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HEED 202 - Health Education (CRN 30347)

This 18-week online course starts Tuesday, January 16th and ends Friday, May 17th, 2024

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Contact Information:

Instructor: Brian Locher, MS (he, him)

Email: brian_locher@cuesta.edu

HEED 202 is offered asynchronously. You are not required to report to a virtual classroom for lectures. All course materials will be provided on a weekly basis for you to complete on your own timeline within the requirements of the course calendar.

Student Help Hours (Office Hours) Links below:

My office hours are TBD.  The best way to contact me is through e-mail. I will generally respond to your emails by the end of the day on weekdays and within 24 hours on weekends.

Welcome Letter:

Welcome to HEED 202.  Over the next 18 weeks I will be your guide to exploring what constitutes health, and understanding more about the dynamics of your own personal health.  You will find HEED 202 to be very educational, but can also challenging.  You are required to complete course work and watch videos every week and are more likely to be successful if you are organized and diligent in your study habits rather than simply being a good test taker.

Diversity Statement:

Inclusion, diversity, and equity are hallmarks of a safe, supportive, and educational classroom environment. Part of my objective for this course is to create the safe space that enables all students to engage openly, respectfully, and equally with their classmates, and their instructor, for their education. Please help me create this space with your own positive actions towards others as well.

Course Expectations:

Expect to complete 8-12 hours of work on this course, weekly. Typically I will cover one chapter from your eBook in a week. Please see the course calendar outlined through Modules for required weekly quizzes, assignment submissions, discussion forums, video presentations, course lectures, and the opportunity to review Power Point slides and complete reading assignments. My goal is to provide all required study materials to you at the beginning of the term and to have you complete them on a week by week basis.  You can work ahead in this course but you can't fall behind.  Please recognize this is a goal and not a requirement of me. Be patient with the process of updating course material and opening Modules as I am working as diligently and efficiently as I expect you are.  

If you are not sure online learning is the best learning format for you, please read here Links to an external site..

Required Course Materials:

To enhance your learning experience and provide affordable access to course materials, this course is part of Cuesta’s FIRST DAY delivery program. You can access the required McGraw-Hill Connect materials for HEED 202 with no codes required through Canvas for just $58.81.

Cuesta College will bill you at a discounted price for this course on the census date when you Opt-In to the course materials (including online text readings and ability to complete required course assignments/quizzes).

It is NOT recommended that you Opt-Out, as these materials are required to complete HEED 202. You can choose to Opt-Out on the first day of class, but you will be responsible for purchasing your course materials at the full retail price (approximately $104) and access to your FIRST DAY materials will be rescinded. For more information go to customercare.bncollege.com.

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and effective instructor contact will be met through weekly video lectures, instructor initiated discussion forums, weekly announcements to students, timely and effective feedback on student assignments and virtual student help opportunities (office hours).

Course Description:

Presents the exploration of major health issues and behaviors in the various dimensions of health. Emphasis is placed on individual responsibility for personal health and the promotion of informed, positive health behaviors. Topics include nutrition, exercise, weight control, mental health, stress management, violence, substance abuse, reproductive health, disease prevention, aging, healthcare, and environmental hazards, and safety.

Course Environment:

This online course will use Canvas and McGraw-Hill Connect as the methods to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including Power Point presentations, student data files, recourse links and required attachments, the tools to receive and send course materials, assignment/discussion links and a grade book, etc. Through McGraw-Hill Connect you will be reading your text, and taking quizzes.  McGraw-Hill Connect is integrated with the Canvas platform.  You do not need to navigate to separate sites to complete your coursework.  All coursework is completed through Canvas.

Necessary Technology:

To complete the HEED 202 - Health Education course, you will need access to the following technology: PC computers preferred with Microsoft Office 365 capabilities. Mac’s acceptable (if using a Mac all files need to be exported to .word, or .pdf before being uploaded to Canvas). Ability to use a personal video channel like YouTube to create and upload video files to Canvas is necessary. I will be using Zoom to create and share lectures that follow the some of the Power Point outlines provided by McGraw-Hill and some that follow my own presentation design.  Zoom accessibility is required for this course. No e-mail submissions, .pages files or Googledocs allowed!

Canvas tutorials are linked in the course syllabus and accessible once you have registered for the course.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply discipline-based assessment and evaluate strategies to express credibility and reliability of health literature.
  2. Demonstrate accurate association between food choices, stress, exercise, environmental factors, risk of major non-communicable diseases, and accident prevention.
  3. Evaluate lifestyle changes currently made or have plans to make as a result of taking this health education course.
  4. Develop a plan for lifestyle changes that will reduce your risk of major chronic disease based on your family health history and/or current lifestyle.
  5. Describe the dimensions of wellness.
  6. Explain the effects of aging on the dimensions of health

Canvas Technical Support:

Please direct all technical support inquiries to support@my.cuesta.edu. If you are having difficulty with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.


This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS. (Disabled Student Programs & Services) at 805-546-3148

Sickness and Health Policy:

All coursework is expected to be turned in according to the syllabus. However, as your instructor I am sympathetic to extenuating circumstances. Please be sure to communicate to me ahead of time if you are in need of accommodation due to family emergency's, overwhelming sickness or the like.

Policies and Procedures:

Cuesta College Course Add Policy Linked Here.

Cuesta College Course Drop Policy Linked Here.

Cuesta College Academic Honesty Policy / Student Code of Conduct Linked Here.

Health and Safety: For students facing physical health. or mental health concerns, Cuesta offers free, confidential assistance from licensed professionals. Visit room 3150 or call (805) 546-3171. You can also use the virtual lobby at https://www.cuesta.edu/admissionsaid/virtual-lobby.html

Food Support Programs: Full information about food resources here.

  • Cuesta Food Pantry, room 5301 (next to bookstore) See link above for available hours.
  • CaFE Center, room 3142, also has hygiene products and other services
  • Faculty offices: some faculty have snack food (nuts, granola bars) from the Cuesta Food Pantry at their offices. 

Housing: Full information about housing resources here.  Students facing homelessness or unsafe accommodations can use the community resources page to find emergency and short/long term housing solutions.

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