Health and Community Services Course Offerings

Please see the section on "Course Description Symbols and Terms" in the University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

Personal Health
3.0 Fa/Spr

Explores major issues regarding behavior conducive to optimal health throughout the life course. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, substance use and abuse, fitness, diet, sexuality, stress, and disease risk reduction. This is an approved General Education course. (004378)

Emergency Care and Personal Safety
3.0 Inquire

Develops decision-making and action skills to deal with common medical emergencies. Meets EMS first responder guidelines for public safety personnel. Certification in first aid and CPR. Also addresses EMS system orientation, basic triage, obstetrical emergency, auto and water extrication. 3.0 hours clinical. (004389)

Community Services: Field Experience
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is a field experience offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Provides experience as a volunteer in a campus or community service agency. To receive credit for each unit you must put in a minimum of three hours per week of volunteer activity. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (004436)

Special Topics
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-3.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (001564)

Computer Applications in Health Education
3.0 Fa/Spr

An introduction to computer software applications used in health education. Students have hands-on experience developing electronic resources for publishing health education CD-ROMs and Web sites. Skills learned may also be used for desktop publishing. Other topics addressed include digital photography, video, scanning, graphic design, archiving, professional presentations, academic databases, and evaluating electronic resources. (004434)

Human Sexuality
3.0 Fa/Spr

Overview of human sexuality, including psychosexual development, gender roles, reproductive system, pregnancy and childbirth, contraception, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS, relationships, sexual orientation, sex and the law, sexually explicit materials, and sexual dysfunction. This is an approved General Education course. (004384)

Chronic and Communicable Diseases
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: BIOL 104 is strongly recommended.

Examines the major chronic and communicable diseases, including cause, prevention, and treatment strategies. Behaviors that promote health and reduce premature death and disease are also addressed. (001574)

Community Health
3.0 Fa/Spr

Analyzes fundamental principles upon which school, community, and population health are based. The contributions of federal, state, and local organizations to national goals for health promotion and disease prevention are examined. Explores fundamental social, political, organizational, and behavioral aspects of public health in school, community, and worksite settings. (001575)

International Health
3.0 Inquire

Analysis of historical and current health problems in the world: population dynamics, vital statistics, global disease patterns, and variations among nations and cultures. Examination of contributing social, psychological, physical, governmental, and cultural factors affecting disease. Efforts toward health promotion and disease prevention, including international programs. (004412)

Consumer Health
3.0 Fa/Spr

Examination of major health care consumer issues from historical and contemporary perspectives. Discussion of cost, availability, and quality of health care and their relationship to political and economic activities. Identification of national, regional, and local health trends affecting consumers. Analysis of individual and collective consumer strategies. This is an approved General Education course. (004445)

Multicultural Health
3.0 Fa/Spr

Ethnic groups in the U.S. face many health problems. This course focuses on those problems which affect the four largest ethnic groups in the U.S.: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, and Asian Americans. The effects of history, health beliefs and practices, and socioeconomic status on the health of these ethnic populations are addressed. Current and potential strategies to improve health care delivery to these groups are explored. This is an approved US Diversity course. This course is also offered as MCGS 328. (004448)

Management Principles in Health Services
3.0 Fall

Provides knowledge and skills to administer health organizations and programs. Concepts of planning, organizational behavior, and management applicable to the administration of health organizations and programs are addressed. Major approaches to management, motivation, leadership, decision making, supervision, and budgeting are presented. (001582)

Laws, Ethics, and Regulations in Health Services
3.0 Fall

Study of specific areas of law, ethics, and regulations in health care. Examination of legal and ethical issues of licensing, health insurance, managed care, funding mechanisms, medical negligence and malpractice, informed consent, health care records, and patient and family rights. (004452)

Medical Economics
3.0 Fa/Spr

An examination of the health care industry and its role in fulfilling national health needs. Topics include national health insurance, health financing, and resource allocation. This is an approved General Education course. This course is also offered as ECON 352. (002667)

Public Health Administration
3.0 Spring

This course provides a survey of administrative functions within public health and health education programs. Major approaches to motivation, leadership, conflict management, supervision, and budgeting are presented. Concepts of marketing, public policy, administrative law and public health disaster response are addressed. (020438)

