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What You Should Already Know

This is the second part of the Health Education introductory course sequence, so you should have completed HLTH 41 or its equivalent. This course covers topics you’ve undoubtedly heard about to some extent. The content of this course should help you expand your knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify ways to prevent exposure to the sun, including tanning beds.
  2. Analyze influences that encourage young people to abstain from protecting oneself from the sun and influences that encourage the use of tanning beds.
  3. Communicate to others the importance of preventing exposure to UV rays and other harmful substances.
  4. Learn what a drug is, learn the different types that exist, and learn about the recent history of drugs in the United States.
  5. Describe the responsible use of legal drugs and supplements.
  6. Identify the signs of drug dependence, and define the types of interactions between drugs.
  7. Analyze the impact and financial toll of personal substance abuse on relationships, life management, personal health, and society.
  8. Identify characteristics, risk factors, and prevention or treatments available for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes.
  9. Identify healthy food practices in purchasing, preparing, and consuming daily foods.

Course Materials

The text for this course is included completely within this course.

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There are seven units and a final exam. A number of the units include activities which will more fully personalize the content for you. Each unit includes Self Check questions and a graded unit quiz. The Self Check questions allow you to test yourself on how well you understand the basic concepts that are presented in the unit. The unit quizzes test your knowledge, and you will receive a grade for each one. Use the Self Check questions in each Lesson to help you prepare for the unit quizzes.

Unit 1 and Unit 2 will provide you opportunties to submit original writing/creations to demonstrate your mastery of the concepts presented. Look for directions on completing and submitting these assignments in the units.

Self Check Exercises

Throughout each unit, you will be asked a series of questions to check your mastery of the information in the unit. These self checks questions do not count toward your grade for the course and you may retake them as many times as you want.

Unit Quizzes

You will submit unit quizzes at the end of units. These assignments consist of multiple-choice questions that will test your understanding of the objectives and concepts learned in each lesson. These assignments are submitted for grading and count toward your final grade.

Instructor-Graded Assignments

There are two instructor-graded assignments in this course. A poster creation activity after unit 1 related to UV exposure, and an advocacy essay after unit 2 related to regular health exams. These are opportunities for you to create personal responses to very real issues in health. You will submit your work through the assignment submission locations in your course.

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Final Exam

The final exam will consist of 80 multiple choice questions taken from the lessons. You will have the opportunity to retake the final exam one time if you perform poorly on the first attempt.

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How Your Work Will Be Graded

Your grade will be based on your performance on the unit quizzes and the final exam. The point and percentage breakdown is as follows:

Units/Exam Percentage of Final Grade
Unit 1 10%
Poster Creation 5%
Unit 2 10%
Advocacy Essay 5%
Unit 3 10%
Unit 4 10%
Unit 5 10%
Unit 6 10%
Unit 7 10%
Final Exam 20%
Total 100%
Grading Scale
A 100–94 C 76–74
A- 93–90 C- 73–70
B+ 89–87 D+ 69–67
B 86–84 D 66–64
B- 83–80 D- 63–60
C+ 79–77 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: 7 computer-graded assignments, 2 instructor-graded assignments, may be resubmitted once for a fee

Final Exam

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

Responsibility and Expectations

The wonderful thing about an independent study course is that you can work at your own pace and learn by your own individual methods. You are responsible to do your own work, meet deadlines, and stay with the curriculum. Don’t put it off until the very end. BYU IS recommends charting a calendar of study and sticking to it. Be sure to put your best into the course to make it a good one!

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 the course.

Getting Help

To help you succeed in this course, Independent Study has a science tutor available, free of charge. If you think you could use a tutor’s help to give you further explanation or help with content-related issues as you go through this course, feel free to use the information below to contact your tutor.

Email: isbioltutor@byu.edu
Phone: 1-800-914-8931

You may also use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study with questions or comments.

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 t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report 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 http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.