Charles D Treser
Exploration of population and health issues or case studies from natural science, historical, socioeconomic, legal, political, and ethical cultural perspectives. Involves gathering information, analyzing data, applying mathematical and statistical reasoning and decision-making schemes, evaluating conflicting views based on cultural and philosophical frames of reference, and developing communications and research skills.
Population and Health is organized around two major themes. The first theme is that health is best viewed as a state, influenced by the economic, social, and cultural environment as well as the physical environment. The World Health Organization’s definition of health is an example of this “big picture” view of health. They define health as a "state of complete mental, physical and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" (WHO, 1970). The second theme is that the health of populations should be understood in the context of geo-graphical patterns of production and consumption – that is, how the goods necessary for life are made, distributed and consumed.
This course is taught by a team of faculty and TAs from several different disciplines. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will be deveoted to lectures and general class discussion as we move from considering health to the various environmental influences on human health (including the social, political and cultural environments). The class has four sections. Each section will meet for two hours one day each week (either on Tuesdays or Thursdays) to further explore the topics coverd by the textbooks and class lectures. Section AB has been designated as a Service Learning section, providing student the opportunity to expand theri learning into community organizations.
There are no prerequisites for this course, however, we do expect each student to keep with the reading assignments and come to each class prepared not only to discuss what they have read, but to bring their own experiences and perpsective to bear on the subject.
Class Assignments and Grading
There will be weekly reading assignments taken from the textbook and assigned articles, and a variety of exercises and assignments within the section. These will be supplemented by the research necessary to fully prepare a case study that will be assigned to each sectiom.
25% -- Mid-Term Exam 20% -- Sections (participation, involvement, exercises) 30% -- Case study (Group Presentation = 10%; Indiviudal Paper = 20%) 25% -- Final Examination