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2023 - 2024 Catalog Year
Public Health (Full-time)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Division: Health Sciences

This Sample Program Pathway is designed to provide an example of course selections in a term by term sequence. Please see an Academic Advisor for a plan specific to your academic needs.

Fall Semester (First Year)

Description: The survey course studying the structure and function of the human body. Topics include introductory terminology, cytology, the integumentary system, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the cardiovascular system, (blood, heart and blood vessels), the lymphatic system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, the urinary system and the reproductive system. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Science elective. Choose from BIO 1107/1108 or BIO 1121.

Prerequisites: MAT 0050 or MAT 1120 or MAT 1130

Corequisites: BIO 1108

Description: The lab component of a survey course that studies the structure and function of the human body. Lab work topics include histology, cytology and the anatomy of the skeleton, muscles, nervous system structures, blood components, the heart, blood vessels and structures within the respiratory, digestive, urinary and male and female reproductive systems. Summarization is achieved through the dissection of a preserved fetal pig.

Corequisites: BIO 1107

Description: In English Composition I students learn reflective, analytical and argumentative writing strategies, incorporating sources and personal experience. Students will negotiate between public and private rhetorical situations and purposes to achieve academic literacy. They will write multiple drafts using a recursive writing process as they work toward fluency in style and mechanics.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Placement Test Score)

Description: Solve health science applications; convert within and between metric, household and apothecary systems; read and interpret health science labels and graphs; calculate and apply statistical concepts; solve problems involving parenteral, pediatric and/or intravenous administration and dosage calculations. Traditional testing (proctored or in Testing Center) is used in all online sections.

Notes: Choose from MAT 1130 or Any Mathematics, Statistics & Logic elective from the approved Ohio Transfer 36 List. View electives at:

Prerequisites: MAT 0050 or Other (Satisfactory score on math placement test)

Description: The course will introduce core concepts of public health, including analytical methods, biomedical basis of public health, social and behavioral factors in health, environmental issues, medical care and public health and the future of public health.

Description: Orientation to the health care delivery system, including history, economics, medical/legal issues, professionalism, ethics, sociological aspects and wellness concepts. Orientation to the use of technology in the health care system will also be provided, including user interfaces, telecommunications and networks. The development of health care team skills, including critical thinking and problem-solving strategies and multicultural health care perspectives, will be presented. One classroom, three lab hours per week.


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Spring Semester (First Year)
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Description: Introduction to the field of mental health services. Students will identify principles, skills and history and evolution of the mental health field. Analyze motives, values, biases, cultural and social influences for becoming a helper. Examine key terminology and concepts. Describe basic theories, evidenced based practices and interventions of the helping profession. Recognize professional behaviors, documentation practices and ethical standards required to work in the helping profession.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035

Description: Exploration of the development, maintenance and termination of interpersonal relationships. The focus is on effective verbal and nonverbal interactions between two people, highlighting methods of initiating and maintaining effective communication with, and understanding of, others through learning and applying interpersonal communication theory.

Notes: Communication Elective: Choose from COM 2206, COM 2211

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or Other (Any other college level English course)

Description: This course will introduce the public health student to assessing a healthcare problem, plan for intervention, and implement and evaluate the results.

Prerequisites: ALH 1107

Description: University-parallel course covering history and systems of psychology, behavioral research methods, physiology of behavior, sensation, perception, learning, memory, consciousness, cognition, personality, lifespan development, gender, social psychology, motivation, emotion, stress, mental disorders and therapies.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035


Orientation to safe and effective basic health care practice including medical scribe, community health worker, patient assessment and documentation, infection control, body mechanics, and environmental safety considerations. Two classroom, two lab hours per week.

Notes: Program Elective. Choose from ALH 1102 OR ALH 1120 OR MAS 1102


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Summer Semester (First Year)

Description: Research and theory concerning the physical, cognitive and social development of a person from conception to death, including prenatal and child development, adolescence, adult life crises, marriage, family, work, leisure and senescence.

Prerequisites: PSY 1100

Description: Pathological changes associated with the most commonly occurring diseases of each body system. Correlates changes with patient's response, diagnostic studies, and treatment modalities.

Prerequisites: BIO 1107 or BIO 1121 or BIO 1141


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Fall Semester (Second Year)

Description: Holistic models of health and wellness; value of integrating holistic models in traditional healthcare settings; overview of specific holistic health models such as aromatherapy, reflexology, guided imagery, supplements, and neuro linguistic programming; efficacy data; indications and contraindications.

Notes: Fall Only

Description: Ethical codes and responsibilities in the helping professions. Federal Confidentiality Regulations, case law, scope of practice, expectations of funding bodies and managed care. Principles of professional behavior with clients and self-awareness of their personal boundary and value concerns. Importance of cultural diversity.

Notes: Fall Only

Prerequisites: Restricted to Majors

Description: This course provides an overview of the concepts of physical fitness, conditioning principles and appropriate exercise and health practices with application to lifelong fitness and wellness. Course includes lecture and physical fitness testing.

Prerequisites: DEV 0035 or MAT 0600 and MAT 0100 or MAT 1110 or MAT 1130 or MAT 1445

Description: Application of diverse stress management techniques. Topics covered include assertiveness, stress-related personality factors, holistic health, relaxation techniques, communication patterns, cognitive restructuring, and time management.

Prerequisites: PSY 1100


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Spring Semester (Second Year)

Description: This is an in-depth study of the principles of nutrition with emphasis on the functions of the nutrients, their digestion, absorption, metabolism, inter-relationships and nutrition requirements. Incorporates assessment of nutritional health risks, health promotion and disease prevention theories. Explores the influence of socioeconomic, cultural, psychological and environmental factors on food and nutritional behavior.


Enhances practicum skills in health concepts and resources related to the role and responsibility of Healthcare professional. Emphasis on working in community-based settings, publicly and privately funded health and social services. 210 unpaid practicum hours are required. background check, health certificate, immunizations, and student health insurance will be required to complete the practicum portion of this course.

Prerequisites: ALH 1102 or ALH 1120 or MAS 1102 and Other (background check, health certificate, immunizations, and student health insurance will be required to complete the practicum portion of this course. )

Description: This course provides the student with the principles and practices of coaching psychology. Core coaching skills along with approaches and guidelines for helping clients develop visions, set goals, make plans and track progress for healthy lifestyles.

Prerequisites: ENS 1214

Description: Learning and applying the model of Motivational Interviewing including engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning. Concepts of OARS, stages of change, communication skills, client ambivalence, developing discrepancies, change talk, client goals, and developing a change plan.

Description: A critical analysis of contemporary American society with review of major sociological theories, research methods, culture, socialization, groups, social structure, social institutions, deviance, social inequalities, social processes and social change.


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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.