2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Holism and Our Healthcare System: Personal Wellness, Healthy Communities and Healthy Organizations

Revised Last Updated: 02/24/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Marcella Benson-Quaziena human and organizational systems, Nancy Anderson community and international health

Faculty Signature Required: Students who were in the program fall quarter but not winter quarter may be readmitted spring quarter with faculty signature.

Major areas of study include health and wellness, culture and health, health policy and management, healthcare advocacy and social psychology.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.


  • This 8-credit intensive weekend program will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on selected Saturdays and Sundays. First class Spring Quarter will meet April 4 in Sem2 B2105.
  • Students must be present at the first class (April 4) to be considered registered.
  • Use of Moodle Web-based software is a required part of this program.

This year-long program is designed for students who would like to enhance their understanding of the social, cultural, and political factors that influence health and health care in the United States. We will focus on individual health and wellness, culture and health, health policy and management, and healthcare advocacy. The class will explore the definitions, determinants, and implications of health for both individuals and populations. How do individuals define health and wellbeing? How do culture, economics, and institutional racism affect the attainment of health? Why are some people healthier than others? What can we do about the systematic difference that results in health inequity in the United States? How do people who wish to eliminate barriers to equity remain healthy themselves?

The class will examine the context of individual health and wellbeing as well as social determinants of population health inequity in the United States. Health literacy and health activation will be examined as ways to link individual self-efficacy and autonomy to effective interaction with the health care system. The class will consider the potential for popular culture, including hip-hop, other spoken word art, visual art and music to provide tools for the development of health autonomy in oppressed communities. The importance of individual self-awareness and health preservation for those who would catalyze change will also be explored.

Credits: 8 per quarter

Enrollment: 50

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: $10 for Intercultural Development Inventory (winter quarter)

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in community development, health care, human services, public policy, social work, and sociology.

Planning Units: Society, Politics, Behavior and Change, 8-12 Credit Programs

Program Revisions

Date Revision
June 3rd, 2008 Description revised.
August 26th, 2008 Added location of first class
October 22nd, 2008 Added note about Friday class for new students in winter
December 1st, 2008 Winter quarter Special Expenses added.
January 14th, 2009 Faculty Signature requirement added for spring quarter.
February 20th, 2009 Details added about winter quarter special expense
February 23rd, 2009 Spring Quarter class location added.
February 24th, 2009 Spring quarter enrollment details added.