Perspectives on Healthy Aging – HLTH 637

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/08/2022

Course Description

This course presents an analysis of contemporary issues that contribute to health risk factors for aging populations. Students will learn methods and strategies leading to health promotion and disease prevention for the elderly. Spiritual health and cultural issues are also addressed as they relate to aging, death, and dying.

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


This course serves as an elective for all concentrations within the Master of Public Health degree program. It offers practical approaches to a variety of health problems and health risks faced by aging individuals. Older persons comprise the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. and among the fastest growing globally; health professions students of all areas will benefit from exposure to the perspectives and approaches for healthy aging presented in this course.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (4)

The student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 400 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and contain at least 2 scholarly citations in AMA format and 1 Biblical principle. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. In the reply, you will need to comment on their classmate's thread and provide further discussion to demonstrate topic-related knowledge. Each reply must be 200 words.

Health Promotion Applications Assignments (6)

The student will write six 800–1,000-word papers synthesizing an assigned health topic for seniors. Each paper must include direct application to senior adults and incorporate at least 2 peer-reviewed published sources in addition to the textbook and the Bible. Each paper must be in current AMA format.

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete 4 quizzes consisting of 50 questions each in a variety of formats, including multiple-choice and true/false. Each quiz is open-book/open-notes and must be completed in 1 hour and 30 minutes.