Department of Health Studies

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Interim Chair:
Roger Shipley, Associate Professor

Location: CFO 1006
Phone: 940-898-2860
Fax: 940-898-2859

Undergraduate Degrees Offered

The Department of Health Studies offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.), Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Health Sciences (General), Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The B.S. degree in Health Studies prepares graduates to develop health education programs that promote wellness and prevent disease. Such programs exist in a variety of community settings, including worksite wellness programs, voluntary health organizations, public health departments, clinics and hospitals, and health maintenance organizations. Required courses within this degree program focus on health issues among diverse groups and the seven areas of responsibility of a health education specialist. Those areas include assessing individual and community health needs and assets; planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs; administering and managing health education programs; serving as a health education resource person; and communicating and advocating for health and health education. Graduates are eligible to take a national exam to become a Certified Health Education Specialist. Texas Woman's University (TWU) Health Studies B.S. program is SABPAC-approved; therefore, all Health Studies core curriculum courses must be taken at TWU to maintain these national program approval standards.

The B.A.S. degree includes a curriculum which accepts a variety of related Associates of Applied Science (A.A.S.) graduates in health professions to complete a bachelor’s degree with a Health Studies major, enabling them to advance their careers to more diverse positions with managerial responsibilities. The program will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to: apply concepts and principles of management and organization, including the functions of planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating; human relations; communications, and leadership; and to apply basic principles of business organizations and operations.

Students may choose from among four areas of study within the B.S. in Health Studies degree program:  Community Health, Master’s Preparation for prospective Occupational Therapy students, Master’s Preparation, Public Health and All Level Health Education Teaching Certification. Health studies majors who select the Community Health area of study are generally interested in pursuing employment within any of the aforementioned community health settings. Health Studies majors who select the Masters Preparation for prospective Occupational Therapy students will prepare for the same community health employment opportunities and complete the Master's of Occupational Therapy (MOT) program prerequisites (see “Occupational Therapy” in this catalog and graduate catalog). Health Studies majors who select the Master’s Degree Preparation area of study wish to pursue some other health-related master’s degree program at TWU. This area of study allows students to enroll in master’s program prerequisite coursework while completing their B.S. degree in Health Studies. Health Studies majors who select the All Level Health Education Teaching area of study are interested in teaching Health Education at the elementary or secondary school level.

For students pursuing either the Community Health or B.A.S. areas of study, the department offers online completion degrees in the Health Studies Degree Program. These internet programs offer flexibility and convenience for those students who find it difficult to complete coursework in the traditional on-campus format and have the skills and abilities to complete coursework via an online format. Please contact the Health Studies Department for more information about applying for the online degree program, or visit the website at .

Health Studies Major

General Description

To earn the Bachelor of Science in Health Studies degree, the student will major in Health Studies. The student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for program acceptance. For acceptance into the Online Health Studies program, the student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75. All Health Studies majors must maintain a minimum cumulative and Health Studies grade point average of 2.75 (with a minimum grade of “C” in all HS courses). Any Health Studies major whose GPA falls below the 2.75 minimum or earns a grade lower than “C” in any HS course will be placed on probation and given one semester to remediate the GPA or course grade. Total semester credit hours required:120.

Students who are not in the Online Health Studies program may petition to take a Health Studies elective course online. Online Health Studies core courses are for online students only, unless approval is granted by the Online Committee.

Academic Policies: All Students

The following policies apply to all students in the Health Studies Department .

  1. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses in the Health Studies major. If a student earns a grade of D, F, or WF in a Health Studies course, that course must be repeated. A course in which a grade of less than C (D, F, or WF) was earned may be repeated only once.
  2. A student who has earned a grade of less than C (D, F, or WF) twice in the same Health Studies course will be required to leave the Health Studies program.
  3. Students receiving a grade of I, D, F or WF in a Health Studies course may not progress to courses for which that course is a prerequisite.
  4. If the overall GPA goes below a 2.75, the student must raise it to 2.75 within two semesters. Any student with a GPA below 2.75 for two consecutive semesters will be required to leave the program.
  5. Cannot take any courses beyond HS 3053 if student’s GPA is below 2.75.

