Health Studies (HLST) 200

Introduction to Human Health (I) (Revision 7)

HLST 200 Course website

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: HLTH 200. HLST 200 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for HLTH 200.

Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Centre: Centre for Science

HLST 200 has a Challenge for Credit option

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Health Studies 200 emphasizes the major aspects of health and health-related areas that are of concern to Canadians. The course explores the nature and causes of health problems, and discusses how diseases can be treated and prevented. Specific topics include nutrition, weight, sexuality, pregnancy, and the effects of tobacco and alcohol use. Much of the information provided will be of practical value, for example, tips for improving health, and the importance of exercise.


The Study Guide comprises the following twelve units.

  • Unit 1 Health and Wellness
  • Unit 2 Active Living
  • Unit 3 Nutrition
  • Unit 4 Weight
  • Unit 5 Sexuality
  • Unit 6 Reproductive Choices and Pregnancy
  • Unit 7 Communicable Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Unit 8 Heart Health and Disease
  • Unit 9 Cancer and Non-Infectious Conditions
  • Unit 10 Tobacco and Caffeine
  • Unit 11 Alcohol
  • Unit 12 Aging


To receive credit for HLST 200, you must achieve a minimum grade of D+ (55 percent) on each of these activities and an overall grade of “C-” (60 percent) or better for the entire course. The weightings for each assignment and the exams are as follows:

Assignment 1 Midterm Exam Assignment 2 Final Exam Total
20% 30% 20% 30% 100%

The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Hales, D., & Lauzon, L. (2015). An invitation to health (Fourth Canadian Ed.). Toronto, ON: Thomson Canada Ltd., Nelson Division.

A print version of the eText can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

The course materials also include a study guide and course information as online documents.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HLST 200 challenge registration, you must achieve a minimum mark of at least “C-” (60 percent) on both the assignment and examination.

Essay Assignment Comprehensive Exam Total
30% 70% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 7, March 3, 2015.

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Updated May 18 2016 by Student & Academic Services