Health Education

https://www.miracosta.edu/academics/degree-and-certificate-programs/health-sciences/health-education/index.html

The Health Education program offers courses for students planning to transfer in a variety of health-related fields as well as for students needing to fulfill general education requirements. Career opportunities include teaching; health care administration; federal, state, and local health care agency work (such as for the County Health Department, Cal OSHA, and the Environmental Protection Agency); and health care and education in the private sector.

Academic and Career Pathway: Health Sciences

Contact Information

Chair: Robert Fulbright

Dean: Al Taccone

https://www.miracosta.edu/academics/degree-and-certificate-programs/health-sciences/health-education/index.html

Department: Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition

Office: Building OC4800, 760.795.6811

Full-Time Faculty

Robert Fulbright
Casey McFarland
Gail Meinhold

Associate Degrees

Associate in Science Degree

Public Health Science for Transfer

Students completing this associate degree will have completed lower-division major preparation requirements for a public health science degree, an emphasis or option within a public health science degree, or a degree considered similar to public health science at a participating California State University (CSU) campus. Following transfer to a participating CSU campus, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to obtain a bachelor’s degree; however, some CSU campuses may require additional lower-division major preparation. This degree may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus not accepting this degree or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a MiraCosta counselor for further information regarding the most efficient pathway to transfer as a public health science major and to determine which CSU campuses are participating in this program.

To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a “C” or "P" or better.
  • Complete the CSU-GE (Plan B) or IGETC (Plan C)* general education pattern.
  • Obtain a minimum CSU-transferable GPA of 2.0.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.

* Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area IC: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to

  • relate and apply the key theories and concepts of public health to advanced academic study.
Required courses: 
HEAL 101Principles of Health *3
HEAL 180Introduction to Public Health3
BIO 110Introductory Biology: Preparation for Pre-Health Professions (Lecture/Lab) *3-4
or BIO 111 Introductory Biology: Preparation for Pre-Health Professions (Lecture)
CHEM 150General Chemistry I: For Science Majors *5
or CHEM 150H General Chemistry I: For Science Majors (Honors)
PSYC 101General Psychology *3
or PSYC 101H General Psychology (Honors)
BIO 210Human Anatomy4
or BIO 210H Human Anatomy (Honors)
BIO 220Human Physiology *4
BUS 204Business Statistics *3-4
or BTEC 180 Biostatistics
or MATH 103 Statistics
or PSYC 104 Statistics for Behavioral Science
or PSYC 104H Statistics for Behavioral Science (Honors)
or SOC 125 Introduction to Statistics in Sociology
List A: Select one course.3
Principles of Economics: MACRO *
Principles of Economics: MICRO *
Nutrition Today *
Nutrition Today (Honors) *
Human Sexuality *
Introduction to Sociology *
Introduction to Sociology (Honors) *
Total Units31-33

NOTE: To ensure this degree is completed with no more than 60 units, students should select courses that will also satisfy a general education requirement. Students are strongly advised to complete the CSU History, Constitution, and American Ideals graduation requirement prior to transfer.

How to Read Course Descriptions

For more detailed information about a course, such as its content, objectives, and fulfillment of a degree, certificate, or general education requirement, please see the official course outline of record, available on the Courses and Programs webpage at https://www.miracosta.edu/governance/courses-and-programs-committee/curriculum-management-system.html.

Courses

HEAL 101: Principles of Health

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course focuses on the exploration of major health issues and behaviors in the various dimensions of health. It emphasizes individual responsibility for personal health and the promotion of informed, positive health behaviors. Topics include exercise, weight control, nutrition, mental health, stress management, violence, substance abuse, reproductive health, human sexuality, disease prevention, aging, and environmental hazards and safety. C-ID PHS-100.

HEAL 180: Introduction to Public Health

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course introduces the public health discipline and the factors that influence health and disease from a population-based perspective. It provides an overview of public health profession functions and institutions as well as an in-depth examination of the core public health disciplines. Topics include the epidemiology of infectious and chronic diseases; prevention and control of diseases; social determinants of health; illness and health disparities among various populations; community organizing and health promotion programming; environmental health and safety; global health; healthcare policy; and career opportunities in public health. C-ID PHS-101.

HEAL 200: First Aid and Safety

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course acquaints the individual with emergency first aid procedures. Topics include wounds, splinting, burns, rescue breathing, diabetes, epilepsy, heart failure, stroke, and environmental emergencies. Students who successfully pass all first aid requirements have the opportunity to become certified in first aid.

HEAL 201: CPR and AED

Units: 1
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

The Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers course covers core material such as adult and infant CPR (including two-rescue scenarios and use of the bag mask), foreign-body airway obstruction, and automated external defibrillation (AED). Students who successfully pass all CPR/AED requirements have the opportunity to become certified in BLS under the guidelines set forth by the American Heart Association. Students can receive the American Heart Association BLS CPR and AED Provider card for an additional fee.

HEAL 205: Integrative Health and Wellness

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This course introduces evidence-based integrative approaches to health and wellness that consider the whole personbody, mind, and spirit. The course is broken into six parts: characteristics of integrative medicine; mind-body sciences; integrative nutrition; botanicals/herbal medicine and aromatherapy/essential oils; energy therapies, manual healing, and yoga; and future expectations of integrative health. All topics are informed by science and follow the scientific method. Students develop a preliminary portfolio in a selected area of integrative health and wellness.

HEAL 222: Stress Management

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course introduces students to the concepts of stress management and prevention. It emphasizes the analysis of stressful events, application of appropriate techniques, and development and implementation of a stress reduction/prevention plan. Topics include the physiology of the stress response, adaptive and maladaptive behaviors, stress-prevention strategies, stress-reduction techniques, and how to implement a self-care stress-reduction plan.

HEAL 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

HEAL 296: Topics in Health

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Health that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

HEAL 299: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience

Units: 1-4
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

Occupational Cooperative Work Experience Education is intended for students employed in a job directly related to their major. It allows such students the opportunity to apply the theories and skills of their discipline to their position and to undertake new responsibilities and learn new skills at work. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.