Honors Scholar Program

The Health Studies Department provides the opportunity for students to participate in the Texas Woman’s University Honors Scholar Program . The program seeks to develop scholars with excellent technological, writing and research skills as well as clinical expertise. These skills will be developed through both enhanced course work and experimental learning in the department as well as related health agencies. To participate, students must meet the Texas Woman’s University Honors Scholar Criteria.


The Health Studies Department reserves the right to require the withdrawal from the Department of Health Studies of any student whose behavior is deemed to threaten the welfare of any individual or whose behavior is deemed unsafe in any manner.

General Study Course Options

Students wanting to use Health Studies as a concentration in General Studies must have and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.75.

The following courses can be used as a concentration in General Studies :

HS 3033Medical Terminology3
HS 3133Perspectives on Women's Health3
HS 3203Emergency Care, First Aid, and CPR3
HS 3363History and Principles of Health Education3
HS 3373Health Promotion for Children3
HS 3403Environmental Health and Safety Education3
HS 3443Health Aspects of Aging3
HS 4363Consumer Health3
HS 4483Psychosocial Aspects of Mental Health3
HS 4553Stress Management Techniques3

Graduate Courses

Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for information regarding graduate courses.

Please see Admission section of this catalog. The same standards for admission to the University apply to the Department of Health Studies.

Minor in Health Studies

Eighteen (18) semester credit hours of Health Studies courses are required for a minor in Health Studies. Those students who choose to minor in Health Studies must take the following courses:

HS 1363Introduction to Health Education3
HS 2013Health Communications3
HS 3033Medical Terminology3
HS 3053Community Health3
HS 3073Health Promotion Program Planning and Design3
HS 3413Epidemiology3
Total Semester Credit Hours18


HS 1363. Introduction to Health Education. Health education settings, roles, responsibilities, theories, ethics, and professional organizations associated with the field. Review of leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. as well as Healthy People 2010 and Healthy People 2020. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 1901. Fitness and Health Laboratory. (TCCN PHED 1304) Activities and laboratories designed to illustrate and experience the balanced approach to fitness and health. Co-requisite: HS 1902. Three activity laboratory hours a week. Credit: One hour.

HS 1902. Fitness and Health: Enhancing Personal Wellness. (TCCN PHED 1304) Introduces basic concepts of fitness, health, and nutrition; develops understandings necessary for making wise decisions and establishing individually appropriate practices that contribute to a healthful lifestyle throughout the life span. Wellness issues that affect women and reflect cultural values are addressed. Co-requisite: HS 1901. Two lecture hours a week. Credit: Two hours.

