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Health and Human Values Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
ANT 340 Medical Anthropology
BIO 209 Bioinformatics Programming (= CSC 209)
BIO 331 Behavioral Neuroscience (= PSY 303)
CHE 374 Medicinal Chemistry
CLA 224 Medical Etymology
CSC 209 Bioinformatics Programming (= BIO 209)
ECO 122 Introduction to Health Care Economics
ECO 322S Health Economics
EDU 234 Child Psychopathology (=HHV 244 and PSY 234)
ENV 232 Introduction to Environmental Health with Community-Based Learning (=HHV 232)
ENV 233 Introduction to Environmental Health with Laboratory-Based Learning (=HHV 233)
GSS 220 Topics in Queer Studies
HHV 110 Introduction to Public Health
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Baron

This course will introduce the fundamentals and core concepts of public health research and practice. As we explore the history, philosophy and different disciplines of public health, we will evaluate contemporary health issues in ongoing individual assignments as well as in group activities. This course will focus on introducing the principles and basic disciplines of public health:  epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental health sciences; social and behavioral health; and health policy, law and regulation.

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.

HHV 120 Introduction to Clinical Ethics
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course will introduce students to the history, evolution and current topics relevant in clinical ethics. Topics will include issues around birth, reproduction, organ donation, refusal of vaccinations and blood transfusions, experimental treatments, alternative medicine, euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, and issues around death. Students will navigate ethical principles from a theoretical perspective, such as autonomy (self-determination), beneficence, non-maleficence and justice. At the same time they will discuss these principles in practical applications through case analysis and they will examine the tension between theory and practice. The course seeks to create awareness of the health care setting as an enterprise with different stakeholders and tensions, and to develop methods and analytical reasoning skills to discuss value-based conflicts in the health care setting.

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.
Satisfies Philosophical and Religious Perspectives requirement.

HHV 130 Sociobiology of Health and Illness
Prerequisites & Notes

Not open to students who have credit for BIO 111/113 except by permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Mamoon

This course provides an exploration of biological mechanisms that underlie the effects of the psychosocial environment on chronic disease susceptibility in humans. In this course, students will learn about the biological and chemical bases of disease manifestation, diagnosis and treatment, psychosocial and cultural factors that impact health and wellness, and disparities in health status and access to healthcare amongst various populations in the US. However, emphasis will be given to the fundamental concepts in biology; this course has been specifically designed for students who are interested in future careers in health and seek to refresh the knowledge they acquired in a high school biology course.  Faced with the new realities of aging and associated increase in the prevalence of chronic disease, how do we as individuals, families and communities manage our health?  We need a vision of health care which allows effective and efficient management of chronic disease in order to reduce the burden of illness and disability on society. In this course, you will integrate your knowledge of the natural, clinical, and social sciences to understand select chronic illnesses and consider primary care as an effective, equitable and sustainable chronic care management model.  The goal of the course is to provide you with the knowledge and skills you will need to be a thoughtful advocate for quality healthcare for yourself, your family and your community. 

Community-based learning is an important component of this course.  As such, it will require a field experience at a local hospital or clinic.

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

HHV 220 Health Psychology (= PSY 220)
Prerequisites & Notes

PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Stutts

Health Psychology uses the biopsychosocial approach to examine how psychological factors influence health and how they can be used to change health behaviors.   Specific emphasis will be placed on pain, chronic illness, nicotine use, and obesity.  This class also includes a community-based learning experience.

Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Health and Human Values interdisciplinary minor credit.

HHV 232 Introduction to Environmental Health with Community-Based Learning (=ENV 232)
Prerequisites & Notes

ENV 232 may not be taken for credit after ENV 233.

Instructors
Staff

Students will apply biological, chemical and epidemiological content to environmental health case studies and community-based learning projects. This is an introductory course designed to expose students to different scientific disciplines within the context of environmental health.

