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HEED 212 Current Health Issues - Online

This course will examine issues and trends relevant to consumer health decisions.  Environmental health, the health care system, and emotional health are topics included in this course.  Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to identify contemporary health issues related to the health of the nation.  This course is an Arts and Science Elective and required for students in health, Fitness and Wellness programs.  This course is an Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues core course and is required for students majoring in Health Education and Health fitness Wellness Programs.

A liberal education prepares students to lead ethical, productive, and creative lives and to understand how the pursuit of lifelong learning and critical thinking fosters good citizenship. General education courses form the core of a liberal education within the higher education curriculum and provide a coherent intellectual experience for all students by introducing the fundamental concepts and methods of inquiry in the areas of mathematics, the physical and natural sciences. The social sciences, the arts and humanities, and composition.  This course is part of the general education core experience at Howard Community College.

Credits                  3
Prerequisites         None
Instructor              Susan Seibel
Office                      HS 321
Phone                     (443) 518-3035

Overall Course Objectives  | Major Course Topics  | Course Format  | Orientation  | Course Requirements  | Texts and Materials

Overall Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Describe the emotional and physiological effects of stress in mental health.
  • Describe coping mechanisms utilized to achieve emotional fitness.
  • Discuss current trends, research in sexually transmitted diseases and human sexuality.
  • Discuss the current stage of health care and the impact of self-care.
  • Examine ethical/legal issues in the health care system.
  • Examine the potential health hazards of substance abuse and use.
  • Discuss lifestyle changes that can reduce one’s risk for disease.  Include the effect of nutrition and exercise.
  • Describe the impact of aging population upon the health of our nation.
  • Describe the impact of year 2000 health objectives in consumer health.

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Major Course Topics
  • Stress Management
  • Emotional/Mental Health
  • STD’s
  • The Health System
  • Environmental Health
  • Nutritional Health
  • New Consumer Products
  • The Maturity Factor

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Course Format

  • Is not self-paced.
  • The Schedule of Assignments lists deadlines for all course reading, homework assignments, quizzes and exams and discussion topics.
  • This schedule is posted within the course and is available for students all semester.
  • Does not require on-campus meetings, except it may have a proctored exam in the HCC Test Center. (For more information, see the "Exam" section below.)
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • The communications will take place through e-mail and scheduled posted threaded discussion questions (weekly).
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This course has no required face-to-face orientation.  May require online class discussions.

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Course Requirements

Review theWhat you should know before you registersection of the eLearning home page.

  • Grading procedures will be determined by the individual faculty member.  To include, but not limited to attendance mid-term, final exam, written assignments, and discussion topics.
  • Specific writing assignments will be determined by the individual faculty member and may include, but not limited to a 3-5 page formal written document on an assigned health related topic and community service project.

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Texts and Materials Required:

Textbook information: To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Acrobat Viewer
  • Flash
  • Internet Explorer
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • QuickTime
  • Real Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • Word 2007
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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If you have any questions or comments about this class, please send a message to
Susan Seibel,

Last updated on 3-Apr-14
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