Contemporary School Health Issues – HLTH 636

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course focuses on classroom and school-related public health issues confronting public and private schools in the 21st century. Solutions will be explored from the Christian worldview using "salt & light" strategies in the spirit of 1 Peter 3:15.


HLTH 634


The purpose of this course is to expose students to various controversial public health issues that plague today’s children in public and private schools. The course focuses on classroom and school-related health issues that confront the Christian teacher in public and private school settings in the 21st century. It is important for public health professionals to be able to effectively educate students, school officials, and stakeholders in the district to reduce various health risk factors.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify key health issues affecting the school setting.
  2. Identify public health issues such as injuries, violence, and bullying.
  3. Describe a public health problem in the school environment.
  4. Explain the importance of epidemiology for issues such as sexually transmissible infections and sexuality education.
  5. Comprehend current trends of social networking and the implications of emotional and social health.
  6. Describe current epidemiologic trends affecting public schools.
  7. Explore public health problems such as obesity and eating disorders.
  8. Design curriculum from an epidemiological standpoint.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–600 words 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 200–400 words.

Article Reviews (2)

The student will review 2 articles in this course. The articles will be preselected for the student. Each review must be at least 1 page and in current AMA format.

Research Paper

This paper will be completed in 4 steps:

Topic Selection

The student will submit a topic as a Word document in Blackboard with his/her name and the topic title on the first page.

Works Cited

The student will submit a works cited list with at least 10 peer-reviewed references in current AMA format in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.


The student will create an outline following a hierarchy using the template provided. The student may use short phrases for this assignment.


The student will write a 12-page research-based paper in current AMA format that focuses on school health issues. The paper must include at least 10 peer-reviewed references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for assigned modules/weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and/or true/false questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.