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H ED 100 : Public Health Biology

Prerequisites: Introduction to public health biology-the biological and molecular context of public health-and its incorporation into public health practice. Exploration of principles of population biology, ecology, and molecular biology in relation to public health problesm. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Description:
Units: 3

H ED 120 : Educational Justice, Health Equity, and Academic Success

Prerequisites: None
Description: The first of four sequenced courses for the Metropolitan Health Academy (MHA). Focus on educational justice, public health, and social justice. General education skills -- writing, oral communication, critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning -- will be systematically reinforced. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 200 : Global Health

Prerequisites: None
Description: Health around the world, including economic, political, and sociocultural factors that influence community health and health care. Linkages between health, human rights, the environment, and a colonial legacy.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 204 : Health Values and Sexuality

Prerequisites: None
Description: Critical thinking and communication across differences in values related to human sexuality and health.
Units: 3

H ED 210 : Personal and Social Determinants of Health

Prerequisites: Personal and social determinants of health through examination of the role individuals play in their own health and wellbeing, along with the impact of social, structural factors that play a role both in individual and community health.
Description:
Units: 3

H ED 221 : Health and Social Justice - Burning Issues, Taking Action

Prerequisites: None
Description: Social and economic injustices as root causes of the uneven distribution of disease. Current health issues, the process for influencing policy, and the skills to effectively advocate for health and social justice.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 231 : Health Justice in Social Policy

Prerequisites: None
Description: Explore role of social and economic injustices. Focus on social policy as determinant of health justice. Analyze policy and advocate for change in communities. Explore importance of community in creating social change. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

H ED 241 : Health and Social Movements in the United States in the 20th Century

Prerequisites: None
Description: Examination of history during the 20th century with a special emphasis on health and social justice issues. Focus on the main historical periods and events, with a lens of the "people's history narrative" that brings out voices historically silenced.
Units: 3

H ED 280 : Empowering Poor Families to Graduate Out of Poverty

Prerequisites: None
Description: College success course (self-directed). Consciousness and critical thinking skills. Participation in fieldwork addressing social justice related to wealth/poverty-health-human relation constructs/leadership in areas of education and community health. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. This course is offered as H ED 280 and COUN 280. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 290 : Promoting Positive Health

Prerequisites: None
Description: Embodied learning to promote physical, mental, spiritual and community health through yoga, dance, drawing, writing, collage, poetry and photography. Multicultural experience, active creative participation and intellectual pursuit as tools to improve flexibility and understanding, and to unlearn and heal oppression. This course is offered as H ED 290 and HH 290. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 303 : Health Disparities and Sexual and Gender Minority Communities: LGBTQI Health

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of health disparities in sexual and gender minority communities with a particular focus on the impact of stigma faced by LGBTQI individuals, families, and communities. Various aspects of health and well-being will be explored.
Units: 3

H ED 305 : Critical History of Public Health in the United States

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Major issues, events, and historical figures in public health in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis on socio-cultural and political aspects of infectious and chronic diseases, epidemics, health disparities, public health reforms and advances
Units: 3

H ED 310 : Health in Society

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Major health issues/problems of individual and society; prevention and the validity of current health beliefs. Nutrition, mental health, sexuality, environmental health, communicable and chronic diseases, consumerism, stress, aging.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Segment III Cluster - Stress, Work, and Leisure
  • Segment III Cluster - Health and Wellness
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 315 : Drugs and Society

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Physical, psychological, and sociological aspects of drug use and misuse in contemporary society, including examinations of the drug war, the prison industrial complex, community prevention and control.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Chemicals: Enticing, Dangerous, and Essential
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

H ED 320 : Contemporary Sexuality

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Information about sexuality; its impact on interpersonal relationships. Anatomy and physiology; psychosexual development, sex roles, pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual behavior, myths, misconceptions. Sexual value systems and communication skills.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Segment III Cluster - Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender / Queer
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 400 GW : The Health Education Profession - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C or better, and completion of GE critical thinking requirement.
Description: Foundations of public health and health education including qualifications and professional preparation of the public health practitioner. Strong emphasis on professional and scholarly writing and analytical skills. (ABC/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 405 : Introduction to Community/Public Health

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; health education majors/minors.
Description: Exploration of major concepts and trends in public health. Historical and philosophical topics, braches, core functions, models and theories of public health. Various forms of communities and the health education profession will be explored.
Units: 3

H ED 410 : Organization and Function of Health Services

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Health care and delivery of services: identification and function of governmental, private, and voluntary organizations; programs in health protection and promotion at local, state, and national levels. Community activities required.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Health Care Policy and Practices
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 414 : Women's Health--Problems and Issues

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Issues and problems confronting women: mental health, sexuality, parenting, nutrition, exercise, rape and battery, aging, and occupational health. Politics of health care and the self-help movement.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Health and Wellness
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 415 : Health Aspects of Aging

