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Principles and Practices of Health

Course Code: THRT 1204
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Tutorial
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course examines current concepts in health ranging from the individual perspective of a healthy lifestyle to the societal perspective of health care services and delivery. Students will acquire the knowledge and skill to promote healthy behaviour and avoid harmful habits. Health professions, service and delivery will also be examined, with a special focus on the health benefits of leisure and recreation.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

Health, Health Education, Health Promotion

  • Theories and constructs of health
  • Physical, psychosocial and spiritual health
  • Healthy People 2000: A new direction for health promotion
  • Health education
  • Health prevention: primary, secondary, tertiary

Health Professionals, Services and Delivery Systems

  • Health, paraprofessional and professional staff
  • Health services:  Allopathic and Non-Allopathic medicine
  • Problems and promises in the Canadian health care system
  • Personal responsibility for health and health care

Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

  • Nutrition: eating for optimum health
  • Weight management
  • Physical fitness
  • Sexuality, including reproduction and expression of sexuality
  • Healthy, caring relationships
  • Prochaska’s Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour Change
  • Apply behaviour change techniques and models to one’s personal health goals

Avoiding or Overcoming Harmful Habits

  • Addiction, types, process, treatment and recovery
  • Safe and responsible use of pharmaceuticals
  • Physiological and behavioural effects of alcohol
  • Alcoholism, treatment and recovery
  • Other legal addictions: caffeine and tobacco
  • Illicit drug use, misuse and abuse
  • Drug use and abuse and leisure cultural activities / rituals for example, sporting events, rites of passage, after event activities

Preventing and Responding to Disease

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Infections and sexually transmitted disease
  • Non-infectious conditions: respiratory, neurological, digestive, musculoskeletal
  • Leisure and recreation a preventative measure
  • Leisure, recreation and health promotion

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture / discussion
  • Small group activities
  • Case studies
  • Media

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations

An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course.  Typical means of evaluation will include a combination of written assignments, presentations and testing.

This is a graded course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. describe health, health education and health promotion
  2.  describe the range of health care professionals, services and delivery systems
  3. demonstrate a healthy lifestyle
  4. identify harmful habits and describe how to avoid or overcome them
  5. explain how to decrease risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, infectious and sexually transmitted diseases and other non-infectious conditions
  6. apply leisure and recreation in health promotion and decreasing risk of disease
  7. apply behaviour change techniques in order to improve personal health

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.