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Health Studies

Undergraduate Officer
R.S. McColl, BMH 2319, ext. 2720


HLTH 101 F 3C 0.5
Introduction to Health Studies 1
An exploration of current issues and controversies in the promotion of optimal health with emphasis on the biological factors contributing to health or disease. Strategies and procedures for the reduction of risk factors for disease are described. Topical areas include: (1) human reproduction and sexuality, (2) nutritional factors and heart disease, and (3) genetic diseases and cancer.

HLTH 102 W 3C 0.5
Introduction to Health Studies 2
The same as HLTH 101, with emphasis on behavioural factors as they interact with biological processes. The topics will include (1) the neurological bases and (2) the psychological bases of health related behaviour such as stress and addiction and (3) community health.

HLTH 150 F 0.5
Introduction to Gerontology
This course represents a first introduction to the study of aging and as such will provide a survey of the major biological, psychological and social aspects of aging. It will be of interest to those who want to obtain some basic knowledge about growing old and being old, and it can also serve as the first step towards a more specialized study of these phenomena.
Cross-listed as GERON 100
Antireq: Students who have completed any of the following courses GERON 255/ SCI 255, GERON 352/HLTH 352/KIN 352/SOC 352, GERON 217/PSYCH 217/ HLTH 217, GERON 218/PSYCH 218/ HLTH 218, GERON 400/HLTH 400, require permission of instructor


HLTH 210 W 3C 0.5
Growth, Development and Aging
The physiology of human growth, development and aging is examined, with special reference to the influence of diet, environment, exercise and disease on the normal processes.
Prereq: BIOL 230, 273
Cross-listed as GERON 210, KIN 210

HLTH 217 3C 0.5
Aging and Basic Psychological Processes
What processes change as adults age? Is the idea of age-related decline in functioning a myth? The course deals with processes such as memory, perception, intelligence, and problem-solving. It also outlines the problems in interpreting developmental research.
Prereq: PSYCH 101
Cross-listed as PSYCH 217/GERON 217

HLTH 218 W 3C 0.5
Aging, Dying and Death
An examination of the psychological aspects of aging and the traditional and recent literature relating to various views on the reality of death in human life. Therapy with dying individuals is reviewed and evaluated.
Prereq: PSYCH 101 or permission of instructor
Offered at St. Jerome's College
Cross-listed as PSYCH 218/GERON 218

HLTH 220 F 3C 0.5
Health and the Family
The course focuses on the family as the basic social unit responsible for the development and maintenance of the effective physical and mental health of its members. The interaction of biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors will be considered as the family is examined using a lifespan approach.
Prereq: HLTH 101/102 or PSYCH 101 and recommended SOC 101
Cross-listed as GERON 220

HLTH 245 F 3C 0.5
The Canadian Health Care System
This course examines the Canadian health care system by considering organizational principles, health resources, service utilization, health care planning and health promotion strategies. There is a focus on societal and political issues which affect the health of the society through the delivery system.
Prereq: Health Studies or Gerontology students only or permission of instructor
Cross-listed as GERON 245


HLTH 340 W 3C 0.5
Environmental Health
An introduction to the basic biological and toxicological processes that determine the effects of environmental pollutants on human health. Emphasis is placed on the mechanisms that give rise to chronic or delayed health effects, such as cancer, genetic mutations, and birth defects.
Prereq: KIN 317 or equivalent

HLTH 341 F 3C 0.5
Disease Process
An introduction to the study of biological factors governing the occurrence of disease in humans, using selected diseases to illustrate disease mechanisms and identification of risk factors. The means by which disease is induced and the host response are emphasized. The role that behaviour has in modifying biological response to disease is also considered.
Prereq: BIOL 230, 273, KIN 317 or equivalent

HLTH 344 W 3C 0.5
Program Evaluation
A comprehensive and systematic introduction to the key concepts, methodologies, and issues related to program evaluation in general and their application to health programs in particular. Administrative and policy implications as well as the technical/methodological evaluation issues that face individuals involved in administering, planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs will be discussed.
Prereq: Basic courses in Statistics and in Research Design, Health Studies students only or permission of instructor

HLTH 346 W,S 3C 0.5
An elementary course in nutrition with special emphasis on diet for sport and certain physiological conditions.
Prereq: KIN 317 or Year Three or Four standing or permission of instructor
Cross-listed as KIN 346

