Public Health and Fitness

B.S. MajorMinor

Public health and fitness is a dynamic, far-reaching and growing field. A degree in public health and fitness prepares you to develop and advocate for effective health programs, where you can implement policies that enhance the health of individuals, groups and communities.

While earning your degree in public health and fitness at Concordia, you will participate in collaborative projects with local organizations. Practicum and internship experiences help you further your knowledge and skills in real-world settings. Opportunities for local, national and international service learning and global-multicultural experiences also await.

Graduate Cap

100%
of students have been accepted to graduate schools.

I love being able to learn about health issues in the world and understanding that with this knowledge I’ll be able to make a difference in the world after I graduate.
Kendra Dinkel

Experience Concordia's HHP Department

Public Health and Fitness Sample Academic Outcomes

 

Careers

  • Community Health Educator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Assistant Director of Blood Bank

Graduate Schools

  • Creighton University
  • University Of Nebraska Medical School
  • Regis University
  • College of St. Mary
  • Concordia University
  • Midwestern University
  • Clarkson College
  • Rockhurst University

Employed in full-time field-related area 6 months post graduation

Go on to grad school each year

Public Health and Fitness Faculty

Walz Human Performance Complex

The Walz Human Performance Complex includes a state-of-the-art human performance lab, field house, arena, weight room, and athletic training room. It also houses computer labs, classrooms and a student resource library to give you all the tools you need to succeed.

Community Outreach

Health and Human Performance department students are active as coaches in local schools and city recreation leagues and as aides in physical therapy at the local hospital and clinic. They also organize community service projects, such as the Halloween Fun Night in David Dorm.

Global Health

Each year, HHP students travel to Guatemala, Belize, or other international destinations for global health mission trips, providing medical care to under-served patients and communities.

Special Olympics

Several classes offer the opportunity for you to be involved with the Nebraska Special Olympics, including coaching the Seward teams, practicing with the athletes and volunteering to help run a component of competition.

Public Health and Fitness Sample Course Schedule

Semester 1

  •  
    HHP 100 Lifetime Wellness
    1
    A course designed to provide an understanding of the values of wellness in our contemporary society and to aid the student in developing a personalized wellness program for optimal health.
  •  
    HHP 182 First Aid and CPR
    1
    Safety, prevention of injuries, and first aid and CPR procedures as outlined by the American Red Cross.
  •  
    HHP 164 Cross Training
    0.5
    Half semester.
  •  
    HHP 144 Recreational Sports
    0.5
    Half semester. Includes horseshoes, bocce ball, eclipse ball and other activities.
  •  
    HHP 270 Human Performance Laboratory Techniques
    2
    This course introduces students to the function and use of a variety of human performance equipment. Topics will center on the application of the equipment in health and human performance.
  •  
    GEN ED General Education Courses
    12

Semester 2

  •  
    HHP 275 Introduction to Public Health
    2
    This course is designed to introduce the basic elements of public health including identifying and addressing population health challenges, determinants of health, and an overview of the health system. Additionally, this course will provide a history of public health, an overview of the core disciplines, and current events and issues in the field.
  •  
    HHP 279 Select Topics in Health
    2
    A course in the health topics series designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address contemporary issues in consumer health, environmental health, violence and injury prevention and other select topics. Prerequisite: HHP 100.
  •  
    CTA 281 Business Communication
    3
    See Bus 281.
  •  
    GEN Ed General Education Courses
    9

Semester 3

  •  
    HHP 312 Exercise Prescription
    3
    This course is designed to assist students in the identification, analysis, and implementation of exercise protocols that are appropriate for the specific needs of a variety of individuals. The special needs of those exercising in varying environments will also be covered.
  •  
    HHP 385 Physiology of Exercise
    3
    A course designed to give instruction in the physical processes of the body and how they relate to physical exercise. Applications will be made to areas of teaching, coaching, and conditioning of the athlete.
  •  
    HHP 290 Health Psychology
    3
    Health Psychology is the study of how biology, behavior, and social context influence health and illness. The course will examine the contributions of psychological research to the understanding, prevention, and treatment of a variety of health concerns. The biopsychosocial–spiritual model will be emphasized, which entails the study of how social, emotional, behavioral, biological, and spiritual factors influence health. The specific topics may include injury, stress, pain management, addictions, patient– physician/practitioner relations, and chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer's, diabetes, and AIDS.
  •  
    GEN ED/Minor General Education/Minor Courses
    7

