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Course Details

Course Details

Course Code: SPHS520 Course ID: 4722 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course appraises contemporary topics, concepts, principles, and theories affecting health and wellness dimensions relative to our culture and global population. Topics include disease treatment and prevention, nutrition, exercise and fitness, stress management, personal safety, and special populations. Students will explore current issues impacting personal health and wellness across society and generate strategies designed for improving quality of life and developing a healthy lifestyle for a widespread population. (Prerequisites: SPHS501 and SPHS503)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Assess risk factors associated with disease and general health and wellness.

2. Appraise the impact of exercise assessments.

3. Assess nutritional habits and their impact on a healthy lifestyle.

4. Produce strategies to reduce stress and encourage positive lifestyle change.

5. Analyze physical and emotional health and wellness concerns of specific populations.

6. Design a plan to assess the fitness, sport, and health industry, current trends and practices, and their relationship to health and wellness management.

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Forum 1 5.00 %
Forum 2 5.00 %
Forum 3 5.00 %
Forum 4 5.00 %
Forum 5 5.00 %
Forum 6 5.00 %
Forum 7 5.00 %
Forum 8 5.00 %
Assignments 30.00 %
WK 2 Writing Assignment 10.00 %
WK4 Writing Assignment 10.00 %
WK6 Writing Assignment 10.00 %
Final Project 30.00 %
Final Project 30.00 %

Required Reading and Resources

APUS Library E-Reserve

All resources are also located in the Lesson area for each week.

Additional Resources:

See your syllabus, class lessons, and forums for additional resources.


In addition to the required course materials the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

Fast Stats

American College of Sports Medicine

National Strength & Conditioning Association

National Association Sports Medicine

American Council on Exercise

IDEA Health & Fitness Association

Healthy People 2020

Centers for Disease Control

Citation and Reference Style

You will be expected to adhere to APA style throughout this program. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.) may be purchased and used in all courses.

See how to set up APA 6th ed. publication manual formatting in all of your Microsoft Word documents (

The Five-Paragraph Essay: Three Formulas for Writing the Basic Academic Essay

APA - APUS epress

APUS Writing Exercise: Create a properly formatted APA paper in this fun and educational interactive.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.