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Health Education

The minor in Health Education is designed to provide students with information about current health issues and to help them develop attitudes and behaviors that will be helpful in attaining a state of optimal health throughout their lifetime.

This minor is open to students in any major program other than those in the Physical and Health Education Teacher Education Program (PHETE) and is particularly complementary to degrees in the health and human services areas.


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For more information regarding the Health Education Minor, contact Dr. Chrystyna Kosarchyn: kosarchync@longwood.edu or 434.395.2543



In addition to two required courses, students choose four courses from a selection of electives allowing them to focus on areas of particular interest. The health education minor requirements are:


Course Code Course Name Semester Offered 
Required Courses: (3 credits)
HLTH 205  Health and Wellness Fall and Intersession
Elective Courses: (15 credits)
Select five (5) courses from the following
HLTH 210* World Health Issues Fall and Spring
HLTH 215 Physical Activity and Health Spring
HLTH 313 Drugs and Human Behavior Fall
HLTH 314 Human Sexuality Fall
HLTH 335 Nutrition

Fall and Spring

HLTH 400 Environmental Health Every Other Spring: 2009, 2011, etc.
HLTH 430 Women's Health and Health Care Issues Every Other Spring: 2010, 2012, etc.
TOTAL 18 credits

 *may be used to fulfill the Health Education Minor requirements ONLY if not used to fulfill General Education Goal 9

There are prerequisites for some courses. See course descriptions below for details.

HLTH 205 Health and Wellness

Focusing on the application of scientific facts and principles to current health issues, this course is designed to help foster intelligent decision-making in the areas of health needs and health behaviors. 3 credits

HLTH 210 World Health Issues

An examination of the physical, psychological, social, and environmental dimensions of health as encountered in a variety of cultures with a particular emphasis on those in the non-Western world. 3 credits.*

HLTH 215 Physical Activity and Health

This course examines the effects of physical activity on health and disease. Patterns and trends in physical activity are also covered as well as understanding and promoting physical activity in a variety of populations/settings. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PHED 101

HLTH 313 Drugs and Human Behavior

An examination of drug use and abuse in today's society. Emphasis is placed on prevention and strategies for the learner while providing accurate, up-to-date information concerning human biological, sociological principles, and the pharmacological nature of drugs. 3 credits.

HLTH 314 Human Sexuality

An explanation of the biological, psychological, cultural and behavioral aspects of sexuality with emphasis on providing the student with practical and meaningful information pertaining to human sexuality and family life while encouraging the development of responsible sexual behaviors and attitudes. 3 credits.

HLTH 325 Human Diseases

A study of communicable and chronic diseases with regards to disease description, etiology, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, treatment, prognosis and prevention. 3 credits. Prerequisites: HLTH 205.

HLTH 335 Nutrition

This course examines the principles of normal human nutrition applied to various stages in life, especially as they relate to disease prevention, fitness, and weight control. Factors that influence human nutrition needs and eating patterns are also covered. 3 credits. Prerequisite: BIOL 206

HLTH 400 Environmental Health

The study of the environment as it relates to the total well being of the individual with special emphasis on the threats to human health posed by the degradation of the environment. Environmental diseases/illnesses attributed to toxic substances, metals, pesticides, food additives and contaminants, radiation, noise, and infectious agents will be addressed. 3 credits.

HLTH 430 Women's Health and Health Care Issues

An examination of the history and politics of women's health and health care. Investigates contemporary health problems, prevention and self-care as well as medical alternatives so that consumers can make informed health care choices. 3 credits.



Health Education Faculty

Chrystyna Kosarchyn

Professor of Health Education
B.A. in Political Science
M.A. in Health Education
Ph.D. in Health Education
Certified Health Education Specialist
Willett 104H


Mucedola 9 10 14 

Michael S. Mucedola, Ph.D., M.S.T., MCHES

Graduate Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Health Education
B.S. in Physical Education
M.S.T. in Health Education
Ph.D. in Public Health
Master Certified Health Education Specialist
Willett 114