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2006-2008 Undergraduate Catalog


The Department of Health Science offers two majors leading to the bachelor of science degree. These majors are athletic training and general health studies. Both majors require that all students enrolling as freshmen enter as general health studies majors. During the freshman year, each student should complete HHE 270 Personal Health. Students interested in applying for admission to the Athletic Training Education Program should also take the prerequisites listed under that program.


Professor Deidre Leaver-Dunn, Director
Office: 106 East Annex

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), this limited-enrollment program requires the completion of 120 semester hours as specified below and leads to the bachelor of science degree. To major in athletic training, a student must be accepted to the Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) from the general health studies major. He or she must complete the following requirements:

*These steps will be addressed in HAT 258 Clinical Athletic Training, which must be taken at The University of Alabama.

An average of 20 students are chosen to enter the major each year, in compliance with CAAHEP accreditation standards and guidelines. Selections are made at the end of the spring semester. Students also must meet specific written technical standards prior to admission to the ATEP. A copy of these standards may be obtained from the office of the program director in 106 East Annex. Following selection, completion of the program requires a minimum of six consecutive semesters, or three academic years. Admitted students are required to undergo bloodborne pathogen training and a physical examination annually. ATEP students are also offered access to Hepatitis B vaccination at no charge. Students are also required to maintain current CPR and first aid training. NOTE: Admission to this program is competitive and satisfying published application requirements does not guarantee selection. Rather, students who meet published application criteria are guaranteed consideration for admission to the ATEP. An individual may request information concerning summative data on the most recent admissions from the program director. A student who wishes to obtain a teaching certificate may also pursue courses in the intended teaching subject area and prerequisite courses for application to the College of Education's alternative (non-traditional, fifth-year) certification program.

The undergraduate catalog is published at two-year intervals. Program advising sheets are updated much more frequently and are thus likely to provide the most up-to-date information on degree and other requirements. Students should always obtain the most recent advising sheet, available from academic advisors and in 101 Doster Hall.

Athletic training major requirements68
BSC 114:115 Principles of Biology I and Laboratory 4
BSC 215 Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BSC 216 Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
HAT 257 Introduction to Athletic Training 3
HAT 258 Clinical in Athletic Training 1
HAT 272 First Aid, Safety, and CPR2
HAT 300 Topics in Athletic Training 4
HAT 357 Injury Evaluation and Rehabilitation I4
HAT 358 Injury Evaluation and Rehabilitation II 4
HAT 359 Practicum in Athletic Training 3
HAT 360 Injury Evaluation and Rehabilitation III4
HAT 454 Organization and Administration in Athletic Training3
HAT 455 Pharmacology and Pathology in Athletic Training3
HAT 456 Rehabilitation Techniques in Athletic Training 4
HAT 457 Therapeutic Modalities in Athletic Training 4
HAT 458 Seminar in Athletic Training (W)3
HHE 270 Personal Health3
HPE 365 Applied Biomechanics3
HPE 492 Physiology of Exercise3
NHM 101 Introduction to Human Nutrition3
NHM 315 Nutrition for Performance 3
MATH 112 Precalculus Algebra3
PH 101 General Physics I4
PY 101 Introduction to Psychology3
Total: At least 120


Professor Mike Perko, Department Head
Office: 208 East Annex

The program in general health studies is designed for students interested in health education in settings that are not school-based. For instance, students enrolled in the program can prepare for careers as worksite health promotion specialists or as community health educators. In addition, the program is appropriate for students interested in graduate study in public health and allied health. The general health studies major can be used as a premedical major, provided the student identifies an interest in applying to medical school early and makes the appropriate substitutions in the course requirements. One academic year of inorganic chemistry (CH 101 and CH 102) and one academic year of organic chemistry (CH 231, CH 232, and CH 237) should be taken. Students should also take math through calculus (MATH 125), one academic year of physics (PH 101 and PH 102), and one academic year of biological sciences (BSC 114:115 and BSC 116:117). Applications to medical school should be completed approximately one year prior to the expected date of enrollment. The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is required by most schools. The Health Professions Advising Office in the College of Arts and Sciences is available to assist general health studies majors. The courses required in the program are specified below. Total coursework required for the degree is 120 semester hours.

The undergraduate catalog is published at two-year intervals. Program advising sheets are updated much more frequently and are thus likely to provide the most up-to-date information on degree and other requirements. Students should always obtain the most recent advising sheet, available from academic advisors.

General Studies* 59
General Health Studies Major Requirements 36
CSM 401 Consumer Protection (W) or
    HD 412 Adult Development (W)
CSM 441 Consumer Communications (W) or
    CSM 445 Microcomputers in Consumer Services
HD 101 Human Development3
HHE 270 Personal Health3
HHE 273 Community and Public Health3
HHE 370 Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion 3
HHE 378 Drug Awareness/Education (W)3
HHE 440 Stress Management3
HHE 467 Design and Evaluation of Health Promotion Programs3
HHE 468 Practical Applications in Health Communications
    and Health Promotion
NHM 101 Introduction to Human Nutrition 3
Approved NHM course at 200 level or above3
Support courses/emphasis as approved by advisor15
Electives 10
Total: 120

*See the program chairperson or personnel in 104 Carmichael Hall for general studies requirements.