Environmental Health
3.0 Fa/Spr

An overview of the relationship of people and nature; the impact of environmental conditions, such as water and air pollution, solid wastes, food contamination, vectors, radiation, noise, light, which cause deleterious effects on people's physical, mental, and social well-being. Individual and collective consumer intervention in environmental health problems. (001606)

Child Health
3.0 Fa/Spr

An examination of the status, needs, and trends in the health of America's children, including selected racial/ethnic groups. The course includes an overview of physical growth and development from the prenatal period to early adolescence; discussion of common health problems, causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention; and addresses selected health issues such as diet, physical activity, stress, violence, drugs, sexuality, and environmental risks. An overview of current and potential health services and prevention programs for children is included. This is an approved General Education course. (004441)

Cancer: The Human Dimension
3.0 Inquire

This course provides basic information about cancer epidemiology, etiology, early detection, and prevention. Major emphasis upon social, psychological, economic, political, educational, and ethical aspects of cancer. (004442)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
3.0 Inquire

Explore diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be a part of conventional medicine. Major categories include alternative medical systems, mind-body interventions, biologically-based therapies, manipulative and body-based methods, and enery therapies. Learn how to use the scientific method to review the literature and to evaluate information. (001576)

Drugs in American Film
3.0 Inquire

This course examines the popular representation of drugs in American film. It compares the film portrayal of selected illicit drugs with accurate information regarding their history, prevalence, acute and chronic effects, and treatment strategies. The course explores the use and misuse of drugs in the larger political, social, and economic context. (004444)

Women's Health
3.0 Fa/Spr

Analysis of health issues which concern women throughout the life course. The impact of physiology, psychology, culture, and politics upon women's well-being will be addressed using the feminist perspective. This is an approved General Education course. This course is also offered as NURS 368, and WMST 368. (004381)

Health Education Techniques
3.0 Spring

This course introduces health education theory, curricula, resources, and marketing techniques for use in school and community settings. Students plan, develop, implement, and evaluate effective health education and promotion programs. Students practice professional health education techniques while working with a local organization to implement a community health education. 2.0 hours lecture, 2.0 hours activity. (001613)

Drugs in Our Society
3.0 Fa/Spr

An overview of the use and abuse of alcohol, prescription and street drugs, and their personal and societal consequences on the young adult, the family, and society. Historical perspectives, legal issues, and decision-making skills regarding drug use will also be addressed. This is an approved General Education course. (004435)

Community Services: Supervision
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Provides experience in a supervisory role in a campus or community service agency. Each unit of credit requires a minimum of three hours a week supervisory experience and seminar participation. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (004449)

Special Topics
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is a special topic offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. (001577)

Special Problems
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is an independent study of special problems offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (004451)

Research and Evaluation in Health
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, MATH 105.

The course introduces students to research methodology and program evaluation techniques in the health field. Students develop skills for critically reading professional literature and writing a research or program evaluation proposal. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (001614)

Research and Evaluation in Health - Honors
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, MATH 105; faculty permission. Open to Health Science majors with 3.5 or higher GPA.

The course introduces students to research methodology and program evaluation techniques in the health field. Students develop skills for critically reading professional literature and writing a research or program evaluation proposal. Students also begin work on an Honors in the Major project. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (004465)

Management of Health Services Organizations
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ACCT 201 and HCSV 330 or permission of instructor.

Examines the internal operations of health services organizations (e.g. ambulatory care, long-term care, managed care), and applies management principles including marketing, financing, legal issues, personnel issues, and quality management. (004455)

Management of Health Services Organizations - Honors
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ACCT 201 or HCSV 330. Instructor permission required. Open to Health Science majors with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Examines the internal operations of health services organizations (e.g., ambulatory care, long-term care, managed care) and applies management principles including marketing, financing, legal issues, personnel issues, and quality management. Initiation of an honors project is required; the project must be completed in HCSV 499H. (004456)

The Healthcare Delivery System
3.0 Fall

Provides an overview of the U.S. healthcare delivery system from historical, organizational, financial, and administrative perspectives. Analyzes current health issues, such as cost, access, and quality of care. (001583)

Comparative Health Systems
3.0 Inquire

Exploration of health services delivery in selected industrialized and developing countries. Analysis of the impact of delivery styles, financing, manpower, quality assurance, technology, and government intervention upon the health of its consumers. (001584)

Financial Management of Healthcare Organizations
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: ACCT 201, ACCT 202, MATH 105.

