Major in Health and Wellness for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Health and Wellness majors choose from two tracks:

  1. Secondary Health Education and
  2. Community Health and Wellness. 

The Secondary Health Education track prepares students for health education teaching positions in secondary schools (grades 6-12). Students completing the Secondary Health Education track and graduating from Northeastern Illinois University are entitled to the Illinois Professional Education License endorsed in health education. The Community Health and Wellness track prepares students for professional positions in a variety of health related settings including government, industry, the non-profit sector, and health service delivery organizations. The Community Health and Wellness track is a non-teacher track.

While the Secondary Health Education and the Community Health and Wellness tracks share common courses, course requirements do vary. In addition, the Secondary Health Education students complete a Clinical Experience and a Student Teaching Experience. Community Health and Wellness students complete an internship.

The Community Health and Wellness internship is comprised of a semester long fieldwork experience and a weekly seminar with assignments. Beginning Fall 2014 new Community Health and Wellness students complete 200 clock hours of work (typically unpaid) in a community health and wellness related agency. Community Health and Wellness students must be admitted to the College of Education to start the internship.  Moreover, it is highly recommended that Community Health and Wellness students gain admission to the College of Education early in the program, as some course electives require admittance to the College of Education.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR SECONDARY HEALTH DEGREE COMPLETION

Successful completion of all College of Education and HPERA Department program requirements, with the exception of a passing scores on the edTPA assessment.

EXIT REQUIREMENTS FOR SECONDARY HEALTH PROGRAM COMPLETION / ENTITLEMENT

Successful completion of all College of Education and HPERA Department program requirements, with evidence of a passing score on the edTPA assessment.

Note about APT: Currently, the ISBE requires licensure candidates to pass the APT exam. This regulation is in the process of being changed.  Please check with your advisor or the department chair about the status of the APT exam.

Please check with department chair or program coordinator as our curriculum is undergoing changes through the governance process.

General Education - Distributive Learning Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
6
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)
9

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

9

Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).

9

Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

At least 3
*

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.

**

 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

 

Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Required Courses
Track One: Secondary Health Education
Major Core Courses Level 1
PEMT-305Functional And Structural Human Anatomy4
HLED-212Consumer Health3
HLED-303Sex Education3
HLED-3043
HLED-307Human Diseases3
HLED-3083
HLED-309Nutrition And Health3
HLED-345Drug Education3
Program Electives
Select four of the following:12
Community Health
Health & Wellness Of The Emerging Adolescent Student
Current Health Concepts
Principles Of Epidemiology In Higher Education
Health Disparities: Individual, Communities, And Systems
HLED-342
Exercise Physiology
Writing Intensive Program:Writing In Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Athletic Professions
Secondary Health Education Professional Preparation
Professional Preparation Level 1
EDFN-305Philosophical And Historical Foundations Of Public Education3
EDFN-306Education And Individual Differences3
EDFN-307Psychology Of Instruction And Learning3
EDFN-313Problems, Issues And Practices In Education3
SCED-301Writing Intensive Program:Methods Of Teaching On The Secondary Level3
LTCY-301Teaching Literacy In Junior & Senior High Schools3
Professional Preparation Level 2
HLED-305Health Education For The Middle And High School3
HLED-3023
Professional Preparation Level 3
SCED-305KSecondary Student Teaching And Seminar - Health Education9
Total Hours70


Track Two: Community Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness Major Core – Community Health
Major Core Courses Level 1
HLED-103Community Health3
HLED-212Consumer Health3
HLED-303Sex Education3
HLED-314Principles Of Epidemiology In Higher Education3
HLED-312Current Health Concepts3
HLED-316Health Disparities: Individual, Communities, And Systems3
HLED-3423
PEMT-305Functional And Structural Human Anatomy4
PEMT-316Writing Intensive Program:Writing In Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Athletic Professions3
Program Electives
Select two of the folowing:6
Health & Wellness Of The Emerging Adolescent Student
Health Education For The Middle And High School
HLED-342
Exercise Physiology
Health and Wellness Professional Preparation
Professional Preparation Level 1
HLED-3043
HLED-305Health Education For The Middle And High School3
HLED-307Human Diseases3
HLED-3083
HLED-309Nutrition And Health3
HLED-345Drug Education3
PEMT-306Exercise Physiology3
Professional Preparation Level 2
HLED-350Health Program Needs Assessment, Planning, And Implementation3
Professional Preparation Level 3
HLED-360Health Program Administration, Marketing, And Evaluation3
HLED-370Field Experience: Community Health9
Cognate Courses
Select three of the following:9
Introduction To African And African American Studies
Health Economics
Education And Individual Differences
Principles And Practices In Human Resource Development
Introduction To Inner City Studies
Introduction To Latino & Latin American Studies
Philosophy Of Religion
Medical Ethics
Sociology Of Aging
Sociology Of Health And Illness
Sociology Of Violence
Sociology Of Sexualities
Sociology Of Media
Sociology Of HIV/AIDS
Geropsychology
Introduction To Social Work
Introduction To Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Studies
Total Hours79

Check with the program advisor for the most current curriculum guidelines as the program is undergoing revisions.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

Community Health and Wellness  (for a Secondary Health Education plan, please consult your program advisor)

First Year
Term 1Hours
MATH-112Statistics In Daily Life3
ENGL-101Writing I3
BIO-100Introduction To Biology3
1 Fine Arts course3
1 Behavioral/Social Science course3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
ENGL-102Writing II3
CMTC-101 or 202Public Speaking3
BIO-104The Changing Natural Environment3
1 Fine Arts course3
1 Humanities course3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
Term 1
ENGL-201 (or ENGL-202 or ENGL 203)The World Of Poetry3
CHEM-103Chemistry And Society3
1 Behavioral/Social Science course3
1 Humanities course3
HLED-212 or 303Consumer Health3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
PEMT-316Writing Intensive Program:Writing In Health, Physical Education, Recreation Athletic Professions3
HLED-103Community Health3
PEMT-305Functional And Structural Human Anatomy4
HLED-303 or 212Sex Education3
1 Elective course3
 Term Hours16
Third Year
Term 1
1 Behavioral/Social Science course3
HLED-307Human Diseases3
HLED-309Nutrition And Health3
HLED-345Drug Education3
1 HLED elective course3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
1 Behavioral/Social Science course3
HLED-312Current Health Concepts3
HLED-314Principles Of Epidemiology In Higher Education3
HLED-308 
1 HLED elective course3
 Term Hours12
Fourth Year
Term 1
HLED-304 
HLED-350Health Program Needs Assessment, Planning, And Implementation3
3 Cognate List elective courses9
 Term Hours12
Term 2
HLED-360Health Program Administration, Marketing, And Evaluation3
HLED-370Field Experience: Community Health9
1 Elective course (if required)3
 Term Hours15
 Total Hours: 115


Required GenEd courses in Behavioral/Social Sciences:

PSYC-110
ANTH-212
SOC-100

One of the following-
HIST-214 or PSCI-216 or ECON-215 or ECON-217