Prerequisites: Upper division standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Physical, social, and psychological aspects of aging. Health concerns of the elderly: medical care, long-term care, nutrition, death and dying, crime and elder abuse, medicare-medicaid. Visitations and communications with older adults.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Development
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3

H ED 417 : AIDS: Contemporary Health Crisis

Prerequisites: Completion of critical thinking requirement.
Description: AIDS--acquired immune deficiency syndrome--from a variety of perspectives. Physical/medical, emotional, psychosocial, political, economic, and cultural components of the disease. Prevention and educational strategies.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

H ED 420 : Epidemiology

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Disease patterns in the human population, how diseases are distributed, what factors are associated with them. Etiology, recognition, transmission, prevention, and control of health disorders and communicable and chronic diseases.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 425 : Introduction to Research and Statistics in Health

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Quantitative methods for elementary statistical analysis in research and evaluation in the health field.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 430 : Community Health Education Theory

Prerequisites: H ED 400GW with a grade of C or better.
Description: Theoretical frameworks, concepts, and methods which form the basis for community health education; communication and group process; social, educational, behavioral and attitudinal change.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 431 : Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

Prerequisites: H ED 425 and H ED 430 with grades of C or better; H ED 400 GW.
Description: Senior course and professional preparation in health education program planning, implementation, and evaluation. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 434 : Geographies of Health and Health Care

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with GEOG 434. For course description, see GEOG 434. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

H ED 450 : Policy Issues in Health Education

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Selected local, state, national, and international health policy issues. Methods of education and socio-political intervention.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Health Care Policy and Practices
  • Segment III Cluster - AIDS: The Modern Epidemic
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 455 : Community Organizing and Community Building for Health

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Dialogue, action and reflection on community building, non-violence, cultural humility and social engagement. Skills in leadership development, empowerment, and experiential learning. Passion for social justice and human rights. Photovoice, media literacy/advocacy taught as tools for organizing. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM)
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 480 : Fieldwork and Reflective Seminar

Prerequisites: H ED 430 and H ED 431 with grades of C or better, or consent of instructor.
Description: Directed experiences in community health education through 20 hours per week of fieldwork in health departments, voluntary health agencies, and other community health services. (Health Education majors must receive a C or better.)
Units: 9
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 520 : Race, Class, Gender, and Health Promotion

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Health status of ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation communities in the U.S. Impact of personal and cultural beliefs, lifestyle/behavior patterns, racism, poverty, sexism, homophobia and health care on individual and group health. Effective health promotion strategies are explored.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Health Care Policy and Practices
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 527 : Documentary for Health and Social Justice I

Prerequisites: Completion of 2nd year composition (ENG 214 or equivalent) and instructor consent.
Description: Cross listed with CINE 527. For course description, see CINE 527. May be repeated for a total of 12 units, but not under an alternate prefix. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 6
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 528 : Documentary for Health and Social Justice II

Prerequisites: Completion of 2nd year composition (ENG 214 or equivalent) and consent of instructor; completion of CINE 527 or H ED 527.
Description: Cross listed with CINE 527. For course description, see CINE 527. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 6

H ED 630 : Elementary School Health

Prerequisites: Senior standing or credential candidate.
Description: Research related to personal, family, and community health for children and youth: alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and venereal disease. Health practices and procedures: philosophy, problems, emergency care, school lunch, safety, and environment. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 3

H ED 635 : Secondary School Health

Prerequisites: Senior standing or credential candidate.
Description: School health programs; the teacher's role and responsibilities toward the promotion and maintenance of the health of the secondary school student through health services, environment, and comprehensive health education. CR/NC grading only.
Units: 1

H ED 640 : Structural Inequities and Public Health

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: On-line service learning course designed to broaden students understanding of wealth distribution, social status, and political power as determinants of health. Analysis of research demonstrating the relationships between health, education, and socio-economic status.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Health Care Policy and Practices
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

H ED 650 : Training and Education Processes in Public Health

Prerequisites: Upper division or graduate standing.
Description: Philosophical underpinnings, theoretical approaches, and practical applications of being a health educator, viz., providing trainings and educational interventions. Training and educational frameworks, asses learners' needs, objectives and evaluation.
Units: 3

H ED 655 : Environmental Health

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Environmental factors impacting health, including the consequences of natural and human-made hazards. Scientific models and socio-political frameworks that analyze these topics. Assessment of contemporary health issues.
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Physical and Biological Sciences Area (PBS) Category C Integrative Science
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 660 : Developing Healthy Youth in Schools and Communities

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Child and adolescent health and well-being, school and community-based approaches to prevention and intervention, and frameworks such as youth development, youth assets/resiliency, and the ecological model of health.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

H ED 665 : Community Based Participatory Research in Public Health

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Theories, principles, and strategies of Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). Case studies presented.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 670 : Principles of Peer Health Education

Prerequisites: Prior consent of instructor.
Description: Concepts of positive health promotion and prevention; training in helping, and behavior change skills. Students volunteer 3 hours weekly in Student Health Center plus class meetings.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 671 : Practice of Peer Health Education

