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Applied Health Science

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Departmental Mission Statement

Applied Health Science Major

Major Requirements

Major Course Descriptions

General Education Mission Statement

General Education Program

Physical Activity Course Descriptions


Chair, Associate Professors Brian Hunt (Fall 2017), Dana Townsend (Spring 2018)

Professor Peter Walters

Associate Professor Scott Ickes

Instructor O. Michael Bubu

Fanning the Gifts of Students into Flames (2 Tim 1:6)

In support of the Mission of Wheaton College, the Applied Health Science Department is designed to prepare students within the context of a liberal arts education, to be future Christ-centered health care professionals.

Our Educational Objectives are:

*       To provide students within a strong liberal arts education with the academic foundation and critical thought processes essential to the health professions;

*       To mentor students in health-related research as part of their education;

*       To help student develop healthy emotional, physical, relational and spiritual attitudes and behaviors to best fulfill God’s calling;

*       Most importantly, to partner with students as they mature in their spiritual faith.

Applied Health Science Major

This major provides students with a core curriculum and electives in the applied human health sciences.

*       Core Courses: Human function is presented and studied in Human Anatomy, Integrative Human Physiology, Biostatistics, Clinical Kinesiology, Applied Physiology, Concepts in Epidemiology, Concepts in Nutrition, Lifestyle Management, and Integrative Seminar;

*       Elective courses:, Advanced Human Anatomy, Neurobiology and Spiritual Formation, Cancer Epidemiology, and Advanced Nutrition: Vitamins;

*       Research and discovery is emphasized in the upper-division courses and in independent research projects in which experimentally based research projects and case studies are accomplished.

*       An internship in the area of the student’s interest is required. Areas include: physical therapy, occupational therapy, cardiovascular rehabilitation, various clinical experiences, sports medicine, nutrition, basic research in physiology at other selected universities, and fitness training.

The curriculum is established to prepare students for: (1) professional schools in medicine and allied health fields, (2) graduate studies in areas of the health sciences and basic research, and (3) careers in areas of fitness and wellness.

Students who complete an Applied Health Science major are granted a Bachelor of Science degree unless they request a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Applied Health Science major consists of 36 hours of core courses: AHS 273 Behavioral Medicine (2), AHS 281 Biostatistics (4), AHS 351 Human Anatomy (4), AHS 361 Integrative Human Physiology (4), AHS 368 Concepts in Nutrition (4), AHS 371 Clinical Kinesiology (4), AHS 381 Concepts in Epidemiology (4), AHS 452 Applied Physiology (4), AHS 494 Integrative Seminar (2), and AHS 496 Internship (4-8).

All Applied Health Science students must take BIOL 241, CHEM 231 and 232.

Applied Health Science pre-med students must take BIOL 241, 242, CHEM 231, 232, 341, 342, PHYS 221 and 222.

Allied Health students (e.g., pre-physical therapy and pre-nursing) must take BIOL 241, 242, CHEM 231, 232 and CHEM 241.

Pre-physical therapy must also take PHYS 221 and 222.

The Applied Health Science major with the Urban Public Health concentration consists of 38 hours of AHS courses, 6 hours of URBN courses and 4-8 hours of electives. The Urban Public Health concentration requires students to participate in a semester of study at “Wheaton in Chicago” (see Urban Studies for further information). AHS courses include: AHS 271 Research Methods (2), AHS 273 Behavioral Medicine (2), AHS 281 Biostatistics (4), AHS 351 Human Anatomy (4), AHS 361 Integrative Human Physiology (4), AHS 368 Concepts in Nutrition (4), AHS 378 Community Health and the Urban Environment (4), AHS 381 Concepts in Epidemiology (4), AHS 384 Public Health: Physical Activity Promotion (2), AHS 391 Community-Based Research in Urban Public Health (4), AHS 494 Integrative Seminar (2), AHS 496 Internship in Public Health (4-8); plus URBN 231 Chicago (2), URBN 351 Chicago II: Contemporary Issues and Controversies (4); and two elective courses (4-8 hr) from ANTH 361, BIOL 381, PSCI/URBN 385, or PSCI 373.