Semester 4

  •  
    HHP 281 Health Topics: Drug Education
    1
    A course in the health topics series designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address the issues of drug/substance use, misuse and abuse.
  •  
    Bio 244 Nutrition
    3
    A study of nutrients, their chemical structures, digestion, absorption and utilization in the body. The roles of nutrients, recommended allowances, their interactions and the results of deficiencies.
  •  
    Bio 243 Elements of Human Anatomy and Physiology
    4
    Lecture 3, Lab. 2. A study of the human body, its structure and function. Course will include introduction to the microscopic and gross anatomy of the body, a survey of each body system and the homeostatic mechanisms of the body.
  •  
    HHP 484 Community Health
    3
    A survey of community health education and promotion including an examination of the nature, extent and contributing factors of major community health issues and problems. The purpose, function, organization and administration of health services at the local, state and federal levels also will be examined.
  •  
    GEN ED/Minor General Education/Minor Courses
    5

Semester 5

  •  
    HHP 284 Health Topics: Stress Management
    1
    A course in the health topics series designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill in comprehensive stress management. Strategies and techniques for the individual and the health educator will be presented.
  •  
    HHP 425 Health Policy and Management
    3
    This course presents an overview of health policymaking and describes healthcare policy in the US with emphasis on Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. Emphasis will also be placed on management and communication strategies important to public health professionals, the roles of state and federal agencies in healthcare as well as the ethical perspectives on health policy and individual and population rights. An overview of community health programs, health disparities and a comparative analysis of health care in the United States as compared to other countries will be discussed along with an analysis of relevant legislation and current issues.
  •  
    HHP 465 Human Diseases
    3
    Discussion of disease process and ill–health. Emphasis on epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and the understanding of the etiology of communicable and non–communicable diseases.
  •  
    HHP 486 Critical Issues in Health
    3
    Social, medical, and/or legal aspects of current critical issues in health
  •  
    GEN ED/Minor General Education/Minor Courses
    6

Semester 6

  •  
    HHP 386 Adult and Senior Health
    3
    This course is designed to develop and expand knowledge and skill to understand and address contemporary health issues in adults and seniors with special attention given to lifespan health and aging, including age-correlated conditions and diseases.
  •  
    HHP 480 Health and Human Sexuality
    3
    The study of human sexuality from a holistic health perspective. Emphasis will be placed on the biological, emotional, sociological, and behavioral factors concerning human sexuality.
  •  
    HHP 488 Health Promotion Programming
    3
    This course is designed to provide an overview of the skills and knowledge necessary to provide leadership in the designing, implementation and evaluation of public, community and worksite health promotion programs.
  •  
    GEN ED/Minor General Education/Minor Courses
    6

Semester 7

  •  
    HHP 389 Senior Seminar in Health
    1
    A capstone course that allows students to integrate knowledge, experience and research in the exploration of professional issues and trends in health education and promotion.
  •  
    HHP 395 Biomechanics
    3
    A study of human movement. Attention is given to the anatomy of muscles, bones, joints. Application of mechanical principles to the movement of the human organism.
  •  
    HHP 495 Legal Aspects of Exercise, Recreation, and Sports
    3
    Legal concepts and principles related to the administration, instruction, training and coaching of exercise, recreation and sport. Issues regarding personnel, facilities, equipment, transportation, medical aspects, liability, age and gender will be examined.
  •  
    GEN ED/Minor General Education/Minor Courses
    10

Semester 8

  •  
    HHP 398 Internship in Community Health
    3
    A planned, supervised experience which integrates knowledge and practical experience in a setting appropriate to the student’s professional goals.
  •  
    HHP 482 Applied Epidemiology
    3
    The study and application of epidemiology and health data analysis in the public health setting. Data analysis and biostatistics skills, tools, and techniques are employed.
  •  
    GEN ED/Minor General Education/Minor Courses
    6