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Numerous health-related programs at The Florida State University address issues of prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, health sciences, and policy formulation. As part of an effort to develop and promote a coordinated plan for these programs, the following section lists and describes, by program/department, areas of study, services, and (in some instances) certification, opportunities for students. For more detailed information and requirements, see individual program listings in this GeneralBulletin.
Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy
In 1976, The Florida State University established the Multidisciplinary Center on Gerontology, and as a result of continued progress and successful programs, the institute was renamed the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy in 1992. The institute has a multidisciplinary focus and plays a coordinating and facilitative role for the work of all academic units with interests in aging and social policy. As part of its Certificate Program in Gerontology, the Pepper Institute promotes several courses in health care policy, adult development and aging, and health care delivery systems. The resources of the institute are used to support individual or collaborative research initiatives by providing technical assistance or a location for conducting research. As an aid to the community, the institute provides access to its information and professional staff. The institute facilitates and disseminates research information; provides opportunities for training and study; and sponsors conferences, public lectures, workshops, and symposia to promote the discussion of issues germane to the aging process and to share information with policy makers, professionals, and the community about the elderly and aging issues.
Department of Communication Disorders
The Department of Communication Disorders has a major in speech-language pathology and offers bachelor, master, advanced master, and doctoral degrees. The scope of the department includes the whole of human communication, both normal and disordered. Students learn the total processes of communication, develop analytical and communicative skills, and obtain experience in evaluation, treatment, and research.
Health Education Program
The health education program of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a major in school health with teacher certification leading to a bachelor and a masters degree. The school health education program is designed to provide students with a broad background in school health education program development, implementation, and evaluation.
Interdisciplinary Curriculum in Health Services Administration and Policy
The graduate-level interdisciplinary curriculum in health services administration and policy is organized to train managers, policymakers, and researchers who will be able to respond to and help shape the rapidly changing health care arena.The interdisciplinary curriculum draws upon faculty interest and expertise in health services administration and policy from throughout the University, including faculty from business, economics, law, public administration and policy, sociology, social work, urban and regional planning, geography, and education. The program consists of three core courses and nine electives that students can choose from. The three core courses-health administration and policy, health institutions and social policy, and health care finance-provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required for any future work within health care policy and administration. Students choose from a range of additional courses to build upon this core. Specific degree programs may require or allow additional courses. Depending upon a students choice of electives, the program will emphasize either policy or administration.
The Department of Physical Education offers a bachelor, master's, and doctoral degree program in physical education.
School of Nursing
The School of Nursing has a bachelors' and a master's degree program. The mission of the School of Nursing is to develop professional leaders in nursing for practice in diverse settings. Graduates of the baccalaureate program are prepared for beginning levels of professional practice in a variety of settings. Graduates of the masters program are prepared for advanced professional positions, including teaching, administration, and clinical roles. The graduate program leading to a master of science degree in nursing offers family nursing with advanced practice roles of nurse practitioner and/or nurse educator.
Department of Nutrition, Food, and Movement Sciences
The Department of Nutrition, Food, and Movement Sciences provides students with a solid foundation in the scientific aspects of nutrition, foods and health-related physical fitness through its bachelor, master's, and doctoral programs. Students are provided with in-depth study of the role that nutrition and physical activity play both in health and, in particular, the prevention of chronic disease.
To meet the growing demand for the health-related fitness practitioner, The Florida State University was one of the first universities to initiate an undergraduate major in nutrition and fitness. This preparatory program offers an emphasis in one of four curricular programs: fitness, exercise physiology, sports medicine (athletic training) and pre-physical therapy. These students combine their study of nutrient metabolism, chemistry and physiology with courses in exercise physiology, health and nutrition taught by the department faculty.
Students at the master's level may elect the thesis or non-thesis option in one of six areas of emphasis: nutrition science, food science, clinical nutrition, nutrition education/health promotion, sports nutrition, exercise physiology and motor control. Four areas of specialization exist at the doctoral level: exercise physiology, food science, nutrition, and motor control. Doctoral graduates continue to be recruited for traditional University teaching and research positions and many in the food sciences are hired by industry to research and develop new food products.
School of Social Work
The School of Social Work is committed to the pursuit and delivery of excellence in social work education. Through teaching, research, and service, the school educates its graduates for productive careers in diverse professional arenas, contributes to the knowledge base guiding social welfare practice and policy decisions, and offers expertise and energy to local, state, and national concerns.
The school's initiatives build on the traditional heritage of social work, and are guided by a commitment to community-based social services, including the development of caring communities. Recognizing that communities function as political, social, and familial entities, the school's efforts emphasize, but are not limited to, health care, mental health, and the special concerns of children, families, women, and the aged. In all of its capacities, the school recognizes and values achieving mutuality among diverse community groups, and promotes models of service delivery empowering the poor and disadvantaged and ensuring the social care of all community members.
The therapeutic recreation program, within the leisure services and studies program, prepares students to work with a variety of persons with illnesses and disabilities. Therapeutic recreation includes a variety of disorders. The program prepares students to be able to provide the three components of therapeutic recreation, which are: therapeutic intervention, leisure education, and recreation and leisure programming for persons with disabilities and illnesses. The program is accredited by the National Recreation and Park Association and leads to national certification by the National Therapeutic Recreation Certifying Board.
Urban and Regional Planning
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers a specialization in health systems planning and aging policy as part of the master of science in planning degree. Through a speciality sequence of five courses, the student is prepared to assume positions in federal or state policy making or local and regional planning for health and social services. Courses include an examination of the American health system including comparisons with other countries systems; a course examining federal and state regulatory and reimbursement mechanisms which focuses primarily upon Medicare and Medicaid; a population-based health planning course using epidemiological methods; aging policy and planning; and special topics in health care financing. The specialization deals with identifying health care needs and the provision of appropriate, accessible, effective and efficient health services for the general population with an emphasis on the elderly.
HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY: see Graduate Bulletin
HEBREW: see Classical Languages, Literature, and Civilization
HIGHER EDUCATION: see Educational Leadership