This course provides an understanding of the process of making asset choices for the provision of health care, stewarding the assets particular to healthcare organizations (both for-profit and not-for-profit), and obtaining funds to pay for healthcare- specific assets. Includes traditional techniques of finance, but focuses on the state of the art in the theory and practice of healthcare financial management, including agency theory, valuation, capitated contract analysis, and endowment management. (004438)

Healthcare Policy and Politics
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: HCSV 431.

An analysis of the political forces, both private and public, which have an impact upon the health industry in the United States. Focusing on problems related to the delivery of health care, the course will cover such issues as availability, accessibility, appropriateness, acceptance, accounting, and alternatives. This course is also offered as POLS 405. (001587)

Emergency Medical Services System Planning
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: HCSV 431 or equivalent or faculty permission.

This course will examine the emergency medical services (EMS) system as a vital component of the health care delivery system. Course work will focus on administration and planning of EMS systems. (004458)

Administration of EMS Organizations
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: HCSV 330 or equivalent or faculty permission.

This course will apply management principles including marketing, financing, personnel issues, and quality management to organizations within the emergency medical services system (e.g., ambulance services, trauma centers). (004459)

Social Gerontology
3.0 Spring

Studies the changes people face as they age in modern society, as individual social beings and as members of a larger society; how social change (economic, political, technological) affects older people in their aging patterns; emphasis is on the social aspects of problems and prospects for America's elders. (001571)

Health Education for Elementary School Teachers
3.0 Fa/Spr

Addresses major health issues affecting the child, including, but not limited to, health promotion and disease prevention, nutrition, substance use and abuse, and sexuality. Overview of health instruction framework for California public schools. Fulfills the state health education requirement for a preliminary teaching credential. (004393)

Health Education for Secondary School Teachers
3.0 Fa/Spr

Addresses major health issues affecting the adolescent, including, but not limited to, health promotion and disease prevention, nutrition, substance use and abuse, and sexuality. Fulfills the state health education requirement for a preliminary teaching credential. (004394)

School Health Programs
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: HCSV 369 recommended.

Philosophical framework, organization, administration, and legal aspects of the school health program. Development of prevention and intervention strategies for major health problems affecting K-12 students, with emphasis on cultural sensitivity, at-risk youth, and community/school partnerships. (004466)

Epidemiology
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: MATH 105. Recommended: HCSV 320.

Study of the patterns of the major chronic and infectious diseases. Both individual- and population-based approaches to prevention and control will be examined. (001607)

Health Communication Programming
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: HCSV 260, HCSV 321.

An examination of social marketing, health behavior, and mass communication models to inform, influence, and motivate audiences to change health behavior. Students learn about health communication programs that reinforce health knowledge, attitudes, and behavior, and those that market health services. Students develop a local health communication program to support individual or collective action. (001580)

Sexuality Education: Concepts and Issues
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: BIOL 104.

Survey of issues relating to human sexuality, including gender, sexual response, societal and individual value systems, sexual orientation, cross-cultural comparisons, reproduction, and disease prevention. Analysis of sexuality education principles, programs, national and state guidelines, and controversial issues. Exploration of personal values and skills related to sexuality education. (001609)

Mental and Emotional Health
3.0 Spring

Examination of nature and factors affecting mental health and positive and negative responses to problems in daily living. Discussion of types of mental disorders and public health strategies to deal with these problems. (001611)

Occupational Health and Safety
3.0 Inquire

Examines the nature, extent, and significance of work-related illnesses and accidents. Discusses the cause and prevention of occupational health problems and the influence of economic and political factors. The role of government, management, and the employee in protecting workers' health is discussed. Analyzes corporate and worksite health promotion programs. (001612)

Drug Prevention and Intervention
3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: BIOL 104.

Designed for those who plan a career in health and community services. Explores models of drug use, abuse, and addiction and psychological, cultural, and economic determinants. Examines the history and current status of major prevention and intervention efforts to reduce tobacco, alcohol, and illicit and prescription drug abuse. Students evaluate the leading drug prevention and intervention models used in school and community settings. (001610)

Health Education Planning: Theory and Practice
3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: HCSV 321 or faculty permission.

