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Health & Health Occupations

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Boost Your Physical and Mental Happiness

Our Health courses will promote ways to increase your awareness of what it means live a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition, physical fitness, and how to stay mentally healthy. They will enrich your life for decades to come!

Health Occupations courses are for those who wish to pursue a career in the medical healthcare field. Many of our Health Occupations courses at LASC are online, short-term courses, making them very accessible. These courses are on subjects, such as medical terminology, healthcare fundamentals, and legal/cultural topics in healthcare.

You’ll find LASC offers many health and health occupation courses, yet we do not yet offer a degree or certificate specifically in these programs. These courses are mostly used with the nursing program, social science programs, and the public health, nutrition and dietetics, and kinesiology programs. 

Careers and Occupations in Health & Health Occupations

If you are interested in a career in healthcare, we recommend looking into LASC’s Nursing program to find more information on what we offer. You can also talk with a counselor about other careers outside of nursing, and what courses you should take to be able to transfer to a four-year academic institution after LASC.

Having a career in health science gives you a large selection of opportunities, with plenty of occupations that are in high-demand.

Here are a few careers and their salaries you could have with a career in health: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $52,330/year $25.16/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 11% increase
(much faster than average)
331,700

Teach people about behaviors that promote wellness. Community health workers collect data and discuss health concerns with members of specific populations.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher $58,500/year $28.13/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None to less than a year 5% increase
(as fast as average)
2,610

Plan, direct, and coordinate the business activities of healthcare providers.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $120,140/year $57.76/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Less than 5 years 4% increase
(as fast as average)
12,470

Courses offered in Health at LASC

LASC Health courses overlap with many degree programs we offer, such as Child Development, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies degree in Teacher Preparation, and Public Health. Taking our Health courses can also help you meet general and CSU-GE requirements, as well as help you learn how to stay healthy! Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

2 Health and Fitness (3) CSU

CSUGE Area E 
Lecture 3 hours 

This course promotes healthy physical and psychological lifestyles, with emphasis on disease prevention, including violence/abuse, nutrition, sexuality, reproduction, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, aging, stress management, and weight control. The physical fitness segment emphasizes individual improvement utilizing aerobic, flexibility, and strengthening activities. 

8 Women’s Health (3) CSU 

CSUGE Area E 
Lecture 3 hours 

This course comprehensively reviews important issues related to women of all diverse backgrounds. This course designs practical approaches to understanding the health of women in relationship to physiological and psychological aspects of nutrition, mental health, exercise, hygiene, cardiovascular disease, cancer, sexuality, reproduction, drugs, and other diseases common to women. 

11 Principles of Healthful Living (3) UC:CSU 

CSUGE Area E 
Lecture 3 hours 

This course offers concepts to use as guidelines for self-directed responsible living. Health topics cover emotional and mental health, nutrition and obesity, drug abuse, cardiovascular fitness, chronic and communicable diseases, reproduction, consumerism, environmental health, and death/dying. 

12 Safety Education and First Aid (3) UC:CSU 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This course provides instruction in the Emergency Response System, creation of an emergency action plan, and assessment and immediate treatment given to a person who has been injured or has suddenly taken ill. Legal considerations and lifesaving procedures (e.g., use of automated external defibrillators and CPR for infants, children and adults) are covered. Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible for certification in First Aid and CPR by the American Red Cross. 

15 Stress Management Strategy (3) 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This course examines and identifies the effects of stress on our society and in particular on the individual. Several systems are explored to achieve an optimal level of health. Students learn to cope with stress as well as change potential stressors to enrich their lives. This course covers the six dimensions of health: Emotional, social, physical, spiritual, environmental, and intellectual, as well as examines ways to identify and control stress. 

21 Human Sexuality (3) UC:CSU 

CSUGE Area D0, D7E 
Lecture: 3 hours 

This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the cultural, behavioral, biological and psychosocial aspects of human sexuality. Topics presented include acquired immune deficiency syndrome and other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as sexual variance and dysfunction, and sexuality throughout the human life cycle. 

48 Men’s Personal Health (3) 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This course explores men's health issues and adds a fitness component so that men can learn to understand and control their life long health practices, attitudes and challenges that contemporary men experience in urban areas. It studies topics important to men such as domestic abuse and violence, stress, alcoholism, disease transmission and other physical, emotional and social topics related to men's health, fitness and wellness. 

101 Introduction to Public Health (3) 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This course provides an introduction to the discipline of Public Health. Students will gain an understanding of the basic concepts and terminologies of public health, and the history and accomplishments of public health officials and agencies. An overview of the functions of various public health professions and institutions, and an in-depth examination of the core public health disciplines is covered. Topics of the discipline include the epidemiology of infectious and 154 | Page chronic disease; prevention and control of diseases in the community including the analysis of the social determinants of health and strategies for eliminating disease, illness and health disparities among various populations; community organizing and health promotion programming; environmental health and safety; global health; and health care policy and management.

 

Courses offered in Health Occupations at LASC 

LASC offers Health Occupations courses for those interested in going into different healthcare fields, which include our Nursing and Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide. These courses would be beneficial to anyone wanting a healthcare career. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

62 Skill Set for the Health Care Professional (2) 

Recommended: English 21 and Math 105 
Lecture: 1 hours; Lab: 3 hours 

Health Occupations 62 is an introduction of the concepts and skills that serve as a foundation for the health care professions. Topics include hygiene and safety, infection control, basic client monitoring and basic first aid, therapeutic communication and basic health documentation. 

63 Basic Medical Terminology, Pathophysiology and Pharmacology (2) 

Recommended: English 21 and Math 105
Lecture: 2 hours 

This basic medical language course will discuss common diseases and injuries and their pharmacological treatment using medical terminology in English and Spanish, when appropriate. 

64 Cultural and Legal Topics for Health Care Professionals (1) 

Recommended: English 21 and Math 105
Lecture 1 hour 

Health Occupations 64 provides an overview of the concepts of health and illness, cultural diversity and legal issues that affect the health care professional. 

65 Fundamentals for the Health Care Professional (2.5) 

Recommended: English 21 and Math 105 
Lecture: 2.5 hours 

Health Occupations 65 explores career options in the health care industry, healthy behavior for health care workers, work ethics, professional resumes and interviewing skills and personality traits of a health care professional. There will be an externship during which area employers will introduce students to direct and indirect patient care opportunities.

 

Learn More about Health Science and Health-Occupational Careers

If you interested in pursuing a career in healthcare or in health, talk with your counselor about the different science courses you can take at LASC to prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university with a health or healthcare-focused program. You can also find out more at our Transfer Center.