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Health & Society Courses

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  • HEAL 201. Research Methods in Political Science and Health (1). This course offers an overview of research methods used in health and political science research. Course objectives will include an introduction to basic statistical concepts and research design; the course will also emphasize the use of STATA statistical software for production of various statistical output (ANOVA, odds ratios, bivariate and multivariate regression analyses). (Also listed as Political Science 201.) (3B) Prerequisite: None, but POLS 110 or higher recommended.

  • HEAL 212. U.S. Health Policy and Politics (1). An overview of health policy and politics in the United States. Course examines the U.S. health care system, its politics, organization, and the financing of health services. It explores how federalism shapes the system and compares it with other industrialized countries. It also examines the social or non-medical determinants of health, and the limits of what health care alone can accomplish. Health disparities among ethnic and social groups feature centrally throughout. (Also listed as Political Science 212.) (3B) Prerequisite: Political Science 110 or higher or sophomore standing.

  • HEAL 218. Health and Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World (1). In this course, students learn specialized vocabulary needed to discuss and write about health issues in the Spanish-speaking world. This course also emphasizes cultural values, beliefs, and practices required to enhance and develop approaches to health in Spanish-speaking communities. Readings are of a literary and non-literary nature. Participation in Spanish-speaking activities and/or the local Latino community is expected. Taught in Spanish. (5T) (Also listed as Spanish 218.) Prerequisite: Spanish 210 or 214 AFTER ON-LINE REGISTRATION CLOSES, MODERN LANGUAGES FACULTY REVIEW ALL LANGUAGE COURSE ENROLLMENTS TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT A STUDENT HAS ENROLLED IN THE RECOMMENDED PLACEMENT LEVEL. IF NOT, THE STUDENT WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE DEPARTMENT TO DETERMINE WHETHER A DROP OR REGISTRATION IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE COURSE IS APPROPRIATE.

  • HEAL 230. Comparative Health Systems (1). This course provides an overview of comparative health systems. Health care systems in both rich and poor countries throughout the world are examined, including their facilities, workforces, and technology and equipment. Students in this course evaluate the performance of these systems in terms of cost, quality, access, and other issues. (Also listed as Political Science 230.) Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and one Health and Society or Political Science core course, or instructor approval.

  • HEAL 235. Men's Health (1). In this course we examine the disparities, conditions, and unique pathologies that define the parameters of contemporary male morbidity, mortality, and well-being. Beyond epidemiological data, our interdisciplinary investigation encompasses an empirical look at the biology and biochemistry of maleness, coupled with analysis of masculine identities and their past and present impacts on men’s general and sexual health. Male circumcision, the clinical or ritual cutting of the foreskin, is the backdrop for our exploration of men’s health. In addition to field trips and guest lectures spanning the spectrum of health, our journey culminates in a curated exhibit, research posters, and/or performance pieces that weave the phenomenon of male circumcision into the fabric of men’s health across time, cultures, and sexual identities. (3B) (Also listed as Critical Identity Studies 236.)

  • HEAL 240. Sophomore Seminar in Health and Society (.50). Prefaced on in-depth discussion and analysis of key readings, this survey course covers a broad spectrum of domestic and global issues in public health, including the non-medical (social) determinants of health, health literacy, and disparities in health outcomes. As a gateway requirement, this course is designed to encourage interaction between Health and Society majors and minors, laying the groundwork for future collaboration and introducing majors to possible career tracks as practitioners, analysts, consultants and social entrepreneurs in the realm of public health. Prerequisite: Declared major or minor in Health and Society

  • HEAL 252. Women’s Health: Topics (1). This course focuses on the biological, social, psychological, cultural, and political factors that impact women’s experience of health and illness in the United States and around the world. Topics covered will be selected from critical topics focused on women’s experience of health and illness, including childbirth, breast cancer, aging, HIV/AIDS, and forms of psychological and physical violence. Depending on the instructors, this course may consider global issues and/or may include a significant laboratory component. May be taken for credit only one time. (Also listed as Critical Identity Studies 252.) Offered occasionally.

  • HEAL 280. Topics in Health and Society (.5, 1). Selected interdisciplinary topics in Health and Society. Topics vary, but they may include Global Health, Climate Change and Health, or Epidemiology and Society. The courses include data-driven investigation of health issues and focus on the critical analysis of complex problems. May be repeated for credit if topic is different. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and one Health and Society core course or consent of instructor.

  • HEAL 323. Anthropology of Sex and Reproduction (1). This course we will examine current issues in human sexual behavior and reproduction (both biologically and culturally) utilizing an anthropological perspective. Most broadly defined, anthropology is the study of humans, and anthropological investigations strive to know who we are, how we came to be, and where we are headed. In an evolutionary sense, sex and reproduction are intimately tied to our Darwinian fitness. Our approach will enable us to study the interrelatedness of biological, behavioral, cultural, social, and political aspects of human sex and reproduction. Through readings, lectures, films and class discussions we will examine issues such as new reproductive technologies, the biology and culture of pregnancy and childbirth, mate choice, menopause, sexual dysfunction, sex/gender anomalies, etc. (Also listed as Anthropology 323) (3B) Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, and Anthropology 100 or 120, or Biology 110.

  • HEAL 330. Paleopathology (1). Paleopathology is the study of disease in the past, combining method and theory from archaeology, medicine, and bioanthropology to enhance understanding of human health and well-being. In this course, disease will be discussed in its many facets, with particular emphasis on how pathological conditions manifest in skeletal tissue and a central focus on the cultural, biological, and evolutionary characteristics of past and present human health. We will discuss a range of topics, from congenital and infectious diseases to degenerative conditions and traumatic injury, to comprehend the major debates, key knowledge, and theoretical perspectives of paleopathology as an anthropological discipline. Readings, lectures, discussions, presentations, activities, and papers will allow students to examine multiple aspects of human disease and integrate their own interest into a final research project. Prerequisites: ANTH 120; ANTH 230 or BIOL 256. (Also listed as ANTH 330.)

  • HEAL 340. Senior Seminar in Health and Society (.5). A seminar offered every fall to consider current issues in health and medical care in the United States and other countries. As the capstone course for the major, students will reflect on knowledge and experience by applying and articulating what they have learned while navigating their undergraduate education. (CP) Prerequisite: declared major or minor in Health and Society and junior or senior standing (junior standing requires instructor consent), or consent of instructor.

  • HEAL 341. Health and Society Internship (.5). Graded credit/no credit.

  • HEAL 342. Health and Society Research Project (.5).

  • HEAL 390. Special Projects (.25 - 1). Prerequisite: sophomore standing.