2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Foundations of Health Science: Global and Local Perspectives

Revised Last Updated: 02/20/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Kevin Francis (FW) bioethics, history of medicine, James Neitzel biochemistry, microbiology, Mike Paros health sciences, veterinary medicine, Gregg Sapp (F) science education

Faculty Signature Required: Spring Quarter

Major areas of study include introductory general chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, physiology and anatomy, genetics, nutrition, epidemiology, statistics, history of medicine, bioethics, and public policy. All credits are lower division science credits.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 33% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept students with appropriate background in both chemistry and biology. Contact faculty at Academic Fair or by email to set up an evaluative interview.

Prerequisites: Proficiency in high school algebra.

Foundations of Health Science takes an integrated and thematic approach to the health sciences – exploring introductory concepts in biology and chemistry with a focus on health, medicine, and disease. It is designed for students contemplating work in the healthcare field who want to learn about how the body functions on a macroscopic and microscopic level, as well as students interested in public health or public policy who want a solid foundation in biology and chemistry. It is also suitable for students who seek an opportunity to study rigorous science as part of a liberal arts education.

A major organizing concept in the class will be the examination of diseases that have a large impact on global health, based on the World Health Organization's list of the top ten causes of death. Basic concepts will be taught in the course of examining these health issues. In fall quarter, we will focus on cancer and perinatal conditions. In winter quarter, we will examine cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and diabetes. In spring quarter, we will study infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, influenza, and diarrheal diseases. Bioethics, history, and public policy will be explored as they relate to these diseases.

This program will also link students with clinics, hospitals, government public health departments, or other health-relatedorganizationsfor volunteer service. During fall quarter, students will select and research the work of a local agency. During winter and spring quarters, students will design a part-time internship based on their research that allows them to contribute to the work of this organization.

In our explorations, we will incorporate laboratory work, lectures, workshops, seminars, group projects, textbook assignments and case studies. The program will develop critical scientific thinking and quantitative skills. Communication skills, both written and oral, will be emphasized. Students will study and apply concepts and techniques of argumentative writing and scientific writing.

Completion of this program will give students many of the prerequisites they need for careers in the allied health fields and public health, as well as preparation for further upper division study in order to pursue a career in medicine.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 84 Fall, 72 Winter and 48 Spring

Internship Required: Four credit internship during winter quarter required. Four credit internship during spring quarter optional.

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in health sciences, medicine, education, biology, chemistry and public health.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Scientific Inquiry

Program Revisions

Date Revision
June 24th, 2008 Gregg Sapp has joined the faculty team for the fall quarter. The enrollment has increased by 12.
January 14th, 2009 Kevin Francis serves as coordinator (FW) and James Neitzel (S).
February 20th, 2009 Spring enrollment field utilized; signature field utilized.