Health-Related Elective Courses for Spring 2017

  • Nov 17, 2016

*courses with an asterisk have prerequisite course work that must be completed prior to enrollment, or are courses designated for specific majors, minors, or specializations.*

ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts-3 cr
Basic concepts in financial & managerial accounting for non-business majors.

ANP 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology-3 cr
Origins & diversity of cultural systems. Theories of culture. Patterns of kinship. Religious, economic, & political institutions.

ANP 206 Introduction to Physical Anthropology-3 cr
Problems, data, and methods of physical anthropology. Human genetics, hominid evolution, primate studies, human osteology, and human diversity.

ANP 370* Culture, Health, & Illness-3 cr
Cross-cultural perspectives on the definition & treatment of illness.

CEP 260 Dynamics of Personal Adjustment-3 cr
Theories and issues in psychological adjustment. Dynamics operating within individuals and in their interactions with others. Implications for learning, development, and well-being.

CEP 261 Substance Abuse-3 cr
Effects of mood-altering chemicals. Treatment approaches & resources. Special emphasis on adolescent users.

CEP 460* Communication Skill Training for the Helping Professional-3cr
Interpersonal communication focusing on dynamics of listening process, interpersonal style, and barriers to communication. Emphasis on the mastery of microskills.

COM 100 Human Communication-3 cr
Process & functions of communication. Principles underlying communication behavior. Practice in analyzing communication situations & in speaking & writing.

COM 225 An Introduction to Interpersonal Communication-3 cr
Principles & practices of interpersonal communication. Emphasis on effective & responsible interpersonal communication.

CSD 203 Introduction to Communicative Sciences and Disorders-3 cr
Survey of research and practice regarding speech, hearing, and language disorders in children and adults.

EAD 315 Student Leadership Training-3 cr
Student leadership role, skills, & technique, consistent with the principles & demands of a democratic multicultural society.

ENG 232* Writing as Exploration-3 cr
Writing and study of non-fiction prose that reflects on experience, individual and social. Topics vary.

ENG 473A* Literature & Medicine-3 cr
Human dimensions of medicine as seen in literature. Health, illness, mortality. Medical dilemmas. Physical & psychological self. Psychological theories used in interpreting literature. Cultural history of the body.

ENT 460* Medical Entomology-3 cr
Transmission & management of infectious diseases involving insects & acarines.

EPI 390 Disease in Society-4 cr
Human epidemiology & population health issues facing contemporary society. Developed & less-developed settings. Health-related information in the mass media & scholarly publications.

HDFS 211 Child Growth & Development-3 cr
Physical, cognitive, social, emotional, & ecological aspects of human growth & development from conception through early childhood.

HDFS 225 Lifespan Human Development in the Family-3 cr
Human development across the lifespan with an ecological perspective. Relationships between human resource professionals & family systems.

HDFS 238 Personal Finance-3 cr
Strategies, techniques, and resources for the management of personal finance.

HM 101 Intro to Public Health-3 cr
Core public health philosophies & concepts. Health & disease – measures, determinants, health promotion & disease prevention. Introduction to health care delivery systems. Career opportunities in public health.

HNF 150 Introduction to Human Nutrition-3 cr
Nutrient function and metabolism. Food and nutrients in health and disease. Socioeconomic and environmental influences on food and health. Incorporation of healthy food choices into daily living.

IAH 209*  Art, the Visual, and Culture (D)-4 cr
Exploration of art and visual culture in historical and cultural contexts. Reading and analysis of images. Approaches and materials from art history, anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, economics, and natural science in cross-cultural and international perspective. Content variable by term.

Section 730 - Focus: Autopsy-Dissection, Display, and the Body: Visual Culture and Body Politics.

IAH 231B* Themes and Issues: Moral Issues and the Arts and Humanities (D)-4 cr
Human conflict and moral dilemmas, addressed through diverse methods and materials from the arts and humanities.

