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BI 214 Personal and Community Health
Pagano, Biagio


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CourseBI 214 Personal and Community Health IN
SemesterS1J2005
FacultyPagano, Biagio
TitleSenior Instructor
Daytime Phone(913) 573-6708
Other Phone(913) 334-5213
E-Mailp177629@pirate.park.edu
bpagano@wycokck.org
Semester DatesJanuary 10 to March 6, 2005
Class Days----R--
Class Time5:30 - 9:50 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Paul M. Insel and Walton T. Roth. Core Concepts in Health, ninth edition.  McGraw Hill, 2004. (Brief Version)

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


Course Description:
Educational in nature with emphasis on personal hygiene, community health and health education, this course covers diverse topics such as wellness, mental health, stress, nutrition, weight management, communicable disease, noncommunicable disease, reproductive health, parenting, substance abuse, aging and ecology. Socioeconomic and sociocultural factors that impact the wellness of specific cultural groups will also be discussed. This course does not count toward a biology major. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Educational in nature with emphasis on personal hygiene, community health and health education, this course covers diverse topics such as: wellness, mental health, stress, nutrition, weight management, communicable disease, noncommunicable disease, injury, personal safety, substance abuse, environmental health, etc. Socioeconomic and sociocultural factors that impact the wellness of specific cultural groups will also be discussed. This course does not count toward a biology major.

Learning Outcomes:
COURSE OBJECTIVES:

To define wellness and describe its components.
To discuss strategies to promote mental well being and manage stress.
To describe the components of a well-balanced diet.
To describe the theoretical and practical components of weight management.
To describe strategies to design an optimal exercise program.  
To describe strategies to minimize illness due to communicable and chronic diseases.
To identify the steps required to analyze community health issues and developing health plans.
To describe the function of various voluntary and governmental health agencies.
To describe the components of environmental and ecological health.
To identify the abuse, prevention and treatment of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
To identify methods of preventing unintentional injuries and violence.

Course Assessment:
Midterm Examination: The midterm examination will consist of multiple choice and short answer. Questions will focus on the chapters covered in the first four weeks of class plus lecture information from the instructor.

Chapter Overview Participation and Critical Thinking Discussion: The focus will be on verbal overviews by small study groups on key chapters. The study groups and chapters will be assigned on the first night of class. Students should demonstrate knowledge of the contents of the chapters and utilize critical thinking skills associated with improving personal and community health. Grading will also be based upon organization of presentation and oral delivery. Presentations will not be read by individual students.

Study Group Research Project: Study groups will develop, write and orally present a project designed to improve the health of a special population (e.g., children, youth, medically underserved, seniors, etc.). The project can also be topic specific (e.g., diabetes, medical emergency, etc).  The format of the presentation should be in three parts:

Problem identification of the health and/or environment issues affecting the targeted population.
The existing or current solutions that have been implemented and the limitations of such initiatives.
The group's recommendation(s) for further corrective action.


Each group will adhere to the following format when presenting material.

30-45 minutes in length
Each participant in the group will write a three to five page paper of their own individual presentation.
Use of visual aids.
A minimum of ten references.
Minimal or no reading of the presentations.
Demonstrate ability to handle questions from the instructor and class participants.

Grading:
Grades are based on a percentage scale:

Midterm Examination
35

Study Group Research Project
35

Chapter Overview Participation and

Critical Thinking Discussions
30



Late Submission of Course Materials:
All assigned course material is due on the dates specified by the instructor. No credit will be given if assignments are late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
For each unexcused absence there will be one full letter grade deducted. Excused absences are limited to illness, work related requirements or death in the family.  Students missing three classes equals more than one third of the course and a passing grade cannot be justified because the course objectives cannot be attained.  Extra credit and/or make-up work will not be substituted for lack of attendance and class participation.  Make-up work will be required for absences whether excused or unexcused.  If make-up work is not completed, then the final grade will be reduced by 10 points for each assignment (per chapter) not turned in. This also includes make-up work for critical thinking questions, lectures by the instructor, as well as, final project presentations by students.

WeekTopics
Meeting - 1Introduction of course

Overview of Public Health Dept. Services

Open Discussion of General Health Issues
Meeting - 2Taking Charge of Your Health

Stress

Psychological Health
Meeting - 3Nutrition Basics

Exercise and Fitness

Community Health Assessments and Health Planning
Meeting - 4Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer

Immunity and Infection
Meeting - 5Midterm Exam

Alcohol and Tobacco
Meeting - 6Use and Abuse of Psychoactive Drugs

Personal Safety (Unintentional Injuries and Violence)
Meeting - 7Environmental Health

Group Project Presentations
Meeting - 8Group Project Presentations (continued)

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101
“Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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