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    Health Education and Behavior

    The Department of Health Education and Behavior, with a foundation in the social and biological sciences, offers coursework focused on health information and theory application. Students learn techniques to promote healthy lifestyle choices in individual and group settings, with special attention given to diversity and culturally appropriate health education methodologies.

    About this Major

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

    The Bachelor of Science in Health Education degree program allows students maximum flexibility to choose department specialization coursework during the junior and senior years that relates to personal interests in the health field. Students can focus their coursework on interest areas in health education and health promotion in community, clinical or worksite settings or in health studies as they prepare for professional health occupations.

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    Community Health Promotion

    Students with a primary interest in community health education or worksite health promotion should select the Community Health Promotion specialization. Coursework in this specialization is focused on illness and disease prevention among special target groups within a particular community, with the ultimate goal of providing practical health information to diverse population groups through the use of behavioral interventions. Community health promotion specialists generally find employment in local, state or national government health agencies (state or county health departments, CDC, NIH) and in voluntary organizations such as the American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes and American Heart Association. Worksite health promotion specialists find employment opportunities within diverse small and large businesses and organizations.

    This specialization is also appropriate for students planning to pursue graduate programs in health education or related fields (community or public health, health administration, health policy and epidemiology and disease preventions).

    Students majoring in health education and behavior are also eligible for the Bachelor/Master of Science combined degree program, thus receiving both degrees within approximately five years. Students interested in this program should schedule an appointment with the department academic advisor before the start of their junior year. More information about the health education and behavior BS/MS program.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 6 critical-tracking courses: APK 2100C, APK 2105C, BSC 2005/2005L, MAC 1105 or MAC 1140 or MAC 1147, PSY 2012, STA 2023
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 1 additional critical-tracking courses
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete all 6 critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required (and maintained through semester 8)
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    MAC 1105 Basic College Algebra
    Or higher level MAC course; GE-M
    ​3
    ​PSY 2012 General Psychology
    State Core GE-S
    3
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    ​Elective
    GE-N recommended
    ​3
    Total 15
    Semester 2 Credits
    BSC 2005 Biological Sciences, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2005L Laboratory in Biological Sciences, 1 credit
    State Core GE-B
    4
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    State Core GE-M
    3
    SYG 2000 Principles of Sociology or
    SYG 2010 Social Problems
    GE-S; complete before the end of Semester 5
    ​3
    Composition
    GE-C; WR
    3
    Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    3
    Total 16
    Semester 3 Credits
    ​AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking
    Complete before the end of Semester 5
    ​3
    APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory
    GE-B
    4
    Electives
    WR-6 recommended
    8
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory
    GE-B
    4
    HUN 2201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
    GE-B; complete before the end of Semester 5
    3
    Electives
    GE-D and WR-6 recommended
    7
    Total 14
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    Semester 5 Credits
    HSC 3032 Foundations of Health Education 3
    HSC 3102 Personal and Family Health
    GE-S
    3
    HSC specialization courses 6
    Elective
    3000/4000 level
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    HSC 3201 Community and Environmental Health 3
    HSC 4713 Planning and Evaluating Health Education Programs 3
    HSC specialization courses 6
    Elective
    3000/4000 level
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    HSC 4302 Methods and Materials in Health Education 3
    HSC 4800 Health Education Professional Development 3
    HSC specialization courses 6
    Elective
    3000/4000 level
    3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    HSC 4876 Internship in Health Education 15
    Total 15
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    HSC Specialization Courses: 18 credits

    Courses Credits
    HSC 3301 Health Education in Elementary Schools 3
    ​HSC 4133 Human Sexuality Education ​3
    ​HSC 4134 Emotional Health and Counseling ​3
    ​HSC 4143 Drug Education ​3
    ​HSC 4174 Behavioral and Environmental Determinants of Obesity ​3
    ​HSC 4232C Exercise Therapy, Adapted Physical Activity and Health 3​​
    ​HSC 4233 Patient Health Education ​3
    ​HSC 4574 Nutrition Education for Special Populations ​3
    ​HSC 4579 Women's Health Issues ​3
    HSC 4593 HIV/AIDS Education 3
    ​HSC 4623 Minority Health Issues ​3
    HSC 4624 Trends in International Health 3
    HSC 4663 Community Health Methods in Injury Prevention and Control 3
    ​HSC 4664 Health Communication of Consumers ​3
    HSC 4694 Worksite Health Promotion 3
    ​HSC 4950 Current Topics in Health Education ​3

    Students must see an advisor before registering for these three courses:
    HSC 4813 Practicum in Health Education (1-3)
    HSC 4905 Individual Study (1-4)
    HSC 5XXX Any non-combined 5000-level course offered within the department

    Refer to the course descriptions for specific course prerequisites.

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    Health Studies

    Students who want in-depth knowledge of diverse health topics, with the intention to complete postbaccalaureate work in a professional health program such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, physician assistant, occupational therapy and physical therapy should select the health studies specialization. This specialization enables students to gain knowledge on a variety of health issues plaguing diverse population groups and to complete required prerequisite coursework for professional health programs. Students may also pursue graduate programs in health education or related fields (public health, health administration and epidemiology and disease prevention).

