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Course Descriptions

Courses - HSC Lower Division

150. Medical Terminology (1)

Development of medical vocabulary emphasizing the building of terms utilizing prefixes, combining forms and suffixes. Includes medical terms for application in the interpretation of medical records.
(Lecture-discussion 1 hour.) Letter grade only (A-F).

200. Orientation to Radiation Therapy (3)

Introduction to the profession of Radiation therapy and an overview of the Option requirements. The role of Radiation therapy in cancer treatment and the role Radiation Therapist in patient care, treatment, simulation, dosimetry and follow-up.
40 hours of clinical fieldwork required. Letter grade only (A-F).

210. Contemporary Health Problems (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
Development of modern health knowledge, attitudes and behavior: includes family life-sex education, drug use and abuse, mental health, medical quackery and health frauds, common diseases such as sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease and cancer.

Courses - HSC Upper Division

301. Orientation to Health Science (3)

Must be taken prior to H SC 401 and 430.
Overview of philosophy of Health Science Department Orientation to degree requirements, career opportunities, and theoretical and practical issues of health education as a profession.

305. Basic Research Methods and Data Analyses in Health and Human Services (3)

Introduction to research methods and data analyses concerning health and human services. An understanding and application of public data sources, research designs, primary and secondary data analyses, and report writing. Critical assessment of information presented in media and journals.
Letter grade only (A-F).

333. Latino Nutrition, Health and Chronic Disease Prevention (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses and upper division standing.
Explores nutrition-related and contextual factors associated with the high rates of chronic disease among diverse Latino-specific subpopulations and provide culturally-relevant strategies for prevention.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as NUTR 333. Not open for credit to students with credit in NUTR 333.

400. Principles of Epidemiology (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 301, 403.
Application of epidemiologic procedures to the understanding of the occurrence and control of infectious and chronic diseases, mental illness, environmental health hazards, accidents, and geriatric problems.
(Lecture 3 hours)

401. Community Health Education (3)

Prerequisite: H SC 301.
Concepts of community health education with emphasis on community organization; application of these concepts to health education activities of official, voluntary and professional health agencies.

402. Applied Concepts of Community Health Education (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 301, 430, 435.
Identification and application of concepts unique to community health education; includes examination of theoretical foundations, marketing and promotion techniques, and application of health education strategies.

403. Community Health Statistics (3)

Prerequisites: G.E. math and SOC 250 or PSY 210 or equivalent.
Representative topics are descriptive statistics, sample designs, central tendency, and variability. Statistical tools for inferential analyses include hypothesis testing and parameter estimation.
(Lecture 2 hours, Activity 2 hours)

405. Health Education Program Evaluation and Measurement (3)

Prerequisite: HSC 403 or equivalent.
Research designs, standardized measurements, data collection, analysis, and reporting are used to develop evaluation skills to assess program outcomes. Program activities promoting behavior change in communities, organizations, groups and individuals are evaluated.
(Discussion 3 hours)

407. Health Equity and Health Disparities Research in the US (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses and upper-division standing.
Explores socioeconomic, biologic, environmental, and institutional factors associated with health issues and disease. Students will learn about research and interventions to affect positive health outcomes and access for underserved, underrepresented diverse populations.
Letter grade only (A-F).

411A. Health Science for Elementary Teachers (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Corequisite: Current CPR Certification required.
Contemporary teaching of health education in elementary schools; emphasizes coordinated school health, drugs, sexuality, nutrition, child abuse, violence, community and human ecology. Based upon California Health Framework, meets state credential requirements.
Not open for credit to health Science majors or minors.

411B. Health Science for Secondary Teachers (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Corequisite: Current CPR Certification required.
Contemporary teaching of health education in secondary schools; emphasizes coordinated school health, integrating health content and instruction into other subjects, drugs, sexuality, nutrition, child abuse, violence, community and human ecology. Based upon California Health Framework, meets state credential requirements.
Not open for credit to health Science majors or minors

420I. International Health (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
Analysis of current health problems in the world; examination of contributing social, psychological, physical, legal and cultural factors; international programs for the improvement of world health; structure and functions of world health agencies and organizations.
Course fee may be required.

421. Health Behavior (3)

Survey of contemporary research on the health effects of human behavior. Special emphasis is given to current issues of health behavior, decision-making in contemporary society, values clarification and contemporary theories of behavior change (e.g., health belief model).

422. Environmental Health (3)

Examination of reciprocal relationship existing between man and his environment, with the emphasis directed toward the health related consequences of man's actions in the environment.

423. Consumer Health (3)

Effective selection of health information, products and services; medical quackery and fraudulent health practices; laws and agencies protecting the consumer; health care delivery systems; and influences of corporate control on the consumer movement in contemporary society.

425I. Human Sexuality and Sex Education (3)

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing. Recommended: PSY 100.
Biomedical, sociological, and psychological aspects of human sexuality, the communication of sexual information, the implementation, content and evaluation of family life and sex education in the schools.

427. Drugs and Health (3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
Study of psychoactive drugs with primary attention to alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, cannabis, hallucinogens, narcotics and other drugs; examination of trends, philosophical issues and behavioral practices associated with drug use and dependence. Includes physiological psycho-social, legal, historical, philosophical and political aspects; treatment-rehabilitation activities and programs; and drug abuse prevention education.
Not open for credit to students with credit in H SC 327.

429. Stress Reduction (3)

Recognition of stress and its causes. Physical and mental symptoms of stress. Influences which reduce or create stress; methods of coping.

430. School Health Program (3)

Prerequisite: H SC 301.
Intensive analysis of the philosophy, organization and legal aspects of the school health program. Includes school and community coordination for a team approach to health education for the school age individual.

435./535. Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 421 or consent of instructor.
Health promotion/risk reduction program content, development and implementation for use in corporate, hospital and public settings. Intended primarily for Health Science majors.
(Discussion 3 hours)

440. Applied Concepts of Health Science (3)

Prerequisite: H SC 430.
Identification and application of the concepts and modes of inquiry unique to the discipline of health science; development of appropriate curriculum based upon an analysis of individual, school and community needs and interests.

485. Internship in Health Education (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 401 and consent of instructor.
Supervised observation and field experience in community health education as conducted by official, voluntary and professional health organizations.

490. Independent Studies in Health Science (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Students conduct independent library or laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member and write a report of the investigation. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.