Curriculum

Required Courses’ Descriptions

HES 262. Statistics for Health Science (3; fall and spring) Basic statistics with an emphasis on application to research in the health sciences.

HES 312. Exercise & Health Psychology (3; fall and spring) A survey of the psychological antecedents of exercise and selected topics in health psychology with particular attention to wellness, stress, the biobehavioral basis of coronary heart disease, and the psychodynamics of rehabilitative medicine.  HES 262 is a prerequisite.

HES 350. Human Physiology (3; fall and spring) A lecture course which presents the basic principles and concepts of the function of selected systems of the human body, with emphasis on the muscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and nervous systems. BIO 114 or 150 is a prerequisite.

HES 351. Nutrition in Health and Disease (3; fall and spring) A lecture course which presents the principles of proper nutrition including an understanding of the basic foodstuffs and nutrients as well as the influence of genetics, eating behavior, and activity patterns on energy balance and weight control. HES 350 is a prerequisite.

HES 352. Human Gross Anatomy (4; spring only) A lecture/ laboratory course in which the structure and function of the human body are studied. Laboratories are devoted to the dissection and study of the human musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, and vascular systems.

HES 353. Physiology of Exercise (3; fall and spring) A lecture course which presents the concepts and applications of the physiological responses of the human body to exercise/physical activity. The responses of the neuroendocrine, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems to acute and chronic exercise (training) are examined.  HES 350 is a prerequisite.

HES 354. Applied Human Physiology Lab (3; fall and spring) A lecture/ laboratory course to develop clinical skills and knowledge in the assessment of health in areas of exercise physiology, nutrition / metabolism, biomechanics / neuromuscular function, and health psychology. The laboratory will emphasize use of instrumentation and analysis / interpretation of data collected on human subjects. HES 262, HES 350, and HES 352 are prerequisites

HES 360. Epidemiology (3; fall and spring) A lecture course which introduces  basic epidemiological methods as applied to the study of health and chronic disease in human populations with emphasis on modifiable risk factors such as physical activity and diet.  Students become familiar with national surveillance data and physical activity recommendations, perform statistical analyses, and critique current epidemiological studies related to risk factors for chronic disease.  HES 262 is a prerequisite

HES 370. Biomechanics of Human Movement (3; fall only) Study of the mechanical principles which influence human movement, sport technique, and equipment design.  HES 352 is a prequisite

HES Department Elective Course Descriptions

HES 232. Emergency Medical Training. (3; fall and spring) Lectures and practical experiences in preparation for responding to medical emergencies, including: Patient assessment; airway management; cardiopulmonary resuscitation; O2 therapy; management of shock; trauma and environmental emergencies; and head/spine/musculoskeletal injuries. North Carolina state exam for EMT certification is offered.

HES 310. Clinical Externship (1 or 2; fall, spring, and summer; pass/fail) A semester experience  involving application of theory and methods of solving problems in a field setting  in an area in line with the student’s future career goals. Download Required Form >>

HES 311. Clinical Internship (1 or 2; fall, spring, and summer; pass/fail) A semester experience in an HES-sponsored exercise intervention program or research study. The student has direct contact with participants in the program, and may assist with assessment of participants health status and monitoring during exercise sessions.  Students will write a case study analysis of selected patients with a focus on risk factor assessment and review of multiple intervention strategies. Download Required Form >>

HES 320. Mindfulness Meditation in Behavioral Medicine (2; pass/fail) Study of contemplative science in the realm of behavioral medicine. Content includes recent evidence from neuroscience and outcome research on both mindfulness-based stress reduction and mindfulness-bases cognitive therapy. Taught in a seminar format with laboratory experience. P-POI

HES 362. Experimental Design (3; fall only) Examination of scientific methods as applied to Clinical and Translational Health Science Research. Emphasis is placed on understanding the strengths and weaknesses for a broad range of study designs that can be found in the health sciences.  Special emphasis is placed on randomized controlled trials, bioethics, the interpretation of data within the context of internal and external validity, as well as skills in reviewing the scientific literature.  HES 262 is a prerequisite.

HES 372. Anatomy Dissection Laboratory (2; spring only) A laboratory course that involves human cadaver dissection of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, pulmonary, and cardiovascular systems. P-POI

HES 375. Advanced Physiology of Exercise (3; spring only) A lecture course which provides an in-depth examination of the physiological mechanisms responsible for both the acute and chronic changes which occur with exercise. Included are cellular changes in response to exercise, the ventilatory response to exercise and metabolic consequences of exercise.

HES 376. Interventions in Behavioral Medicine (3; fall only) Seminar course providing an overview of the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions within the context of behavioral medicine.  Attention is on behavior change theories that have served as the framework for physical activity and weight loss interventions.  Hands-on experience is included with current interventions through peer counseling and case study analysis.

HES 382. Individual Study (1, 1.5, 2; fall, spring, and summer) Independent study directed by an HES faculty adviser. Download Required Form >>

HES 384. Special Topics in Health and Exercise Science (1.5, 2, 3; fall and spring selected semesters) Intensive investigation of a current scientific research topic in health or exercise science with focus on a specific topic.

HES 386. Honors Research (2.0; spring only) Directed study and research in preparation for a major paper on a subject of mutual interest to the student and faculty honors adviser.