Department of Health Science

The Graduate Program in Health Studies at The University of Alabama is committed to providing a high quality, student-oriented program to students with the skills to design, implement and evaluate health education and health promotion programs. The graduate programs are theory-driven and are based on related research findings.

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Faculty

Chair
  • Birch, David
Professors
  • Birch, David
  • Turner, Lori
  • Usdan, Stuart
Associate Professors
  • Leaver-Dunn, Deidre
  • Nickelson, Jen
  • Paschal, Angelia
  • Ross, Levi
Assistant Professors
  • Gordon, Brian
  • Hibberd, Lizzie
  • Knowlden, Adam
  • Zemke, Jeri
Instructor
  • Harcrow, Andy

Courses

ATR
550
Hours
3
Orthopaedic Basis

An in depth review of the anatomical structures associated with common orthopaedic injuries. Emphasis will be placed on cadaveric dissection and prosection review activities.

ATR
552
Hours
3
Seminar in Athl. Training

A review of historical developments in the field of athletic training with emphasis on current challenges in the profession.

ATR
554
Hours
3
Advanced Clin Eval Diag

Advanced clinical evaluation and diagnosis of structural and functional of soft tissue and skeletal injuries through the acquisition, application and integration of clinical skills. Focus on consideration of the entire kinetic chain in the examination and diagnostic process.

ATR
555
Hours
3
Pharmacology in Athl. Trng

The study of pharmacologic agents used in the management of acute and chronic illnesses and their response to and impact on physical activity. Discussion of acute and chronic illnesses.

ATR
556
Hours
3
Manual Therapy

Advanced evaluation of the structure and function of soft tissues and articulations. Focus on the acquisistion and application of clinical skills in manual therapy with emphasis on the integration of manual therapy into the overall treatment plan.

Prerequisite(s): ATR 554 or HAT 554
ATR
557
Hours
3
EBP Ther Modalities

A review of current theories, methods and techniques in the application of therapeutic modalities and a critical review of the evidence in support of these clinical practices.

ATR
558
Hours
3
Applied Rsrch in Athl. Trng.

The acquisition and application of advanced literature search and scientific literature interpretation skills. The refinement of scientific writing skills as they relate to the development and completion of a literature review paper.

ATR
559
Hours
3
Management Strategies

A review of current organizational and educational management theories and practices for athletic trainers. Focus will be on the development of skills for the utilization of peronnel and other resources in a range of professional practice settings.

ATR
560
Hours
1-6
Practicum in Athletic Training

A structured field experience allowing students to focus on health and medical issues in their prospective professional practice setting. University faculty and staff will provide technical assistance.

ATR
570
Hours
1-6
Fellowship in Athl. Training

A structured field experience allowing students to focus on health behavior and medical issues in the professional practice setting. Emphasis will be placed on the development and implementation of a theory based intervention that meets the needs of the target population. University faculty and staff will provide technical assistance.

HHE
500
Hours
3
Rural Environ/Occupatnl Health

The goal of the course is to help the student recognize environmental and occupational health hazards in the rural setting, the effects of exposure to these hazards, and preventive measures that should be taken to avoid them.

HHE
504
Hours
3
Health Counseling

Diagnoses of individual needs and study of typical counseling cases; includes counseling, theory, and process related to health promotion.

HHE
506
Hours
3
Tech Research In Health

Designed to acquaint the student with the types of research and the methods and materials necessary for scientific inquiry; includes development of a research proposal, with emphasis on form and style.

HHE
515
Hours
3
Advanced Foundations of Health Promotion

Open to graduate students in all divisions of the University. Designed to provide understanding pertaining to advances in the health sciences.

HHE
520
Hours
3
Theories of Health Behavior

Designed to review research literature regarding health behavior and to analyze various models developed to explain health behavior.

Prerequisite(s): HHE 515
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: HHE 515
HHE
521
Hours
3
Basic Epidemiology

A course for students in health-related fields. The basic epidemiologic approach is developed; principles and methods are learned through readings (text and published studies), lectures, discussions, and the preparation of a research design by each student.

HHE
526
Hours
3
Biostatistics

A course in statistical methods and concepts particularly appropriate for biomedical research and health-related subjects. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, parametric and nonparametric procedures for one-group and two-group problems, contingency tables, and computer applications.

HHE
530
Hours
3
Health Promotion Techniques

Study of current health promotional techniques and programs, designed to facilitate health behavioral change. Emphasis on review of scientific literature concerning the development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion schemes.

