Fall 2020 - BPK 140 D100

Contemporary Health Issues (3)

Class Number: 6041

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 16, 2020
    12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Instructor:

    Andrew Blaber
    1 778 782-3276
    Office: On Canvas via Collaborate (Times TBA)



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.


13 weeks 

Students should expect 2 hours of topic content per week presented asynchronously.

Online Topic Modules: can be accessed at any time during the term (Asynchronous), however, midterms are based on the topics listed before that midterm (see outline below).

Tutorials: 1-hour scheduled tutorial per week (Synchronous). Tutorial topics are based on topics listed for the week before the tutorial (see outline below).  Attendance is mandatory since activities and quizzes will be taken during your assigned tutorial time. Tutorial summaries will be posted by the TAs following the tutorial.

Midterms and exam: Midterms will be conducted online at a fixed time specified in the course outline and the exam at the time assigned by the University. Each student will be required to have a webcam, microphone and highspeed internet. Your video and audio will be monitored by invigilators during the exam, to ensure the integrity and fairness of the testing process.

Course Schedule:

Week Topics Tutorial

Wk 1 Chapter 1 The Concept of Health  Chapter 14 Health Care Delivery Systems No Tutorials
Wk 2 Chapter 2 Evaluating Health Claims Chapter 3 Infectious Disease Tutorial activity or Quiz #1
Wk 3 Chapter 4 Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Tutorial activity or Quiz #2
Wk 4 Chapter 5 Cancer Tutorial activity or Quiz #3 Oct 8
Wk 5 Midterm Exam # 1 (Chapters 1-5 and 14)   Chapter 15 Environment No Tutorials
Wk 6 Chapter 6 Physical Activity Tutorial activity or Quiz #4
Wk 7  Chapter 7 Nutrition Tutorial activity or Quiz #5
Wk 8  Chapter 8 Body Weight & Weight Management Tutorial activity or Quiz #6
Wk 9 Chapter 9 Mental Health Tutorial activity or Quiz #7 Nov 12
Wk 10 Midterm Exam # 2 (Chapters 6-9 and 15)   Chapter 13 Drugs No Tutorials
Wk 11 Chapter 10 Intimate Relationships and Human Sexuality Tutorial activity or Quiz #8
Wk 12 Chapter 11 Sexually Transmitted Infections Tutorial activity or Quiz #9
Wk 13 Chapter 12 Fertility Management, Pregnancy Tutorial activity or Quiz #10


·  To examine health from a holistic perspective, in which health is viewed as the product of physical, psychological, and social well-being.
·  To make students aware of the role of personal behaviors (such as diet, exercise, stress management, and drug use) in one’s health status.
·  To gain an understanding of the basic physiology of major diseases and their primary and secondary prevention measures.
.  To improve students’ abilities to read and evaluate health information.



Assignment %

Course discussions, Challenge activities, assignments 20%
Midterm examination 1 (last 50 minutes of lecture time) October 8, 2020 20%
Midterm examination 2 (last 50 minutes of lecture time) November 12, 2020 20%
Tutorial Quizzes/Activities 15%
Final exam (Scheduled by registrar) 25%


·  The minimum technology requirements for successfully completing this course is a computer or tablet, highspeed internet access,
   and a webcam.
·  Some interactive course content may be conducted on Zoom as well as with content found within Canvas.





Irwin, J, Burke, S, Insel,P. M, Roth, W.T. (2019). Core Concepts in Health (3rd ed.).
ISBN: 9781259654701


Contemporary readings will be supplied during the semester on the course Canvas page.

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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges 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. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).