HLTH105: Introduction to the Health Professions

11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

Course Description

A survey of the health professions and requirements for educational, job and market demands in selected health careers, including health promotion philosophy, goals, history and development.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to become familiar with the many health professions available as career choices, to develop an understanding of the healthcare system in the United States, to recognize the requirements of health professionals in today’s healthcare system, to become informed consumers of healthcare services, and to gain insight into what life may be like if a healthcare career is chosen.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Course Overview.

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each discussion. Each thread must be 200 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100 words in length. For each thread, students support their claims with at least 2 sources cited in current APA format.

Focused Activity Assignments (5)

The student will complete 5 short (1–2-page) focused activities concerning specific topics within the health career fields. Activities will require the student to answer specific questions using the textbook as well as provided professional websites. Any sources used must be referenced using current APA format as needed.

Career Investigation Project Assignment

The student is required to choose a career of interest in the health field to investigate and submit his/her topic to the instructor. The student will then find a working professional in the chosen field to “shadow” and interview. Once the shadowing/interview experience has taken place, the student will design a 10–12-slide PowerPoint presentation documenting their experience and knowledge gained through this investigation.  Any sources used must be referenced using current APA format as needed.

Career Plan Paper Assignment

As a culminating paper, the student will type a 2–3-page summary of his/her career goals and plans incorporating life and spiritual reflections. The purpose of the career plan is to provide the student with a written framework of the necessary steps in the process of reaching their personal, spiritual, and career goals. In this paper, the student must cite information from at least 1 acceptable source in current APA formatting.  

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover Learn material for the assigned Modules: Weeks. Quizzes contain 50 multiple-choice questions, except Quiz: Technicians, Support, and Health-Related Professions which contains 50 multiple-choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank questions. Each quiz is open-book/open-notes, has a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes, and allows for 1 attempt.

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