Discussions of personal health guided by the social ecological model, which details the multiple levels of influence on a person’s individual health including: family, school, neighborhood, community, state policy, federal legislation and international development.
Dates: May 20 - June 28, 2019
In this course, we’ll discuss health as more than a state of physical well-being. Health relates to who we are as individuals, how we relate to others, what we value and perceive as important in our lives, and the way we respond to the day-to-day changes, challenges and experiences of life. Health/wellness signifies lifelong growth, development and integration of the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual human potential. This course focuses on your personal health through these lenses. Your personal health includes the choices you make embedded within your environment and social contexts, over time. Therefore, this course is also guided by the theories, competencies and frameworks of public health and the social determinants of health. Guiding Questions: What affects my health “choices” and behaviors? What factors impact the health of individuals and communities at local, state, and national levels? Key topics: Nutrition, fitness, substance abuse, mental health and stress, injury and violence, sexual health
Course Goals: Through course readings and interaction with a range of learning resources, students will critically engage and personally reflect on public and personal health and wellness. After this course, students will be familiar with the current national health recommendations as well as significant health disparities. Students will also possess skills to critically reflect on scientific and non-scientific health writing and information. Student Objectives and Learning Outcomes: -Become familiar with national guidelines related to several health practices and behaviors -Reflect on personal health behaviors -Understand how individual health is influenced by an interplay of factors at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and public policy levels. -Consider strategies to promote behavior change -Examine public health issues and critically engage with health information and reporting -Practice critical and reflective academic writing
Student assessments include weekly reflection assignments (including journal entries and discussion board participation), two exams, and a final personal health portfolio.
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