Course Number:
HE 262
Transcript Title:
Children's Health, Nutrition & Safety
Aug 11, 2022
Jul 12, 2023
Total Credits:
Lecture Hours:
Lecture / Lab Hours:
Lab Hours:
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement:
Satisfies General Education requirement:
Grading Options
A-F, P/NP, Audit
Default Grading Options
Repeats available for credit:

Placement into IRW 115 or WR 115

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: placement into IRW 115 or WR 115. Audit available.

Course 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.

Suggested Outcome Assessment Strategies

The determination of assessment strategies is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: writings (journals, self-reflections, pre writing exercises, essays), quizzes, tests, midterm and final exams, group projects, presentations (in person, videos, etc), self-assessments, experimentations, lab reports, peer critiques, responses (to texts, podcasts, videos, films, etc), student generated questions, Escape Room, interviews, and/or portfolios.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content

  • 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 Professional Standards & Competencies for Early Childhood Educators:

#1 - Child Development & Learning in Context

Oregon Registry Core Knowledge Categories:

HSN - Health, Safety & Nutrition (30 hours)