Health Care Studies Courses at Ashford University

Explore topics from physical activity to holistic health practices in these health care classes, part of Ashford University’s College of Health, Human Services & Science curriculum. This list includes three capstone courses, which are essential to health care students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Complementary and Alternative Health, Bachelor of Arts in Health Education, and Bachelor of Arts in Health and Wellness programs.


Health Care Studies Class Descriptions and Credit Information

HCS 308 Introduction to Nutritional Concepts

3 Credits

This introductory course provides an overview of the basic principles of nutrition including the basic functions, needs, and sources of micro and macronutrients. Students apply nutrition principles to personal needs, as well as needs of individuals across the lifespan. Nutrition controversies are explored in addition to learning about the anatomical and physiological impacts of inadequate/improper nutrition practices and the risk for disease. Note: This course is designed for students with no previous and/or a limited science background.

HCS 311 Health & Wellness in Adulthood

3 Credits

This course provides students with a holistic overview of the multi-faceted dimensions of health and wellness in adulthood. Physical, social, intellectual, emotional occupational, spiritual, and environmental elements of health are explored within the context of a wellness lifestyle.

HCS 316 Cultural Diversity in Health & Illness

3 Credits

This course explores the complexities and dimensions of health and illness through diverse cultural perspectives. Traditional health beliefs and practices among selected populations are presented along with the influences of social, political, and demographic changes impacting issues and perceptions of health and illness in a multi-cultural society.

HCS 321 Foundations of Complementary & Alternative Health

3 Credits

This course introduces students to basic definitions and classifications of non-allopathic complementary and alternative health systems. Content includes the history and development of practices, practitioner nomenclature, and cultural influences of the major systems of Complementary and Alternative Medicine used today.

HCS 323 Health & Wellness Promotion Throughout the Lifespan

3 Credits

This course provides students with a holistic overview of the multi-faceted dimensions of health and wellness across the lifespan. The seven dimensions of health: Physical, social, intellectual, emotional, occupational, spiritual, and environmental are explored within the context of a wellness lifestyle.

HCS 326 Holistic Health

3 Credits

This course examines health in relation to living a balanced life and the synergism of mind, body, and spirit, rather than approaching its study solely from the conventional Western or allopathic perspective. Divided into three major themes, the course investigates the principles of strengthening your inner resources, developing healthy lifestyle practices, and taking charge of challenges to the body, mind, and spirit.

HCS 334 Personal Fitness & Wellness for Optimal Living

3 Credits

Students will compare their own physical activity habits to national guidelines and explore the benefits of physical activity as well as the consequences of physical inactivity. Written assignments, case studies, and discussion forums provide students with an opportunity to design exercise and wellness plans for themselves and potential clients.

HCS 339 Introduction to Western Herbalism; Basic Doctrine, Energetics and Classifications

3 Credits

This course explores fundamental constructs of Western Herbalism. Its focus is in providing the student a framework from which herbs can be conceptualized as entities with energetic and practical signatures. Consequently, herbs will be presented and appreciated from various and eclectic points of view which describes their characteristics and actions for their application in various body tissue conditions. The course will also cover qualitative descriptions (constitutions) that are tied to the human organism, appreciation of therapeutic laws, and classification of medicinal plants.

HCS 408 Methods of Community Health Promotion

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the professional scope of entry-level health educator responsibilities. Students gain knowledge of organizational concepts, processes, skills, attitudes, and personal characteristics comprising the field of health education. The course content explores the theoretical and practical issues of the field of community health that enable students to identify and apply health education principles to health challenges facing individuals, groups, and communities.

HCS 412 Health Promotion Planning & Evaluation

3 Credits

This course provides an overview of the practical and theoretical elements of health promotion programplanning, implementation, and evaluation in a variety of settings. Students explore models and theoriesused in planning health and wellness promotion campaigns/interventions and how findings of programevaluation can be utilized and applied.

HCS 435 Spirituality, Health, & Healing

3 Credits

This course explores the connections between spirituality, culture, health, and healing. Students examine spiritual rituals and practices from multi-cultural perspectives, in addition to examining elements of spiritual care in a variety of health settings and contexts.

HCS 445 Statistics for Health Sciences

3 Credits

This course provides a practical introduction to statistical methods used in a variety of health research. Topics include descriptive statistics, the standard normal distribution, z-scores, t-tests, ANOVA, correlation, regression, and non-parametric tests. Students perform statistical analyses of health data and interpret results. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the General Education Mathematical competency.

HCS 495 Complementary & Alternative Health Capstone

3 Credits

This course is a synthesis of the major ideas, perspectives, and concepts gained from the study of complementary and alternative health. A substantive paper is developed which requires students to critically analyze their experiences and integrate knowledge gained throughout the program.

HCS 497 Health Education Capstone

3 Credits

This course is a synthesis of the major ideas, perspectives, and concepts gained from the study of health education. A substantive paper is developed which requires students to critically analyze their experiences and integrate knowledge gained throughout the program.

HCS 498 Health & Wellness Capstone

3 Credits

This course is a synthesis of the major ideas, perspectives, and concepts gained from the study of health and wellness. A substantive paper is developed which requires students to critically analyze their experiences and integrate knowledge gained throughout the program.