Course level:
100 | 200 | 300 | 400

HS-120 Public Health
This course introduces students to the core disciplines of public health including epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, social and behavioral sciences, and health policy. Using a social-ecological framework, emphasis is placed on understanding the determinants of health and approaches to public health challenges in the United States.

Back to the top


HS-209 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Systems approach to study the structure and function of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the levels of organization within the human body, and the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems. (The remaining systems are covered in HS 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology II.) Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Prerequisite: Bio 110 or 111 or 113 and Bio 112.

HS-210 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Systems approach to study the structure and function of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, digestive, reproductive, and endocrine systems of the human body. (The remaining systems are covered in HS 209 Human Anatomy and Physiology I) Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Prerequisite: HS 209; or with permission of the instructor

HS-230 Nutrition
An integrated overview of human nutrition. Emphasis is placed on understanding how dietary choices impact general health and the development of chronic diseases. Prerequisite: BIO 110 or 111 or 113.

HS-232 Statistics for the Health Sciences
An introduction to statistical methods commonly employed in the health sciences. Emphasis is placed on research design, descriptive statistics, fundamental probability theory, and hypothesis testing, and how to use common statistical software packages. Credit cannot be received for both this course and Biology 260, Economics 241, Mathematics 107, Psychology 205, or OMS 235.

HS-290 Mentored Research Internship
Quarter credit internship graded S/U.

Back to the top


HS-309 Exercise is Medicine
The primary goal of this course is to help one develop an understanding of the physiological benefits of exercise as well as the pharma kinetics of commonly prescribed medications. Special attention will be placed on developing the knowledge and skills needed to assess individuals to ascertain their health risks, assess their current state of fitness and ultimately develop a customized and clinically appropriate exercise prescription. Students will also learn the underlying physiological mechanisms that allow exercise and medications to be effective interventions to promote health and combat disease. Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Prerequisite: HS 209 & HS 210.

HS-310 Assessment in the Health Sciences
A practical and theoretical overview of various physical assessments related to health and disease. Students learn the underlying physiological basis for different assessment techniques as well as the practical skills needed to perform and interpret them. Emphasis is placed on understanding the underlying technology and methodology used for each technique. Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Prerequisites: HS 209 and HS 210.

HS-311 Neuromuscular Physiology
An examination of the neurological and physiological properties of skeletal muscle. An emphasis is placed on the structural adaptation caused by use and disuse as well as exposure to acute and chronic stimuli. Students gain an in depth understanding of variety of topics related to skeletal muscle including: skeletal muscle microstructure, temporal summation, excitation-contraction coupling, isokinetics, force-velocity dynamics, fiber typing, electrical stimulation, and immobilization. Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Prerequisites: HS 209 and HS 210.

HS-312 Cardiorespiratory Physiology
In-depth study of the structure and function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Special attention will be given to the integrated function of the two systems, both in normal and pathological states. Prerequisites: HS 209 and HS 210.

HS-318 Orthopedic Anatomy
Examination of the interaction of the skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems that create movement. Areas of study include the osteology, arthrology, myology, and neurology of the head, neck, trunk, and limbs. Various skills are analyzed to determine joint motion, types of muscle contraction, and involved muscles. Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Prerequisites: HS 209 and HS 210.

HS-319 Environmental Physiology
Introduction to the physiological effects of, and adaptations to, extreme environments in humans, including hyperthermia (heat), hypothermia (cold), hyperbaric (high atmospheric pressure), hypobaric (low atmospheric pressure) and microgravity (space flight physiology). Prerequisite: HS 209 & HS 210.

HS-322 Global Health
Introduction to the complex social, economic, environmental, political, biological, and cultural intersections that influence the global burden of disease. Emphasis is placed on understanding health inequities and the challenges to improving health outcomes on a global scale. Prerequisite: Juniors and Seniors only.

HS-326 Epidemiology
Introduction to the basic concepts of epidemiology and biostatistics as applied to public health problems. Emphasis will be placed on the principles and methods of epidemiologic investigation, appropriate summaries and displays of data, and the use of statistical approaches to describe the health of populations. Three class hours and three laboratory hours. Prerequisite: Juniors and Seniors only.

HS-330 Advanced Nutrition and Human Metabolism
Study of the physiological function and metabolic fate of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins and their involvement in fulfilling energy needs for maintenance, growth, and work. Specific topics include the various pathways by which nutrients are stored, accessed and oxidized to provide energy; how exercise and disease affects these systems; the role of hormones and enzymes in regulating energy balance and substrate utilization; the role of diet and energy balance in metabolic syndrome X, obesity and other prevalent lifestyle diseases. Prerequisite: HS 230 or permission of Instructor

HS-376 Chronic Disease
This is an entry level pathophysiology course. Emphasis is placed on the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of the chronic diseases most commonly found in western society. Course specifically focuses on Cardiovascular Diseases (Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Heart Attack, Stroke), Respiratory Diseases (Emphysema, Asthma, Bronchitis), Metabolic Disorders (Diabetes Mellitus, Hyperlipidemia, Obesity), Cancer, Chronic Inflammation and others. Prerequisites: HS 209 and HS 210.

HS-390 Special Topics in Health Sciences - Seminar
Study of a topic not normally covered in depth in the regular curriculum of Health Sciences. Topics vary and will often correspond to a faculty members area of academic research or a unique area of expertise. Offered irregularly. Prerequisite: HS 209 & HS 210 or permission of the instructor.

Back to the top


HS-460 Individualized Study-Research
Independent investigation of a topic of special interest, including both literature and laboratory/field research. An oral presentation to the department and a written thesis are required.

HS-473 Individualized Study-Internship
Independent internship experience under the direct supervision of professional personnel in a variety of HS-related areas. Internship must be approved by the Center for Career Development and the HS Department Internship Coordinator. Graded S/U.

HS-475 Summer Internship
Independent internship experience under the direct supervision of professional personnel in a variety of HS-related areas. Internship must be approved by the Center for Career Development and the HS Department Internship Coordinator. Graded S/U.

HS-476 Individualized Study: Capstone Internship
Independent internship experience under the direct supervision of professional personnel in a variety of HS-related areas. Internship must be approved by the Center for Career Development and the HS Department Internship Coordinator. Graded A-F.

HS-478 Summer Capstone Internship
Independent internship experience under the direct supervision of professional personnel in a variety of HS-related areas. Internship must be approved by the Center for Career Development and the HS Department Internship Coordinator. Graded A-F.

Back to the top