Prerequisites: H ED 670.
Description: Experience providing health risk assessment, consulting with clients, staffing resource center, conducting workshops. Work 4 hours per week in Student Health Center plus supervision seminar. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Health Education

Prerequisites: Advanced undergraduate standing in health education and approval of supervising instructor and department/program; grade of B or better in course in which student will be instructional aide.
Description: Teaching experiences in the health education discipline through assigned instructional projects in a classroom and under the guidance of a member of the faculty. Training in pedagogical principles including supervised classroom teaching activities. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

H ED 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Senior standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Study of a particular problem under the direction of a member of the department. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.
Units: 1-3

H ED 810 : Public Health and Principles of Community Organizing

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Theoretical overview and practical application of community-based public health. Non-violent social action, community diagnosis, social networks, primary prevention, media advocacy/literacy. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

H ED 811 : Community Health Education Skills ePortfolio

Prerequisites: HED 830.
Description: Development of a community health education electronic portfolio chronicling the products produced during the MPH program with the skills required for master-trained community health education professionals. (CR/NC or RP only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 815 : Theories of Social Behavioral Change in Community Health Education

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Theories relevant to health education practice. Critical analysis of theories and their development, contextualization, and practice. Utilization of these theories in practical applications. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 820 : Community Health Assessment

Prerequisites: H ED 810, H ED 815, H ED 884 with grade of B- or better. Concurrent enrollment in H ED 821 required.
Description: Assessment process using applied research methods which empower communities to create programs that respond to their health challenges, concerns, and strengths. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 821 : Public Health Profession Practice

Prerequisites: H ED 810, H ED 815, and H ED 884, with grade of B- or better. Concurrent enrollment in H ED 820 required.
Description: Application of public health professional skills. Building solid understanding how to develop and implement community assessments, including qualitative research methods. Skill-building in working in teams, managing public health projects, delivering professional presentations, collaborating with community organizations. (Plus-minus letter grade only) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 822 : Advanced Public Health Profession Practice

Prerequisites: H ED 820 and H ED 821.
Description: Theory and practice in the implementation of a community health assessment. Students will continue to build a solid understanding of working in teams to implement a community health assessment. (Plus-minus letter grade only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3

H ED 825 : Epidemiology

Prerequisites: H ED 828 & 829 with grade of B or better.
Description: An introductory and comprehensive survey of epidemiological principles and methods. A history and overview of the field, including contemporary case studies, along with an examination of the methods used to study disease distributions in diverse human populations. Plus-minus letter grade only.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

H ED 828 : Biostatistics Lab

Prerequisites: Prior course in inferential statistics.
Description: Review and apply bio-statistical concepts and procedures typically employed in public health research.
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

H ED 829 : Biostatistics and Public Health

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introduction to basic statistical techniques, concepts, and tests commonly used in public health. Understanding of data types and data distribution. Critical understanding of the use of statistics in journal articles.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

H ED 830 : Health Education Planning, Management, and Administration for Community Change

Prerequisites: H ED 822.
Description: Skill acquisition in health education planning, management, and administration. Application of CHE theories, problem definition, program design, development of goals and objectives, logic models, timelines, securing fiscal resources, personnel, budgeting, organizational leadership, strategic planning, partner/stakeholder relationships. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

H ED 835 : Public Health Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Course is designed to help students better understand the political environment in which public health operates and how to work within it. Features discussions on media advocacy and on ethics as applied to public health and politics. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

H ED 840 : Program Evaluation Design and Research

Prerequisites: H ED 830.
Description: Concepts and methods of program evaluation. Development of the skills necessary to assess published evaluation research and to apply technical evaluation skills in professional practice. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 855 : Environmental Health

Prerequisites: MPH student or consent of instructor.
Description: Covers wide range of environmental health issues: current, past, domestic, international, chemical, infectious. Environmental factors impacting health; natural and human-made hazards. Tools to understand, quantify, minimize risks. U.S. regulatory laws/policies. Principles of environmental justice. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 1
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 884 : Seminar in Applied Community Health Education Research

Prerequisites: MPH student. Concurrent enrollment with H ED 810 and H ED 815.
Description: Overview of public health research design/methods and discipline writing conventions/styles to set context for the biostatistics, community needs assessment, epidemiology, and evaluation courses. Facilitates integration of theory and research. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 2
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

H ED 885 : Advanced Seminar in Applied Community Health Education Research

Prerequisites: H ED 822.
Description: MPH culminating experience proposal development course. Topics include a review of research methods, design, instruments; special focus on survey design; conducting online searches; literature review preparation and process; practical writing and critical thinking exercises. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2012

H ED 895 : Applies Research Project in Community Health Education

Prerequisites: 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA; consent of instructor and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies; H ED 825, H ED 830. Previous or concurrent completion of any remaining required MPH coursework.
Description: Faculty-supervised completion of a culminating experience research paper and oral presentation. (Plus-minus letter or RP grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

H ED 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of health education graduate adviser.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department. Open only to graduate students of demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of 12 units.
Units: 1-3
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