A major in Health Science prepares students for careers and graduate studies in the health sciences, including: medicine, allied health, rehabilitative science, and health promotion/preventive medicine. The Department offers a bachelor of science degree in Health Science. The curriculum integrates the sciences of biology, chemistry, physiology, social behavior, nutrition, and physics and applies them to the study of individual health. Courses combine traditional classroom lecture with experiential learning and the practical application of concepts through a variety of laboratory, clinical, and field experiences. The Department provides students a fully equipped, modern learning environment. Students complete senior research projects that are often presented at the annual spring Stetson Showcase and/or at professional regional and national conferences. Graduates pursue graduate and professional studies, as well as employment and research opportunities in the health sciences, including: medicine, physician assistant programs, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, exercise physiology, chiropractic medicine, nutrition, cardiac rehabilitation, and other related fields. Graduates also work in corporate and hospital-affiliated wellness centers.
More information can be found online at http://www.stetson.edu/other/academics/programs/health-sciences.php.
Major in Health Science
Minor in Health Science - 5 units
|HLSC 201P||Human Anatomy and Physiology I||1|
|HLSC 202||Anatomy and Physiology II||1|
|HLSC 219W||Health and Wellness||1|
|Select two of the following courses:||2|
|Introduction to Nutrition Science|
|Introduction to Public Health|
|Health and Medical Statistics|
|Aging of Physiological Systems|
|Ethical Issues in Health Care|
|Seminor in Integrative Medicine|
|Special Topics in Health Science|
|Internship in Health Sciences|
|Advanced Human Anatomy|
|Medical Terminology and Pathology|
|Food and Nutrition in the Media|
|Health Communications Campaigns|
Advising Course Plans
The following advising course plans are available for Health Science majors who wish to pursue graduate and professional studies:
Assistant Professor of Health Science, 2014
B.S., University of Novi Sad
M.S., Ph.D., University of Texas at El Paso
Schrager, Matthew A.
Associate Professor of Health Science, 2009
B.A., Grinnell College
M.S., Indiana University
Ph.D., University of Maryland
Skelton, Michele S.
Associate Professor of Health Science, 1993
Lynn and Mark Hollis Chair of Health and Wellness, 2009
B.S., Stetson University
M.S., University of Tennessee
Ph.D., Auburn University
HLSC 190. Special Topics in Health Sciences. 1 Unit.
HLSC 200W. Introduction to Nutrition Science. 1 Unit.
Designed as an introductory course in nutrition for students pursuing careers in health-related fields, this course provides a scientifically-based introduction to nutrition and how it relates to health and disease. Students will acquire a thorough understanding of basic nutrition for their own health and wellness.
HLSC 201P. Human Anatomy and Physiology I. 1 Unit.
Designed to augment and develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the human body through the systemic study of structures and functions of the integumentary, skeletal, articular, muscular, and nervous systems, this course prepares students for curricular and clinical experiences in medicine, allied health, and advanced study of the human body (biomechanics, exercise physiology, pathology, and preventive medicine).
HLSC 202. Anatomy and Physiology II. 1 Unit.
This course prepares students for clinical experiences in allied health and subsequent study of the human body; studies the structures and functioning of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary, lymphatic, and endocrine systems in depth; and explores applications of human physiology during exercise, pharmacological intervention, and disease.
HLSC 219W. Health and Wellness. 1 Unit.
This course examines health information and issues confronting each person and our society from the psychological, physical, intellectual, social, occupational, environmental, and spiritual dimensions.
HLSC 285. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.
HLSC 290. Special Topics in Health Sciences. 1 Unit.
HLSC 301. Theories and Methods of Health Behavior Change. 1 Unit.
This course investigates the relationship between health and behavior. It explores the psychosocial determinants of behaviors risk factors that affect the health of individuals, groups, and the larger society. Students will develop a solid understanding in social/behavioral theories, not just as explanatory models of health behavior, but also how they impact the design of health intervention programs.
HLSC 309. Research Methods in the Health Sciences. 1 Unit.
This course covers the principles of research methods including ethics in research and the Institutional Review Board, experimental design, data collection methods, conducting experimental and quasi-experimental studies, conducting survey studies, qualitative and quantitative research, information databases and a critical review of the literature, developing a research topic, and introducing the design and outline of a research proposal.
HLSC 313. Basic Biomechanics. 1 Unit.
Designed to develop a fundamental understanding of the anatomical, neuromuscular and biomechanical principles of human movement, this course applies these principles to evaluate human performance. Prerequisite: HLSC 201P.
HLSC 323. Therapeutic Modalities. 1 Unit.
This class studies physical agents used to combat the pain, inflammation, and symptomology associated with acute athletic injuries and of the physiology of bodily responses to injury healing, structural design and function of physical therapy modalities, and indications and contraindications of specific modality use. Prerequisite: HLSC 201P.
HLSC 324. Therapeutic Exercise. 1 Unit.
This course investigates applied biomechanics and the strength, conditioning, and rehabilitation processes necessary for the disease/injury prevention and treatment. Prerequisite: HLSC 201P.
HLSC 330. Aging of Physiological Systems. 1 Unit.
