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HEED 115 Personal and Community Health

This course will synthesize the important facts and concepts of a variety of college level courses including biology, physiology, anatomy, ecology, psychology, and sociology into a meaningful dialogue that will motivate the student to modify their health practices to a high level of effective and enjoyable living.  This course is delivered as a teleweb course which includes both online components and the Healthy Living Video.
Patrick L. Finley
ST 229

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

Statement on General Education and Liberal Learning

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 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 the humanities, and composition.  This course is part of the general education core experience at Howard Community College

Overall Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the fundamental principles of health education.
  • Explain basic health concepts.
  • Describe the psychological development of the individual.
  • Identify the needs of individuals with degenerative and infectious diseases.
  • Identify consequences of drug use.
  • Identify nutrition and fitness concepts.
  • Evaluate cultural implications linked with beliefs and values concerning human sexuality.
  • Describe beliefs and practices related to thanatology.
  • Explain the effects of aging.
  • Describe the physiological and psychological aspects of human sexuality.
  • Analyze personal health status.

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Major Course Topics

  • Stress and Emotional Health
  • Diet and Exercises
  • Disease
  • Sexuality
  • Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
  • Aging, Death and Dying
  • Environmental Health and Health Behavior

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Course Format

  • is presented in a teleweb format using the Healthy Living video series. 
  • Is self-paced.
  • Does not require on-campus meetings.
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • Is designed in 15 learning modules, each module corresponding to one or more chapters in the textbook and focusing on a specific area of Personal and Community Health. For each module the student will watch an associated video streamed online, read the associated one or more chapters in the textbook, review the module tutorial, complete the assignments, and take the quiz for each module. At the completion of the topic modules, the student will take a cumulative final.

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This course has no required face-to-face orientation.

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Course Requirements

Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the eLearning home page.

  • Reading Assignments: It is recommended that students complete the readings before other course component.
  • Watch Healthy Livining Video video segments found on the course DVD set.
  • Tutorials: 15 tutorials, corresponding to the content in one or more chapters in the course text book.
  • Health Behavior Workbook: Students will complete assignments which focus on behavior modification.
  • Web Assignments: Students will be given assignments that relate to the materials presented in the learning modules and textbook chapters.
  • Quizzes: Students will complete 3 quizzes, each covering 5 topic areas.
  • Final: Students will complete a comprehensive final.

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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 Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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Students will take 3 online quizzes and an online cumulative final, which will be given at the completion of the course. All quizzes and the final will consist of multiple-choice and true-false questions and will be timed.

If you have any questions or comments about this class, please send a message to
Patrick L. Finley,

Last updated on 1-Jun-06
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