Fall 2021 - HSCI 130 D100

Foundations of Health Science (4)

Class Number: 2117

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

How health, illness and disease are defined and measured for individuals and populations. Research strategies used to identify how health, illness and disease are distributed across human populations and how environmental, socio-economic, demographic, biological, behavioural and political factors influence individual and population health. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.

COURSE DETAILS:

This foundational course is designed to provide students with an overview of (1) the concepts of health, illness and disease and how these constructs have varied across cultures and historical periods; (2) the terminology used to describe and measure patterns of health, illness and disease in the field of public health; (3) the social determinants of health and how we employ public policy to promote the health of the population; (4) examples of specific health issues (e.g. sanitation, infectious diseases and rise of public health, etc.); and (5) health systems, public policy and population health.

In the Fall 2021 semester, the Course will be delivered in person via a weekly 3-hour class with the course instructor and 50-min Tutorials with TA and your peers. All learning materials and assignments will be available on the Course website. Students will work in small group tutorials, will interact with their peers and TA and will participate in the course activities through the online platform.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO TUTORIALS IN WEEK 1. TUTORIALS START IN THE WEEK OF SEP 20. FIRST CLASS IS ON TUESDAY, SEP 14.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

- describe the concepts of health, illness and disease from a range of perspectives;

- understand the core terminology and strategies used to measure health, illness and disease in the field of population and public health;

- explain how a range of factors may act as potential health determinants (e.g.environmental, socio-economic, demographic, biological, behavioural and political factors) on individual and population levels;

- critically reflect on solutions to problems involving health, illness and disease.

Grading

  • Tutorial Assignments 20%
  • Practical Excercises 20%
  • Quiz 1 20%
  • Quiz 2 20%
  • Team Project + participation 20%

NOTES:

COVID-19 related information and mask-wearing requirements: please follow the guidance provided by the University for mask-wearing and applying for medical exceptions. We will include a message on Canvas to remind us about these important public health requirements (and will update it regularly) and expect that all of us will closely follow these safety procedures to keep each other healthy.

Materials

MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:

N/A

REQUIRED READING:

Weekly readings and other learning materials will be provided via the course website on the Canvas platform.

Registrar Notes:

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html

TEACHING AT SFU IN FALL 2021

Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.