Coordinated School Health

Course Description

Focus on the components of a coordinated school health program and the relationship between school-based health and community health programs. Components and effectiveness of exemplary programs: roles of parents, schools, the school nurse, and the community; and evidence-based strategies to improve children’s health will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the components of coordinated school-based health programs.
  • Recall the historical perspective of school-based health programs.
  • Analyze the role of the health educator in communicating, promoting, and advocating for a healthy school environment.
  • Examine exemplary school-based health education and prevention programs.
  • Discuss the role of parents, the school, the school nurse, teachers, and the community in development and administration of school-based health programs.
  • Identify issues in school-based health programs including financing, types of services available, scope, and sequence of services, laws and regulations, location, and medical versus educational focus.
  • Interpret health related data from various sources in examining the relationship between student health and academic learning.
  • Evaluate educational, community, and web-based resources that can be used to teach and enhance health education learning with children and adolescents.


Complete readings and reading responses as assigned and participate in in-class and/or online discussions. Conduct an analysis of websites that could be used for teaching in a secondary school. Submit a written paper and give an oral presentation to share results with the class. Write an analysis paper critiquing a school-based health prevention / promotion program.


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