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Course SummaryTake Principles of Health for Teachers to earn 3 college credits to apply towards your licensure renewal requirements. Learn with fun and engaging health video lessons that you can watch around your teaching schedule.
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30 chapters in Principles of Health for Teachers: Professional Development
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- Comprehensive test covering all topics
- Detailed video explanations for wrong answers
How It Works
Earn professional development credits to renew your health education teaching license with Principles of Health for Teachers. Brush up on health topics so you can better teach nursing, nutrition, and other health sciences. Learn on your own schedule and at your own pace. You can complete this course in under two weeks - perfect for teachers who need to earn health credits in a hurry!
- Watch engaging video lessons about psychological disorders and personal health.
- Check your knowledge of things like human reproduction and diabetes with practice quizzes and exams.
- Ask clarification questions from our expert health instructors.
- Earn three college credits by taking the DSST Principles of Health exam.
Always check with your school district or state Department of Education to ensure that the course credits will be accepted before beginning the course. DSST credits are accepted by over 2,000 schools and directly by many state departments of education.
Who's It For?
Principles of Health for Teachers is ideal for any teachers looking to earn credits to use towards licensure renewal. The flexible, self-paced format makes it easy to fit your studies into a busy schedule. The course is fully online, so you can study anytime, anywhere. This course also benefits:
- Health science and biology teachers who want to brush up on health principles
- Teachers who want to incorporate engaging health videos into their instruction
- Teachers planning a health unit or course
- Aspiring health teachers
Why It Works
- Fun and Engaging: Animations and interesting examples make health principles easy to learn.
- Expert Instructors: Expert health instructors break difficult concepts down so they are easy to remember.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Quizzes and practice exams let you review health terminology and key concepts and track what you've mastered.
- Quick and Flexible: Learn on your own schedule and on any device. You could earn health credits in less than two weeks.
- Access our full library of professional development courses for teachers, including Nutritional Science for Teachers, Pathophysiology for Teachers, and Microbiology for Teachers.
- Find 10,000 engaging lessons that you can use in your classroom or assign out to students.
- Watch more lessons in health principles as well as nutrition, medical terminology, substance abuse, and other health science topics.
- Earn transferable college credit for dozens of courses.
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Course Plan for Earning Credit in Less Than Two Weeks
Follow this course plan if you want to complete Principles of Health for Teachers and be ready to earn transferable credit in less than two weeks. For each chapter assignment, take all of the lesson quizzes and the practice chapter exam at the end of each chapter. If you miss any questions, review the video lesson to master the concept.
|Day||Assignment||What You'll Learn|
|Day 1|| Chapter 1|
| Introduction to Health and Wellness (major health problems in the U.S., role of demographics on health, behavior management, sources of health information)|
Psychosocial Health for Personal Wellness (factors that improve psychosocial health, mental health assessment, Maslow's hierarchy of needs)
Mood Disorders and Personal Health (depressive disorders, bipolar disorder, suicide)
|Day 2|| Chapter 4|
| Anxiety Disorders and Personal Health (generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social phobia)|
Psychotic Disorders and Personal Health (schizophrenia, delusional mental health disorders, brief psychotic disorder)
Personality Disorders and Personal Health (clinical features of personality disorders; cluster A, cluster B, and cluster C personality disorders; challenges in diagnosing personality disorders)
|Day 3|| Chapter 7|
| Stress Disorders and Personal Health (theories of emotion, fight or flight response, acute stress disorder)|
Stress Management and Coping Mechanisms (sources of stress, general adaptation syndrome, health risks of stress)
Addictive Behaviors and Drug Use (types of drugs, routes of drug administration, addiction)
|Day 4|| Chapter 10|
| Alcohol and Tobacco Use and Personal Health (effects of alcohol, alcoholism, social and political issues of tobacco use, long-term consequences of smoking)|
Drugs and Substance Use Disorders (stimulant dependence, dependence on depressants, dependence on hallucinogens, cannabis dependence)
|Day 5|| Chapter 12|
| Health Relationships and Sexuality (characteristics of successful relationships, interactions in relationships, conflict resolution, parenthood)|
Contraception and Family Planning (barrier methods of contraception, hormonal methods of contraception, female sterilization procedures, abortion)
|Day 6|| Chapter 14|
| Human Reproduction, Pregnancy, and Birth (genetic birth defects, fetal development by trimester, prenatal care, stages of labor, infertility)|
Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders and Personal Health (sexual dysfunction, gender identity disorder, treatment of gender identity disorder)
|Day 7||Chapter 16||Nutrition's Role in Health (simple and complex carbohydrates, proteins and amino acids, nutritional myths and facts, eating disorders)|
|Day 8|| Chapter 17|
| Fitness for Personal Health (benefits of regular physical activity, components of exercise programs, isometric and isotonic contraction)|
Weight Management for Personal Health (issues of weight management, factors that contribute to obesity, healthy weight maintenance)
The Aging Population and Personal Health (ego integrity vs. despair, theories of aging, aging vs. disease, human longevity)
|Day 9|| Chapter 20|
| Dying and Bereavement in Personal Health (life expectancy and life span, stages of dying, mourning and grief, dying with dignity)|
Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Endocrine Health (types of heart conditions and diseases, thromboemboli, treatment of cardiovascular disease)
|Day 10|| Chapter 22|
| Cancer and Personal Health (neoplasia, benign vs. malignant, genetic risk factors of cancer)|
Immune Disorders and Infectious Conditions (adaptive immunity, viruses, disease control and prevention, pathogens, sexually transmitted infections)
|Day 11|| Chapter 24|
| Diabetes, Arthritis, and Genetic-Related Disorders (type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, types of genetic disorders, osteoarthritis)|
Neurological Disorders, Symptoms, and Conditions (signs and symptoms of neurological conditions, categorization of neurological disorders, common neurological disorders)
|Day 12|| Chapter 26|
| Introduction to Environmental Health and Risk Analysis (threats to environmental health, environmental toxicants, disease-causing agents in the environment)|
Environmental Health: Issues and Human Concerns (pollution, the enhanced greenhouse effect, types of solid waste, water conservation)
|Day 13|| Chapter 28|
| Intentional Violence and Injury (unintentional vs. intentional injuries, violence in America, prevention of intentional injuries)|
Personal Safety Precautions (residential safety, workplace safety, recreational safety)
Consumer Awareness of Health Care (healthcare decisions, physical exams, health insurance)
|Day 14||Final Exam||Take the practice final exam to see what you've mastered and make sure you are ready to earn credit for principles of health|
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