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The Institute of Health Sciences

The Institute of Health Sciences

As a member of the Institute of Health Sciences students will develop academic skills, practical skills and attitudes to enable them to be successful lifelong learners and productive responsible citizens in a diverse society. Our courses are designed to prepare students for a future career in the field of health science. Students will be immersed in a plethora of opportunities to enhance their academic skills. 
 
Each year, students will partake in one academically rigorous elective course. As Freshman, students will  be enrolled in Health Science. The Health Science course is a two-part course: Public Health and Exercise Science. Public Health is an introduction to health, wellness, and public health issues in the world, with a focus on the United States. This course will explore all aspects of health including the emotional, physical, and social aspects. Some of the topics covered will be personal healthy choices, nutrition, alternative medicine, fitness, drugs, aging, and the environment’s impact on health. Students will learn about cutting edge research on health-related topics and will utilize various forms of media to learn about public health issues in America. Exercise Science is a course that introduces the scientific discipline of exercise science. Students will be exploring the areas of exercise science, exercise physiology, preventive and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries, bio-mechanics, sport psychology, motor learning, and nutrition and health benefits of exercise. Students will engage in activities that will evaluate physical strength and level of health.
 
As Sophomores, students will continue to study health in addition to learning CPR. Students will learn how to respond to first aid, breathing and cardiac emergencies. Students will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with a Red Cross instructor who will guide them through hands-on practice of life saving skills. Successful completion in the course will result in a certificate of Adult First Aid/ CPR/ AED valid for two years, upon which time the certification will have to be renewed.
 
As Juniors, students will have the choice of either taking Health Psychology or Athletic Training. While studying Health Psychology, students will discuss the history of health psychology, the role of the Health Psychologist, the importance of health psychology, and DSM-V. The course will also discuss stress including topics such as catastrophes, major life changes, microstressors, and the impact of stress on an individual's health. In addition, students will explore addiction, treatment options, recovery, and patient analysis. The last topic that will be explored is eating disorders, specifically Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge Eating disorder.
 
The Athletic Training course is designed to help students develop a general awareness of health careers and specific preparation for physical therapy and sports medicine occupations. Classroom instruction covers such topics as: medical terminology; human anatomy; emergency procedures; soft tissue and bone injuries; causes, symptoms and management of injuries; nutrition; physical fitness; and career opportunities. After taking athletic training, students will have the opportunity to apply for a competitive internship during senior year at One-On-One Physical Therapy. 
 
Senior year, students will take Kinesiology to help them adopt and maintain the behaviors associated with an active and healthy lifestyle. During this course, students will learn the importance of maintaining wellness through a physically active lifestyle. Through lectures and labs, students study and develop the behavioral patterns consistent with the current knowledge base in fitness and wellness.