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Health 101: Principles of Health

Use this principles of health course to study factors affecting human health and wellness. Video lessons and quizzes cover such topics as psychosocial health, relationships, nutrition, environmental health and personal safety. 

About This Course

Instructors teaching this course can introduce you to several aspects of individual health and wellness, including methods for coping with stress, recommendations for cancer screening or tips for maintaining successful relationships. You can also examine health issues across the lifespan and learn how healthy lifestyle choices help reduce some of the risk factors associated with a wide range of diseases and disorders. Chapters in this course cover topics including:

  • Disorders affecting psychosocial health
  • Addictive behaviors and substance use disorders
  • Human sexuality and healthy relationships
  • Proper nutrition and weight control methods
  • Health concerns for older adults
  • Chronic disease and genetic disorders
  • Environmental health issues
  • Methods for maintaining personal safety

This course is broken down into several chapters, so you can tackle individual health topics at your own pace and in the order that suits you. Instruction is available in the form of short, entertaining video lessons and corresponding transcripts. When you've finished viewing these materials, you can also take multiple-choice quizzes to assess your understanding of the lessons' main ideas. Correct and incorrect responses link back to video content, which could help affirm your understanding of the material or allow you to shore up areas that need improvement.

Course Topics

Course Chapter Objectives
Introduction to Health and Wellness Examine the definition of wellness and sources of health information. Identify the relationship between demographics, lifestyle choices and personal health.
Psychosocial Health for Personal Wellness Explore factors affecting psychosocial health. Survey prevention and assessment methods used by professionals working in this field.
Mood Disorders and Personal Health Learn about symptoms, causes and treatment options for depressive and bipolar disorders. Recognize triggers of suicidal thoughts and the methods used to prevent them.
Anxiety Disorders and Personal Health Discuss the clinical definitions of generalized anxiety and panic disorders. Study characteristics of social phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders and trauma-related disorders.
Psychotic Disorders and Personal Health Categorize the symptoms and phases of schizophrenia. Differentiate between delusional mental health disorders and brief psychotic disorders.
Personality Disorders and Personal Health Pinpoint the identity and interpersonal difficulties associated with various personality disorders, including paranoid, antisocial and avoidant types. Relate challenges associated with their diagnosis.
Stress Disorders and Personal Health Examine theories of emotion, flight or fight responses and their relation to psychophysiological and acute stress disorders. Assess the use of positive psychology to treat them.
Stress Management and Coping Mechanisms Explore the impacts of stress on health. Identify phases of general adaptation syndrome and techniques for reducing exposure to stress.
Addictive Behaviors and Drug Use Recognize the warning signs of addictive behavior. Differentiate between substance misuse and abuse. Learn about routes of drug administration, types of drugs and the financial impacts of illicit drug use.
Alcohol and Tobacco Use and Personal Health Survey trends in alcohol and tobacco use in the U.S. Explore the immediate and long-term effects of their use alongside the symptoms of alcoholism.
Drugs & Substance Use Disorders Understand causes of substance-related disorders and their treatments. Outline symptoms of dependence on stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens and cannabis.
Healthy Relationships and Sexuality Examine qualities of successful relationships and study the nature of sexual identity and expression. Survey characteristics of marriage, divorce and cohabitation in late adulthood as well as issues associated with parenthood and grandparenting.
Human Reproduction and Family Planning Learn about contraceptive methods and the legal decisions surrounding abortion. Identify factors involved in the decision to have children and the importance of prenatal care. Outline the stages of childbirth and describe potential treatment options for infertility.
Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders and Personal Health Get acquainted with historical perspectives on sexual dysfunction. Scrutinize social perceptions of gender dysphoria and the theories used to explain it. Discuss treatment options.
Nutrition's Role in Health Summarize methods for determining an individual's nutritional needs. Assess nutritional myths, food safety concerns and causes of various types of eating disorders.
Fitness for Personal Health Discover the benefits of regular physical activity alongside the components of strength training, stretching and aerobics exercise programs. Get an introduction to methods for preventing and treating fitness injuries.
Weight Management for Personal Health Examine risk factors for obesity and health problems associated with being overweight. Learn methods for determining optimal weight and assessing which weight control methods are the most effective.
The Aging Population and Personal Health Study theories of aging alongside the physical and psychosocial changes that occur among older adults. Identify causes of morbidity and mortality, factors affecting longevity and health treatment options for older adults.
Dying and Bereavement in Personal Health Understand stages of dying and patterns of bereavement. Survey the modern hospice movement, explore the euthanasia debate and examine reactions to death across the life span.
Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Endocrine Health Find out how the circulatory system changes with age. Explain the prevalence of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. Discuss types of heart, respiratory and endocrine diseases as well as prevention and treatment techniques associated with each.
Cancer and Personal Health Study genetic risk factors for different types of cancers. Summarize prevention and screening recommendations.
Immune Disorders and Infectious Conditions Survey disease control and prevention techniques and the types of autoimmune and immune deficiency disorders. Learn about allergies, flu viruses and sexually transmitted infections.
Diabetes, Arthritis and Genetic-Related Disorders Examine treatment options for diabetes. Recognize symptoms of various genetic disorders, such as Down Syndrome and Tay-Sachs. Identify causes of arthritis.
Neurological Disorders, Symptoms and Conditions Categorize conditions associated with the central and peripheral nervous system. List common neurological disorders and their symptoms.
Introduction to Environmental Health and Risk Analysis Discover how risk management strategies can mitigate the effects of environmental toxicants like disease-causing agents and chemicals.
Environmental Health: Issues and Human Concerns Peruse legislation designed to curb air and water pollution and examine techniques for reducing solid waste. Check out examples of sustainable water use and explore the relationship between population size and resource consumption.
Intentional Violence and Injury Get an overview of violence in American society. Differentiate between intentional and non-intentional injuries. Pinpoint factors contributing to homicide, domestic violence and sexual victimization and investigate strategies designed to prevent them.
Personal Safety Precautions Research measures for maintaining workplace, residential and automotive safety. Find out how to safely participate in recreational activities, provide basic emergency care and prepare for natural disasters.
Consumer Awareness of Health Care Understand the structure of the U.S. health care system. Learn what factors to consider when making health care decisions and survey types of health care and insurance. Recognize the role of Medicaid and Medicare.

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