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Course SummaryIn just a few weeks, you can earn a Principles of Health Certificate by working through this course. By reviewing our mobile-friendly video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes, you can earn a certificate that can fulfill your continuing education requirements.
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About This Course
In a matter of weeks, you can earn our Principles of Health Certificate by watching short, engaging videos. Self-checking quizzes are also available to help affirm your understanding of lessons addressing the warning signs, prevention methods and treatment options for common disorders and diseases.
Who's This For
This course could prove useful to teachers, guidance counselors, social service workers and other professionals who look out for the overall well-being of individuals under their care.
You can begin viewing lessons included in this introductory health course right away; there are no prerequisites.
Benefits of the Certificate
Once you've earned this certificate, you might use it to enhance your resume or professional networking profile. You could also take advantage of the lessons included here for self-enrichment purposes. Benefits of the certificate include:
- Improving your ability to make well-informed health care decisions
- Demonstrating your knowledge of health care issues across the lifespan
- Proving your commitment to continuing education
Principles of Health Program Breakdown
Use this course to learn about health topics ranging from causes of common psychological and physiological disorders to the steps you can take to improve your own health and wellbeing. This course includes the following chapters:
Introduction to Health and Wellness
Explore factors influencing our health status and lifestyle choices. Learn where to find reliable sources of health information and identify major health problems in the U.S.
Psychosocial Health for Personal Wellness
Survey the components of psychosocial health. Study treatment methods used to improve psychosocial health and prevent mental health problems.
Mood Disorders and Personal Health
Examine symptoms and treatment options for depressive disorders and bipolar disorder. Recognize triggers and prevention methods for suicide.
Anxiety Disorders and Personal Health
Investigate causes of generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and PTSD.
Psychotic Disorders and Personal Health
Develop an awareness of the symptoms and phases of schizophrenia. Identify characteristics of delusional mental health disorders and psychotic disorders.
Personality Disorders and Personal Health
Differentiate between cluster A, B and C personality disorders. Examine the challenges associated with their diagnosis.
Stress Disorders and Personal Health
Recognize symptoms of acute stress disorders as well as psychophysiological disorders caused by stress. Study the uses of positive psychology to treat their underlying causes.
Stress Management and Coping Mechanisms
Understand the phases of general adaptation syndrome and the health risks associated with chronic stress. Explore techniques used to cope with stress and reduce exposure to its causes.
Addictive Behaviors and Drug Use
Learn the differences between drug misuse and abuse. Identify the warning signs of addiction. Study the categories of drugs, common routes of administration and the physical consequences of drug abuse.
Alcohol & Tobacco Use and Personal Health
Develop an awareness of the physical effects of alcohol consumption and tobacco use. Examine consumption trends for both substances and learn to recognize the symptoms of alcoholism.
Drugs & Substance Use Disorders
Survey characteristics of dependence on depressants, hallucinogens, cannabis and amphetamines. Study treatment options for substance-related disorders.
Healthy Relationships and Sexuality
Examine Sternberg's triangular theory of love and the characteristics of healthy relationships in adulthood. Explore issues associated with parenthood and the components of sexual identity.
Contraception and Family Planning
Survey hormonal and barrier methods of contraception as well as male and female sterilization procedures. Assess the impact of the Roe v. Wade decision and identify factors for consideration when planning a pregnancy.
Human Reproduction, Pregnancy & Birth
Study male and female hormone cycles and the processes involved in fertilization. Follow the stages of fetal development and recognize the importance of prenatal care. Investigate complications that can arise during and after childbirth.
Sexual & Gender Identity Disorders and Personal Health
Identify the phases and types of sexual dysfunction. Examine the definition of gender identity disorder along with some of its treatment options.
Nutrition's Role in Health
Learn about the body's dietary need for carbohydrates, fiber, fat, protein, vitamins and minerals. Recognize factors influencing our dietary choices and study symptoms of common eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
Fitness for Personal Health
Discover the physical and psychological benefits of regular physical activity. Peruse the components of strength training and aerobic exercise programs as well as those designed to improve flexibility.
Weight Management for Personal Health
Investigate factors contributing to weight problems. Identify methods for determining body fat content and maintaining a healthy weight. Explore medical weight loss strategies.
The Aging Population and Personal Health
Pinpoint the developmental changes associated with late adulthood. Study theories of aging as well as factors influencing health and longevity. Recognize common fitness concerns associated with this life stage.
Dying & Bereavement in Personal Health
Examine Kubler-Ross's five stages of dying along with common grief and bereavement patterns. Weigh in on the debate over euthanasia and examine the types of legal planning associated with end of life issues.
Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Endocrine Health
Study circulatory system functioning and common types of heart conditions. Learn about the effects of respiratory and endocrine diseases on the body.
Cancer and Personal Health
Recognize neoplasia as the source of both benign and malignant tumors. Identify risk factors, prevention methods and treatment options for cancer.
Immune Disorders & Infectious Conditions
Discover the role of the body's immune system. Study the structure of viruses and differentiate between infection and disease. Investigate disease control and prevention methods as well as the types of autoimmune and immune deficiency diseases.
Diabetes, Arthritis and Genetic-Related Disorders
Study risk factors for diabetes and survey the different types of genetic disorders. Pinpoint causes of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Neurological Disorders, Symptoms & Conditions
Examine disorders of the central and peripheral nervous system. Identify common symptoms and their causes.
Introduction to Environmental Health and Risk Analysis
Survey the types of environmental toxicants and disease-causing agents. Familiarize yourself with diseases linked to environmental change and the methods used to assess environmental health threats.
Environmental Health: Issues and Human Concerns
Investigate sources of air and water pollution. Examine methods for conserving water and reducing solid waste. Understand the effects of greenhouse gases and a thinning ozone layer on the environment.
Intentional Violence and Injury
Learn the differences between intentional and unintentional injuries. Identify strategies designed to prevent them and assess factors contributing to violence in America.
Personal Safety Precautions
Learn which precautionary measures you can take to improve your safety at home and at work. Find out how to protect yourself during recreational activities and while driving. Review basic emergency care procedures.
Consumer Awareness of Health Care
Study the components of a physical exam. Examine the types of health insurance and the structure of the U.S. health care system.
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