Spring 2016 - HSCI 130 D100
Foundations of Health Science (4)
Class Number: 4329
Delivery Method: In Person
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.
This course will explore 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.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
To help students develop a better understanding of public health and health sciences.
- Tutorial participation/ presentation 15%
- In class exercises 20%
- Quiz one and two 50%
- Book review (in class) 15%
By the end of the course, students will be able to understand: (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 public health; (3) the social determinants of health and imagine how we might build health public policy and promote the health of the population; (4) specific health issues (e.g. sanitation, infectious diseases and rise of public health, the origin of HIV/AIDS, and climate change); and (5) health literacy and how to convey your health message using art.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Greenwood M, Leeuw S, Lindsay NM, Reading C, (eds.). Determinants of Indigenous Peoples' Health in Canada Beyond the Social, Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2015
Students must also read and review one of three books:
(1) George R. The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2008;
(2) Timberg C and Halperin D. Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It. New York: Penguin Press, 2012; or
(3) Johnson, S. The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic - and How it Changed Science, Cities and the Modern World. New York: Riverhead Books, 2006.
All other articles are available online through Canvas or open access websites
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