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Health Science Course Descriptions

HSC 101 Topics in Health Care 3 hours
Prerequisites: MTH 100, ENG 108, Term: Winter
This course uses a research approach to focus on issues affecting healthcare in America. Topics include the sociological, psychological, economic, environmental, and ethical impact on health and the problems facing healthcare professionals. Fieldwork is required.

HSC 320 Nutrition & Exercise for Wellness 3 hours
Prerequisite: CHM 230, BIO 271, BIO 272 Term: Fall, Winter
Study of exercise, wellness and nutrition for pre-health professional students to provide skills necessary to determine nutritional needs, status, and habits of clients, throughout the lifespan and the health-illness continuum. The relationships between macronutrient intake, metabolism, exercise, and weight loss will also be explored. Teaching methodologies will include: lecture, discussion, case studies with application of the healthcare process and formulation of care plans.

HSC 321 Health Care Informatics 2 hours
Prerequisite: BUS 308 or ISC 312; Term: Winter
This course will establish the foundational knowledge for understanding and practicing informatics in a healthcare environment. Healthcare informatics models and theories and the sciences that support it will be reviewed. The use of information technology to support decisions that promote safety and quality in patient-centered care, and concerns about protecting information and system integrity are addressed. Course assignments focus on healthcare applications.

HSC 327 Pathophysiology 4 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150, BIO 271, BIO 272, BIO 321; Term: Fall, Winter
The course will concentrate on how physiological functions of humans are modified by internal and external environmental stressors. Underlying concepts and principles common to health deviations in all major physiological systems are presented. Knowledge gained from this course will provide the student with rationale for clinical decision making. The teaching methodology for the class is lecture and class discussion.

HSC 388 Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing, Health Science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required.

HSC 398 Introduction to Epidemiology 3 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150, PSY305; Term: Winter (even)
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease, or other health-related outcomes, in human and animal populations. This course introduces the basic concepts of epidemiology, epidemiologic research, and introduces you to the findings of epidemiologic research in key aspects of health and disease; including chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, social epidemiology, outbreak investigation, properties of tests, and study design and surveillance.

HSC 408 Pharmacology 4 hours
Prerequisite: BIO 150, BIO 271, BIO 272, BIO 321, HSC 327, CHM 230, MTH 103; Term: Fall, Winter
This course presents the basic principles of pharmacology needed to safely care for patients. Emphasis is placed on concepts of pharmacology that guide all drug use; major classes of drugs with emphasis on mechanisms of actions; and patient care implications.

HSC 450 Community Advocacy & Public Health 4 hours
Prerequisite: POL/SOC/SW 385; Term: Fall (even)
Students will be introduced to community health concepts, resources, and skills related to the role and responsibilities of a Community Health Advocate locally, nationally, and globally. Special emphasis will be placed on factors to consider when working in community-based settings; legislative and legal processes in local, state, and national health policy; characteristics of health models and plans; impact of culture and socioeconomic status on individual’s health, assessment of community issues from a health lens; communication; barriers to health care services; and related community resources. Particular skills include coalition development, developing a constituency/partnerships, advocacy, team building, and leadership. A practicum with a community partner is required.

HSC 488 Cooperative Field Experience 1-4 hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing, Health Science major, departmental approval; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
Supervised work experience in activity related to an area of specialization. This is planned in consultation with advisor, co-op supervisor and employer. Recording, reporting and evaluation of experience will be required. HSC 491 Independent Study 1-4 hours Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; Health Science major; Junior status; Term: Fall, Winter, Summer Opportunity to earn credit for the independent study of a course not listed in the catalog as a specific offering. By arrangement.

ISC 312 Junior Seminar 3 hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing in the major, ENG 312; Term Fall, Winter
Junior Seminar has been designed to help science majors improve their writing AS SCIENTISTS. Competence in writing in science requires critical evaluation of one’s work. In order to encourage the development of critical thinking, students critique published work as well as write essays, reviews, and research reports. The heart of the course lies in the weekly interaction between the instructor and students through discussion both in class sections and one-on-one. A weekly lecture provides structure and continuity and allows consideration of other topics such as interviewing and resume writing, poster presentations, ethics in science, and the nature of science and creativity. This is the program’s writing intensive course.

ISC 496A Science Senior Seminar: Library Research 2 hours
Prerequisites: ISC 312; Senior standing in major. Term: Fall, Winter
This course is designed for senior science majors to have the opportunity to write and orally present a research proposal. This will include conducting a literature review and designing an original research project. Students carry out their research project in ISC 496B. Use of computer for informational searches, data analysis, and word processing; oral presentations and final research paper required.

ISC 496B Science Senior Seminar: 2 hours
Laboratory Research Prerequisites: ISC 496A; Senior standing in major; Term: Fall, Winter; Fee: yes.
This course is designed for senior science majors to conduct research with the direction of a faculty member. The student will carry out a research project of their own design. Specifically students will conduct experiments, write up the results of those experiments, write up the conclusions based on those results and present the results and conclusions of the project both in written and oral formats.