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Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety

Course Number: HE 262
Transcript Title: Child Health,Nutrition,Safety
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: August 4, 2015
Total Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 30
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0
Approved delivery mode:


RD 90 and WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores.

Course Description

Explores current health and safety issues for prenatal to age 8 years old children. Examines childhood illnesses and ailments, nutrition, obesity, stress, wellness, safe environment, community networking, self-esteem and general first aid. Prerequisites: RD 90 and WR 90 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Recognize current significant children's health issues.
  2. Analyze societal and environmental influences on children's health.
  3. Apply knowledge of age appropriate health, safety, and nutrition behaviors for children.
  4. Promote healthy choices among young children and their environments.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: class participation, quizzes, portfolio artifacts, interviews, research paper, written observations, journal reflections, and written assignments.

Course Activities and Design

Activities may include:readings, class discussions, quizzes, reflection writings,  interviews, observation portfolio, research paper, assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Process Skills:
    • Critical thinking
    • Comparison
    • Problem solving
    • Decision making
    • Evaluation of validity
  • Communication skills:
    • Oral and written communication
    • Computer literacy
    • Calibration skills
    • Cooperative group work
  • Intrapersonal skills:
    • Values clarification
    • Reflective journal writing

Themes, Concepts, Ideas


  • Define the concept of wellness, its components, and its application to young children.
  • Societal and environmental influences on current health issues for children.
  • Identify and discuss afflictions on the ENT area: ear infections, sore throats, swimmers ear, broken ear drum.
  • Identify and discuss afflictions of the skin: impetigo, scabies, ringworm, contact dermatitis, and eczema.
  • Explain how accident prevention, dental health and emotional health are special health considerations for young children.
  • Know signs, symptoms, and treatments for common childhood illnesses and ailments; the role sanitation and immunization perform in the prevention of communicable diseases.
  • Understand disease transmission principles and prevention of transmission: define prodromal, contagious, incubation period, immunization.
  • Relate the latest AMA immunization recommendations for infants and young children.
  • Know the dietary guidelines and New Food Pyramid.
  • Identify the food group pyramid and know recommended servings for infants and children; describe the ideal dietary proportions of protein, fat, complex carbohydrates, and simple carbohydrates.
  • Identify and know characteristics of water soluble and fat soluble vitamins.
  • Explain nutrient density in foods and its application in snack food selection.
  • Know the major nutritional problems facing young children today.
  • Analyze the influence of media and technology on nutrition attitudes and choices.
  • Know the most frequent causes of accidental death among young children.
  • Describe the teachers or caregiver’s role and responsibilities as they relate to management of accidental injuries and illness.
  • Identify types of abuse and neglect; describe characteristics of abusive adults and abused children. Discuss mandated reporting.
  • Develop age appropriate strategies to promote sound emotional health and positive stress management.
  • Recognize ways in which children demonstrate their stress; understand the G.A.S.
  • Analyze significant emerging health issues, such as environmental pollutants and obesity, influence on children’s health.

Department Notes

NAEYC standards that relate to HE 262 are :  Standard #1-Child Development and Learning

Core Knowledge categories:  Health, Safety & Nutrition