THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE
Senate Document Number 8710S
Date of Senate Approval 05/06/10
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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
APC Document 72: Change major and minor requirements for HWP
Effective Date: Fall 2010
1. Delete: On pages 146-147, under Major in Health and Wellness Promotion:
In the liberal arts tradition, the major in Health and Wellness Promotion is an
interdisciplinary program that prepares students to provide educational, informational, and support services to populations affected by health hazards, or who are at risk for chronic diseases, particularly preventable diseases related to lifestyle. The program includes instruction in health promotion publicity, public relations, personal wellness coaching/counseling, health promotion campaign management, preparation of health promotion teaching aids and instructional materials, and applications to specific public health problems and campaign audiences. The curriculum emphasizes multi-level programs aimed at the promotion of fitness and healthy lifestyles, prevention of childhood and adult obesity, HIV/STD prevention, substance abuse prevention, worksite and senior wellness programming, developing cultural competence, and achieving racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health parity.
I. Required courses in the major—30 hours: one course from HWP 153, 154 or 155;
HWP 335 or 345; HWP 350 or 360; HWP 225, 253, 310, 325, 380, 420, 459.
II. Additional required courses—17 hours including one course from BIOL 223, 338 or
HWP 284; SOC 221 or SOC 312; STAT 185; and a minimum of 6 additional hours
selected in consultation with the department advisor. Special Topics courses may be
substituted with written permission from the program director.
III. Other departmental requirements—Major, oral and computer competencies are
demonstrated by completion of HWP 459 with a grade of C or better. During HWP
459, students will again complete the health risk appraisal and battery of assessments
that were required at the time of declaring the major. A comparison between the
baseline and this senior assessment, along with an evaluation from each student’s
lifestyle coach (advisor) will be factored into demonstration of competency.
Add: On pages 146-147, in place of deleted entry:
I. Required courses in the major—38 hours: HWP 190, 310, 335, 455, 459; HWP 250 or 350; HWP 380 or 390; one course from HWP 290, 315, or 343; and two courses from HWP 225, 253 and 365; one course from BIOL 223 or HWP 284; one course from BIOL 338 or HWP 294.
II. Additional required courses—10 hours: STAT 185; and a minimum of 6 additional hours selected in consultation with the department advisor related to student goals. Special Topics courses may be used with written permission from the department chair.
III. Other departmental requirements—Computer competency is demonstrated by completion of HWP 190 with a grade of C or better. Oral competency is demonstrated by completion of HWP 310 with a grade of C or better. Major competency is fulfilled by completion of HWP 459 with a grade of C or better.
Faculty workload and departmental resources will not be unduly impacted due to a careful rotation of courses, the removal of the requirements indicated in this document, and the breadth of faculty expertise. The total credit hours required to graduate will increase by one credit hour due to the change in HWP 284 from a 3 hour to a 4 hour course to include a laboratory. The change of spreading the competencies across 3 courses instead of assessing them all in one course will allow the department to do a better job of addressing deficiencies earlier in the students’ academic career. This should reduce time for those students who require remedial work as they will be addressing this prior to their expected last semester.
Changes to the Health and Wellness Promotion degree requirements are necessary to strengthen the program through the addition of an introduction and capstone experience, a health science core, skills and application core, and the health promotion content core. In addition, these changes are contemporary and reflect health promotion curricula nationwide.
Students are prepared, supported, and expected to serve as healthy lifestyle role models.
Declaring a major in Health and Wellness Promotion requires the student to complete a health risk appraisal and a battery of assessments to establish baseline measures related to personal health and wellness. Advisors serve as lifestyle coaches and use these collected data to work with students to develop reasonable personal health and wellness plans to be followed during their course of study (wellness plans are adjusted for age and special needs). Before declaring a major, students must satisfy the LANG 120 requirement.
Add: On page 147, in place of deleted entry:
Students are prepared, supported, and expected to serve as healthy lifestyle role models. Advisors support students in following personal health and wellness plans during their course of study. Wellness plans are adjusted for age and special needs. Before declaring a major, students must satisfy the LANG 120 requirement.
Changing the health risk appraisal and lifestyle wellness planning from an advising function to an in-class activity (HWP 190 and HWP 459) will reduce already heavy advising loads and provide a better and more consistent structure for students to realize their personal wellness potential.
Rationale: Advisors now have a support function that provides continuity as students move through the program, but do not have lifestyle coaching or health risk assessment responsibilities for 30 plus students per semester. Students will be better served by moving these activities to the classroom.
3. Delete: On page 147, under Minor in Health and Wellness Promotion:
25 hours, including: one course from HWP 153, 154 or 155; one course from BIOL
223, BIOL 338, or HWP 284; HWP 225, 253, 325, 355, 360, 420. One-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed at UNC Asheville. All minors require that a minimum of 6 semester hours of 300-400 level courses be completed at UNC Asheville.
Add: On page 147, in place of deleted entry:
22 hours, including: HWP 190; one course from HWP 284 or 294; one course from HWP 250 or 350; one course from HWP 310 or HWP 335; one course from HWP 290, 315 or 343; at least 6 other hours from HWP at the 200 to 400 level. One-half of the hours required for a minor must be completed at UNC Asheville. All minors require that a minimum of 6 semester hours of 300-400 level courses be completed at UNC Asheville.
The updated minor may draw additional students to our program. We anticipate being able to meet the need for courses for these students without a change in staffing. Currently very few students minor in Health and Wellness Promotion so even a doubling of minors will likely not have a significant impact on our course loads.
The minor has been updated to be consistent with changes in the core curriculum for the major. It now allows more flexibility and will better meet the needs of students interested in a specific area of health. The course changes for the minor provide an introduction to the field, one background science course, one health parity focused course, one applications course, one course that addresses the body mind connection, and two other HWP courses that suit the students interest area. It thereby provides a solid overview of the field of health promotion.