Health and Society

LAP 1 Requirement Courses

HEAL 280 01 Comparative Health Systems, Fall 2013

Rongal Nikora,

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.


FYI: Slow Food, 2007
Marion Field Fass,

Student Commitment: minimal
Developmental Stage: basic
Community Partner(s): Beloit Downtown Association
Resources: Assignment description attached

Assignment: The Farmer’s Market Survey 2007

This is worth 20% of your grade, so it is a big deal.

Here are the steps:

  1. work on survey design
  2. show up for survey
  3. input data
  4. Propose topic:  What would you like to learn about the market?
  5. analyze data:  Each group of 2 will develop a question or questions to be answered by the data collected.  You can use both frequency distributions and contingency tables to analyze the data we have (A frequency distribution just tells you how many people in each category answered a question in a certain way.  A contingency table, or a set of nested frequency distributions, tells you how different categories of people answered the same question.  For example you might look at whether people from different communities shopped for the same products, or had similar feelings about supporting the community, etc.)

Remember that our data will inform the Downtown Beloit Association in their marketing efforts.  They might be interested in age, income, location, household composition, etc, and how these variables affect shoppers’ opinions.  One group can certainly look at opinions about making the market better.

To answer your questions you should include 5-10 charts/ graphs (if you think this is too many or too few, let me know), if they are frequency distributions or nested frequencies, or fewer if you are using contingency tables.

You can justify this in terms of marketing, or in terms of the kinds of issues addressed by Halweil in Eat Here, or other articles.  In formal terms, this is an introduction and “review of the literature.”

Before you discuss the data, talk about the methods of collection.  We can call our method of finding people a “convenience sample” gathered throughout the morning. That means that we asked the people who we found, but made an effort to find people who came at all times.

Talk about our sample.  We had xx respondents.  Describe the demographics that are relevant to your report.           

Talk about your results.

Poster presentation about results to class and hopefully, representatives from the BDA.

HEAL 340 Pro Seminar in Health and Society, spring 2011
Marion Field Fass,

Student Commitment: minimal
Developmental Stage: intermediate
Community Partner(s): Beloit Memorial Hospital, Beloit Area Community Health Center

Assignment: Health literacy in the community

Evaluate opportunities and barriers in the enhancement of health literacy in Beloit through research and a “walking interview”

For this assignment you will use the The Health Literacy Environment Packet: First Impressions & A Walking Interview  by R. Rudd, 2010, presented on the Resources page of the Harvard Health Literacy Studies webpage.  With a partner, please review choose a health care facility in Beloit, review their webpage, call them for information and make a site visit, as directed in the “Walking Interview.”  Based on your findings, report on the Health Literacy Environment in this institution and develop a short presentation stressing the assets and the liabilities in the program.

Assessment:  If requested, prepare a short letter or presentation for the institution, documenting potential changes.

If you are asked to present your findings, remember that you are now entering the institution as a professional (or professional in training) rather than as a student.  Dress as if you worked at the institution, honoring their dress code if possible.  Practice your presentation so that it goes smoothly.

Dealing with established institutions like hospitals and clinics can be difficult.  Each institution has its own culture and has policies that may be rooted in decades of practice.  It is challenging to determine how to present your ideas in a way that they may be accepted by the institution- you need to be clear, and offer feasible and inexpensive suggestions that promise to have a quick payoff.  Deeper changes may occur only after trust is established.