Spring 2023 - HSCI 130 D100
Foundations of Health Science (4)
Class Number: 5624
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10081, Burnaby
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 foundational course is designed to provide students with an overview of (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 the field of public health; (3) the social determinants of health and how we employ public policy to promote the health of the population; (4) examples of specific health issues (e.g. sanitation, infectious diseases and rise of public health, etc.); and (5) health systems, public policy and population health.
In the Spring 2023 semester, the Course will be delivered in person via a weekly 3-hour class with the course instructor and 50-min Tutorials with TA and your peers. All learning materials and assignments will be available on the Course website. Students will work in small group tutorials, will interact with their peers and TA and will participate in the course activities through the Canavas platform.
PLEASE NOTE: THERE ARE NO TUTORIALS IN WEEK 1.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- describe the concepts of health, illness and disease from a range of perspectives;- understand the core terminology and strategies used to measure health, illness and disease in the field of population and public health;
- explain how a range of factors may act as potential health determinants (e.g.environmental, socio-economic, demographic, biological, behavioural and political factors) on individual and population levels;
- critically reflect on solutions to problems involving health, illness and disease.
- Tutorial Assignments and Exercises 30%
- Quiz 1 20%
- Quiz 2 20%
- Team Project 20%
- Participation 10%
COVID-19 related information and mask-wearing requirements: please follow the guidance provided by the University for mask-wearing and applying for medical exceptions. We will include a message on Canvas to remind us about these important public health requirements (and will update it regularly) and expect that all of us will closely follow these safety procedures to keep each other healthy and comfotable.
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Weekly readings and other learning materials will be provided via the course website on the Canvas platform.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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