The Science and Sociology of Human Health


REVISED

Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters

Taught by

health science, public health, bioethics
(F,W)
sociology, journalism, communication

This introductory, three-quarter interdisciplinary program explores the basics of health and illness through the lenses of biology, chemistry and medical sociology.  We will focus on the social, cultural and scientific aspects of human health and health care primarily in the U.S., with some comparative examination of global health topics. Our case-based approach will incorporate human biology, anatomy, physiology, nutrition,  general chemistry and statistics, while also examining the social aspects of health, illness, and health care.

Enhancing our study of human systems biology and chemistry, we will examine topics such as epilepsy, cancer, diabetes, tobacco, and HIV/AIDS, how cultures interact with medical systems, and end-of-life decision-making. These specific topics will provide a platform to explore health care systems and health care reform, social and cultural constructions of health and illness, the social determinants of health, role development of health care professionals and their relationships with patients, and ethical issues involved in medical fields. We’ll also cover basic descriptive and inferential statistics, which will give us quantitative tools to untangle some of the complex issues within these topics.

Program activities will include lectures, seminar, lab work, workshops, small-group problem solving, guest lectures, film viewing, and individual and group projects. Students will undertake writing, and statistical assignments focused on interpreting and integrating the topics covered. Students will learn the foundational skills of scientific research; how to find, interpret, and evaluate primary medical literature; and how to critically examine issues related to human health through a variety of lenses.

Students who complete three quarters will have a solid foundation in human biology, chemistry, human anatomy, physiology, nutrition, statistics, and medical sociology with a working knowledge of the scientific, social and ethical principles relating to human health and public health.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

health-related fields, biology, and sociology.

Location and Schedule

Campus location

Olympia

Schedule

Offered during: Day

Books

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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

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Required Fees

$20 in fall for exhibit admission fees.

Revisions

Date Revision
January 31st, 2014 This program will accept new enrollment with faculty approval.
June 25th, 2013 $20 fall fee added.
May 6th, 2013 New opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 75

Fall

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16 credits): 10320
So - Sr (1-16 credits): 10470

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Winter

Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Algebra skills and introductory chemistry instruction are required.  Interested students will be asked to meet with Carolyn Prouty (proutyc@evergreen.edu) to determine eligibility.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16 credits): 20229
So - Sr (1-16 credits): 20289

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Spring

Accepting New Students

Signature Required

Algebra skills and introductory chemistry instruction are required.  Interested students will be asked to meet with Carolyn Prouty (proutyc@evergreen.edu) to determine eligibility.

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16 credits): 30198
So - Sr (1-16 credits): 30250

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