HS 2013. Health Communications. Provides practical experiences in developing strategies to deliver health messages through a variety of communication channels. Examines theoretical foundations and factors that impact health communication. Co-requisites: HS 1363, HS 1901, and HS 1902. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 2373. Health Aspects of Human Sexuality. (TCCN PSYC 2306, SOCI 2306) Physical, emotional, social, and psychological dimensions of human sexuality; interpersonal relationships; contemporary attitudes, values, and behaviors; sexuality as a positive health entity. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 2383. Drugs and Human Health. (TCCN PHED 1346, SOCI 2340) Use and abuse of drugs; focus on psychological, physical, and social effects on personal and community health. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 2813. Introduction to Global Health. Analysis of significant global health issues; determinants of global health status, culture, gender, poverty, politics, economic development, ethical, and human rights concerns; and education. Development of global health promotion and advocacy strategies. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3033. Medical Terminology. A systems approach to the language of medicine, including the analysis and utilization of word roots, combining forms, prefixes, suffixes, and medical terms; emphasis on written and spoken medical vocabulary. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3053. Community Health. Emphasis on the needs assessment process and how to collect, interpret, synthesize, and report community health data, U.S. health data, county health reports, sources of health information, and ecological and sociological factors impacting health. Health education theories will be addressed and the student will practice using the PRECEDE-PROCEED model. Prerequisites or co-requisites: HS 1363, HS 1901, HS 1902, and HS 2013. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3073. Health Promotion Program Planning and Design. Introduction to health program planning and design. Includes interpretation of needs assessment data, goals and objectives writing, assets mapping/capacity building, and strategies development. Theories relative to planning and learning styles are discussed. Concepts related to program implementation and evaluation are introduced. Prerequisites: HS 1363, HS 1901, HS 1902, HS 2013, HS 3053, and a minimum GPA of 2.75. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3083. Program Evaluation in Health Promotion. Methods and models for program evaluation in health promotion and health education; development of data collection instruments; data collection and statistical analysis techniques; interpreting and reporting evaluation results. Prerequisites: HS 1363, HS 1901, HS 1902, HS 2013, HS 3053, HS 3073, and a minimum GPA of 2.75. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3133. Perspectives on Women's Health. Feminist theory provides framework for exploration of women's health care issues throughout the life span. Examines roles of women as providers and consumers of health care. Emphasizes the interface of gender, socio-economic and minority status, and medicalization of women's health. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3203. Emergency Care, First Aid, and CPR. Theory and practice of emergency care including: adult, child, and infant rescue breathing; conscious and unconscious choking; infant, child, adult, and two person CPR with child and adult AED (Automated External Defibrillation). Includes bloodborne pathogen training and emergency oxygen administration. Preparation for Professional Rescuer certification through the American Red Cross. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3363. History and Principles of Health Education. Origins of health education; historical influences on principles and theories governing contemporary programs of health education and their significance to the school and the community. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3373. Health Promotion for Children. Focus on health promotion content for the school age child. Identification of strategies and resources for programs designed to maintain, protect, and promote the health of children. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3383. Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Informatics. Trends in information technology which impact the right to privacy, the principles underlying privacy protection, and the key elements of federal and state health information privacy laws. Review of major regulatory mechanisms protecting privacy and confidentiality related to public health as well as ethical issues related to the collection and use of public health information. Framework to formulate and analyze ethical issues related to public health informatics. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3403. Environmental Health and Safety Education. Basic principles of ecology as they apply to the health and safety of human beings in interaction with and within physical and social environments, in relation to the biosphere, and in community and occupational settings; efforts to protect and conserve the environment. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3413. Epidemiology. Investigation and measurement, control, and prevention of diseases and health conditions, and the risk of these diseases and conditions, in human populations. Prerequisites: HS 3033, BACT 1003, BACT 1001, ZOOL 2033, ZOOL 2031. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3433. Current Trends in Population Health and Health Informatics. Utilization of social and behavioral sciences to analyze health informatics and public health issues. Analysis of individual, community, institutional, and societal factors that influence health informatics. Application of theoretical approaches to public health practice, policy, and professional training. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 3443. Health Aspects of Aging. Aging as a part of the lifecycle; special health concerns of the elderly; current life extending research and technology; successful aging. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4121. Preparation for Internship in Health Education. Overviews internship requirements and strategies for selecting an internship site, interviewing with potential preceptors, negotiating internship responsibilities, and developing goals and objectives. Professionalism, ethics, communication, conflict resolution, and other related topics. Prepares Community Health majors for the degree program's required 12-credit-hour internship (HS 4123) and must be taken the semester prior to enrollment in internship. Prerequisites: HS 1363, HS 1902, HS 1901, HS 2013, HS 3053, HS 3073, and a GPA of 2.75 or higher. Co-requisite: HS 3083, HS 4353, senior classification, and internship coordinator approval. One lecture hour a week. Credit: One hour.

HS 4123. Internship in Health Education. Clinical experiences in health-related agencies to enable the student to develop competencies generic to the practice of health education. Community Health students must register for four sections of HS 4123 within the same semester for a total of 360 hours on site. Prerequisites: Course work completed, senior classification, internship coordinator approval, and a cumulative HS GPA of 2.75. Nine practicum hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4353. Grant Writing in Health Education. Capstone course which synthesizes theory and methods of health education, needs assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Integrates the areas of responsibility for a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) into a grant writing project. Prerequisites: HS 1363, HS 1901, HS 1902, HS 2013, HS 3053, HS 3073, and a GPA of 2.75. Co-requisite: HS 3083. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4363. Consumer Health. Overview of basic materials needed to make informed decisions in regard to personal health care and selection of health services. Developing and utilizing strategies for making everyday health decisions on an informed basis. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4473. Professionalism and Ethics in Health Care. Principles and issues of professionalism and ethics in health care, including ethical systems, social change, values and norms, cultural diversity; application of ethical considerations to the decision making process in health care. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: three hours.