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.
Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in Natural Science Track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor. 
Satisfies the Liberal Studies requirement.
 

HHV 233 Introduction to Environmental Health with Laboratory-Based Learning (= ENV 233)
Prerequisites & Notes

ENV 233 may not be taken for credit after ENV 232.

Instructors
Staff

Students will apply biological, chemical and epidemiological content to environmental health case studies and laboratory projects. This is an introductory course designed to expose students to different scientific disciplines within the context of environmental health.

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.

Satisfies the Natural Science requirement.

Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in Natural Science Track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.

HHV 234 Genes, Environment and Health
Prerequisites & Notes

Bio 111/113 is a prerequisite for this course as it builds on content covered in Bio 111/113.

Instructor
Mamoon

This course introduces students to the role of epigenetic changes - mechanisms that regulate gene expression by altering chromatin structure and function in the absence of changes in DNA base sequence - in mediating the long-term effects of early life environment and variations in social experience across the life span on human health.

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary major requirement in Public Health.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

HHV 244 Child Psychopathology (=EDU 234 and PSY 234)
Prerequisites & Notes

PSY 101

Instructor 
Stutts

An overview of the psychological disorders of childhood, including their description, classification, etiology, assessment and treatment.  Emphasis will be placed on the theoretical and empirical bases of these disorders, focusing on relevant research methods and findings as well as case history material. 


Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Educational Studies minor credit.
Health and Human Values interdisciplinary minor credit.
Psychology Major credit (Clinical column)

HHV 250 Methods in Health & Research
Prerequisites & Notes

HHV 110 "Introduction to Public Health" or HHV 392 "Introduction to Epidemiology"

Instructor
Baron

This course will focus on introducing fundamentals of methods used in modern public health research and practice. Through a variety of approaches to formal and experiential learning, you will develop your skills and knowledge in several core concept areas of public health methods: quantitative health data analysis, health surveys, policy analysis, environmental health risk assessment, qualitative data analysis, and health communications. One class per week (on average) will be a "workshop class", in which you and your classmates will break out into groups to evaluate current topics and issues in public health using different methodological approaches.

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.

HHV 251 Health Disparities in the U.S. and Beyond (=SOC 251)
Prerequisites & Notes

HHV 110 "Introduction to Public Health" or HHV 392 "Introduction to Epidemiology"

Instructor
Baron

This course will explore connections between race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and U.S.  social policy with the historical and current trends in health disparities in the USA. This course will offer a foundation in both core concepts and theoretical frameworks for understanding health disparities in the US. Additionally, this course will introduce theory and strategies for developing health interventions and policies to address the crisis of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities in the USA.

Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.
Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

HHV 260 Environmental Public Health
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Baron

Environmental Public Health

 

HHV 280 Introduction to Global Health (= SOC 280)
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Baron

Global health is an emerging interdisciplinary field that approaches health issues as transnational challenges requiring multi-level, community-based solutions. This course introduces its major concepts, tools, and debates. Topics include global health inequities, historical and ongoing strategies for control of communicable diseases from smallpox to HIV/AIDS, the global rise in prominence of non-communicable disease, connections between social structures and the global distribution of disease, and debates over health as a human right. Students will learn to interpret and evaluate population health indicators, interact with WHO datasets, and analyze health interventions and policies from both solutions-oriented and critical perspectives.

Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

HHV 292 Introduction to Epidemiology
Prerequisites & Notes

(Spring)

Instructor
Staff

Epidemiology is the systematic and rigorous study of health and disease in a population. According to the Institute of Medicine, epidemiology is the basic science of public health. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to core concepts in epidemiology, including history, philosophy, and uses of epidemiology; descriptive epidemiology, such as patterns of disease and injury; association and causation of disease, including concepts of inference, bias, and confounding; analytical epidemiology, including experimental and non-experimental design; and applications to basic and clinical science and policy. The course is designed to require problem-based learning of epidemiological concepts and methods, so that students can use epidemiology as a scientific tool for addressing the health needs of the community.

Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Satsifies a requirement in the Health and Human Values interdisciplinary minor.

HHV 320 Health, Culture and Illness in East Asia
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This seminar explores the health systems of East Asia using Arthur Kleinman's definition of a health system as the complex social system of healing supported by culture-bound understandings of health and illness, not merely the institutions that provide health services. Readings and discussion cover the major cultural and institutional characteristics of health, illness, and health care in Japan and mainland China, with more limited attention to Taiwan and South Korea. Discussion topics include the role of Chinese medicine, cultures of biomedicine, rapid demographic change, environmental/industrial diseases, and infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Particular attention is paid to the role of "plural" medical cultures in many East Asian contexts and how such syncretic health systems shape health practices and policies across the region.

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in East Asian Studies.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.
Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement

HHV 354 Medical Rehabilitation & Disability (=PSY 354)
HHV 354 Medical Rehabilitation & Disability (=PSY 354)
Prerequisites & Notes

PSY 101
(Fall)

Instructor
Stutts

This course addresses the conceptualization, assessment, and treatment of chronic health conditions, traumatic injuries, and disabilities.  The readings will include an evidenced-based handbook on psychosocial adjustment to illness; peer-reviewed articles; and memoirs from the vantage point of the patient, caregiver, and healthcare provider.  This course is community-based; therefore, it will also include a field experience at a local rehabilitation hospital

Fulfills a credit in the Psychology major.
Fulfills a credit in the Health and Human Values interdisciplinary minor.
 

HHV 370 The Obesity Epidemic
Prerequisites & Notes

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.

Instructor
Stutts

This course will focus on the public health problem of obesity.   It will examine the causes and consequences of obesity in various cultures.  Public health prevention/intervention campaigns as well as individual interventions for obesity will be explored.  This course also includes a community-based learning experience.

Satisifies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement
 

HHV 380 Issues in Medicine
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

The purpose of Issues in Medicine is to critically evaluate the external influence of social values, culture, political climate, technological development, population characteristics, and global concerns on shaping health care systems and delivery.  Implications for the patient and health care provider will be discussed.  By participating in clinical rotations, students are expected to apply concepts learned in class to real world experiences.

HHV 381 Health Regulations and Public Policy
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Topics in health care law including: HIPPA, EMTALA, ADA, CLIA.

HHV 387 Health Law, Policy and Ethics
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This survey course will introduce students to contemporary issues in health law, policy and ethics. Topics will address the history, evolution of legislation, policy and case law in areas of individual health care, as well as the public health law sphere.

Topics will include issues in the patient-physician relationship, such as reproduction, experimental treatments, medical error and death. Other topics relate more to the relationship individual-state and include quality of health care provision, organ donation and vaccinations. Students will navigate legal principles and statutes, and will develop critical thinking towards policy and legal regimes. This course seeks to create awareness of policies and legislations in health care.  It will combine theory and practice and stimulate critical thinking. The goal of this course is to develop methodic and analytical reasoning skills to discuss value-based conflicts in the health care setting.

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values

HHV 388 History of Medical Law
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course examines the interrelationship between law and medicine in the United States and how physicians' roles in the legal system have evolved through U.S. history. The course considers physicians as medical examiners, expert witnesses, defendants, and politicians; the course looks at issues or incidents in which physicians have had a large impact on the law.

HHV 389 Neuroethics
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Neuroethics is a young and multidisciplinary field of inquiry. It has developed at a time that neuroscience is making significant discoveries and developments at a rapid pace. New drugs and treatments for mental and neurological disorders appear on the horizon every day. As new types of interventions are being translated from bench to bedside, the public's awareness of ethical issues surrounding neuroscientific developments has been growing. Neuroscience brings hypes and hopes, and neuroethics reflects on these. Neuroethics asks questions about: What can and should be done with the developments in neuroscience? Is neuroscience moving too fast? Topics for inquiry include addiction, deep brain stimulation, free will, enhancement and consciousness.
 

Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Neuroscience

HHV 390 Health Care Ethics
Prerequisites & Notes

(Fall)

Instructor
Staff

Introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of ethical thinking and decision-making in health care. The course has two components: didactic (lectures, class discussion, library research, paper writing, etc.) and "experiential," involving an externship assignment to a clinical or administrative department at the Carolinas Medical Center. Examples of externship activities include observing on clinical rounds, attending departmental conferences, journal clubs and Grand Rounds, and doing administrative projects.

Does not satisfy a requirement.

HHV 391 Research Ethics
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the responsible conduct of research. Students will learn the conventions for appropriate animal and human research. They will also develop critical thinking and moral reasoning skills to resolve situations that may arise during the course of research. The course will address the following topics: historical and social context of science; government oversight and regulation of research; guidelines for research involving animals; and guidelines for research involving human subjects. Special consideration will be given to topics in which moral dilemmas in research are more likely to occur, including conflicts of interest, informed consent, confidentiality, data ownership and intellectual property, disclosure, and dissemination of results.

HHV 393 Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Orroth

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the epidemiology of infectious diseases. The emphasis of the course will be on the common factors that unite infectious diseases, using particular diseases as examples to illustrate the epidemiologic principles and methods to study infectious diseases. The goal is to introduce students to analytical approaches used to study infectious disease transmission in a population. After reviewing basic epidemiology and microbiology, the course will cover specific issues relating to infectious diseases. These include the natural history of infectious diseases, detection and analysis of outbreaks, surveillance, measuring infectivity, seroepidemiology, vaccines, mathematical models for epidemics, and the study of contact patterns.

Satisfies Health and Human Values interdisciplinary minor requirement.

HHV 395 Current Issues in Public Health
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Baron

The seminar class will examine current and emerging issues in field of public health. While our focus will be on the novel studies, models and concepts in the field, we will direct our attention towards developments in some specific focal areas. Foci for this class will include: infectious disease epidemics, health and public policy, environmental justice, health disparities, climate change, social determinants of health, early childhood development, among other topics.

The course is designed for students with prior exposure to public health issues and concepts. Enrollment in the course requires taking one or more of the following as a prerequisite, or obtaining the permission of the course instructor: Introduction to Public Health; Health Disparities in the US and Beyond; Introduction to Epidemiology; Genes, Environment and Health.

HHV 395 is repeatable for credit.

HHV 396 Independent Study
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

Independent study under the direction and supervision of a faculty member who reviews and approves the topic(s) of the independent study and who determines the basis for the evaluation of students' work.

HHV 397 Future of American Health Care
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Staff

This course reviews the origins and concepts of primary care medicine in America in its present state and proposes models which might better serve a majority of the basic health care needs of America's population in the new millennium. By the end of the course, students are expected to be creative in articulating a workable primary care system for the next century.

HIS 267 Health and Society in Africa
HIS 382 Science and the Body II: Public Health in East Asia
PHI 130 Medical Ethics
PSY 220 Health Psychology (=HHV 220)
PSY 231 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 234 Child Psychopathology (=HHV 244 and EDU 234)
PSY 245 Psychology of Aging
PSY 303 Psychological Research-Behavioral Neuroscience (= BIO 331)
PSY 314 Psychological Research-Clinical
PSY 354 Medical Rehabilitation & Disability (=HHV 354)
REL 155 Issues in Religion and Science
REL 256 Religion, Ethics and Medicine
REL 257 Death, Dying and the Afterlife
SOC 251 Health Disparities in the U.S. and Beyond (=HHV 251)
SOC 280 Introduction to Global Health (=HHV 280)
SOC 360 Medical Sociology
SOC 394 Advanced Seminar in Global Health Methods
SOU 385 Public Health in India