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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course. It is an introductory course on health topics and behaviors.

Learning Outcomes

My goal is to help you become well-educated about health topics. As you finish this course, you will be able to do the following:

  1. Explain concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention and practice both health-enhancing and risk-reducing behaviors.
  2. Analyze the influences of society, culture, media, technology, and physical environment on health and access valid health information and health-promoting products and services.
  3. Utilize interpersonal communication skills to improve health and relationships.
  4. Practice and apply goal-setting, decision-making, problem-solving, and stress-management skills to promote healthy behaviors.
  5. Develop understanding and respect for yourself and others and advocate for personal, family, and community health.

Course Materials

No additional materials are required for this course.

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There are seven units in this course. When you finish each section, you will do the Self Check questions. These questions are not graded, but they will help you to be ready for the unit quizzes.

Unit Quizzes

The unit quiz is the equivalent of a chapter test in a textbook. Additionally, after every 3-4 units, you will have a cumulative review (two cumulative reviews total) to help you prepare for the final exam. Unit quizzes and reviews are graded.

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Final Exam

The final exam is worth 30 percent of your grade for this course. The final exam has a total of sixty-three questions. There are multiple choice and true/false questions on your exam. You have as long as you need to take the final exam since it is not timed. The best way to study for the final is to review the Self Check questions and the unit quiz questions from each unit, as well as the review assignments. The final is closed book. You may bring a simple non-programmable calculator with you to the exam.

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Each of the unit quiz assignments in this course has a specific number of questions. These unit quizzes will equal 70 percent of your grade for this course.

The following is the percentage breakdown per assignment and exam:

Unit %
Unit 1 Quiz 8%
Unit 2 Quiz 8%
Unit 3 Quiz 8%
Review Quiz 1 7%
Unit 4 Quiz 8%
Unit 5 Quiz 8%
Unit 6 Quiz 8%
Unit 7 Quiz 8%
Review Quiz 2 7%
Final Exam 30%

Grade Scale

Your grade in this course will be determined according to the following table:

Grade %
A 100-94%
A- 93-90%
B+ 89-87%
B 86-84%
B- 83-80%
C+ 79-77%
C 76-74%
C- 73-70%
D+ 69-67%
D 66-64%
D- 63-60%
E (fail) 59% or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 9 computer-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee.

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course.

You must pass the final exam with a score of sixty percent or higher in order to pass this course. If you fail the final exam, you may retake the exam once for a fee. If you need to retake an exam, contact the Independent Study office. 

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete this course. 

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor..

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.