Public & Community Health Pathway Courses


1 Credit

Human Growth and Development (HGD) introduces students to human, physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development beginning with conception and ending with early adolescence. Theories supporting current thinking and research on human development are examined, as well as the processes and influences affecting the developing person. Further, students explore challenges to normal growth and development.


1 Credit + 3 College Credits

This course is for sophomores and above and introduces students to careers in healthcare and is a prerequisite to the other Health Science Pathway courses. This course focuses on medical terminology which includes Greek and Latin prefixes, suffixes, roots, abbreviations, names of diseases and surgeries related to hospital services and allied health specialties. In addition, students explore the National Consortium Health for Science Education (NCHSE) Health Science Standards and entry level healthcare skills. Students begin preparation for the NCHSE National Health Science Assessment and develop skills focusing on the language of medicine. This course will be offered as an articulated course with Delaware Technical Community College (BIO100-Medical Terminology) Upon successful completion of the course (75% or better), students will receive three college credits from Delaware Technical Community College.



1 Credit

This course introduces students to population health and examines the interdisciplinary approach to social and behavioral influences. Students learn the history of public and community health and the multi-disciplinary approach to health, which includes examining various organizations and healthcare delivery systems. Students examine complex public health problems and are exposed to major theories of disease etiology and intervention. Additionally, students explore public health issues related to epidemiology, mental health, disabilities, and substance abuse. Students participate in Mental Health First Aid Certification through the National Council for Behavioral Health (NCBH) and continue preparation for the National Health Science Assessment.



1 Credit

This course introduces students to the importance of wellness in relation to the Six Dimensions of Wellness, which include physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and occupational wellness. Additionally, students learn basic nutritional requirements for healthy individuals, how exercise affects health, and methods of disease prevention. Students explore factors that predispose individuals to unhealthy behaviors as well as key components of health behavior change. Further, this course is offered as an articulated course through Wilmington University (HLT 321- Personal Wellness). At the completion of the program of study, students complete the National Consortium for Health Science Education (NCHSE) National Health Science Assessment.