Applied Health Science Major Courses (AHS)

AHS 271. Research Methods. This course is a study and application of research methods and statistics within the applied health sciences. Course objectives include: describe the purposes of research and how they relate to one’s role as a producer and consumer of research; properly perform the process of research writing as it relates to the applied health sciences; develop an understanding and application for statistical concepts; and appropriately select and adequately perform valid and reliable measures to evaluate research findings. (2)

AHS 273. Behavioral Medicine. This course examines the evolution and development of many of the “best practices” used by allied health professionals to positively change health behavior. Specific attention will be given to how groups and systems either enhance or inhibit the behavioral change process. Students are expected to not only master academic content but to experientially participate in laboratory assignments that apply theoretical principles. (2)

AHS 281. Biostatistics. The purpose of this course is to train students to become intimately familiar with the basics of research design and statistical modeling techniques commonly used in the health sciences. Knowledge will be gained as students learn how to go from hypothesis generation, to appropriate research design, to the implementation of a statistical model, to the interpretation of results. AAQR

AHS 351. Human Anatomy. This course covers the basic concepts of human anatomy, with emphasis on both the gross and cellular characteristics of each system. It includes discussion on how structure affects function while examining different clinical scenarios. Laboratory sessions will include human cadaver and specimen dissection, along with histological slides to reinforce concepts discussed in lectures. This course is intended to serve students interested in the health professions. Prerequisite: BIOL 241 or department permission. $150 lab fee.

AHS 361. Integrative Human Physiology. This course presents the integrative physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, muscular, nervous, renal, digestive, endocrine, immune, and reproductive systems. Cellular and metabolic regulation will be integrated into organ/systems regulation. Normal and disease conditions (e.g., heart disease, diabetes) will be used as illustrations. The information in this course will be integrated into specific upper division courses and is directly applicable to those in the health sciences. Pre or Corequisite: CHEM 231 or CHEM 232; Prerequisites: BIOL 241 and AHS 351 or department permission. $75 lab fee.

AHS 362. Orthopedic and Athletic Injury. A study of the mechanism, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of musculoskeletal injury. The course begins with the study of the injury process from a physiological and biomechanical perspective. The course then progresses into the study of specific injuries to the various areas of the body. The course concludes with the study of various treatment modalities utilized in the health care arena. Departmental adjunct faculty and health professionals from the community serve to expand the course content within their area of expertise. Prerequisites or corequisites: AHS 351, 361 or department permission. $10 course fee. (2)

AHS 368. Concepts in Nutrition. This course includes the theory and techniques of nutrition, dieting, and proper weight control. Digestion and absorption of foodstuffs will be presented at the biochemical and applied physiological levels. Experimentally based research projects and case studies will be accomplished in small groups. Pre/Corequisite: AHS 361; prerequisites: AHS 271, 351, or department permission.

AHS 371. Clinical Kinesiology. This course will study the biomechanical forces involved in human movement. Applications will include the study of normal human movement, abnormal/pathological movement (e.g. abnormal gait analysis, rehabilitation aspects of movement), as well as sport and exercise biomechanics. Attention will be given to both the quantitative and qualitative analysis of movement. Prerequisites: AHS 271, 351, 361, and 452.

AHS 378. Community Health and the Urban Environment. This course provides a basic introduction to the history, structure, and function of the public health system as it applies to the urban environment. Aspects of the economic, social, physical and built environments that impact the health of urban populations will be examined in the context of community organizing, program planning, health promotion and disease prevention throughout the lifespan, minority health, mental health, environmental and workplace safety and the delivery of adequate and equitable healthcare services. Prerequisites: BIOL 201 or 241 or 242. Not being offered 2017 - 2018. May be offered in near future based on department hiring.

