Issues - Health

Health — including issues related to equity, disparities, health systems, finance, ethics, access, quality of care, safety, happiness, human development, genetics, etc.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Explain how complementary and competing perspectives contribute to the ongoing discussion about health.

2. Collaboration: Effectively work on a team.

3. Problem solving: Design and evaluate an approach to answer an open-ended question or achieve a desired goal.

4. Integration: Apply knowledge from experiences and multiple disciplines to new, complex situation. 


AHS 340 — Health Care Management
An introduction to the basic concepts of health care management, including problem solving, planning, organization, motivation, leadership, and group processes. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

AHS 352 — Introduction to Holistic Health Care
Students will critically examine holistic health beliefs and practices and their cultural position in American society. The philosophical and theoretical premises behind these beliefs and practices will be analyzed and compared to Western medicine and to one another. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

ANT 320 — Culture and Disease
Introduces students to the anthropological study of disease ecology and medical systems cross-culturally. Explores the impact of disease, ecology, and sociocultural behavior throughout human evolution. Investigates the efficacy and nature of non-Western curing procedures and the cultural and psychodynamic features of illness. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

ART 350 - Learning to See: Visual Training for the Health Care Professional
Interactive studio art course that trains visual thinking and analysis skills used in health care settings.  Designed for the health care professional but open to all.  Discussion, drawing, writing, meditation, visual training related to diagnostic thinking.   No previous art experience or skill necessary. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving

BIO 309 — Plants and Human Health
Examination of plants and fungi that are sources of medicines, herbal remedies, or are a regular part of people’s diets and have been found to have specific health benefits. Only one of BIO 309, 311, 329, or 349 may be counted toward a biology major or minor. Prerequisites: Junior standing and completion of the Life Sciences general education category. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

BIO 325 — Human Sexuality
Introduction to the biological dimensions of human sexuality from physiological, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives. Offered each semester. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Credits: 3. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

BIO 328 — Biomedical Ethics
Examination of ethical dilemmas encountered in medicine and biomedical research, with an emphasis on obligations of health care workers to their patients. Biology majors may not use both BIO 328 and BIO 338 as elective credit within the major. Prerequisites: Junior standing and Fulfillment of GE Foundations - Writing (for SWS sections). Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

CMB 350 — Foundations of Brewing
Introduction to history, culture, theory, and practice of brewing. Students design and brew a beer of choice. Implications of beer consumption  on social, psychological, and biological health are emphasized. Effects of human migration, technological advances, economics, culture, and globalization on beer production are also addressed. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

ECO 343 — Health Economics*
Application of microeconomic tools to health and medical care issues. Topics include demand for health care, economic choices of medical care providers, insurance markets, economic justification for government involvement in the medical care system, various proposals for health care reform in the U.S. and different health care systems in the world. Prerequisites: Junior standing and ECO 200 or ECO 211. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

ENG 386 — Literary Responses to Death and Dying
Study of literary texts that examine attitudes, practices, and beliefs surrounding death and dying from multiple perspectives, including personal experience, across cultures, and historically. Studies associated  issues such as illness, grief, mourning, memorials, and responses to national tragedies. Works may include poetry, memoir, drama, fiction, nonfiction, myth, and other arts. Prerequisites: Junior standing and Fulfillment of GE Foundations - Writing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

HST 370 — History of Medicine and Health
Interdisciplinary exploration of the diverse ways that Western societies from Ancient Greece to the modern era have defined health and disease, provided health care, managed the environment, and sought to prevent illness. Examines the strengths and limits of past solutions to health questions and their applicability to modern society. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

INT/WGS 326 — Sexuality, Justice, and Advocacy
An exploration of sexuality through an interdisciplinary lens; topics include adult sexual development, public policy, and methods of advocacy for sexual health and justice. Through various learning activities, including field study with campus and community organizations, students will increase their knowledge and facilitation skills related to sexual health education. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

INT 342 — Food Matters
This course offers an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between power structures and food. In navigating social, historical, and environmental factors that shape current food systems, the course examines political dimensions of food from differing cultural perspectives. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

MOV 350 — The Obesogenic Environment
Obesity is a global health issue. This course will examine obesity within the context of behavioral choices, and physical and social environments (e.g., public health policy, sociocultural influences, food accessibility, media, marketing). Obesity prevention and intervention strategies will also be  explored. Prerequisites: Junior standing and PSY 101 or SOC 101. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

NUR 344 — Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Journey
Healthy aging is a lifelong process. This course will explore factors that affect physical, mental, biological, and spiritual aspects of human aging. Emphasis will be placed on achieving and maintaining optimal health and well being across the life-course. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

NUR 354 — Living with Life-limiting Illness 
This course is intended for persons interested in exploring issues surrounding death and dying. Content will explore common physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and culturally specific needs of the dying as well as ethical and legal considerations surrounding death. Standards of care from the discipline of hospice and palliative care are explored. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving

NUR 364 - Embracing Wicked Problems in Healthcare
Wicked problems in healthcare are chronic, reoccurring issues that require both problem solving and polarity thinking. Students across disciplines work in groups applying principles of dialogue and polarity management to address polarizing tensions, where both sides are right and need each other's wisdom to create sustainable positive health outcomes. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving

PSY 367 — Health Psychology
Explores the relationships among psychology, health, illness, and behavioral medicine. Considers important contemporary health issues from biopsychological and psychosocial perspectives and the role of psychology in health promotion. Prerequisites: Junior standing and PSY 101 or HNR 234. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

RTX 302 — Leisure, Health, and Wellness
Addresses the concept of leisure and its use in achieving and maintaining good health and well-being of individuals, families, and societies. Leisure education and complementary health promotion strategies to achieve health and wellness are integrated throughout the course. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving

SOC 430 - Aging in Place(s): Growing Old in the Community
This course will use off-campus community engagement to teach challenges faced by older people who increasingly age in place and in isolation. Students will learn obstacles to successful aging including health issues and social isolation, among other related issues. Students will actively strategize practical-care and policy proposals. Transportation provided.Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving

SW 322 — Responding to Chronic Illness
Investigates the chronic illness through a biological, social and psychological lens. Chronic illness affects individuals, groups and communities resulting in a need for a variety of ways to assess how health professionals can best respond to the challenges of living a good quality of life. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving 

SW 344 - Responding to Loss, Death, and Grief
Explores death and loss in US society from diverse theoretical, cultural, and social perspectives. Grief as a human response to death and other significant loss is examined emphasizing the diversity of grief reactions among individuals, groups, and communities and exploring helpful and meaningful interventions. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, problem solving

SW 355 - Addressing Ageism and Health
Analyzes the impact of historical, economic, and societal responses to population aging in the United States on pervasive ageism against older adults, based on the human rights framework. Special attention given to professional ageism in health and human services systems and its impact on minority older adults' health and wellbeing. Fulfills Cultures - U.S. Diversity. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Skills: collaboration, integration, oral communication, problem solving, written communication


*You must have completed 55 credits to enroll in 300- to 400-level Seidman College of Business courses. If you are a nonbusiness major with a 2.5 overall GPA, please email your name, G-number, course, and semester to to request a permit to register. Secondary admissions criteria applies for business majors.

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