Spring 2019 - BPK 140 D100

Contemporary Health Issues (3)

Class Number: 4306

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3181, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 12, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCC 9001, 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.


Over 13 weeks, a variety of factors that influence health will be considered, including Personal Health Behaviours: Nutrition, physical activity, stress management, sexual behaviours and drug use as well as the Environment: Physical, social, economic, political and current Health Care Delivery Systems. 
Two hours of lecture and one hour of tutorial per week.

I will assign grades per the following Undergraduate Program Committee approved BPK grading guidelines (2015):

A+ >92
A 87-91
A- 82-86
B+ 78-81
B 74-77
B- 70-73
C+ 65-69
C 55-59
D 50-54
F <50

Failure to attend an examination

Students who miss examinations due to exceptional circumstances (such as serious illness or compassionate reasons) are required to obtain a physician's certificate, whereby the physician states that you were unable to write your midterm or final on the set date due to a medical condition beyond your control, or other supporting documents in order to obtain consideration in the course. Such documents must be filed with the Dept. Chair (via the Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology office) or Registrar within four calendar days of the date on which the examination was to have been written. Exceptional circumstances must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Committee in order for a student to receive consideration.  

Academic honesty and student conduct
Academic honesty is a condition of continued membership in the University community. Academic dishonesty, including plagiarism or any other form of cheating is subject to serious academic penalty, i.e. failure on an assignment, failure in a course, suspension or expulsion from the University. 

It is the responsibility of students to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.


  • To be able to identify and compare different health models
  • To be able to identify modifiable risk factors of major health conditions such as CVD, Cancer, Diabetes and Hypertension
  • To be able to critically evaluate health claims
  • To be able to provide rationale for trends in infectious disease
  • To understand guidelines and components of Physical Activity as it pertains to health
  • To be able to outline factors to determine a healthy diet and global dietary issues
  • To understand the role of mental health in overall health and learn coping strategies in times of stress
  • To identify the role of human sexual behaviour in overall health
  • To identify the impact of drug use in society on health and disease.
  • To be able to discuss the Canadian Health Care System and its model of operation.
  • To better understand how Environmental issues play a role on the health and well-being of the human population.


  • Quizzes (each student’s best five of the six quizzes; quizzes will take place in tutorials 25%
  • Tutorial Participation (written and oral work in the tutorial period; for example, you may be asked to explain a graph showing trends for different types of cancer, or to compare the results of two different scientific studies, or to discuss a newspaper clipping on a current health issue) 15%
  • Midterm examination 20%
  • Final examination; three hours cumulative and comprehensive 40%


Students should have good English language writing and speaking skills. Attendance at lectures and tutorials is expected. Attendance at the first and last lectures is especially recommended.  
The lectures will not be audio taped. If you choose not to attend class, do not expect that the instructor will repeat the announcements, answer the questions, or provide the handouts that were given in class.  
If you will need to miss class for a religious holiday or travel related to a university function (e.g., athletic competition), please let the instructor know within the first week of the semester.


None. A background in science is not required.



Brown SL. Current Health Issues, Fall 2014 edition. Purchase this at the S.F.U. Bookstore. Later editions of the textbook may be useful, although they are missing some of the material in the Fall 2014 edition


Other PDF files will be posted to Canvas as they pertain to lecture and tutorial topics. Please consult Canvas regularly and note these materials are examinable.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Registrar Notes:

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