AHS 381. Concepts in Epidemiology. An introductory course of the basic science of disease prevention. Overview of epidemiologic methods and research designs to explore the variation of disease occurrence among individuals and populations and how that variation is studied to understand the causes of disease. Discussion of the biologic, behavioral, social and environmental determinants of health and disease. Description of how epidemiologic findings are applied to health maintenance and disease prevention. Prerequisite: AHS 271.

AHS 384. Public Health: Physical Activity Promotion. This course addresses public health concepts and issues related to physical inactivity and attempts to prepare the student to work alongside of public agencies and communities to understand the link between physical activity and chronic diseases and how to strategize appropriate interventions. Students will have the opportunity to connect theory and practice through dialogue with public health practitioners and community leaders. (2) Not being offered 2017 - 2018. May be offered in future based on hiring.

AHS 387. Prevention of Obesity and Eating Disorders. This course will examine the causes of eating disorders and obesity from a multidisciplinary perspective. Personal, environmental, and socio-cultural factors driving eating disturbances that disrupt biological regulatory mechanisms of food intake and the maintenance of healthy body weight will be explored. A public health strategy that focuses on health rather than strict control of body weight will be presented as an effective and comprehensive approach for prevention of obesity and eating disorders. Prerequisites: AHS 101 and BIOL 201 or 241 or 242 or CHEM 231. (2) Not being offered in 2017-18. May be offered in future based on hiring.

AHS 391. Community-Based Research in Urban Public Health. Theory and practice of public health program planning and evaluation in partnership with community public health organizations in urban Chicago. Students will integrate principles of community building and organizing to address community-identified health issues in the context of social change. Emphasis will be placed upon the development of faith-based cultural humility for the recognition and empowerment of existing healthy community assets for the improvement of urban health and quality of life. Quantitative and qualitative research methods will be utilized and integrated throughout all phases of health planning and program evaluation. Prerequisites: AHS 378 and AHS 381. $50 course fee. Legacy diversity designation. Not being offered in 2017-18. May be offered in future based on hiring.

AHS 394. Topics in Applied Health Science. Specific topics in Applied Health Science not normally included in the curriculum. (2-4)

AHS 401. Nutrition and Disease. The content of the course will cover common chronic diseases, their characteristics, their etiology and treatment. The students should be able to explain how a particular disease develops or at least what we know of its development and how nutrients may protect against its development. Prerequisite: AHS 368. (2)

AHS 451. Advanced Human Anatomy. This course covers advanced concepts of human cadaver anatomy. A thorough general dissection of the entire body with various in-depth dissections throughout the course will be the focus. This course is intended to serve students interested in the health professions. Prerequisite: AHS 351. (2)

AHS 452. Applied Physiology. This course will present the applied physiology of the following conditions: heart disease, obesity, type-2 diabetes mellitus, lower limb amputations, pregnancy, and aging and the role of prescribed exercise in the management and rehabilitation of these conditions. The physiological and biochemical adjustments and adaptations to acute and chronic exercise will be presented. Experimentally based research projects will be accomplished in small groups. Prerequisites: AHS 271, 351 and 361 or departmental permission. $75 lab fee.

AHS 461. Advanced Anatomy II. Advanced subject material in human anatomy cadaver dissection. Dissections will be completely difference than those covered in AHS 451. Examples include the spinal cord with brachial and sacral plexus, intricacies of the hand, foot, shoulder or knee, nerves of the abdominal pelvic cavity. Prerequisite: AHS 351. (2)

AHS 468. Advanced Nutrition: Vitamins. This course includes the in-depth study of fat- and water-soluble vitamins. The material will include their metabolism and their important role in optimal health. In addition, this course addresses their functions, bioavailability, hormonal regulation, requirements, deficiency and toxicity signs, and interrelation with other nutrients. Also, there will be reading and discussion on recent published articles involving these vitamins. Prerequisite: AHS 368. (2)

