Health Education

Science & Technology
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 5591
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
In this course, students are introduced to comprehensive school health models to frame the knowledge and practical components of developing student well-being. The B.C. Ministry of Education K-7 and 8-10 health curriculum guides the topic selection for course inquiry. Assignments combine course theory, health education topics and pedagogical considerations related to learner readiness to develop knowledge in health education.
Course Content

1. Definitions and guiding frameworks

1.1. Comprehensive school health education

1.1.1.  Models

1.1.2.  Approaches

1.1.3.  Role of the teacher

1.2. Definitions and components of health

1.3. Scope and sequence of health topics in BC PHE curriculum in relation to developmental readiness of learner

2. Teaching and Curriculum

2.1. Health Behaviour 

2.1.1. Causes and determinants

2.1.2. Theories

2.1.3. Inequalities

2.1.4. Risk assessment

2.2. Building respectful relationships, positive self-identity, self-determination, and mental well-being

2.2.1. Stress management  Signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression  General adaptation syndrome (GAS)  Sources of stress and coping  Pressure and influence  Daily physical activity  Sleep routines  Educating about stress management

2.2.2. Addiction and addictive behaviour Defining addiction The addictive process Types of addiction in school-aged children Drug dynamics Types of drugs used in school-aged children Educating about drug use 

2.2.3. Informed decisions that support personal and community health and safety Healthy physical and social environment Consequences of harm Inter-personal relationships Educating about personal responsibility Healthy reciprocal personal relationships Healthy community relationships Responding to and protecting from harm Educating about sexual health

2.2.4. Creating environments that promote well-being Personal responsibility Social responsibility

2.3. Physical health

2.3.1. Nutrition   Basic principles of healthy eating  Canada's Food Guide and serving size  Food labels  Growth and development  Relationship between physical growth and nutritional needs  Effects of puberty and sex differences in relation to nutritional needs  Childhood malnutrition  Over-nutrition and under-nutrition  Nutritional needs for active living Nutrition demands for exercise and physical activity Energy balance and child obesity Hydration Teaching personal planning Leveraging nutrition environment Assessing nutrition literacy 

2.3.2. Alcohol  Physiologic and behaviour effects of alcohol on developing brains  Educating about alcohol use 

2.3.3. Tobacco Tobacco and social issues Physiological effects of tobacco on developing bodies Health hazards of tobacco use Methods of smoking Direct Indirect Vapor inhalation Educating about tobacco use


Learning Activities

This is a fully on-line course.

Using an on-line learning platform as a virtual classroom students will be led through guided discovery via print, on-line material and participation in discussion groups where they will apply contextual health inquiry through reading assignments and field observations.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation may include the following:

Self assessment          10-25%

Inquiry into practice    30-45%

Annual planning          30-45%

Total                         100%



Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Identify definitions and guiding frameworks for implementing comprehensive school health education.

2. Identify the role of the teacher in integrating Physical and Health Education (PHE) curriculum within comprehensive school health.

3. Describe the many aspects of well-being including physical, mental and social health.

4. Identify health behaviour strategies for risk management using age- and grade-specific PHE curriculum integrated into practice.

5. Create a developmentally appropriate annual comprehensive health education plan.

Textbook Materials

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Enrolment in the Graduate Diploma in Physical and Health Education.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Institution Transfer Details for SPSC 5591
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Winter 2023