HLTH 348 W,S 3C 0.5
Social Psychology of Health Behaviour
The study and application of basic social psychological processes in relation to selected health-related behaviours (e.g. family planning, overeating, smoking, non-medical drug use, cardiovascular risk factors, patient compliance, medical care utilization).
Prereq: PSYCH 101 or consent of instructor
Cross-listed as KIN 348

HLTH 349 F,S 3C 0.5
Principles of Behaviour Modification
An overview of behaviour modification principles and procedures. Basic principles of reinforcement, punishment, modelling and desensitization are examined as they relate to health behaviour.
Prereq: PSYCH 101 or consent of instructor
Cross-listed as KIN 349

HLTH 350 F 3C 0.5
Occupational Health
Methodological approaches to the detection, assessment and management of toxic hazards (especially carcinogens) in the workplace and external environment. The health effects of chemical toxicants on specific human organ systems (lung, nervous system, immune system, etc.) are also examined.
Prereq: HLTH 340, or permission of instructor

HLTH 352 W 0.5
Sociology of Aging
An introduction to individual and population aging. Topics discussed include: aging from a historical and comparative perspective; aging in subcultures; aging and the social structure; aging and social processes; aging and the environment; work and retirement; and aging and leisure patterns.
Cross-listed as GERON 352, KIN 352, SOC 352


HLTH 400 W 0.5
Multidisciplinary Seminar on Aging
Faculty and students from various departments meet to discuss individual and population aging from a multidisciplinary perspective. Topics include the definition of aging, the demography of aging, evolutionary and genetic factors, aging as a social process, and human aging patterns. Students wishing to enrol in this seminar must have completed at least six of the courses towards the Gerontology Diploma/ Minor (including a statistics course) and must consult the Undergraduate Officer before preregistering.
Cross-listed as GERON 400

HLTH 407 W 3C 0.5
Physiology of Coronary Heart Disease
An examination of the pathology, risk factors and rehabilitation programs related to coronary heart disease. Major emphasis is placed on the cardio-respiratory implications of exercise in the rehabilitation process.
Cross-listed as KIN 407

HLTH 420 W 2C 0.5
Health, Environment, and Planning
A seminar course on the environment sources and causes of disease and illness, the concepts of health, e.g. medical, scientific, economic, political, etc., the health services and facilities and related technologies and the role and responsibilities of (urban and regional) planners in the creation of a more "healthful" environment.
Prereq: Third- and fourth-year students or consent of instructor
Cross-listed as PLAN 432
Estimated additional cost to student: $20

HLTH 432 F,W,S 1.0
Honours Thesis
An independent research project on an approved topic, supervised by a faculty member. Includes an approved proposal and completion of - introduction, review of literature, methods, data collection, data analysis and presentation of results in thesis form.
Recommended for students planning graduate studies.
Offering is contingent on the availability of resources.

HLTH 433 F 0.5
Advanced Research Methods
A course designed to familiarize students with the skills requisite for the formulation, execution and written presentation of an empirical research project. After a general discussion of the pertinent issues, students will be asked to analyse independently a data set related to a topic of interest to Health Studies students and to present this in the form of a research report.
Prereq: KIN 222, 330 and CS 316
Students must be enrolled in either fourth-year regular or 3B Co-op of the Health Studies program.

HLTH 442 F 3C 0.5
Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
An introduction to the field of epidemiology. The primary objective is to provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles and applications of chronic disease epidemiology. The course emphasizes understanding of epidemiologic methods and identification of risk factors.
Prereq: An introductory statistics course or consent of instructor

HLTH 443 W 3C 0.5
Behaviour and Chronic Disease
A critical analysis of behavioural dimensions of major current health problems. The role of behaviour as a determinant and complicator of disease is examined. Prospects for and principles of behaviour change in the prevention and management of disease are addressed.
Prereq: HLTH 344, 348, 349
Not offered in 1995/96, inquire with Undergraduate Officer about substitute courses.

HLTH 445 W 3C 0.5
Seminar in Health Promotion
A study of current issues pertaining to health promotion, health behaviour, or biomedical research. Topics may include pertinent research that is significant to the health of individuals, families and groups, or the community.
Prereq: Health Studies students only
Normally only fourth-year students will be admitted.

HLTH 472 F,W,S 0.5
Independent Study
For the student who desires to pursue a particular topic in depth through guided independent research and/or reading. A faculty member must approve a student's project prior to registration. May be repeated in subsequent terms. Depending on student demand and availability of teaching resources, special topics may be presented to small groups in a lecture format. Such topics have included Pharmacology, Behavioural Immunity, Nutrition, The Health Care System.
Prereq: Consult with the Department

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