Cultivate a healthier lifestyle by taking Health courses at Inver Hills, located near Twin Cities

Physical health is a core responsibility for people across all walks of life. Staying fit has four key components, cardiorespiratory capacity, muscular capacity, flexibility and body composition. Other important components of health include balance, coordination, agility, speed, power, reaction time and mental capacity.


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Working in concert with physical health are other critical aspects of overall well-being: social health, mental health, emotional health and spiritual health. Our wellness as human beings depends on our commitment to enhance the quality of life, personal growth and potential not only for ourselves, but for everyone in our community.

Health courses at Inver Hills address a variety of contemporary issues in personal, family and community health. You can apply your coursework to associate degree requirements and to prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university. Many of our students take health classes for self-improvement, skill-building and cultivating a healthier lifestyle. Topics range from nutrition to stress management to emergency response to lifetime fitness.

To learn more about our offerings, visit Course Descriptions.

Healthcare programs at Inver Hills

Are you interested in a healthcare career? Explore all Inver Hills has to offer:

Course Descriptions

HLTH 1105  Sleeps, Eats, And Exercises   1.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1105

Introduces knowledge and skills you need to live a balanced life while in college. It covers basic concepts in nutrition, sleep, and physical activity and incorporates a variety of techniques to promote self- awareness and reflection, goal setting, and action toward wellness.

HLTH 1110  Nutrition   3.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1110

Introduces basic nutrition as it relates to total health. Personal nutritional health analysis as well as the relationship between diet and disease will be presented. The course includes current and controversial topics dealing with nutrition. The main focus centers on the basic nutrients and how the body uses, stores, and eliminates them. Nutrition and its relationship to exercise and weight control throughout a lifetime are discussed.

HLTH 1120  Personal Health   3.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1120

Introduces a variety of health topics and how they relate to personal lifestyle choices. Emphasis on wellness and making wise lifestyle choices and consequences of poor choices.

HLTH 1122  Community Health   2.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1122

Provides an overview of community health organizations and programs including their structure and function. Students will analyze health issues of various community groups and discuss possible solutions. Content will also include prevalent diseases, epidemiology, and health problems in our society today. The importance of healthy living and lifestyle are discussed as preventative measures.

HLTH 1123  Stress Management   2.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1123

Assists the student in examining and managing their body's physiological and psychological responses to stress. Self-assessments will help the student to identify personal stressors. Students will participate in numerous stress management strategies and relaxation techniques including time management, diaphragmatic breathing, meditation, autogenics, progressive muscle relaxation, cognitive reappraisal, behavior modification, journal writing, and other coping techniques.

HLTH 1124  Alcohol & College Life   1.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1124

Provides college students with unbiased factual information about how alcohol and drug use affects college. This course reinforces personal prevention and student campus safety strategies. Practical hints and tips about how to succeed socially and academically are presented in the content of research and personal experiences by other students.

HLTH 1125  Responding to Emergencies   3.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1125

Develops first aid and CPR skills and also covers understanding the human body, healthy lifestyle, what to do when help is delayed, and how to prepare for emergencies. Students may receive Red Cross certification in First Aid: Responding to Emergencies and in Community CPR.

HLTH 1127  American Heart Association Heartsaver   1.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1127

Presents basic first aid, CPR, and AED skills to anyone with limited or no medical training. The course provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to deal with an emergency until professional help arrives.

HLTH 1128  Communicable Disease Topics   1.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1128

Defines causes, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases transmitted from one person to another as a result of sexual contact. Specific topics discuss bacteria and virus infections involving the genitourinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, oral and other body systems.

HLTH 1129  Tai Chi   1.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1129

Presents a series of movements, which focus on balance, breathing, muscle control, and smooth motion. Tai Chi is an exercise used to promote physical, mental, and emotional health. The history of Tai Chi will be presented. This course may be taken for a maximum of three credits. This course is cross listed with PHED 1103. A student may only earn credits for this course in one department, not both.

HLTH 1130  Drug Use and Abuse   3.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1130

Provides an overview of the fundamental concepts in drug use and abuse. The course will focus on the drugs of abuse that are most commonly used in the United States and will emphasize the physiological, social, psychological, legal, and health aspects of drug use and abuse. Special attention will be focused on the motivations of drug use/abuse for college students. Critical thinking and communication skills will be emphasized to explain and reinforce personal health choices. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.3200, Subp. 3, Standard K2 8710.2000, Subp. 11, Standard 10E.

HLTH 1154  Mindfulness, Meditation, and Movement   2.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1154

Using a mindfulness approach, examining the dimensions of wellness; including physical, intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, financial, and others. Students will complete self-assessments, breathing exercises, meditation, and physical activity. Goal setting and behavior change will also be discussed. This course may be used to fulfill both the health and physical education requirements for the A.A. degree.

HLTH 1155  Lifetime Fitness and Wellness   2.0 cr

Course Outline for HLTH 1155

Studies the dimensions of wellness; including physical, intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, and others. Students will do self-assessments and develop a Wellness program, including a fitness plan, to achieve their goals and overcome any barriers. Students will also analyze their personal nutrition and develop strategies for improvement. Risk factors related to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other diseases will also be discussed. This course may be used to fulfill both the health and physical education requirements for the A.A. degree.

HLTH 2250  Special Topics in Health   cr

Course Outline for HLTH 2250

Examines selected health topics of current interest in a global society. This course may be repeated under different topics.

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Health and wellness for life

Health courses at Inver Hills can prepare you to pursue the role of a health-and-wellness professional versed in a range of vocations, including:

  • Personal health
  • Community health and welfare
  • Nutrition
  • Epidemiology
  • Disease prevention
  • Fitness and exercise
  • Health behaviors
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Public health

You will have a broad choice of workplace settings, including:

  • Private business and industry
  • Public sector
  • NGOs
  • Community organizations
  • Health care
  • Education
  • Health-based nonprofits

Potential careers

Below are just a few examples of possible career paths that can start with taking Health courses at Inver Hills.

Why Inver Hills?

Completing your health course obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an outstanding education with one-on-one interactions with health faculty
  2. You will get hands-on training to develop the skill set needed to promote personal and community health and wellness
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

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