    Additional science coursework is included within the semester plan to help students meet prerequisites for professional health programs. However, it is imperative that students review the requirements for targeted graduate programs as additional prerequisite coursework outside the curriculum for the major. Students should meet regularly with a pre-health advisor in the Academic Advising Center (100 Farrior Hall) as well as the department academic advisor to ensure adequate preparation for application to professional health programs. Ultimately, students are responsible for ensuring completion of the required prerequisites for their chosen professional health program.

    Students majoring in health education and behavior are also eligible for the Bachelor/Master of Science combined degree program, thus receiving both degrees within approximately five years. Students interested in this program should schedule an appointment with the department academic advisor before the start of their junior year. More information about the health education and behavior BS/MS program.

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    Critical Tracking

    Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • Complete 2 of 7 critical-tracking courses: APK 2100C, APK 2105C, BSC 2010/2010L, CHM 2045/2045L, MAC 1140 or higher level course, PSY 2012, STA 2023
    • 2.8 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses
    • 2.8 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses
    • 2.8 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete all 7 critical-tracking courses, including labs
    • 2.8 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
    • 2.0 UF GPA required (and maintained through semester 8)
    All general education requirements, including international (N) and diversity (D), must be completed prior to the final internship semester.
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    Model Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

    This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

    Semester 1 Credits
    CHM 2045 General Chemistry 1, 3 credits, and
    CHM 2045L General Chemistry 1 Laboratory, 1 credit
    State Core GE-P
    4
    HSC 3102 Personal and Family Health
    GE-S; complete before the end of Semester 5
    3
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life
    GE-H
    3​
    MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra
    Or higher level MAC course; State Core GE-M
    3-4
    Composition
    State Core GE-C; WR
    3
    Total 16-17
    Semester 2 Credits
    PSY 2012 General Psychology
    State Core GE-S
    ​3
    STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1
    GE-M
    3
    SYG 2000 Principles of Sociology or
    SYG 2010 Social Problems
    GE-S; complete before the end of Semester 5
    ​3
    Composition
    GE-C; WR-6
    3
    ​Elective
    CHM 2046 and CHM 2046L recommended
    ​3-4
    Total 15-16
    Semester 3 Credits
    APK 2100C Applied Human Anatomy with Laboratory
    GE-B
    4
    BSC 2010 Integrated Principles of Biology 1, 3 credits, and
    BSC 2010L Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1, 1 credit
    GE-B
    4
    Electives
    WR-6 recommended
    ​3
    ​Humanities
    State Core GE-H
    ​3
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    APK 2105C Applied Human Physiology with Laboratory
    GE-B
    4
    HUN 2201 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
    GE-B; complete before the end of Semester 5
    3
    Elective
    WR-6 recommended
    3
    Electives
    BSC 2011 and/or BSC 2011L and/or CHM 2210 recommended
    ​5
    Total ​15
    Students following a pre-health track may want to begin CHM2210 during the summer term prior to semester 5.
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    Semester 5 Credits
    ​AEC 3030C Effective Oral Communication or
    SPC 2608 Introduction to Public Speaking
    Complete before the end of Semester 5
    3​
    HSC 3032 Foundations of Health Education 3
    HSC 3537 Health and Medical Terminology 3
    HSC specialization course 3
    Electives
    PHY 2053 and PHY 2053L and/or MCB 3020 and MCB 3020L recommended
    3-6
    Total 15-18
    Semester 6 Credits
    HSC 4233 Patient Health Education 3
    HSC 4713 Planning and Evaluating Health Education Programs 3
    HSC specialization course 3
    Electives
    PHY 2054, PHY 2054L, BCH 4024, DEP 3053 or other advanced psychology recommended
    6-9
    Total 15-18
    Semester 7 Credits
    HSC 4302 Methods and Materials in Health Education 3
    HSC 4800 Health Education Professional Development 3
    HSC specialization courses 6
    Elective
    Genetics and/or science course recommended
    3-6
    Total 15-18
    Semester 8 Credits
    HSC 4876 Internship in Health Education
    Students must register for fulltime internship (15 credits) or part-time internship (6 credits). If the part-time internship option is selected, the student may concurrently register for up to 9 credits of electives or pre-health requisites.
    15
    Total 15

    These science courses may not be required for your career goal.

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    HSC Specialization Courses: 12 credits

    Courses Credits
    ​HSC 3201 Community and Environmental Health ​3
    HSC 3301 Health Education in Elementary Schools 3
    ​HSC 4133 Human Sexuality Education ​3
    HSC 4134 Emotional Health and Counseling​ ​3
    ​HSC 4143 Drug Education ​3
    ​HSC 4174 Behavioral and Environmental Determinants of Obesity ​3
    ​HSC 4232C Exercise Therapy, Adapted Physical Activity and Health ​3
    ​HSC 4574 Nutrition Education for Special Populations ​3
    ​HSC 4579 Women's Health Issues ​3
    HSC 4593 HIV/AIDS Education 3
    ​HSC 4623 Minority Health Issues ​3
    HSC 4624 Trends in International Health 3
    HSC 4663 Community Health Methods in Injury Prevention and Control 3
    ​HSC 4664 Health Communication of Consumers ​3
    HSC 4694 Worksite Health Promotion 3
    ​HSC 4950 Current Topics in Health Education ​3

    Students must see an advisor before registering for these three courses:
    HSC 4813 Practicum in Health Education (1-3)
    HSC 4905 Individual Study (1-4)
    HSC 5XXX Any non-combined 5000-level course offered within the department (1-3)

    Refer to the course descriptions for specific course prerequisites.

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    Related Health Education and Behavior Programs

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