical and current developments and content of the key social, legislative and governmental programs designed for groups in need across the lifespan. The course will consider factors that contribute to vulnerability. Students will explore and identify the eligibility requirements, barriers, and provisions of the programs related to vulnerable populations

HCS 245  Family Dynamics

One semester hour
This course serves to examine relationships within family systems across the life span, and their reciprocal relationship with cultural and societal dynamics. An overview of family systems theory will serve as the foundation for exploring topics such as healthy relationships, problem solving, communication, conflict resolution, decision-making, time- and stress-management.

HCS 246 Information and Referral

One semester hour
The objective of this class is to help students effectively and efficiently identify appropriate resources for their clients/patients in need. Students will explore ways to help people in need identify their difficulties and create a co-planned approach to possible community assistance. Students will learn how to advocate for special populations and gain an understanding of creating a resource databank for themselves

HCS 247 Understanding the Criminal Justice System

One semester hour
This course explores the historical development, current operation, and future trends of criminal justice. Students will begin to understand the major components of the system: police, courts, and corrections. Students will develop an awareness of the intersection of healthcare and the criminal justice system, focusing on both mental health issues and health disparities.

HCS 248 Introduction to Grant Writing

Two semester hours
Grant writing is an important skill for professionals in a variety of settings. Students will learn the basics of grant writing, including needs assessment, identifying potential funding sources, creating goals, and identifying assessment plans.

HCS 249 Crisis Intervention Seminar

One semester hour
This seminar addresses different types of crises that may impact individuals, families or communities. A framework for assessing and intervening is offered and integrated throughout the following possible topics: substance abuse, mental health, medical crisis, acts of violence, natural disasters, death and loss. Information on family dynamics, self-care, stress relief and coping is included.

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 265 Literary Perspectives of Women’s Health

Three semester hours
This survey course explores women’s health as portrayed in literature, including the multiple challenges women face in a healthcare context, particularly, though not limited to, women as the healthcare patient and women as the healthcare provider. Students will analyze literature both past and present to illuminate the complications and significance inherent in women’s health.

◊ 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.  This is a designated service course.

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. The demographics of aging and the impact of aging on social institutions will be examined. 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.
Prerequisite: HC 220.

HCS 340 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.
Prerequisites: HCS 242 and HCS 244.

HCS 351 Data Collection and Future Trends in Public Health

Three semester hours
In 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.
Prerequisites:  HCS 250, HCS 251, ST 410, and BU 470.  HCS 353 may be taken concurrently or prior to HCS 351.

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:  HCS 250, HCS 251, 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: HCS 261.

HCS 364 Mental Health of Women Throughout the Lifespan

Three semester hours
This course examines the mental health of women throughout the lifespan, considering strengths and challenges related to life events and family roles. 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 violence 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: Preventative and Restorative Topics

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 be discussed. Students will also contrast pharmaceutical therapies with holistic and nutritional preventative approaches to healthcare for women.

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