Black Hills State University health instructor Sandy Klarenbeek discusses the new health minor with Clint Sell, senior physical education major from Sundance Wyo. Next fall BHSU will begin to offer a new minor in health, which will help provide for the increasing need for health professionals regarding critical health issues and meet South Dakota health teacher certification requirements.
Next fall Black Hills State University will offer another option for students - a minor in health, which was recently approved by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The minor will help provide for the increasing need for health professionals regarding critical health issues and meet South Dakota health teacher certification requirements.
At BHSU there’s a strong interest in the minor and faculty members feel the minor will benefit students in a variety of careers and enhance their marketability in the workplace. The 18-credit minor will focus on health promotion, risk reduction, and health behavior theories and models.
This minor will also satisfy teacher certification requirements for school health education, which was brought to the forefront in 2006 when the South Dakota State Board of Education began to require high school students to complete a health course prior to graduation.
“We want to quickly respond to current and future workforce needs in South Dakota by creating academic programs that will prepare our students for employment in high-need fields,” said South Dakota Board of Regents President Harvey C. Jewett. “These needs are especially apparent in health care, including hospitals, public health and community agencies, and long-term care facilities.”
According to Sandy Klarenbeek, health instructor at BHSU, the health minor will provide a broad basis for students in a plethora of careers and life experiences.
“The essential health concepts focus on health promotion and risk reduction and are based on established health behavior theories and models,” Klarenbeek says. “Health affects every individual and is the common denominator in achievement and success. It relates and impacts economics, policy, politics, research, and quality of life.”
For more information on the new health minor at BHSU, contact Klarenbeek at 642-6042.