The current trend in demography termed the “Graying of America” is now well under way, as Baby Boomers are entering their older years in great numbers. This course explores these shifting demographic trends in our society, as well as various biological/physiological theories of aging, the physiological components of the aging process, and the impact of exercise and other lifestyle choices on these components. Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P.
HLSC 340. Body Systems Immunology. 1 Unit.
This course provides an overview of total-body immunology via in-depth analysis of immune function in individual organs and body systems. Topics include the types and functions of immune cells found in each body system (e.g., skin, muscle, lungs, gut, etc.), as well as diseases and states associated with the immunology of each body system (e.g., cancer, smoking, exercise, etc.). Prerequisites: BIOL 141P and BIOL 142P.
HLSC 342E. Ethical Issues in Health Care. 1 Unit.
This junior seminar addresses the moral issues facing health-care practitioners from a philosophical point of view by presenting an array of ethical theories that can be used to analyze both general issues and particular cases. It introduces students to current ethical dilemmas in the health-care field and develops their ability to think critically about these matters, such as patients’ rights, maternal-fetal conflicts (including abortion), euthanasia, stem cell research, genetic engineering, human and animal experimentation, and the right to health care. Junior Seminar.
HLSC 370. Seminor in Integrative Medicine. 1 Unit.
This course presents the methodologies of both conventional and alternative medicine and emphasizes the history and integration of these systems: allopathic medicine, naturopathy, energy therapies, chiropractic medicine, homeopathy, osteopathy, herbal medicine, and Chinese medicine. Students learn to describe the historical background, theory on health and disease, and the treatments promoted by each system.
HLSC 375. Community Health Care Seminar. 0.5 Units.
Offered in collaboration with practitioners from Florida Hospital, this course provides an academic foundation for expected subsequent one-year Health Coach Practicum I and II experiences with Florida Hospital. Topics include: challenges of delivering adequate healthcare in communities; population health; specific problems posed by diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease; ethical dimensions of “underinsurance”; community medicine and the law; and methods of improving compliance and measuring outcomes. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
HLSC 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.
HLSC 390. Special Topics in Health Science. 0.5 or 1 Units.
A lecture/discussion course designed to enhance the curriculum by allowing students an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding in a specialized topic within their field of study, such as sport nutrition, strength and conditioning, eating disorders and body image, and advanced exercise physiology. Prerequisites may apply.
HLSC 395. Teching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.
HLSC 397. Internship in Health Sciences. 0.5 or 1 Units.
This course provides students an opportunity to enrich their classroom knowledge, develop skills, and gain practical experience in a field of health science (such as medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, nursing, chiropractic medicine, cardiac rehabilitation, health promotion/preventive medicine, public health, wellness/fitness). Students will be required to maintain a record of hours, complete journal assignments, participate in workshops/seminars/discussion forums, complete a topical paper, and obtain a letter of evaluation from the student's intern site supervisor. Specific requirements will be presented by way of a contract signed by the students. Full unit internships require approximately 60-80 patient/client contact hours for the semester and a total of 140 hours. Prerequisites: HLSC 201P and instructor permission for non-majors.Enrollment in an internship course requires students to attend an orientation prior to beginning work at their internship site. For more information regarding internship orientations, please contact Career & Professional Development at email@example.com or 386-822-7315.
HLSC 401. Advanced Human Anatomy. 1 Unit.
Designed to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of the human body, this experiential course allows them to study and examine human tissue/histology, organ systems, and pathophysiology on a human cadaver. It provides an opportunity for the advanced study of anatomical and physiological concepts needed to prepare students for clinical experiences and advanced/graduate study of the human body in fields such as medicine/allied health, biophysics/biomechanics, exercise physiology, and preventive/integrative medicine. Prerequisites: IHSC 201P and IHSC 202P (C or higher in these courses), junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor. Note: This course meets mid-fall semester to mid-spring semester at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
HLSC 411. Exercise Physiology. 1 Unit.
This class analyzes the physiological responses of the human body to the demands of exercise and the effects of exercise training on the human body; supporting topics include principles of exercise testing, assessment, and prescription, preventive medicine, nutrition, and ergogenic aids. Prerequisites: IHSC 201P and IHSC 202.
HLSC 413. Sport Nutrition. 1 Unit.
Introduces basic concepts of Sport Nutrition in order to integrate knowledge of exercise science and nutrition into practical applications for active individuals. Prerequisite: IHSC 200W.
HLSC 441. Medical Terminology and Pathology. 1 Unit.
This introductory course prepares students who are pursuing careers that require an understanding of medical terms, such as physical therapy, athletic training, emergency medical technician, rehabilitative services, medicine, medical technology, and pharmacy. Prerequisite: BIOL 142P, HLSC 201P, or HLSC 202.
HLSC 485. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.
HLSC 490. Special Topics in Health Sciences. 1 Unit.
HLSC 498. Senior Research Proposal. 1 Unit.
Students will identify a topic in a selected field of study, prepare a review of pertinent literature, formulate a research question, and propose a research design for the studies they will execute in IHSC 499. Prerequisite: HLSC 309. Writing-intensive course.
HLSC 499. Senior Research Project. 1 Unit.
Students will demonstrate competency in the research process by conducting the research study proposed in IHSC 498 in their field of expertise. The project includes data collection, statistical analysis and interpretation, a scholarly research paper, and an oral or poster presentation. Prerequisite: IHSC 498.