Health and Wellness (HW)

HW 101P  Wellness and Physical Fitness  (2 credits)  

This Learning Community will introduce students to a holistic wellness approach to health. The HW course component will identify major health problems in the United States. Students will have the opportunity to have a computerized fitness evaluation test done and objectives to improve or maintain their fitness condition. The teaching strategy is designed to provide an active learning situation for the student. The PSY course component will serve as an introduction to the science and profession of psychology, including coverage of human development, personality, social psychology, motivation, perception, and related topics. (Students may have the opportunity to participate in Psychology Department research projects.)

HW 105Q  Yoga  (1 credits)  

This Learning Community will introduce students to a variety of holistic approaches to adjustment and health. The psychology course component will emphasize experiential and lecture study of personal adjustment. Students will participate in a series of exercises and group discussions designed to help them understand their own adjustments to situations, as well as to learn general principles of personal and interpersonal functioning. The HW course component will emphasize the practice of postures, movements, deep breathing, meditation and visualization for complete mental and physical relaxation. Emphasis will be on practice of these techniques.

HW 150  Independent Study in Health and Wellness  (1 credits)  

The purpose of the independent study is to encourage qualified students to undertake research and study in an area of interest within the framework of Health and Wellness.

Course Rotation: PLV: TBA.
HW 166  Environmental Health  (3 credits)  

This interdisciplinary course addresses potential environmental risks to the public health and well being of individuals and families in selected communities in the United States and abroad. Students will be introduced to the principles of environmental epidemiology as well as appropriate strategies to assess potential environmental toxicants and contamination within a community of interest. Based on an environmental analysis, the students will identify health needs and intervention strategies that can be implemented within the selected community. Health policy issues and strategies for potential and actual environmental risks will be addressed. An integral part of the course is a field study within a community in the United States or abroad.

HW 255  Comparative Study of Public Health: A Field Study in the Netherlands  (3 credits)  

This course will offer Pace University students from all majors and disciplines the opportunity to have an international experience in which they critically analyze global models for public health with the anticipated outcome of positively impacting the design and implementation of international public health policies. Within a health and wellness framework, the students will compare and analyze health behaviors among Americans and residents of The Netherlands. Emphasis will be placed on global health issues such as environment safety, nutritional status, global warming, drug use and abuse, euthanasia, and abortion. Studies will analyze current public health policies in the United States as compared to public health policies in the Netherlands. The students will conduct an international field study in The Netherlands. Lecture and discussion groups will take place at Pace University and in The Netherlands.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring, PLV: Spring.
Prerequisites: Student will be required to walk distances during the field experience. Biking is also a means of transportation in the Netherlands.
HW 296A  Seminar: Wellness, Fitness, Health Issues in the 21st Century  (3 credits)  
HW 297A  Topic: Yoga, Pilates, and Your Body  (3 credits)  

To fully explore health and wellness concepts, this course has both experiential and lecture components. In the studio, students experiment with several forms of exercise, including yoga and Pilates, and learn therapeutic movement concepts from the field of dance/movement therapy. In the classroom, the history, benefits, and contraindications of these disciplines are explored. Students study basic anatomy and its relationship to movement. Video footage of the history and practice of the forms of exercise studied is included.

HW 395  Independent Study in Health and Wellness  (1-6 credits)