2018-2019 Catalog

HSCI - Community Health Science Courses

HSCI 1 Introduction to Health Science

The course is an introduction to fields in the health sciences with an emphasis on prevention and health promotion. Topics will include basic health science concepts as they relate to the causes and treatments of disease and injury, methods of health promotion and education, as well as the origin and reduction of health disparities. Students may be introduced to a wide array of health science professions that could include community health workers and educators, environmental health science, occupational health, ergonomics, radiological health, toxicology, clinical medicine, dental and nursing practice, drug discovery and safety assessment in pharmaceutical/chemical industry, biotechnology, health-related trials in courts as well as careers in government agencies. This course will begin to be offered in the fall of 2019.

Credits
3

HSCI 100 Health Behavior

This course will provide an overview of health behavior theories that serve as a basis for health education practice, as well as, educational theories and strategies for health behavior change. Course topics also may include the analysis of structural, cultural and ethnic influences on human behavior and health as well as bridging cultural disjunctions between health professionals and their clients. This course will be offered beginning in the fall semester of 2020.

Credits
3

HSCI 101 Health Law and Ethics

This course focuses on the federal, state, and local laws affecting healthcare delivery and healthcare organization policy. Emphasis is placed on the role of the health worker as a liaison between clients and healthcare services, a health educator and a client advocate who contributes in the development of health policy, and who must adhere to the law and regulations while advocating for ethical policies that promote access, equity, and quality. This course will be offered beginning in the fall of 2020.

Credits
3

HSCI 102 Environmental Health

The relationship between human beings and their environment and its impact on health will be examined. Health-related consequences of human interaction with the environment, including the toxicology of environmental contaminants (such as modes of dissemination and exposure, physiological consequences of exposure and risk assessment), will be emphasized. This course will be offered beginning in the fall of 2020.

Credits
3

HSCI 120 Health Promotion and Risk Reduction

This course will examine the practice of community health work and outreach in order to promote health and reduce the risk of detrimental outcomes in the context of health disparities. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of understanding and incorporating structural disadvantages, ethnic and cultural beliefs about health and illness, teaching strategies, and administrative processes when executing health promotional activities. Principles of epidemiology, models of health belief, processes of behavior change, harm reduction strategies and screening tools may be discussed. This course will be offered beginning in the spring of 2021.

Credits
3

HSCI 121 Community Health Education

The settings, roles and practices of community health education programs will be examined. Topics may include community needs, resources and strengths assessment, community engagement and organization strategies, social determinants of health and identification of high-risk groups, health education program development, communication skills using a variety of media, and the community health roles played by public, private, and voluntary health-related agencies. This course will be offered beginning in the spring of 2021.

Credits
3

HSCI 140 Health Education Theory

This course will focus specifically on health education theories on which community health education is based. Topics also may include theory-based strategies commonly used in health education programs to fill in knowledge gaps and facilitate changes in health behaviors. This course will be offered beginning in the fall semester of 2021.

Credits
3

HSCI 141 Medical Terminology

This online course for allied health students introduces elements of medical terminology, including the origins of words, prefixes and suffixes used to describe the human body as well as terms used to describe pathological conditions and diseases.

Credits
2

HSCI 142 Genes and Evolution

This course will focus on the principles of genetics, natural selection and evolution that underlie the vast diversity of life. Topics may include mechanisms of gene mutation, regulation of gene expression, and the interaction between genetics and the environment in the context of evolution and the etiology of disease.

Credits
3

HSCI 188 Program Evaluation

In this course, students will be asked to examine health-related programs developed in previous coursework. Students will use scientific research methods to evaluate the effectiveness of health-related programs, and topics may include research study design, data collection, estimation or risk, formulating and testing hypotheses and statistical analysis. This course will be offered beginning in the spring semester of 2022.

Credits
3

HSCI 190 Contemporary Issues in Health

Topics will vary from semester to semester but may include holistic health, alcohol and drug dependency, as well as other factors related to sexuality, gender or aging that impact health.

Credits
3

HSCI 195W Health Science Senior Seminar

This capstone course provides the senior student with an opportunity to synthesize previous learning in a self-selected and faculty approved area of inquiry and health promotion. This course will examine the development of programs in health education and promotion, including assessment of community needs, strengths and resources, determination of program goals and objectives and development of program activities. This course will be offered beginning in the fall semester of 2021.

Credits
3

HSCI 196 Health Science Internship

A supervised internship field experience in a health or health-related setting with at least 104 hours spent in fieldwork. Students will periodically meet in person with the instructor to discuss progress within the internship, any issues/concerns and assessment opportunities/results. Application and permission of the instructor are required. This course will be offered beginning in the fall semester of 2021.

Credits
3