Health and Wellness Minor

Understand the social, cultural, and biological dimensions of Health.

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Pave Way to a Rewarding Career in Health Science

Minor in Health at Graceland and get out of the classroom and into fascinating experiences job shadowing, volunteering, and interning at hospitals, the American Red Cross, and government community health programs. Combining a Health minor with other areas of study from Graceland can help create an edge for students in the professional world. Common majors include Allied Health, Biology, Chemistry, Education, and Psychology, among many others.

Students pursuing a health and wellness minor will learn to communicate and advocate for health, plan and implement health-related programming and other strategies, assess community needs for health, and serve as a resource for health in the community. Ultimately, a minor in health will provide students with intellectual and methodological tools that will grant them success in their field and make them experts in health, health care, and public health.

Offerings
Minor
Field of Study
Health & Movement Science
Format
Lamoni Campus
Health And Wellness Minor Curriculum

Our health science degree and health minor curriculum structure is designed to educate students interested in a wide variety of fields. We use a combination of classroom learning and hands-on practical courses to prepare students with the skills and tools needed to be a successful health representative in their community.

  • Health and Wellness Minor

    The Health and Wellness Minor is designed for students interested in a variety of fields not just those related to healthcare. Students will gain the scientific background of current trends as they relate to health and wellness. Additionally, the minor includes hands-on practical courses to prepare students for real world scenarios and interpersonal skills necessary to be a successful professional.

    Required Core Courses 10 s.h.

    Select 9 additional hours from the courses below:

    Courses Offered
    • BIOL2300Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (3-2)
      BIOL2300 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (3-2) - 4 s.h.

      The study of structure and function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system level. All organ systems are discussed. Emphasis is on the anatomy of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and digestive systems. Laboratory includes both gross and microscopic structure and function. (One year each of high school biology and chemistry or the equivalent strongly recommended.) Additional fee required. Goal 1A, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences.

    • HLTH1100CPR and First Aid
      HLTH1100 CPR and First Aid - 1 s.h.

      The development of practical skills in the emergency treatment of the injured. Some attention will be given to the prevention of injuries. The content to be covered will include the Standard and Advanced levels of the First Aid program sponsored by the National Red Cross. Students holding current, equivalent certifications will receive an automatic waiver for the class. This is to be verified by the instructor of the class or the Health and Movement Science Division Chair. Additional fee required.

    • HLTH1220Mental Health First Aid Training
      HLTH1220 Mental Health First Aid Training - 1 s.h.

      Teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Focuses on the unique experiences and needs of college students and gives participants the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be showing signs of a mental health or substance use challenge and help connect them to the appropriate care. This course includes an optional certification for Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Mental Wellbeing for a fee. Mental Health First Aid encourages early detection and intervention by teaching participants about the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and addictions. The program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like "What can I do?" and "Where can someone find help?" Participants are introduced to local mental health resources, national organizations, support groups and online tools for mental health and addiction treatment and support.

    • HLTH2200Contemporary Issues in Health
      HLTH2200 Contemporary Issues in Health - 2 s.h.

      An in-depth study of nutrition, drugs, consumer health, and other areas of current concern. Goal 3F

    • HLTH2560Nutrition
      HLTH2560 Nutrition - 3 s.h.

      A study the principles of nutrition as it relates to health, exercise, sports and disease. Students will be presented with applied content that includes research-based guidelines meant to help students differentiate between nutrition recommendations that are backed by science and the overabundance of false and misleading information. Goal 1A

    • HLTH3100Drugs Education and Behavior
      HLTH3100 Drugs Education and Behavior - 3 s.h.

      This course will prepare the student to become an effective drug educator with emphasis on historical and current drug use and trends and its effects on society and human behavior. (Goal is for students to make positive decisions to protect their own health but also higher understanding of effects to social health/life when others use or abuse drugs.)

    • HLTH3120Human Sexuality
      HLTH3120 Human Sexuality - 3 s.h.

      Discussion of sexual biology, psychology, and sociocultural dimension of human sexual health and behavior.

    • HLTH3220Personal and Community Health
      HLTH3220 Personal and Community Health - 3 s.h.

      A foundational course designed for students to become informed about health as well as becoming responsible and active participants in the maintenance of their personal health and affecting the health of their community. The course is intended to provide coverage of health promotion, mental health, stress management, afflictions and diseases, aging, environmental health, consumerism and health care and promotion. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability.

    • HLTH3900Advanced Topics in Health and Human Performance
      HLTH3900 Advanced Topics in Health and Human Performance - 3 s.h.

      A study of selected topics in health to be announced prior to the semester when the course is offered. Probable topics to be addressed include: human diseases, environmental health, human sexuality, substance abuse, death education, aging, and etc. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

    • PHED0490Relaxation and Stress Management
      PHED0490 Relaxation and Stress Management - 1 s.h.

      This course is designed to develop knowledge of and skill in basic posture enhancement and relaxation techniques, and to provide motivation for further self-improvement.

    • PHED1500Introduction to Kinesiology
      PHED1500 Introduction to Kinesiology - 3 s.h.

