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Online Certificate in Community Health Education: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


In the 100% online Certificate in Community Health Education program at Methodist University, you’ll study an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to give you the knowledge and skills to enter a field focused on improving and maintaining health. As you learn from dedicated faculty with a range of specialties and field experience, you’ll receive the well-rounded education you need to succeed in the field. Topics covered include general psychology, nutrition, community health, and personal training.

The certificate program includes community health education online classes, totaling 15 semester hours.

Core Courses

Introduction to the science of psychology. Substantive topics include the history of psychology, the biology of psychological processes, psychological development, perception, learning, memory, personality, and social psychology.

Examines the biochemical and physiological rationale for optimal nutrient intake related to health and disease prevention throughout the lifespan. Includes a focus on nutrition requirements for exercise, training, and recovery periods.

Factors influencing health and the body systems and practices, also programs affecting the development and maintenance of physical and mental well-being. Designated writing enrichment course for Exercise Science majors.

This course involves evaluation of health behaviors and risk factors, conducting fitness assessments, writing appropriate exercise prescriptions, and motivating individuals to modify negative habits and maintain a lifestyle that promotes personal health and fitness. This course is also intended to cover the essentials of personal training to prepare a student who is interested in becoming an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer.


Introduction to basic physical conditioning and fitness concepts based on current American College of Sports Medicine guidelines. Attention will be given to the development of individual fitness programs based on a needs analysis; emphasizing such topics as aerobic and anaerobic exercises, resistance training techniques, specificity, safety and the associated assessment methods and procedures. This course is a combination of lecture and laboratory activities.

Designed to prepare students to be competent teachers of comprehensive health education topics to school-aged children. Students will learn to plan, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive health education program for children in grades K-12. The course is aligned with the NC Healthful Living curriculum.

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