Examines theory and methods to facilitate individual and group behavior change to promote health and reduce risks of premature morbidity and mortality. Concepts in the behavioral sciences affecting health behavior, motivation, decision-making, and risk-taking are explored. Students will develop program planning and evaluation skills. (001615)

Health of the Athlete
3.0 Inquire

Study of health behaviors that impact upon the health and performance of athletes of all ages, elementary school to adult. Topics include stress management, drug misuse and abuse, management of chronic health problems, high-performance eating, first aid and prevention of injuries, ergogenic aids, problems specific to female athletes, and health counseling techniques. Focus on skills and strategies needed to protect and promote athletes' health. (004462)

Internship
3.0-11.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HCSV 490, senior standing, minimum 2.0 GPA in the major at CSU, Chico, faculty permission.

Field practicum designed to integrate theory and practice in a community setting. Supervised by an agency representative and faculty member. Minimum internship requirement for Health Science majors is 5.0 units. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (004467)

Internship Seminar
1.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HCSV 489.

Integration of previous learning with realities of professional practice in the internship placement. Credit/no credit grading only. (001620)

Special Topics
1.0-4.0 Fa/Spr

This course is for special topics offered for 1.0-4.0 units. Typically the topic is offered on a one-time-only basis and may vary from term to term and be different for different sections. See the Class Schedule for the specific topic being offered. (001622)

Honors in Health and Community Services
3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Four upper-division courses in the major, including HCSV 425. Open only by invitation to majors.

The student will define a research problem, develop a research proposal, conduct the research, and submit a written report on the project. The student will refine the paper into publishable form and make a public presentation. Completion of 6 units with a B or higher certifies "Honors in the Major" on transcript. (004470)

Health Services Administration Capstone Seminar
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: HCSV 330 and HCSV 431, or faculty permission.

Integration of theory and practice by examining issues and solutions to problems in the management and planning of health care services. Emphasis upon case studies and practitioner responses. (001596)

Health in the Later Years
3.0 Fall

Exploration of changing health status and needs in later life. Discussion of body system changes, bio-psycho-social influences on elders' health, health enhancement strategies, common health problems, treatment, and prevention. Also addresses drug use and abuse, sexuality, chronic illness, use of health delivery systems, including long-term care. (001569)

Grant Writing and Other Fundraising Strategies
3.0 Fa/Spr

Knowledge and skill development in writing grant proposals for health and community services. Skills in researching government, foundation, and corporate funding opportunities. Diversifying nonprofit income through other fundraising strategies. (001618)

Legal and Ethical Issues in Health and Human Services
3.0 Spring

A seminar providing an integrative analysis of ethical and legal forces in the environment of health and human services as they relate to health and human services organizations' behavior and management decision making. This course is also offered as POLS 652. (004471)

Seminar in Health and Human Services
3.0 Fa/Spr

Survey of problems, issues, and applications of management theory to health and human service organizations. Emphasis will be on administrative problem-solving, finance and budgeting, and marketing. This course is also offered as POLS 663. (004473)

Seminar in Public Policy in Health and Human Services
3.0 Fall

A graduate seminar which focuses on initiation, formulation, implementation, and evaluation of Health and Human Services policies. An exploration of policy development, policy analysis approaches, and new policy directions. This course will focus on how to develop a policy issue paper, including how to identify values, develop alternatives, and make policy recommendations. Health and Human Services policy will be explored at the national, state, and local levels, including the public, private non-profit, and profit-making sectors. Health policies of other nations will be examined for their implications for American Health and Human Services policy. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (004474)

Economic and Global Finance Issues in Health
3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: POLS 660C, POLS 664.

An examination of the health care industry in relation to health financing, insurance, grants, contracting, and resource allocation as they relate to management decision making in health and human service organizations. This course is also offered as POLS 665. (004475)

Internship
1.0-3.0 Inquire

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

Work in selected public and quasi-public agencies. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading only. (004476)

Independent Study
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Faculty permission.

This course is a graduate-level independent study offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (004478)

Master's Project
1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is offered for 1.0-3.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (004482)

Master's Thesis
1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is offered for 1.0-6.0 units. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (004479)