Health Education and Holistic Studies

Health Education

Program Purpose: Students who complete Health Education courses will Identify, assess, and implement personal wellness behaviors and individual health promotion strategies, identify the factors influencing the multi-dimensional aspects of the health of all populations, and explore transfer and career opportunities in health related professions.

Program Description: The objective of the Health Education is the development and education of students in preparation for professional careers in a variety of health fields. The curricula, based upon a foundation in the liberal arts and the natural and behavioral sciences, are directed to special preparation for the various activities in the specific health fields. Transfer students interested in specializing in Health Education who wish to qualify for an Associate in Science Degree could explore Health Information Technology or Nursing Science as a possible major.

Program student learning outcomes and mapping

Ventura College offers six different Health Education courses on a regular basis. Two of the courses, HED V93 HED V93 and HED V95, meet the Health Education requirement for an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science degree. Students learn the concepts of disease prevention, stress reduction and personal everyday decisions which can lead to optimal health. Several courses offer certifications with the American Red Cross: First Aid and Safety and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.

Holistic Studies

The Holistic Studies emphasis assists students in developing a knowledge base of holistic principles through an interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which humanity reflects upon the essential nature of the human spirit. Students may explore the principles and beliefs of major religious and spiritual traditions that assist in the comprehension of foundational human experiences. Death, dying and grieving, ethical and moral dilemmas, finding happiness and meaning in life, and other such root experiences may be explored from varying cultural and historical perspectives. Students may also examine the effects of the healing arts, lifestyle choices, stress reduction, and alternative and integrative medicines on graceful aging, disease prevention as well as on the creation and maintenance of optimum health and wellness.

There is a Proficiency award in Holistic Studies that is awarded by the department.  Visit the college catalog for more details.

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