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    Jun 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this course! Professor Van Elswyk is extremely knowledgeable in his field and wants to make sure he is handing on his education to his students. While the name of this class is "Survey of Human Diseases", the amount of information I learned from professor Van Elswyk is one of the main reasons I decided to go into the medical field. In fact, I still have all of my notes from when I took this course almost a year ago. However, this class is NOT easy. His exams were tough, and you really had to study for several days and several hours on end in order to make at least a B. On another side note, professor Van Elswyk also tests his students on the verbal notes he says in class, so something on the exam will not always be in your notes, but something he directed to the class while going over a lecture. I liked the way he did this because you had no choice but to pay close attention the entire hour and fifteen minutes. This class really motivated me and opened my eyes to the hundreds of disorders, syndromes, and diseases that can easily take over ones life.

    Course highlights:

    The amount of education I received while taking this course is more than I can write in 10 of these small boxes. However, I do remember one of the main highlights of this course was the fact that powerpoints for all the chapters were automatically uploaded the first week of class. This way, students don't really have an excuse to be behind, because all of the course information was given in the first week. Some of the main topics I still remember learning about were: the differences between SIGNS and SYMPTOMS, the 3 main types of breast cancer, congenital and hereditary diseases(German Measles/hemophilia). I also learned how prenatal development works and diseases associated with the heart, liver, and kidneys (how dialysis works). These are just a FEW very broad terms of what I learned, because it is impossible to fit 22 chapters worth of knowledge!

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    My advice to any student taking or thinking about taking this course is to STUDY, and to take the term studying to a new level. This class is tough, however if you pace yourself accordingly, students should find themselves doing well. Also, with Professor Van Elswyk, he uses Twitter articles to test on the exam (there are only 4 or 5 questions from the articles on the exams). With this being said, my advice is to study the actual lecture material up to a week and a half before exam day, and the day before the exam, briefly review the twitter articles. He asks questions about statistics and race, so be sure to look for specifics in them. The articles are only a couple paragraphs long so they are not intimidating. There is also 1 paper for the entire class due at the end of the semester. It is NOT a big deal, but make sure to FOLLOW THE FORMAT GUIDELINES. The guidelines to whichever format he tells you to use is 98% of what you are graded on. I really hope saying these few things has helped a couple of students. All in all, this class was so much fun and educational, I really do encourage anyone interested in health to take it.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr.VanElswyk
    • Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions Final Paper
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    Feb 19, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to anyone who is pre-medical, pre-nursing, or interested in the health field in general. This course teaches you about several diseases that can occur in several areas of the body. Although the course material is dense, the teacher is very fair and makes it very clear as to what he expects. As long as you read the material, you will learn a lot of interesting information and will do well on the tests.

    Course highlights:

    This course was difficult, but extremely rewarding. Through this course, you learn anatomy, physiology, immunology, and basic biology. This course ties together many other lower-level courses that you may take in college. If you plan on entering the healthcare field, or are on the pre-medical or pre-nursing track, this class is very informative and helpful.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would recommend reading the textbook chapters before class. Although the teacher recommends not to do so, I found that it helped me understand what was going on in class. I would also suggest taking notes on the slides during class.

    • Fall 2015
    • Dr.VanElswyk
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions

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