Health Sciences (HSCI)

HSCI 098 MEDICAL AND HEALTH TERMINOLOGY (2 credits)

Instructor mentored, hybrid in-class/on-line course in medical and health care terminology. Lecture, workbook assignments, CD-ROM and Blackboard. Emphasis on origin, use, pronunciation, and spelling. Covers structures and human body systems.

HSCI 198 SPECIAL TOPICS: JAN TERM TRAVEL (4 credits)

Topics vary according to faculty availability and interest. The major topic offered in the past has been Traditional and Modern Health Care in Southeast Asia. Offered only as student interest and university resources permit. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Prerequisites: IDST 098 previous fall.

HSCI 250 INTRO TO PUBLIC & COMMUNITY HEALTH (3 credits)

Introduction to the field of public health. Focus on human biology, environmental health, lifestyle factors, and health care organizations as these four factors relate to one another and to the overall concept of health, health care, and health care delivery in the U.S.

(INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES, U.S. PLURALISM)

HSCI 298 SPECIAL TOPICS: JAN TERM TRAVEL (4 credits)

Topics vary according to faculty availability and interest. The major topic offered in the past has been Traditional and Modern Health Care in Southeast Asia. Offered only as student interest and university resources permit. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Prerequisites: IDST 098 previous fall.

HSCI 310 RESEARCH METHODS (4 credits)

Methods used in conducting research on problems arising in health care. Exploration of a research topic that includes collecting and analyzing data, writing a research report, and presenting results of research.

Prerequisites: MATH 140.

(MAJOR WRITING INTENSIVE)

HSCI 320 HEALTH & SOCIAL POLICY (3 credits)

Examination of U.S. health and social policy. Analysis of the public policy process, major public social and health programs, special interests, and political differences. The role of federal, state, as well as local governments and the legal system in policy implementation. Understanding complex health and social problems as they are translated into standards of conduct.

(MAJOR WRITING INTENSIVE)

HSCI 325 SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION (ALSO LISTED AS ARTS 325) (3 credits)

Application of the scientific method to the artistic process to increase visual awareness of scientific subject matter.

Total Course fees: $30.00

Prerequisites: ARTS 120 and BIOL 210 or instructor consent.

(CREATIVE STUDIES)

HSCI 330 GLOBAL HEALTH (3 credits)

A multi-disciplinary introduction to key public health issues in the developed world, the emerging world, and developing world. Intended for students from any major who want a foundation in global health issues from a science, social, political, economic and business perspective.

(GLOBAL PLURALISM, INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES)

HSCI 340 HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA (3 credits)

Exploration of the history, structure, economics, politics, and technology of health, health care, and health care delivery in the U.S. from the mid-1700s to the present. Co-requisite HSCI 310.

(MAJOR WRITING INTENSIVE)

HSCI 360 SCIENCE: A CANDLE IN THE DARK (3 credits)

Seminar examining how science has changed our view of our world and the universe in which we live through critical examination of some of our most fundamental beliefs and cultural practices. Possible topics: science as a method of discovery; scientific discoveries that change the way humans perceive themselves, their world, and the universe; connections between natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Emphasis on historical conflicts between science and religion including evolution and creationism.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

HSCI 370 GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS FOR THE HEALTH SCIENCES (3 credits)

Geographical Information Systems concepts and techniques for creating maps and analyzing spatial and attribute data. Emphasis on using GIS to examine issues and problems in epidemiology, public and environmental health, and health care administration. Lecture and lab.

Prerequisites: MATH 140 or instructor consent.

(INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES, QUANTITATIVE REASONING)

HSCI 395 GREAT BOOKS IN THE DISCIPLINE (3 credits)

Readings from recent books explaining new scientific discoveries in biology, information science, physics, chemistry, and cosmology. Discussion focuses on the impact of these discoveries on society, our unexamined assumptions about our beliefs, cultural practices, and our social responsibilities.

(ULTIMATE QUESTIONS)

HSCI 398 SPECIAL TOPICS: JAN TERM TRAVEL (4 credits)

Topics vary according to faculty availability and interest. The major topic offered in the past has been Traditional and Modern Health Care in Southeast Asia. Offered only as student interest and university resources permit. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

Prerequisites: IDST 098 previous fall.

HSCI 410 HEALTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE: QUALITY IMPROVEMENT THEORY (3 credits)

Theory course focusing on process management, systems improvement concepts, organizational research, objective decision making, problem solving, leadership for quality, program implementation and evaluation in health care organizations, and statistical process control (SPC) as an analysis tool.

Prerequisites: HSCI 310.

HSCI 420 HEALTH ADMINISTRATION (3 credits)

Introduction to the concepts of health care administration. Focus on the U.S. health care system, general concepts of health care management, and aspects of leadership as they apply to the health care system. Theories of motivation, budgeting concepts, strategic planning, quality improvement principles, control in health care service organization, health care reform, government regulations, and private, state and local health care insurance structures.

HSCI 431 INTERNATIONAL HEALTH (3 credits)

Examines health, health care, and health care delivery in developed, developing, and newly developed countries and regions of the world. Diseases (old and emerging), disease processes, health care practices and beliefs, and international world health organizations.

Prerequisites: HSCI 340.

(GLOBAL PLURALISM, INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES, MAJOR WRITING INTENSIVE)

HSCI 440 EPIDEMIOLOGY (ALSO LISTED AS ENVS 440) (3 credits)

Introduction to epidemiology of disease. Acute and chronic diseases are discussed from population point of view. Topics include modes of transmission, outbreak investigation, surveillance of acute infections and chronic diseases, and microbial and environmental causes.

Prerequisites: ENVS 201 or BIOL 210 and BIOL 285 or MATH 140.

(QUANTITATIVE REASONING)

HSCI 450 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (ALSO LISTED AS ENVS 450) (3 credits)

Study of the effects of water and air pollution, food additives, pesticides, heavy metals, organic solvents, mycotoxins, and radiation. Examines concepts of toxicology, epidemiology, risk assessment, safety control, and environmental law.

Prerequisites: ENVS 201 or BIOL 210.

(GLOBAL PLURALISM, INDIVID/SYSTEMS/SOCIETIES)

HSCI 487 INTERNSHIP (2-5 credits)

Intensive learning experience on-site in health-related organization. May be repeated once. A total of 3 credits required for a major.

Prerequisites: Senior standing.

(EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING)

HSCI 490 RESEARCH/THESIS (1-5 credits)

Intensive research and writing on a topic of special interest to the student under the direction of a member of the faculty. Thesis and public oral presentation required. Required for honors thesis students. May be repeated, up to a maximum of 5 total credits.

Prerequisites: Approval of supervising faculty member and department chair.