PHED 2022

Credit Hours


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Catalog Description

Current information is provided in the areas of personal health, nutrition, physical fitness (including wellness and exercise), mental health, disease, drugs, conception, contraception and abortion as they apply to healthful living.  In addition, current community and world problems in the area of community health are discussed.


An Invitation to Health by Dianne Hales, Thompson and Wadsworth publishers (newest edition)

Expected Educational Results

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the major causes of illness and poor health in our society
  2. Develop and implement a personal plan of action to promote favorable health behaviors
  3. Identify any positive and negative factors which impact mental and emotional health and influence

  4. List drugs commonly abused, their specific effects on the human body, and identify the types of treatment

      facilities available and the types of therapy for the treatment of chemically abused individuals.
  5. Summarize the psychological, sociological, and biological aspects of human sexuality and the reproduction

  6. Describe the functions of the various body systems which combat infectious diseases, and identify the

      factors which influence the spread of such diseases.
  7. Describe the epidemiology of cancer, its' probable causes, and the importance of early treatment.  List steps

      to reduce one's risk of developing cancer.
  8. Discuss the major risk factors contributing to cardiovascular disease and list ways to minimize the risks of

      developing cardiovascular disease.
  9. Outline an adequate diet program for personal health and weight control.
10. Identify the role of exercise for personal health and fitness and outline a lifetime fitness program.
11. Utilize current technology and/or access specific web sites for professional interests, research, and the

      preparation of course materials.

General Education Outcomes

   I.  Students develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in the following ways:
  1. They develop their speaking skills through peer group activities, class discussions, and more formal

       activities such as panel presentations and individual oral presentations.
  2. They develop their listening skills through notetaking in class and responding to oral and technical

  3. They develop reading skills through comprehension of textbook materials, analysis of research materials

      and evaluation of secondary sources.
  4. They develop writing skills by planning, composing, and revising short reports and research papers.

  II.  Students demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills in the following ways:
  1. They learn to analyze and interpret research materials.
  2. They learn to understand and incorporate others’ ideas.
  3. They learn to collaborate within a group to produce a group report, consensus or position.

III.  Students apply basic concepts of health and wellness and utilize activities to promote health and fitness in

      the following ways:
 1. They learn the various components of health and wellness and strategies to incorporate changes in behavior

      to promote those components.
 2. They learn the risk factors of various diseases and conditions and ways to reduce those risks.
 3. They learn the value of physical fitness and how to improve their own fitness levels.

Course Content

1. Physical Fitness
    Wellness & Self-Responsibility
    Fitness Components
2. Nutrition
    Weight Control
3. Mental Health
    Personality Development
    Emotional Health
    Mental Disorders
    Stress Management
4. Diseases (Major Health Risks)
    Heart Disease
    A.I.D.S. and S.T.D.'s
    Immunity and Infection
5. Drugs of Abuse
6. Sexuality & Intimate Relationships
    Sexual Behavior
    Conception and Reproduction
7. Aging
    Medical Care/Facilities
    Death & Dying
8. Community Health
    Environmental Concerns
    Health Care Organizations
    Safety/Accident Prevention
9. Current technology appropriate to access course information and to prepare and submit course materials.