Courses in Health Disparities

ECEMS - Health, Safety, and Nutrition (CYAF 407)
Important elements for planning, promoting, and maintaining healthy and safe learning/care environments; understanding childhood illnesses and establishing healthy lifestyles; performing first aid; and maintaining care providers’ health. Information about maintaining safe relationships with others, including identifying and reporting abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children. Exploration of nutrients for life, feeding, food preparation and safety policies and guidelines, food allergies and intolerances, and appropriate feeding practices.

Department: CYAF
Prerequisites: Admission to ECEMS program
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom/Web
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Health Communication (COMM 354)
Overview of communication research and practice in various care contexts: client/provider interactions, provider/provider communication, communication in health care organizations, mediated messages in the marketing and promotion of health information, consumer advocacy, politics of health care.

Department: Communication Studies 
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Communication and Aging (COMM 368)
Introduction to theories and concepts of intergenerational communication, perceptions of aging, and attitudes about age groups. Focus on cultural variations, media and technology, personal relationships, health and health care. 

Department: Communication Studies
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Communication and Health Disparities (COMM 454)

Examines the differences across groups in health, illness, and health care access and the role of communication in defining health problems and creating intervention solutions

Department: Communication Studies 
Prerequisites: COMM 101
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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History of Medicine in Western Society (HIST 228)
Survey from classical antiquity to the present. The education of practitioners, locations of healing, theories of health and disease, and medical practices in the context of social, economic, and political change.

Department: History
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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History of American Medicine (HIST 320)

From the colonial period to the end of the 20th century. Themes include: disease as a historical force; the professionalization of medical education and research; medicine and public health; and the dissemination of scientific and technological innovations to bedside practice.

Department: History
Prerequisites: Sophmore standing
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Healthy Living (NUTR 100)
Various risk factors and personal behaviors that affect health.  Practical methods for self-assessments and improving and maintaining physically active and healthy eating habits designed to enhance awareness of short- and long-term risks and to achieve a higher level of wellness.

Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: Must use Blackboard
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Nutrient and Fitness Assessment (NUTR 252)
Introduction to and practical application of tools frequently used to estimate fitness levels and dietary intake; association among physical activity, nutrition, and health; health screening and risk classification; principles of assessment and various assessment strategies.

Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: NUTR 100 - NUTR majors only
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom and Lab
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Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition (NUTR 253)
The influences of culture on food and nutrition practices.

Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Adressing Health Disparities through Health Literacy (NUTR 256)
Understanding of health disparities existing at national and local levels through a social justice lens and the role of health literate communication in reducing health disparities, as well as its limitations.


Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: NUTR 100
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Nutrition and Food for Optimal Health (NUTR 344)
Integration of current dietary guidelines, nutrient assessment methodologies, scientific principles of food preparation, financial accountability, concepts of healthy menu planning, and preparation techniques in promotion of healthy living.


Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: NUTR 250 - NUTR majors only or permission
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom and Lab
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Social Marketing in Health Communication (NUTR 352)
Application of the social marketing framework to analyze public health problems and design program solutions.

Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: Junior standing
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Planning and Implementation of Health Promotion Programs (NUTR 400)
Theory-based process of developing health promotion/education programs.  Principles of planning, implementing and evaluating health education interventions will be taught using evidence-based research.


Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: NUTR 250 & NUTR 256 - Junior standing
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Health Behavior (NUTR 401)
Social, psychological, and cultural factors that influence the adoption, maintenance, and modification of health behaviors in communities.


Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: Junior standing
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Evaluation and Research Related to Health Promotion (NUTR 404)
Introduction to research, study designs, and data collection methods in health and behavior-change related studies, including exercise, nutrition, and health education .Emphasis on understanding research literature and development of research/grant proposals.


Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: NUTR 400
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Management and Administration of Health Promotion Programs (NUTR 406)
Overview of systems approach to the management of resources needed to plan, implement, and evaluate a health education/promotion program including financial, human, curricula, and physical resources.  Qualities of effective leadership will be explored and evaluated.

Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: NUTR 404
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Principles of Epidemiology for Nutrition and Public Health (NUTR 407/807)
Application of basic concepts of epidemiology to nutrition and public health to include epidemiological research design, estimating outcome measures and determining cause and effect and effectiveness of interventions to prevent and treat disease.


Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: NUTR and 3 hrs Statistics
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Community Health Advocacy (NUTR 408)
Health policy and law in the United States. Development of health advocacy skills through engagement with local community health organizations and decision-makers.

Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: NUTR 406
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Nutrition and Fitness Communication Strategies (NUTR 453)
Application of behavior change and counseling theories to individual clients. Data assessment and interpretation, and developing goals and/or outcomes to facilitate health behavior changes.


Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: NUTR 344
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Practicum in Exercise and Health Behavior Planning (NUTR 488)
Practical experience in exercise testing and analysis and planning of health and fitness programs for individuals.

Department: Nutrition
Prerequisites: NUTR 453 & NUTR 486/886
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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World Food Economics (ACEN 346)
Description and economic evaluation of world food systems, including production, distribution, and consumption in developing and industrialized countries. Economic implications of alternative means for meeting world food needs, with emphasis on the social science aspects of the world food availability and needs, policies, and the economics of technological change. Familiarity with spreadsheets (Excel) required.

Department: Agricultural Economics
Prerequisites: ACEN 141 or ECON 212 and ECON 211
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Medical Anthropology (ANTH 422/822)
Focuses on theoretical and applied significance of health related practices in local and cross-cultural contexts. Cultural constructions of disease, intervention and treatment strategies explored historically and contemporarily

Department: Anthropology
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Nutritional Anthropology (NUTR 430/830)
Anthropological approaches to the study of nutrition. Background to nutrition science; bio-cultural aspects of obesity, fertility, lactose intolerance, and infant feeding practices; biological differences in nutritional requirements, fertility, and mortality; interpretation of nutritional deficiencies in skeletal remains; reconstructing prehistoric diets from archaeological evidence; and evaluation of relationships between dietary patterns and dental remains in fossil record.

Department: Anthropology
Prerequisites: ANTH 242 or equivalent
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Human Growth and Development (ANTH 488/848)
Biological diversity from an evolutionary perspective. The history of the study of human physical growth and biological principles of growth. Genetic, epigenetic and hormonal effects on human and other mammal growth patterns, and environmental factors that influence growth. Effects of nutrition, disease, socio-economic status, pollution, etc. Unique features of human growth in its various stages. How anthropologists interpret variation in growth patterns among human populations and the possible adaptive significance of this variation.

Department: Anthropology
Prerequisites: ANTH 242 and 242L, or BIOS 101 and 101L
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Introduction to Gerontology (GERO 200)
Introduction to social gerontology and human development in later life; emphasis on important elements of aging, such as socialization, family interaction, retirement, physical and psychological aging, and perceptions of older persons in contemporary society.


Department: Gerontology
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Issues in Aging (GERO 435/835)
For students in gerontology and in other fields who are interested in a humanistic approach to understanding significant issues which affect the lives of older people.

Department: Gerontology
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Health Aspects of Aging (NUTR 455/855)
Psychological, sociological, and physiological factors that influence the health of the aging, with particular emphasis given to biological changes that have implications for disease and health disorders.

Department: Gerontology
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Health Psychology (PSYC 428/855)
The relationship between psychological factors and physical health. Health behavior, health decision-making, health promotion and coping from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

Department: Psychology
Prerequisites: Junior standing
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Psychology of Adult Development (PSYC 446 - GERO 446/846)
Major social and psychological changes that occur as a function of aging. Both normal and abnormal patterns of developmental change including their implications for behavior.

Department: Psychology
Prerequisites: PSYC 181 or GERO 200
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Health, Medicine, and Society (SOCI 252)
Introduction to the sociological approach to understanding health and medicine.  The relationship between social conditions and physical and mental health.  Differences in health across social groups.  Medical care and health care policies.

Department: Sociology
Prerequisites: 3 hrs of Sociology
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Sociology of Health Care and Health Professions  (SOCI 353)
Social and cultural bases of health care and health professions. Organization, distribution, and delivery of health care.  Institution and profession of medicine and health-allied fields.  Critical evaluation of medical care system and health policy.

Department: Sociology
Prerequisites: 6 hrs of Sociology
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Sociology of Mental Health (SOCI 443/843)
Social origins of mental health and illness; social distribution of mental health by race, class, and gender; social construction of mental health; mental health care systems.

Department: Sociology
Prerequisites: 9 hrs of Sociology
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Social Demography (SOCI 444/844)
Historical and cross-cultural approach to population issues by linking changes in fertility and mortality to social institutions. Focuses on the link between population processes and such issues as gender roles, the role of the family, the Third World, and poverty and inequality.

Department: Sociology
Prerequisites: 9 hrs of Sociology
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Physical Health Disparities (SOCI 454/854)
Contribution of social inequality to health outcomes; Intersection of individual and social factors through which racial, economic, and gender differences in health emerge.

Department: Sociology
Prerequisites: 9 hrs of Sociology
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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Public Issues in America (POLS 232)

Major public issues in American politics. Government spending, civil rights; welfare and health care; poverty; education; urban problems; crime, violence and repression; defense policy; agricultural policy; environment/energy policy.


Department: Political Science
Prerequisites: None
Credits: 3
Course Format: Classroom
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