2019-2020 Catalog

Health Promotion Practices

Community Health and Development Department

Health Promotion Practices Associate of Arts (94 credits)

Program Description

Students completing the Health Promotion Practices Degree will be prepared to use theory and evidence-based practices to coach and assist clients with chronic disease management, health promotion, chronic disease prevention, stress management, and motivation to achieve a healthier lifestyle. The curriculum is uniquely designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work with Native American individuals and communities.  Students also participate in an internship, providing the opportunity to gain practical experience and work with potential employers.

The Degree was also specifically designed to articulate with the University of Montana’s Bachelor Degree in Public and Community Health. Students who complete the degree will be able to transfer to that Bachelor Degree with junior standing.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

The Health Promotion and Prevention Practices A.A. will provide graduates with the knowledge and skills to fill new and/or enhanced positions in health education and health promotion on Native American reservations and in urban centers.  The Degree prepares students to work in positions such as health promotion in clinics or social service agencies or as associate working in grant-funded projects related to health promotion and disease prevention.  

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Health Promotion and Prevention Practices curriculum, students will be able to:
I. SCIENCE OF BEHAVIOR CHANGE
• Understand of the science of basic human physiological functions as they relate to human health and disease
• Apply major theories of behavior change and their application to health promotion, including the importance of nutrition, exercise, and healthy behaviors throughout the life cycle
• Become familiar with theories and models that relate to health behaviors, including stress and coping, trauma, and health behavior change.
• Understand and apply theories and models that are specific to Native American contexts including tribal communities. 

II. FUNDAMENTALS OF CHRONIC DISEASE PREVENTION
• Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of chronic disease prevention and management
• Demonstrate familiarity with the interface of health, stress, trauma and coping behaviors in both healthy and unhealthy lifestyles, including positive and negative coping mechanisms
• Be able to develop effective nutrition and exercise programming to encourage long-term behavior change strategies.

III. FUNDAMENTALS OF PERSONAL HEALTH PLANNING AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
• Demonstrate personal health planning, goal setting, motivation, and strategies for change as related to nutrition, exercise, chronic diseases, and substance abuse
• Develop skills in the practice of health behavior coaching and motivational interviewing, including communication style, listening skills and behavior change readiness identification 
• Demonstrate critical thinking in application of evidence-based approaches to promoting health, using both Western and Indigenous perspectives
• Utilize effective communication and advocacy in community health settings
• Apply an understanding of ethical and legal considerations in health settings. 

Health Promotion Practices Associate of Arts

Fall Quarter (First Year)

BIOS108Biology of Living Systems

4

BIOS109Biology of Living Systems Laboratory

1

CAPP105Computers for College Success

1

ENGL101English Composition I

3

HLTH100Foundations of Health

3

IDST101SKC Seminar

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Winter Quarter (First Year)

BIOS215Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4

AND

BIOS216Human Anatomy & Physiology I Laboratory

1

 

CAPP160Computer Applications

3

PSYC110Introduction to Psychology

5

ELECTIVEHumanities Intro General Education from List

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring Quarter (First Year)

BIOS217Human Anatomy & Physiology II

4

AND

BIOS218Human Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory

1

 

HLTH171Exercise Prescription and Health

5

ENGL202English Composition II

3

EDUC207Health, Safety and Drug Awareness

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Fall Quarter (Second Year)

HIEP121Medical Legal Aspects

2

NASD101History of Indians in the United States

3

NUTR221Basic Human Nutrition

5

SCWK160Introduction to Addiction Studies

3

HLTH210Human Sexuality

3

Total Credit Hours:16
Students who are planning to transfer to the University of Montana to continue in the Bachelor Degree Program should consult the Health Promotion Practices Advisor to determine whether to take HLTH210 or an elective.

Winter Quarter (Second Year)

HPED125First Aid/CPR

1

GRMG150Grant Management I

4

MATH 103Contemporary Math

5

PSYC240Trauma, Stress, Coping and Health

3

SPCH100Basic Communications

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Spring Quarter Second Year

HLTH269Pre-internship Health Promotion Practices Seminar

3

SVLN100Community Service Learning

1

HLTH190Health Behavior Counseling

5

ELECTIVENASD

3

ELECTIVEFine Arts Humanities General Education from List

3

Total Credit Hours:15
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