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1- HP 400 syllabus Fall 2009

1- HP 400 syllabus Fall 2009 - HP 400 Culture Lifestyle and...

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HP 400: Culture, Lifestyle, and Health Fall 2009 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies Tuesday-Thursday 12:30-1:50 p.m. Faculty: Parvin Shahlapour, MS, MFCC, PhD Office hours: by appt. E-Mail: [email protected] Program Office: Angela Almer Turk 3375 South Hoover University Village, Suite E210 Tell: 213/821-1601 Course Description This course will examine the effects of cultural and lifestyle differences on national and international health status indicators. We will discuss cultural, social, economic, ethnic, and religious perspectives on healthy behaviors, disease, coping, and healing, as well as their effects on rates of infectious and chronic diseases. Using this information as background, we will focus on the prevention of behavioral risk factors for disease. We will examine how inequalities and conflicts stemming from differences influence health outcomes for various populations. The course covers topics in national and international health problems and health behavior, cultural approaches to health promotion, cultural perspectives on conception and contraception, diseases such as HIV/AIDS, and a wide range of cultural perspectives in relation to health. Diversity Course Criteria This course fulfills the Diversity Course Requirement by focusing on how social, economic, racial, religious, and cultural background, gender, and sexual orientation can affect individual health and well-being. It also examines the health impacts of conflict and oppression that can arise from human diversity. Course Objectives After completing this course, you will be able do the following: Understand the ways in which cultural differences influence health behaviors and health outcomes Think critically about the complex interactions between culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and other group identifiers as they relate to health and health behaviors Apply your knowledge of the major health issues facing different populations in order to design programs that meet the needs of those populations Practice health promotion with cultural sensitivity 1
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Approach health research with a critical eye toward how subjects’ culture or group identities may affect study results Learning Methods Lectures Reading assignments Class discussion Class project and presentations Blackboard USC’s electronic blackboard system will be used throughout the semester. Lectures, reminders, and messages will be posted. In addition, documents such as the course syllabus and helpful information about the class project will be posted. Please check the
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