HP/PH 191 Personal and Community Health

HP/PH 191 IS Sec 3, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

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Instructor: Allison Ford-Wade

Welcome to HP/PH 191. My name is Allison Ford-Wade and I am a Professor in The Department of Health, Exercise Science and Recreation Management.

I grew up in a small town--Smithville, MS. After high school, I played tennis at Itawamba Community College (Go Indians) and then played at the University of North Alabama (UNA) (Go Lions). I graduated in 1997 from UNA with a degree in Exercise Physiology, after a practical experience in cardiac rehabilitation during my last semester, I realized this wasn't what I wanted to do with my life. My childhood best friend was dying of cancer, so I decided to move closer to home to be with him so I enrolled in that other school.... Mississippi State University...and earned a master's degree in Health Promotion.

I worked as a fitness instructor and health program planner for Coca-Cola Distributing in Starkville, as well as taught health classes (Go Dawgs). During my time at State, I realized I enjoyed teaching and in the Fall of 1998, I moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas and begin my doctoral work in Health Science. I completed this degree in the Summer of 2001 (Woo Pig Souie) and moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to begin my career at Florida Atlantic University (Go Owls).

I moved back to Mississippi and to teach at Ole Miss in the Fall of 2004 (Hotty Toddy). I am married and have two wonderful boys. My husband is a graduate of Georgia (Go Dawgs), Auburn (Go Tigers), West Florida (I have no idea), Pittsburgh (Go Panthers), Mississippi State (I can't say Go Dawgs twice) and is now on faculty at Ole Miss.

Please don't ever hesitate to email me (ford@olemiss.edu) or call me at 662-915-6770, however, I will respond to emails much faster than phone calls.

Regards, Allison Ford-Wade

Contact Information:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

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

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Course Description

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

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

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) and 3 proctored examinations.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


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


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 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 information.


Chapter 8: Nutrition

Journal entry & quiz

Week 8


Chapter 9: Weight Management


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


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


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.