Fall 2019 - BPK 140 C100
Contemporary Health Issues (3)
Class Number: 5161
Delivery Method: Distance Education
Course Times + Location:
Exam Times + Location:
Oct 16, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
Dec 5, 2019
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
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. 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%
Brown, S. (2018). Current issues in health (3rd ed.). SFU Publications: Burnaby
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