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Course Descriptions

HEG 215 - Global Health and Culture

3 Credits

Global Health is emerging as a critical driver of world change and global sustainable development. This course explores the biosocial theoretical concepts and the historical contexts that are contributors to this shift and are influencing the establishment of global health as a stand alone discipline of study. This course focuses on challenging embedded assumptions about what actually supports good health and humane healthcare delivery and what actually causes poor health and disease in various cultures around the world. Topics include: history of 19th and 20th century medicine, population health, Global Burden of Disease, social health disparities, health care costs, indigenous healing cultures, contagious diseases, human rights, obesity, natural and complex disasters.

SUNY General Education: SUNY-OWC - Other World Civilizations (SOW2)

MCC General Education: MCC-GLO - Global Understanding (MGLO), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD), MCC-HW - Health and Wellness (MHW)

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Identify the geographical location of select countries of the world.
2.Explain the historical turning points leading to the development of Global Health.
3.Distinguish the payers of healthcare costs along upstream and downstream cultural, political, economic, or social chains.
4.Create an ethical argument on behalf of an adopted country regarding a specific local social health disparity or injustice.
5.Build biosocial or historical arguments that are able to challenge embedded cultural assumptions about global health, wellness or disease.
6.Defend health behavior change that is culturally specific.
7.Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative research articles or methods.
8.Analyze a global health case study using a predetermined theoretical or historical lens.
9.Create an integrated personal health and wellness plan that reflects global health and cultural concepts.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Fall Semester 2022
Summer Session 2022