Introduction to the Health Professions – HLTH 105

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the changes in healthcare in the United States over the past ten years.
  2. Describe major categories of health services and reimbursement.
  3. Discuss how specific trends in demographics affect healthcare services.
  4. Differentiate between licensure, certification, and registration as they relate to the practice of different health professions.
  5. Distinguish between “health” and “health-related” professions.
  6. Contrast health professions regarding education, specialties, training, job functions, and other professional parameters.
  7. Present information regarding various health careers.
  8. Create a career plan for himself/herself as an individual incorporating spiritual and life goals related to Christian service in the health professions.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided topic for each forum. 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.

Focused Activities (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

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. The Career Investigation PowerPoint will also be submitted in Discussion Board Forum 2 and shared with the student’s classmates for comments. Any sources used must be referenced using current APA format as needed.

Career Plan Paper

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.

Tests (4)

Each test will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Tests 1–3 will contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and Test 4 will contain 50 multiple-choice, true/false, and fill-in-the-blank questions. Each test will be open-book/open-notes and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.