Summer 2018 - BPK 140 C200

Contemporary Health Issues (3)

Class Number: 4754

Delivery Method: Distance Education


  • Course Times + Location:

    Distance Education

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Jun 21, 2018
    Thu, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

    Aug 13, 2018
    Mon, 12:00–3:00 p.m.



Explores health from a holistic perspective, in which health is viewed as physical, psychological, and social well-being. Considers genetics, environment, personal health behaviors (such as diet, exercise, stress management, and drug use), socioeconomic status, health care delivery systems, and aging with the intent to improve students' abilities to evaluate health information. Students with credit for KIN 140 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Science.


We start with different models of views of health, and then look at how to evaluate health information. We continue with major diseases, and how to assess, alter risk for, and manage these conditions. We finish with broader societal issues such as drug abuse, the physical environment, and health care delivery systems. Throughout, we will consider the effects on health of social determinants such as education and income as well as personal health behaviors such as diet and exercise. 

Note: Adds are not permitted after the second week of classes.


  • Weekly Quizzes 15%
  • Assignment 1 10%
  • Assignment 2 10%
  • Assignment 3 15%
  • Mid-term Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 30%



Current Issues in Health (2nd Ed.), Brown

ISBN: 9780864913753

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