Course Descriptions

Lower Division

HSCI 120. Health and Society: An Ecological Approach

Nature and function of health in society through study of the fundamental concepts of living systems and their implication in the processes of health and illness in the human organism. Major health problems are analyzed to contribute to the student's understanding of his or her role as an individual and as a member of the community. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Prerequisite: satisfactory score on the Entry Level Mathematics examination. (GE=B.2) (5 units)

HSCI 271. Introduction to Public Health

An interdisciplinary overview of the public health field infrastructure and unique features and responsibilities of public health, the history and accomplishments of Public Health officials and agencies, various Public Health institutions, and an in-depth examination of the core Public Health disciplines. These include epidemiology of infectious and chronic disease, environmental health, health promotion, global health (including health disparities), health policy, and health services management. Formerly HSCI 371. (4 units)

HSCI 273. Software Applications in the Health Sciences

Overview and application of a variety of software applications current- ly utilized in health science-related programs, including but not limited to assessment, planning, program implementation, and management software; statistical packages; regional and national databases; and integrated applications. Formerly HSCI 373. Materials fee required. (4 units)

HSCI 295. Special Projects in Health Science

Individual investigation, research, study or survey of selected problems. Prerequisite: consent of department. (Credit to be arranged: 1 - 2 units)

Upper Division

HSCI 301. Foundations of Public Health Education

Examines the profession of public health education in various settings and selected historical, cultural, philosophical, professional, and ethical issues in the practice of health education. Emphasis is placed on leadership, professionalism, career development, professional org-anizations, and interrelationships among physical, social, and cultural forces in the practice of health promotion and education. (4 units)

HSCI 310. Health and Human Sexuality

Relationship between health and human sexuality with a theme of prevention of disease, disorder and dysfunction through education. Prerequisite: HSCI 120 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 315. Statistics for the Health Sciences

Introduction to the analysis, interpretation and presentation of data acquired for health sciences and public health. Emphasis will be on application rather than theory. Four hours lecture. Prerequisite: HSCI 271 and 273 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 342. Nutrition for Your Health

Application of basic nutrition principles including functions of food and nutrients in health and disease prevention through the life cycle; understanding the impact of food choices and lifestyle on health; discussion of current trends, fads and fallacies in nutrition, including dietary supplements. May not be counted towards fulfilling requirements in the Nursing or the Nutrition and Food Sciences Programs. (4 units)

HSCI 352. Principles of Environmental Health

Introduction to the effects of the physical, chemical, and biological environments and their impacts on human health and well-being. Emphasis is placed on the principles of assessment, evaluation and control of environmental risks related to public health. Discussion topics include air water and solid waste pollution plus food protection, radiation, hazardous wastes and environmental impacts. Prerequisites: college-level course in biology and HSCI 120. (4 units)

HSCI 359. Global Health

Explores the main principles of global health within the social, cultural, geographic, environmental, political, and economic contexts that determine population-level health and illness, including factors that account for variations in and patterns of health outcomes. Topics include health policies, programs, health systems, identifying and interpreting current data sources, diseases, and interventions. (4 units)

HSCI 364. Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse

Analysis of factors influencing human use or abuse of drugs, alcohol and other substances and their effects on the health and well-being of the individual, family and society. (4 units)

HSCI 365. Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle

Nutritional needs through the life cycle. Factors that affect cultural, ethnic and religious food preferences in individuals and groups. Prerequisite: HSCI 350. (4 units)

HSCI 367. Human Disease Mechanisms

Ecological and medical aspects of human disease and the body's response to the disease process and the effects on normal function. Prerequisites: HSCI 120; and either BIOL 223 and 224 or BIOL 200, 201 and 202. (4 units)

HSCI 370. Health Behavior

Theoretical foundation for the development, analysis and interpretation of individual and community influences on decisions which impact health status. Strategies for health behavior modification. Prerequisites: prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 120 and 301 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 451. Principles of Epidemiology

Distribution and dynamics of human health problems; principles and procedures used to determine circumstances under which disease occurs or health prevails. The broadened scope of epidemiology is examined through case studies and community health approach. Prerequisite: HSCI 120 or consent of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 455. Health Policy and Law


Health policy, law, and regulations and their impact on public health, including health care. Considers the role of the legal system in resolving public health and health care issues through the legislature, the courts, and administrative agencies. Formerly HSCI 355. (4 units)

HSCI 468. Research Methodology in Health Science

Entry-level research methods and application to contemporary health problems. Health data analysis and development of skills for determining appropriate analytical techniques and procedures. Four hours lecture and three hours data analysis laboratory. Materials fee required. Formerly HSCI 598. Prerequisite: HSCI 315 or consent of instructor. (5 units)

HSCI 471. Health Program Planning and Implementation

Critically examines models and processes for the identification of population-based public health needs, development of programs to meet those needs, and plans for implementation of public health interventions. The course integrates several knowledge and skill areas, including research methods, epidemiology, biostatistics, proposal writing, budget planning, and project management. Includes an overview of effective public health interventions using the socio-ecologic framework (individual/behavioral, environmental/social/community, and policy) as a foundation to explore various levels of interventions. (4 units)

HSCI 472. Program Evaluation

Theory of and practice in a variety of program evaluation strategies in the school, community agency and/or health care settings. Prerequisites: prior or concurrent enrollment in HSCI 471 and 498 or permission of instructor. (4 units)

HSCI 473. Strategies and Methods in Health Education

Application of a wide-range of strategies and methods for promoting health in various community health education practice settings including community organizations and agencies, clinical settings, and schools. Formerly HSCI 302. (4 units)

HSCI 480. Health Service Administration

Introduction to management theory and practice as they apply to the administration of health service programs. Emphasis is placed on the planning, analysis, organizing, staffing, directing and evaluation functions necessary to administration of health service organizations. Budgeting functions and processes are discussed as they relate to health services administration. Prerequisite: HSCI 120. (4 units)

HSCI 489. Pre-Field Experience

Prepares students for a practical, professional-level field experience through class discussion and assignments, interaction with guest preceptors, preparing a portfolio, satisfying requirements of the field placement, and completing necessary coursework to identify and establish a field experience project. Prerequisites: senior standing; all 100- and 200-level courses completed; grade of "C" or better in all upper division courses in the major. (2 units)

 

HSCI 493. Field Experience Seminar

Analyzes the field experience, examines trends in the profession, and prepares students for formal presentation of their internship project to department faculty, agency preceptors and other students. Must be taken concurrently with HSCI 495 until completion of field experience. Prerequisite: HSCI 489. (1 unit)

HSCI 495. Field Experience

Structured practical pre-professional culminating experience of a minimum 120 hours to be completed in one ten-week quarter in an approved public health agency, community-based organization, tribal health site, or health care setting. Meant to be taken at the end of the program by senior level students. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: HSCI 489; concurrent enrollment in HSCI 493; and signed consent of program advisor. (4 units)

HSCI 595. Independent Study

Research in special topics or projects including literature review for laboratory and/or applied research under the direction of a faculty member. A written report of the end product must be submitted and approved by a committee of faculty. Review of literature alone on a specific topic may not be used for independent study. A total of eight units may apply toward graduation. Graded credit/no credit. Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken. (1 to 4 units)