Health Studies (HLST) 201

Introduction to Human Health (II) (Revision 3)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: None

Centre: Centre for Science

HLST 201 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This introductory, three-credit course is well suited for the general-interest student and non-science student who requires a science credit.


The Study Guide comprises the following fourteen units.

  • Unit 1: Analyzing Health Research
  • Unit 2: Making Behaviour Changes
  • Unit 3: Psychological and Psychosocial Health
  • Unit 4: Staying Safe: Preventing Injury, Violence, and Victimization
  • Unit 5: Healthy Relationships
  • Unit 6: Addictions and Addictive Behaviour
  • Unit 7: Legal and Illicit Drugs
  • Unit 8: Dying and Death
  • Unit 9: The Environment and Health
  • Unit 10: The Health of Canadians
  • Unit 11: Health Systems and Theories
  • Unit 12: Consumerism: Protect Yourself!
  • Unit 13: Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Unit 14: Putting It All Together


To receive credit for this course, 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.

Assignment 1 Midterm Exam Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Final Exam Total
10% 30% 15% 15% 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


Hales, D., & Lauzon, L. (2007). An Invitation to Health (First Canadian Ed.). Toronto, ON: Thomson Canada Ltd., Nelson Division.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide, student manual, and reading file.

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 201 challenge registration, you must achieve a minimum mark of at least “C-” (60 percent) on both assignments and the examination.

Essay Assignment 1 Essay Assignment 2 Comprehensive Exam Total
20% 20% 60% 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 3, November 20, 2008.

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Updated May 18 2016 by Student & Academic Services