Through analysis of a current public health program, the students will examine the effectiveness of current Canadian health programs in minimizing illness in local communities. This will lead to an analysis of how the common illnesses and conditions in the general population can be minimized and managed through community programs and equal and ready access to resources. Topics will focus on a number of distinct areas where impacts on health can be managed including communicable and non-communicable diseases, environmental health, First Nations health, food and nutrition, health and the elderly, mental health, and occupational health.
Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)
Total Weeks: 15
6 credits in University Transfer courses
OR permission of Instructor
Detailed Course Content, Topics and Sequence Covered:
The ten major topics covered in this course are:
- The health status of Canadians and the nature of health care in Canada
- Public health planning
- Communicable diseases
- Non-communicable diseases
- First Nations health
- Food and nutrition
- Health care and the elderly
- Environmental health
- Occupational health
- National public health issues in the twenty-first century
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Develop and propose improvements to a community health care program using interdisciplinary collaboration skills
- Describe how the major topics covered in this course affect the health of our community
- Design illness prevention and health promotion strategies used to better our community
- Analyze local health care needs and implement strategies to improve public health and reduce inequalities
- Develop a strategy to meet one or more of those needs through a community group project
- Engage the local community in their project through coordination and leadership of activities
Positive and professional
Shows consideration for peers
Grading System: Letters
Passing Grade: The minimum passing grade for University Arts and Sciences students is a D (50%). However, most institutions will require a minimum grade of C (60%) to consider transfer credit.
Percentage of Individual Work: 50
Percentage of Group Work: 50
Additional Course Comments:
- Assignments and the group project are mandatory and must be handed in on the specified due date. Assignments that are handed in late may lose marks for each day that they are delayed. Exceptions may be made for documented medical reasons or extenuating circumstances, at the discretion of the instructor.
- Cheating and Plagiarism: Applicable as per the college policy
- All policies will be applicable, as per college rules, regulations and procedures.
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.