Fall 2005



Department of Public Health Education

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro



Course:            HEA 201-81 (WEB)  This is a web-based course taught via the internet.

Instructor:         Cheryl Haworth Wyrick, Ph.D.

Office:              437 HHP Building

Office Hours:    By appointment only.

Phone:              (W) 662-0090 ext. 107

                        (H) 540-5905

Email:               cheryl@tanglewood.net

Web Site:         http://blackboard.uncg.edu


There are NO Required Meeting Dates


Catalog Description


Study of determinants of healthful and safe living for various age groups; emphasis on analyses and interpretation of research methods and findings within a social ecological conceptual framework. 


Course Objectives


With successful completion of this course, you should be able to:


1.         Explain the concepts of health, disease, health promotion, and disease prevention in a social/ecological context.

2.         Identify social, behavioral, environmental, racial, gender, and other demographic factors affecting personal and community health.

3.         Discuss relationships among healthful living, behavioral skills, knowledge, and attitudes.

Give examples of scientifically derived prevention approaches appropriate for specific health problems, age groups, and community settings.

4.         Analyze health information and research findings presented in popular media and scientific or professional sources.

5.         Explain fundamental concepts and facts appropriate for children, adolescents, and adults related to personal health.

6.         Examine the relationships among public policy, personal health, and the delivery of health-related services.


Required Texts


$          Donatelle, R.J.  (2005).  Health:  The Basics.  6th Ed., Needham Heights, MA: A Pearson Education Company.


Assigned Readings

You will be assigned textbook readings throughout the semester as well as other readings that will be posted to blackboard.  All readings should be completed during the week the work is assigned or by the due date posted on blackboard.



Homework assignments are associated with each of the 10 Learning Units.  Twenty-five percent of the final course grade will be earned through completion of these weekly assignments.  The grades will be based on the quality of the work and checked to make sure that all directions were followed. 



Quizzes will be given during the semester covering each of the 10 Learning Units.  Your lowest quiz grade will be dropped.



Unit 1

Chapter 1:  Promoting Healthy Behavior Change

Unit 2

Chapter 12:  Cardiovascular Disease: Reducing Your Risks

Unit 3

Chapter 13:  Cancer: Reducing Your Risks

Unit 4

Chapter 8:  Alcohol, Tobacco, and Caffeine: Daily Pleasures, Daily Challenges

Unit 5

Chapter 8: Alcohol: Unacknowledged Addictions

Unit 6

Chapter 9:  Nutrition: Eating for Optimum Health

Unit 7

Chapter 11:  Personal Fitness: Improving Your Health through Exercise

Unit 8

Chapter 10:  Managing Your Weight: Finding a Healthy Balance

Unit 9

Chapter 3:  Managing Stress: Coping with Life's Challenges

Unit 10

Chapter  :  Environment




Grade Weights


HEA 201 Grade Weights


Percent Weight





Mid-term Exam


Final Project




Grading Scale


A = 90% - 100%

B = 80% - 89%

C = 70% - 79%

D = 60% - 69%

F = 59% and below


Policy Statements


1.         All students are required to abide by the UNCG honor policy:       http://studentconduct.uncg.edu/policy/academicintegrity/


2.         Following UNCG policy, it is expected that the average student in this course will need to spend 2-3 hours per credit hour in out-of-class assignments.  This is a 3 credit hour course, so I will assume the average student will spend 6 - 9 hours per week on class assignments.  This includes time spent on reading assignments as well as working on homework and writing assignments.


4.         All course assignments are due as assigned and should be submitted via email using either Microsoft Word, WordPad or Corel Word Perfect.



** For every day that your Final Project is late, 10% will be deducted from your grade on that project.