AHS 494. Integrative Seminar. This course is designed to provide an integrative conclusion to the major by reflecting on how a Christian liberal arts education has shaped students' knowledge and character, to connect the discipline of Applied Health Science within the broader context of liberal arts and the Christian faith, and to clarify/reaffirm vocational calling. (2)

AHS 495. Problems in Applied Health Science. Special projects and independent research study. These projects must offer a unique learning experience for the student and will usually be an experimentally based research project with the purpose of developing critical thinking and with the intent of being published. (1-4)

AHS 496. Internship. Practical experience under supervision in an approved program. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing as Applied Health Science major. (4-8)

General Education Mission Statement

The Department of Applied Health Science provides an academic program in which the human body serves as the window through which other dimensions of life are viewed. The department prepares students to be good stewards of the physical dimension and promotes understanding of the whole person in relation to God's redemptive work

The General Education Program

Wheaton students are encouraged to fulfill the Wellness Competency requirement their freshman or sophomore year.

1.       Most students will fulfill the Wellness Competency requirement by taking AHS 101: Wellness their freshman or sophomore year.

2.      Students demonstrating physical competency via participation in ROTC or varsity athletics may satisfy the Wellness Core Competency requirement by:

*       Successfully passing the Wellness Competency Exam with a score of 70% or higher (this exam will measure all three learning outcomes and include student articulation of how wellness can be shaped by Christian faith and practice through an essay)


*       Successful completion of one year of their ROTC program or one season of their varsity athletics program


3.      Students who are not formal participants in ROTC or varsity athletics may satisfy the Wellness Core Competency by:

*       Successfully passing the Wellness Competency Exam with a score of 70% or higher (this exam will measure all three learning outcomes and include articulation of how wellness can be shaped by Christian faith and practice through an essay)

AND completing the following:

*       an activity log

*       a dietary analysis

*       a sleep log


AHS 101. Wellness. Students will be guided in a critical reflection of their health and wellness within the context of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to the development and maintenance of lifestyle habits that optimize well being. (2)

Applied Health Science Physical Activity Elective Courses (AHS)

AHS 108. Rock Climbing. Basic skills in single-pitch top roping, sport climbing, and rappelling with an emphasis on proper technique and safety. Designed for beginner to intermediate climber. ($300) (1)

AHS 115. Canoeing-Kayaking. The fundamentals of canoeing or kayaking are introduced with an emphasis on safety, refining skills, and using these skills as a means for pursuing physical fitness and wellness throughout a lifetime. Offered at HoneyRock over fall break and during the summer semester. (1)

AHS 134. Equestrian Skills. An introduction to horseback riding using the western-style of riding to develop a balanced seat, with an emphasis on therapeutic applications. (Cost TBA). (1)

AHS 136. Mountain Biking The fundamentals of mountain biking and safe trail riding are introduced with an emphasis on refining skills and using this skill as a means for pursuing physical fitness and wellness throughout a lifetime. (Cost TBA). (1)

AHS 138. Self-Defense. A course for women and men which involves theory and practice of self-defense techniques based on several of the martial arts. Special emphasis on prevention and defense from sexual assaults. (2) (Wheaton Campus only)

AHS 141. Skiing—Cross-Country. Introduction to flat, uphill, and downhill cross-country classic skills such as diagonal striding and double-poling and freestyle skating. Equipment, waxing, conditioning, and winter safety will be addressed. Course is held Martin Luther King weekend at HoneyRock and at Wheaton the 1st and 3rd Monday evening classes in January. Cost is $230, including nonrefundable transportation cost of $110. (1)

AHS 142. Skiing—Downhill. Basic through intermediate skills related to parallel skiing including PSIA ski instruction and videotaping. (Cost TBA). (1)

AHS 148 Backpacking & Orienteering. The principles of backpacking and orienteering are introduced with an emphasis on using these outdoor skills as a means of pursuing physical fitness and wellness throughout a lifetime. (Cost TBA). (1). Not being offered in 2017-18

Revision Date: June 1, 2017



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