IS-151 : Health and the Nations

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: IS-151 Health and the Nations

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 2 hours

Credits: 2

Course Description in college catalog:

This course examines global public health issues throughout the world. The health status of diverse populations, as well as the major threats to the health, safety and welfare of society, will be discussed. Strategies to control the spread of major diseases and the impact of local, national and international policy decisions on individuals and communities will be explored. Topics for discussion include food ecology, health disparities, access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Health Sciences 

A.S. Public Health

A.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences (concentration: nutrition)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  3. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will describe current local anti-tobacco laws.

  2. Students will discuss the fast food industry.

  3. Students will identify governmental laws and agencies that shape public health.

  4. Students will describe the current obesity epidemic in the U.S. among children and adults.

  5. Students will identify and define the leading causes of death among first-hand and second-hand smokers.

  6. Students will define the Healthy People 2020 goals and objectives.

  7. Students will name the most important health problems facing their community.

  8. Students will identify racial and ethnical classifications.

  9. Students will explain why mental health is one of the major community health problems in the U.S.

  10. Students will describe the three basic approaches to treatment for mental disorders.

  11. Students will list various types of addictive behaviors.

  12. Students will identify personal and community consequences of alcohol and drug abuse.

  13. Students will list and describe community and school drug abuse prevention programs.

  14. Students will define and describe infectious diseases.

  15. Students will discuss the current social trends and political views pertaining to AIDS.

  16. Students will define global warming, ozone layer.

  17. Students will identify steps to reduce pollution.

Program-specific outcomes

  1. Analyze public health theory and practice in the following areas: social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, environmental health, health communication, health care systems and policy.

  2. Apply and synthesize basic quantitative and qualitative data, professional and scholarly literature.

  3. Examine the current research related to public health problems and formulate methods for the prevention and control of diseases

  4. Evaluate the role of social justice in bringing about social change to improve the health of the public

  5. Communicate, promote and advocate for improvements in the health of the public

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  1. Examinations

  2. Assignments and Projects

  3. Participation and Oral Presentations

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.

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