Texas Tech University

Work Sector: Health

Serve on the front lines of global health. Health Volunteers work within their communities to promote important topics such as nutrition, maternal and child health, basic hygiene, and water sanitation. Volunteers also work in HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs to train youth as peer educators, develop appropriate education strategies, provide support to children orphaned by the pandemic, and create programs that provide emotional and financial support to families and communities affected by the disease.

If you choose Health, take three courses from one of the following areas:

COMS 3365. Communication in Healthcare (3)

Introductory survey of the influence of communication in health and healthcare delivery.

GEOG 4324. Geography of Health (3)

Consideration of the environmental and social factors that affect the distribution of health conditions at local, national, and global scales.

HIST 3343. Development of Modern Medicine (3)

A chronological study of concepts and treatment of disease and medicine as a social institution in Western culture. (E)

HLTH 1300. [PHED 1304, 1305] Patterns of Healthful Living (3)

A study of patterns of mental, physical, and social development of the individual including relationships of individual and community health.

HLTH 1306. Introduction to Public Health (3)

Introductory principles of evidence-based public health and implementation tools, including health communications and informatics, applications of social and behavioral sciences, health policy, law, and ethics.

HLTH 2302. Environmental Health and Awareness (3)

Examines critical issues and relationships affecting biospheric health including personal, community, and international ecology.

HLTH 2307. Understanding Death and Dying (3)

Exploration of issues concerning the death and dying process, including death anxiety, bereavement, grief, and mourning. Biological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects will be addressed.

HLTH 2360. Community Health (3)

An introduction to community health, including an overview of the competency areas of a health education specialist and their applicability in community settings.

HLTH 2360. Community Health (3)

An introduction to community health, including an overview of the competency areas of a health education specialist and their applicability in community settings.

HLTH 3301. Epidemiology (3).

Principles and methods in epidemiology about the incidence, distribution, cause and control of disease in populations with applied emphasis to public health issues and practices.

HLTH 3311. Communicable and Chronic Diseases (3)

Examines etiology of diseases from a body-systems approach, with special emphasis on sexually transmitted diseases, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

HLTH 3313. Health for Preadolescents (3)

Prerequisite: Junior standing. An in-depth study of health issues relating to children as well as emphasis on behaviors that would affect health for children.

PSYC 4332. Health Psychology (3)

Introduces students to the contributions of psychology as a discipline to the understanding of health and illness.

FDSC 3303. Food Sanitation (3)

Principles of sanitation in food processing and food service applications. Chemical, physical, and microbiological basis of sanitation. Equipment and food product care. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement. F, S, and SSII.

SOC 4316. Aging and Society (3)

Theory and research on aging: covering demographic, sociocultural, economic, individual, and social factors.

SOC 4381. Sickness, Health, and Society (3)

The sociological study of the medical institution and its interrelationship with other societal institutions. Differential definitions of health and illness.

And build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

  • Volunteer or work experience in such areas as HIV/AIDS outreach, hospice, family planning counseling, emergency medical technician (EMT) or CPR teaching/certification, maternal health, and hands-on caregiving in a hospital, clinic, or lab technician setting.
  • Counseling or teaching in health subjects
  • Working as a resident advisor in a dormitory, as a peer nutritionist, or as a sexually transmitted infections counselor.
  • Significant experience in mechanical repairs, construction, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, hydrology, or set design.
  • Examples of volunteer opportunities for students at Texas Tech include:
    • Students may volunteer to work with faculty in the Social Work program at the Lubbock Free Clinic.
    • Students may volunteer to work in the local Habitat for Humanity program, with hands on experience in home construction.
    • Students may volunteer to work with local programs that provide home repairs for the aged and disabled who may not be able to perform the work themselves.
    • Volunteer at the local Rape Crisis Center and the Women's Protective Services.

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