Health Education Teaching Minor

Minor in grades 6-12 health education is designed for education students that are majoring in K-12 physical education. It is recommended that physical education majors also choose an additional minor.

Minor Requirements: Twenty-four (24) semester hours.

  • At least twelve (12) semester hours must be taken at Aquinas.
  • This minor must be combined with the Secondary Professional Preparation courses required for teacher certification.
  • Only courses with a grade of C or better may count toward the minor.
KN146 Nutrition, Exercise and Stress 3.0
KN157 Health Education-Community 3.0
KN220 Teach Health Concepts I: Physical Activity & Nutrition 3.0
KN222 Teach Health Concepts II: Human Sex & STD Prevention 3.0
KN312 Teach Health Concepts III: Sub Abuse, Violence, Suicide 3.0
KN320 Planning the Coordinated School Health Program 3.0
KN420 Teaching Skills & Methods in Health 3.0
KN422 Assessment & Evaluation in Health Education 3.0



  • KN146 Nutrition, Exercise, Stress (3) KN

    Study of nutrition, exercise, and stress. Activities will include personal fitness assessment, active participation, and lecture and discussion. This course involves both lecture and participation in exercises

  • KN157 Health Education—Community (3)

    This course will involve pertinent health information for targeted populations and analysis of that information. It also will involve critical analysis of digital health sites for appropriate and research-supported information as well as analyzing personal health information in order to produce a personal behavior plan and researching critical current health issues and produce a written analysis of the issue. Accessing and appropriately utilizing state and county health resources will also be covered. 

  • KN220 Teaching Health Concepts I: Nutrition and Physical Activity (3)

    This course explores the social and personal factors influencing nutrition and physical activity among adolescents including the problem of obesity. Special emphasis is placed on selecting useful resource materials and applying the behavior change mode to teaching adolescents healthy approaches to health enhancing physical activity, nutrition and weight management. In addition students will practice teaching lessons to their peers. Offered spring semester, even years. Prerequisites: KN 146 and KN 157

  • KN222 Teaching Health Concepts II: Human Sexuality and STD Prevention (3)

    This course explores the basic health content as apply to sexual health and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. In addition the class will examine the law and its requirements relates to providing sex education in Michigan public schools. This will include analyzing the roles and responsibilities of the state required sex education advisory board and the process for developing the sex education program, and achieving consensus on sex education content. Offered fall semester, even years. Prerequisites: KN 146 and KN 157

  • KN312 Teaching Health Concepts III - Substance Abuse, Violence and Suicide (3)

    This course is designed to help students understand the basic health content and demonstrate skills needed for individual health character education and substance abuse, violence and suicide prevention. This course will examine and apply methods of teaching these concepts to secondary age students. In addition the students will investigate the social and personal factors influencing the health behaviors of adolescents as they relate to these content areas. 

  • KN320 Planning the Coordinated School Health Program (3)

    This course will identify and examine the role of the health education teacher’s as an advocate, role model, consultant, liaison, collaborator, and parent educator in the promotion of comprehensive school health education and the coordinated school health program at the school district level. Students will also explore the theories of behavior change as well as investigate local policies and laws of the State of Michigan related to child health. The course will also address the competencies needed to promote and foster a nurturing and healthy school climate. Offered fall semester, odd years. Prerequisites: KN 146, KN 157

  • KN420 Teaching Skills and Methods in Health Education (3)

    This course will examine best practices in health education instruction. Students will have the opportunity to observe and practice these methods and skills in a 16-hour field experience. Course content will include selecting teaching methods and strategies to maximize student achievement. Strategies and methods for building positive relationships with and among students will be taught and modeled. Students will analyze and be able to demonstrate how to apply the theory of multiple intelligences along with accommodating student’s learning preferences for teaching health education concepts in the classroom setting. Professional growth and development will be addressed through the examination of participation in professional organizations and options for professional development. Offered spring semester, even years. Prerequisites: KN 146, KN157

  • KN422 Assessment and Evaluation in Health Education (3)

    The class explores the use and selection of data and data gathering instruments to obtain valid and reliable sources of health-related information for the effective assessment and evaluation of health education activities, strategies, and curricula. Students will practice developing authentic assessments and practical evaluation plans for health education instruction and associated elements of the coordinated school health program. In addition, students will practice analyzing and interpreting the data from student assessments and program evaluations and making recommendations for future program and instructional planning. Offered spring semester, even years. Prerequisites: KN220, 222, 312.