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hcc catalogue '11-'12

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PUBH-101 Introduction to Public Health
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

Introduction to Public Health is a survey course designed to introduce students to public health topics such as biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental and occupational health, behavioral health, health policy and administration, maternal and child health, and ethics. The course provides methodology for understanding health and health policy matters at a population level and exposes students to various occupations in the field of public health. Course content will include guest lecturers who serve in a public health field and possible site visits to Public Health institutions. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

PUBH-110 Health Care Reform: Cost and Efficacy
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)
This course will address the timely issue of health care reform, its goal and objectives, and the pros and cons associated with a national health care system. Topics of study and discussion will be: Is health care for all a reality that we can afford? Can everyone be expected to be served? Will everyone be required to accept the same level of care? What are the sacrifices Americans will be asked to make to ensure health care for all? Will quantity of those insured mean diminished quality of health care? (3 hours weekly)

PUBH-210 Epidemiology
3 Credits

Epidemiology introduces students to the principles and methods public health practitioners employ to determine transmission, distribution, occurrence, and detection of communicable and non-communicable diseases and injury within a population. Epidemiology provides evidence-based data which may point to an association between exposure and development of a disease, leading researchers to further investigate a cause-and-effect relationship through laboratory experiments (i.e. tobacco use and lung cancer). Public policy measures (i.e. smoking tobacco ban) and control of diseases (i.e. SARS) benefit from epidemiologic measures by providing population and individual risk estimates. Course content will include guest lecturers who employ epidemiologic principles in their public health work. Case studies of disease outbreaks will be highlighted (i.e. food-borne illness outbreak) to allow students to practice the methods used by epidemiologists. Prerequisites: ENGL-121 and MATH-070 or higher or appropriate score on mathematics placement test. (3 hours weekly)

PUBH-230 Health and the Disease Process
3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of general pathophysiology of disease processes. It is designed for students enrolled in health programs and those interested in pursuing an advanced degree in the medical/allied health fields. Causes, signs and symptoms, incidence, treatment, and patient teaching are presented. Interventions to prevent disease and promote wellness are integrated into clinical situations. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as HEED-230.

PUBH-233 Introduction to Environmental Health
3 Credits

This course examines the impact that environmental factors such as air, water, and food have on human health and well-being, and how people influence the quality of their environment. Students will learn about how human evolution and prosperity results in challenges associated with pollution, overpopulation, health economics, environmental policy, and other issues. Environmental health tools, such as epidemiology, toxicology, policy, and regulation will be applied to current issues of concern. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as ENST-233.

PUBH-260 Community Advocacy in Public Health
3 Credits

This course provides students the opportunity to work directly with community-based organizations to develop practical and professional skills in the assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of public health programming. Students will learn and demonstrate skills in community assessment and organization techniques including: stakeholder identification, coalition-building, grass-roots advocacy, and the identification of funding sources. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

PUBH-280 Global Health
3 Credits (Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

This course is designed to introduce students to: [1] current and emergent issues that affect the health of the global population, [2] indicators and tools used to assess population health, and [3] measures taken to address the burden of disease. The far-reaching goal of this course is to provide resources and information to motivate citizens to take action toward ensuring equitable global health care. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomechanical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial PLanning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG 
Geology - GEOL 
German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Photonics - PHOT
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Telecommunications - TELE
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Wireless Communications - WCOM
Women's Studies - WMST