Contemporary School Health Issues – HLTH 636

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

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.

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


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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

The student will complete 4 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread and post 2 replies.

Article Review Assignments (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.

Activity Assignments (2)

The student will explore 2 activities relating to the the course textbook reading and topics.

Case Study Assignments (2)

The student will complete 2 case studies exploring various aspects of the textbook reading and study materials.

Advocacy Activity Assignment

The student will outline an effective plan to advocate for improvements of a public health issue (or hypothetical) affecting your local/state school district.

Research Paper Assignments (4)

This paper will be completed in 4 steps:

Quiz: Research Paper: Topic Selection

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

Research Paper: References Assignment

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.

Research Paper: Outline Assignment

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

Research Paper: Final 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 (2)

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