      This course is designed to introduce students to the musculoskeletal system and its relationship to anatomical movements in the body. Students will examine the skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, endocrine system, and their relationships with exercise science.

    BIOL2300Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (3-2) HLTH1100CPR and First Aid HLTH1220Mental Health First Aid Training HLTH2200Contemporary Issues in Health HLTH2560Nutrition HLTH3100Drugs Education and Behavior HLTH3120Human Sexuality HLTH3220Personal and Community Health HLTH3900Advanced Topics in Health and Human Performance PHED0490Relaxation and Stress Management PHED1500Introduction to Kinesiology
    Course Descriptions
    BIOL2300 Anatomy and Physiology I with Lab (3-2) - 4 s.h.

    The study of structure and function of the human body on the cellular, tissue, organ, and organ-system level. All organ systems are discussed. Emphasis is on the anatomy of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and digestive systems. Laboratory includes both gross and microscopic structure and function. (One year each of high school biology and chemistry or the equivalent strongly recommended.) Additional fee required. Goal 1A, GE3D Liberal Learning-Natural Sciences.

    HLTH1100 CPR and First Aid - 1 s.h.

    The development of practical skills in the emergency treatment of the injured. Some attention will be given to the prevention of injuries. The content to be covered will include the Standard and Advanced levels of the First Aid program sponsored by the National Red Cross. Students holding current, equivalent certifications will receive an automatic waiver for the class. This is to be verified by the instructor of the class or the Health and Movement Science Division Chair. Additional fee required.

    HLTH1220 Mental Health First Aid Training - 1 s.h.

    Teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Focuses on the unique experiences and needs of college students and gives participants the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be showing signs of a mental health or substance use challenge and help connect them to the appropriate care. This course includes an optional certification for Mental Health First Aid through the National Council for Mental Wellbeing for a fee. Mental Health First Aid encourages early detection and intervention by teaching participants about the signs and symptoms of specific illnesses like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, eating disorders and addictions. The program offers concrete tools and answers key questions like "What can I do?" and "Where can someone find help?" Participants are introduced to local mental health resources, national organizations, support groups and online tools for mental health and addiction treatment and support.

    HLTH2200 Contemporary Issues in Health - 2 s.h.

    An in-depth study of nutrition, drugs, consumer health, and other areas of current concern. Goal 3F

    HLTH2560 Nutrition - 3 s.h.

    A study the principles of nutrition as it relates to health, exercise, sports and disease. Students will be presented with applied content that includes research-based guidelines meant to help students differentiate between nutrition recommendations that are backed by science and the overabundance of false and misleading information. Goal 1A

    HLTH3100 Drugs Education and Behavior - 3 s.h.

    This course will prepare the student to become an effective drug educator with emphasis on historical and current drug use and trends and its effects on society and human behavior. (Goal is for students to make positive decisions to protect their own health but also higher understanding of effects to social health/life when others use or abuse drugs.)

    HLTH3120 Human Sexuality - 3 s.h.

    Discussion of sexual biology, psychology, and sociocultural dimension of human sexual health and behavior.

    HLTH3220 Personal and Community Health - 3 s.h.

    A foundational course designed for students to become informed about health as well as becoming responsible and active participants in the maintenance of their personal health and affecting the health of their community. The course is intended to provide coverage of health promotion, mental health, stress management, afflictions and diseases, aging, environmental health, consumerism and health care and promotion. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability.

    HLTH3900 Advanced Topics in Health and Human Performance - 3 s.h.

    A study of selected topics in health to be announced prior to the semester when the course is offered. Probable topics to be addressed include: human diseases, environmental health, human sexuality, substance abuse, death education, aging, and etc. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

    PHED0490 Relaxation and Stress Management - 1 s.h.

    This course is designed to develop knowledge of and skill in basic posture enhancement and relaxation techniques, and to provide motivation for further self-improvement.

    PHED1500 Introduction to Kinesiology - 3 s.h.

    This course is designed to introduce students to the musculoskeletal system and its relationship to anatomical movements in the body. Students will examine the skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, endocrine system, and their relationships with exercise science.

Exceptional Faculty

Our faculty bring years of collective experience and understanding in health-related fields to their classrooms. Students are learning from the best of the best faculty in the health science field.

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Careers with a Minor in Health or Degree in Health Science

Health and health science jobs require degrees and skills/learnings that will set them up with expertise related to health, science, sociology, psychology, and more, depending on the job. Minoring in health does not mean you have to ultimately work in a health-related field, although it is most popular. Take a look at some of the job possibilities for a student with a health minor or health science degree:

  • Medical Labs
  • Federal Government Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Hospitals
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Physicians’ Offices
  • Clinics
  • & Many More Exciting Careers
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Tuition & Aid

99% of students on the Lamoni campus receive financial aid.

As you consider college, you want a simple, easy-to-understand formula designed to ensure that the one-of-a-kind Graceland Experience is within reach for your family. Undergraduate tuition includes our unique Transformational Leadership major, and we offer generous financial aid and scholarships to all of our students, making Graceland as affordable, if not moreso, than most public universities.

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