Course Descriptions

50:499:101 – Introduction to Health Sciences (3)
This course provides students with an overview of issues central to the health sciences and careers in the field of health. Issues addressed include public health initiatives, social influences on health, poverty and health, and health care systems in the U.S. and around the world. Through the discussion of classic and cutting-edge research, students develop an appreciation for the vast array of complex issues central to this emerging and applied field. Further, exposure to these topics will prepare students to make informed decisions about their future education and careers.  Sample syllabus.*

50:499:120 – Medical Terminology (3)
This course provides students with the foundation for building a medical vocabulary that is useful for careers across many health care occupations. Students will build on this vocabulary through a study of prefixes, suffixes, and root words used in the medical field, with an emphasis on correct pronunciation, spelling, and usage of medical terms. Students will apply this knowledge to the body’s various systems, diseases, and physiology.

50:499:201 – Careers in Health Sciences (3)
In this course, students will explore their own career strengths and interests, gain exposure to a variety of careers and graduate school paths open to people with Health Sciences degrees, and participate in professional development and graduate school preparation activities.

50:499:303 – Health Law (3)
This is a survey course of Health Law. Students will explore legal issues in the past, present, and future health care environment. Topics covered include an overview of the U.S. health care system, private and public health insurance, regulation of healthcare providers and institutions, and health privacy. This course fulfills one of the requirements for the Health-Law certificate.

50:499:304 – Media and Health (3)
The media, including television, movies, magazines, book, social media/the internet, and music, strongly influences our health behaviors and outcomes. This course concentrates on a number of topics related to health and media, including body ideals, video games and violence, health coverage in the news, social media use and health, and advertising. The course focuses on how media influences individual as well as population health and well-being.

50:499:305 – Cultural and Global Competency in Healthcare (3)
This course explores cultural and global competency as it applies to health/human service professionals. In this course, students will review the literature on diversity and cultural competence as it relates to disparities in health status and access to quality care. Students will reflect on their own cultural background and how it shapes their interactions with patients, and they will develop an action plan to promote diversity and awareness in healthcare settings.

50:499:456/457/458/459: Special Topics in Health Sciences (3)
An advanced course in health sciences that addresses a specific area of study. Intended to be taught as seminars. Topics to be discussed vary from semester to semester based on student and faculty interests. Topics covered include public health, community health, social relationships and health, medical product development.  Sample syllabus.*

50:499:493 – Applied Experiences in Health Sciences (3)
This course is designed to help students learn about working in the healthcare setting and gain important experiences necessary for graduate school applications and their future careers. This learning will take place through students’ experiences at their placement, the supervision students receive, their own reflection about their experiences, and completing a final project relating to their work and graduate school/career goals. Students are encouraged to develop their own placements. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

50:499:497 – Independent Study in Health Sciences (R) (1-3)
The student is required to undertake a term-long or year-long laboratory or library project under the supervision of a health sciences faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.  Sample syllabus.*

*Note: Different instructors include somewhat different topics and assignments in their courses. Sample syllabi are provided merely to demonstrate approximately what students should expect should they enroll in the course.