General

The Health Science classes are interdisciplinary in nature and students will gain an understanding of the biopsychosocial basis of health to develop the knowledge, skills and modes of critical inquiry necessary to recognize the factors that impact health on an individual level, community level, and public level.

The Health Science Department supports the mission of the college by preparing students along their pathways to reach degree, transfer, and career goals in an environment of academic excellence.

For transfer information see Assist and/or consult with a counselor.

Learning Outcomes

After completing courses in Health Science, a student will be able to:

  • Apply a multidimensional approach to health that incorporates the study of social, behavioral, and physiological sciences
  • Identify and compare risk factors for disease and disability as well as factors that contribute to health disparities.
  • Critically evaluate popular and scientific literature and other media for its significance and impact on individual, community, and public health.

Courses

HSCI 3: CPR/AED – Basic Life Support for Professionals and Providers

0.5 unit: lecture 0.5 unit; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course is designed for individuals with a professional duty to respond to emergencies, including healthcare professionals and other personnel in a wide variety of in-facility and pre-hospital settings. The course focuses on the cardiac chain of survival, and how to recognize and respond to cardiac and respiratory emergencies for the adult, child, and infant. Additional topics include the principles and application of one and two person CPR and the Automated External Defibrillator, the Bag-Value-Mask, victim and rescuer safety, the prevention of disease transmission, and team dynamics. Successful completion leads to certification in “Basic Life Support for Providers” of the American Heart Association. Pass/No Pass Only

HSCI 5: Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid/CPR/AED

2 units: lecture 2 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course covers the principles and applications of comprehensive First Aid and safety to correctly respond during an emergency. Comprehensive First Aid instruction includes techniques to help sustain life, reduce pain, and minimize the consequences of injury or sudden illness until advanced medical help arrives. In addition, this course includes instruction in advanced Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for the adult, child, and infant, along with use of the Automated External Defibrillation (AED). Successful completion leads to the American Red Cross certification in “Responding to Emergencies: Comprehensive First Aid / CPR / AED.” Pass/No Pass Option

HSCI 8: Contemporary Health

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID PHS 100

This course examines concepts of health from multiple perspectives and considers the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of health in our contemporary world. Topics include, but are not limited to stress, nutrition, weight management, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sexual health, exercise, psychological health, chronic disease, minority health, aging and dying. We also consider current world and public health events, cultural differences, and other significant contributions to the study of health. Pass/No Pass Option

HSCI 10: Human Sexuality

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID PHS 130, C-ID PSY 130

This course surveys Human Sexuality using a multifaceted approach that includes the biological, psychological, historical, and sociological perspectives. Topics may include sexual attitude and values, the physiology of human sexual response, structure and function of sexual structures, sexual dysfunction, sexual orientation, gender identity and roles, relationships, sexual variation, reproduction, contraception, and sexual decision-making. Legal issues are addressed as well as the major contributors of sexual research. Pass/No Pass Option

HSCI 12: Understanding Stress – A Multidisciplinary Perspective

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course examines stress from multiple perspectives and considers the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects. A theoretical framework is developed to examine theories and strategies that address the cognitive, physiological, and behavioral components of stress across the lifespan in our contemporary world. Emphasis on the development of strategies to enhance academic, personal, and social development. Diversity and stress are examined, as well as the relation of the stress process to health, disease, lifestyle, and the sociocultural environment. Pass/No Pass Option

HSCI 14: Concepts of Public Health and Society

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: California State University

C-ID PHS 101

The course provides an introduction to an interdisciplinary approach to factors that influence health and disease. Topics include an analysis of the social determinants of health, health disparities among various populations and strategies for eliminating illness and disease. In addition, students will be introduced to the epidemiology of infectious and chronic disease, the prevention and control of diseases in the community, and the history and accomplishments of public health. Pass/No Pass Option

Faculty

Patricia Louderback Patricia Louderback
Health Science Instructor
Paul Starks Paul Starks
Health Science Instructor
last published: 10/10/18