HS 4483. Psychosocial Aspects of Mental Health. Psychosocial factors which impact health status and health behavior including: family, environment, culture, age, gender, socioeconomic status, education, violence, grief, loss, traumatic stressors, and factors that shape a person's image and identity. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4553. Stress Management Techniques. Understanding productive and non-productive stress and their implications for health. Learning relaxation techniques and positive reinforcers that lead to wellness. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4563. Overview of Public Health Surveillance. Examination of the process and methods of designing and evaluating public health information surveillance systems. Public health-related database design with an emphasis on the planning, design, and implementation of databases related to public health surveillance. Three lectures hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4573. Occupational Risk Assessments. A study of the principles of health and environmental management in the workplace. Topics include: assessment, recognition, evaluation, and control of occupational hazards. The course provides students the opportunity to assess environmental factors or risks that can affect the workplace and to assess methods of prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses. Prerequisite or Co-requesite: HS 3403. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4583. Health Care in Multicultural Settings. Examines major health problems of underdeveloped, developed, and emerging nations by conducting in-depth analyses of health problems among various populations in multicultural settings, both nationally and internationally. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4743. Needs Assessment, Planning, and Evaluation for Health Professionals. Required for BAS students only. Program development and evaluation for health professionals working in allied health, corporate health, or health promotion. Highlights needs assessment, theory application, goals and objectives, strategies for program implementation, and methods for program evaluation. Prerequisites: HS 4573, coordinator's approval, and cumulative GPA of 2.75. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4903. Special Topics. Examination of a topic of current interest relating to health studies. Requires searching library databases for peer-reviewed literature; analysis of the literature; and synthesis of information by way of a class project. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4911. Independent Study. Independent study in selected topics. Advisor approval required. Credit: One hour.

HS 4913. Independent Study. Independent study in selected topics. Advisor and instructor approval required. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4923. Capstone in Interprofessional Informatics. Culminating organization and/or community-based interdisciplinary/interprofessional project supported through informatics and technology and applied to a specific domain to demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired in the informatics or health informatics program. Prerequisite: Taken after completion of all but the last 24 hours (SCHs) of the program. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4953. Cooperative Education. Credit: Three hours.

HS 4956. Cooperative Education. Credit: Six hours.

Associate Professors

MASSEY-STOKES, MARILYN, Associate Professor of Health Studies. B.S., Southwestern Oklahoma State University; M.Ed., Southwestern Oklahoma State University; Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.
PARKER, KIMBERLY A., Associate Professor of Health Studies. B.S., South Carolina State University; M.P.H., University of South Carolina, Columbia; M.A., South Carolina State University; Ph.D., University of Georgia.
SHIPLEY, ROGER R., Associate Professor of Health Studies; Interim Chair of Health Studies. B.S., Western Maryland College; M.Ed., Western Maryland College; Ed.D., Temple University.
WIGINTON, KRISTIN L., Associate Professor of Health Studies. B.S.Ed., Baylor University; M.S.Ed., Baylor University; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University.

Assistant Professors

AMUTA, ANN O., Assistant Professor of Health Studies. M.P.H., Texas A & M University; Ph.D., Texas A & M University.
ESPINOZA, LUIS ENRIQUE, Assistant Professor of Health Studies. B.S., The University of Texas-Pan American; B.A., The University of Texas-Pan American; M.S., The University of Texas-Pan American; M.P.H., University of North Texas Health Science Center; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University.
GOLMAN, MANDY A., Assistant Professor of Health Studies. B.A., University of Texas, Austin; M.S., Texas Woman's University; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University.
MENN, MINDY, Assistant Professor of Health Studies. B.A., Texas A&M University; M.S., Texas A&M University; Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville.
WARD, JASMINE D., Assistant Professor of Health Studies. B.A., Tuskegee University; M.P.H., The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Ph.D., The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Visiting Assistant Professor

O'DONNELL, RENEE, Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Studies. B.S., University of North Texas; M.S., University of North Texas.