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Healthcare- Introduction to Public Health (HC101)
September 2017 – Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: differentiate and discuss major concepts within the field of public health; analyze a variety of public health topics including: infectious disease, factors relating to health and longevity, environmental factors associate with life, and research; identify the challenges associated with the field of public health; examine and assess how policies are created on a local, state, and national level in an effort to ensure the health and safety of the public; explore the role public health has in terms of diet, safety of food and drugs, and disease; apply the knowledge learned from the course to have an impact in local communities; and develop strategic public health solutions to combat the healthcare crisis in not only America, but also globally.
Instruction is offered online through video lectures, study guides, required and supplemental readings, quizzes, homework, and final exams. Major topics include: science, politics, and prevention, socioeconomy and economic impact, epidemiology: the basic science of public science, epidemiology: addressing the diabetes epidemic, kinds of epidemiologic studies, role of data and infectious diseases, the biomedical basis of chronic diseases, genetic diseases and other inborn errors, poor diet and physical inactivity, maternal and child health as a social problem, water (the looming world crisis and climate change), clean air (is it safe to breathe?), safe food and drugs: an ongoing regulatory battle, U.S. medical system reform, and public health and the aging population.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Public Health, Health Sciences, or Biology (2/18).