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HP 191 Sec 3 - Personal and Community Health

 University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Martha Bass

Martha Bass

Dr. Bass is an associate professor at the University of Mississippi in the department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management.

Her degrees & expertise include:

  • BS Nutrition, University of Utah / Salt Lake City, Utah
  • MS Nutrition, University of Utah / Salt Lake City, Utah
  • PHD Health Science, University of Arkansas / Fayetteville, Arkansas
Contact Information:

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

This course will cover current areas involving individuals' health, wellness, fitness, and lifestyle issues and their impact on oneís life.

Textbook Information:

Fahey, Insel, and Roth. Fit & Well: Core Concepts and Labs in Physical Fitness and Wellness (13th edition).

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2018. Print ISBN 978-1-26-039-713-0 or eText 978-1-26-015-510-5.

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Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Semester Midpoint Requirements:

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to full-year students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint but not completed by the midpoint deadline will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons is the last day of class per the UM Registrarís academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.
Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. Understand the components of fitness and how to successfully incorporate these components into oneís life
  2. Understand the preventive and corrective health/lifestyle components
  3. Learn the physiological, sociological & emotional effects of a healthy lifestyle on individuals
  4. Recognize the areas of early detection in a variety of illnesses and diseases to ameliorate long term health problems
  5. Understand the importance of making wise long-term healthy decisions to improve the potential for a long healthy life
Course Outline:

This course consists of 15 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing Guide
to complete the course in one semester
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*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.*NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1

Chapter 1: Introduction to Wellness, Fitness, and Lifestyle Management

Journal entry & quiz Week 1

Chapter 2: Principles of Physical Fitness

Journal entry & quiz Week 2

Chapter 3: Cardiorespiratory Endurance

Journal entry & quiz Week 3

Chapter 4: Muscular Strength and Endurance

Quiz Week 4
Chapter 5: Flexibility and Low-Back Health
Week 5
Course Exam 1
Covers chapters 1-5
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 5

Chapter 6: Body Composition

Journal entry & quiz Week 6

Chapter 7: Putting Together a Complete Fitness Program

Journal entry & quiz Week 7

If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your orientation information.

If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the exam has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your orientation information.
Chapter 8: Nutrition Journal entry & quiz Week 8

Chapter 9: Weight Management

Quiz Week 9
Chapter 10: Stress Journal entry & quiz Week 10
Course Exam 2
Covers chapters 6-10
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 10

Chapter 11: Cardiovascular Health

Journal entry & quiz Week 11

Chapter 12: Cancer

Quiz Week 12

Chapter 13: Substance Use and Abuse

Journal entry & quiz Week 13

Chapter 14: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Journal entry & quiz Week 14

Chapter 15: Environmental Health

Journal entry & quiz Week 15
Final Exam
Non-comprehensive exam: covers chapters 11-15 (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)
To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 16


90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F


The grading format is as follows:

Lab Journal Assignments 10%
Quizzes 15%
Exams 75%


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