Prerequisite(s): HHE 515
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: HHE 515 and HHE 565 and HHE 520
HHE
542
Hours
3
Pract Issues Behavrl Medicine

Lectures and readings examine behaviors compromising overall health status, such as tobacco use, noncompliance; and behavioral aspects of medical conditions, such as heart disease, cancer, pain. Topics include bioethics, racial/ethnic disparities, and rural mental health. ONLY Rural Medical Scholars may register.

HHE
565
Hours
3
Planning Health Promotion Programs

Study of planning and evaluation methods and procedures for health education and promotion programs; emphasis on review of current scientific literature.

Prerequisite(s): HHE 515-Advances In Health Promotion HHE 520-Health Behavior HHE 530-Health Promotion Techniq
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: HHE 506 and HHE 566
HHE
566
Hours
3
Program Evaluation in Health Education

Process, impact and outcome evaluation methods used to effectively evaluate health education/health promotion programs in the community, medical care, school and work site are reviewed.

Prerequisite(s): HHE 515 HHE 520 HHE 530
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: HHE 506 and HHE 565
HHE
585
Hours
3
Internet Project

Provides for teaching laboratory, internship, and/or practicum experiences for students, according to individual needs and goals.

HHE
586
Hours
3
Environmental Health Promotion

This course provides a careful study of the physical and human environment and its influence on health and disease. The course also examines implications for environmental health promotion.

HHE
587
Hours
3
Diversity

The purpose of this project is to examine a case study detailing a unique cultural view/experience of the American health system. It also serves to provide health education and promotion strategies to engage diverse populations in interventions.

HHE
588
Hours
3
Sexuality Education: Theory and Practice

Sexuality Education: Theory and Practice deals with contemporary issues in sexuality education in all settings. Issues include how sexuality education should be handled by parents, teachers, and community leaders; controversies surroundling sexuality education; pros and cons of various forms of sexuality education; and, the importance of understanding your own sexuality.

HHE
589
Hours
3
Women and Health

The purpose of this course is to emphasize the importance of understanding women's experiences and life circumstances when planning, implementing and evaluating health programs or interventions.

HHE
590
Hours
3
Cert Hlth Ed Specialist Study

Course is designed to help students develop and/or refine skills related to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of health education programs in various settings. Completion of the course is also intended to prepare students for the Certified Health Education Specialist examination.

HHE
595
Hours
3
Workshop In Health

Advanced study of special topics in health education and health promotion.

HHE
596
Hours
1-6
Independent Study

Designed to provide the opportunity for independent research in any area of health education.

HHE
597
Hours
3
Clin Health Prom

Integration and application of the principles of health education and health promotion inthe patient care setting.

Prerequisite(s): HHE 515 and HHE 520 and HHE 530 and and HHE 566 and HHE 565
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: HHE 566
HHE
598
Hours
3
Non-Thesis Research

Experimental or analytical investigation of health promotion problems.

HHE
599
Hours
1-6
Thesis Research

Research study in a selected area of health promotion.

HHE
602
Hours
3
Readings In Health

An independent readings course for doctoral students.

HHE
603
Hours
3
Spec Projects In Healt

Experimental or analytical investigations of problems in health education. Arranged on an independent basis for doctoral students.

HHE
604
Hours
1-3
Seminar In Health

Critical and emerging issues in health education and health promotion.

HHE
605
Hours
3
Theor Sci Basis Hlth Edu

Examination of theoretical, scientific, historical, and philosophical issues that serve as a basis for health education and health promotion.

HHE
606
Hours
3
Plan Admin Hlth Ed Prog

A comprehensive examination of models for planning health education and health promotion programs.

HHE
607
Hours
3
Health Communictn Resrch

An examination of theoretical tenets and practical applications of health communication initiatives.

HHE
667
Hours
3
Advanced Evaluation In Health Education and Health Promotion

This course provides an indepth analysis of evaluation and measurement techniques applied in health promotion and health education programs (HPE).

HHE
685
Hours
3-6
Field & Lab Experience

Arranged on an independent basis for doctoral students. Participation and research in schools, communities, or work site settings.

HHE
698
Hours
3
Research

Experimental or analytical investigation of problems in health.

HHE
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

Design, research, and/or analytical investigation of a problem in the area of health to satisfy the dissertation requirement for the doctoral degree.