Health Professions (HP)

Courses numbered 100 to 299 = lower-division; 300 to 499 = upper-division; 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate.

HP 101.  Introduction to the University   3 credit hours

Assists students in acquiring the academic and life skills essential to become a successful college student. Provides information, resources, and support to promote opportunities for success. Introduces and uses resources within the university and the community. Recommended for all degree-bound students entering WSU for the first time.

HP 150.  Workshop in Health Professions   1-10 credit hours

Intensive study of special topics related to health professions practice, education and research.

HP 151.  Career Networking Experience   1 credit hour

Offers students the opportunity to participate in a mentoring relationship with a WSU health professions alum. Students experience what it's like working in a career they are considering, interact with professionals in their chosen career, and become part of the professional culture of the work place. Seminars taught by WSU faculty/staff provide in-depth information regarding stress management, corporate communication, job search skills and networking. Graded Cr/NCr. Prerequisites: instructor's consent, at least 12 credit hours completed, and 2.500 GPA.

HP 201.  Exploring the Health Professions   2 credit hours

Introduces the health care field with an overview of today's health care system. Explores the attributes needed to be a health professional, the coping mechanisms needed, what it means to be a student in the professional programs, and health care challenges from both a patient's and provider's point of view. Introduces various health professions and allows students to explore a field of their choosing. Corequisite: HP 151.

HP 203.  Medical Terminology   2 credit hours

Provides the foundation of medical terminology for individuals who need a familiarity of the medical language. Ideal for preprofessional students preparing for one of the health professions or students currently enrolled in a health professions program. Also valuable for individuals such as medical records technicians, medical transcriptionists, medical secretaries, medical insurance personnel, administrators in health care and pharmaceutical representatives.

HP 303.  Medical Terminology   3 credit hours

Provides the foundation of medical terminology and its application to the health care environment. Ideal for preprofessional students preparing for one of the health professions or a student currently in a health professions program. Emphasizes accurate interpretations and analysis of patient, hospital and other medical records. Students cannot receive credit for both HP 203 and HP 303.

HP 325.  Selected Topics   1-4 credit hours

Lecture/discussion; focuses on a discrete area content relevant to the health disciplines. In-depth study of a particular topic or concept, including didactic and current research findings and technological advances relevant to the topic. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours with program consent, upper-division status.

HP 325BA.  Badge: How Does it Work? The Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Breast   0.5 credit hours

Breasts are the only human secretory gland that is not fully matured at birth. Breast development is an ongoing process with critical milestones during puberty, pregnancy and immediately after birth. Progressing through Badge 1, course explores the physiological and hormonal development of the breasts and the biological specificity of breastmilk.

HP 325BB.  Badge: Breastfeeding the Neonate - The 1st 40 Days   0.5 credit hours

Newborn infants know how to move to the breast, latch and suckle at birth, but to learn and establish breastfeeding takes work and persistence over the first 40 days. Progressing through Badge 2, course explores a neonate’s capabilities, establishing the milk supply and challenges of the early days of breastfeeding.

HP 325BC.  Badge: Supporting the Mother-Infant Dyad   0.5 credit hours

Supporting the breastfeeding dyad & family begins by building a relationship, thorough and continuing assessments, frequent encouragement and problem solving. Progressing through Badge 3 coursel builds history taking, assessment and problem solving skills as well as providing anticipatory guidance for returning to work, adding complementary foods and weaning.

HP 325BD.  Badge: Perinatal Breastfeeding Education & Support   0.5 credit hours

While it would seem breastfeeding should be an innate skill, many cultures lost this heritage as formula feeding became the standard method of providing infant nutrition. Education, support and frequent examples are key elements of protecting and promoting breastfeeding. Progressing through Badge 4, course focuses on developing curricula for and educating adult learners.

HP 325BE.  Badge: Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Breastfeeding, Healthy Life   0.5 credit hours

Progressing through Badge 5, course investigates the interface among lifestyle, pregnancy/birth and lactation. Focus is on maximizing maternal and infant health across the lifespan.

HP 325BF.  Badge: Breastfeeding and Human Lactation - Past, Present & Future   0.5 credit hours

Breastfeeding and human lactation are not only a personal decision and action, but are also a matter of societal concern on many levels. In Badge 6, course reviews the history of breastfeeding and human lactation. Additionally, it considers possible actions to address local, state, federal and international issues and policy.

HP 330.  Cancer: Perspectives and Controversies   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Historical and contemporary information regarding trends, distribution and causes of cancer. Discusses pertinent issues and controversies about cancer from the perspectives of cancer prevention and treatment, economics, sociology, psychology and politics.

HP 430.  Impact of Disease Upon Global Events   3 credit hours

General education advanced issues and perspectives course. Designed to provide a background for discussions of pathological determinants/trends that influence events in history including those involving emerging and re-emerging diseases.

HP 570.  Selected Topics   0.5-4 credit hours

Lecture/discussion; focuses on a discrete area content relevant to the health disciplines. In-depth study of a particular topic or concept, including didactic and current research findings and technological advances relevant to the topic. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 credit hours with program consent, upper-division status.

HP 570BA.  Care of Populations Badge: Public Health Science   0.5 credit hours

Focuses on the core competency for Public Health Professionals, Public Health Science Skills, Tier 1. Focuses on the science of public health practice which integrates, competencies, essential services, retrieval of evidence, and core functions toward the goal of improving the health of populations. As part of the course requirements, the student completes step 1 of an integrated community health assessment and health improvement plan.

HP 750.  Workshop in Health Professions   1-4 credit hours

An opportunity for intensive study of special topics related to health profession practice, education or research.