Section 740 - Focus: Ethics and Empathy in Medicine and the Humanities

IM 401* Clinical Emergency Medicine Research-4 cr
Participation in multiple research projects at an off-campus hospital. Experience in data collection & analysis. Emphasis on writing reports covering topics in emergency medicine. (Contact the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine for an application)

KIN 121 The Healthy Lifestyle-3 cr
Cardiovascular risk factors, lifestyle habits, & aerobic capacities & their relationship to optimal health & longevity. Individual physical activity required.

KIN 125 First Aid & Personal Safety-3 cr
Knowledge & application of first aid concepts relating to respiratory & cardiopulmonary disorders, shock, wounds, burns, fractures, drug poisoning, childbirth, litigation. Preventing trauma by recognizing & avoiding safety hazards.

KIN 465* Adapted Physical Activity-3 cr
Teaching and coaching physical activities for persons with disabilities.

While professional schools typically do not require students to know multiple languages, cultural competency and communication skills are important aspects of being a well-rounded applicant. MSU offers over 50 languages for students to learn through the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages and the Department of Romance and Classical Studies

NSC 102* Preprofessional Freshman Seminar-1 cr
Overview of human health care professions with emphasis on academic and nonacademic undergraduate preparation, campus resources, communication and computer skills, and collaborative learning.

OST 401 Selected Topics in Osteopathic Medicine-1 cr
Classical, current and innovative osteopathic medical trends in patient treatment and care.

PHL 130 Logic & Reasoning-3 cr
Deductive & inductive reasoning. Topics such as rational argumentation, fallacies, definition, meaning, truth & evidence. Techniques for critical reading & thinking.

PHL 344* Ethical Issues in Health Care-4 cr
Termination of treatment, truth-telling, informed consent, human experimentation, reproductive issues, justice & the health care system.

PHM 454* Leadership and Teams for Scientists and Health Professionals-3 cr
Engage in self-reflection within the context of relating to others within a team setting; carry out appropriate leadership models suited to given contexts; evaluate change options as a leader in an organizational setting; and continue to grow as a lifelong learner.

PLS 100 Intro to American Politics-3 cr
The policymaking process in national government, with emphasis on political participation, the presidency, Congress, Supreme Court, bureaucracy, & civil rights & civil liberties.

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology-4 cr
Mind & behavior from biological, individual, & social perspectives. Scientific & professional aspects of psychology.

PSY 209* Brain and Behavior-3 cr
Relation of structure and function of the nervous system to the biological bases of behavior.

PSY 280* Abnormal Psychology-3 cr
Theory & research on dynamics, characteristics, & treatment of psychological disorders. Therapies & theories of prevention.

PSY 320* Health Psychology-3 cr
Social, psychological, & biological factors affecting health, illness, & use of health services. Stress & coping processes, lifestyles, & illness management.

REL 101 Exploring Religion-3 cr
Religion and religions as historical phenomena. Non-textual and textual religions. Theories of the origins and functions of religion. Exemplary voices from various traditions examined in their historical and doctrinal settings.

REL 385 Religion and Healthcare-3 cr
Religion, health, and illness, and responses to them in health care professions, faith communities, and the broader society. Topics may include religion and interpretations of embodiment or suffering; challenges of religious diversity to health care professionals; and the "religiosity" of secular science, medicine, and public health, which are partially shaped by their own myths, rituals, and symbols.

REL 480* Comparative Studies in Religion-3 cr
Multidisciplinary approaches to topics such as patterns in comparative religion, comparative mysticism, or comparative mythology.

Section 001 - Topic: Birth and Death in Comparative Perspective.

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology-4 cr
Nature of sociological inquiry. Concepts & principles of sociology. Institutional features of modern society. Structure & dynamics of social organizations.

SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity-3 cr
Racial and ethnic problems in contemporary society. Prejudice, discrimination, conflict, and racial and ethnic identity and segregation in western and non-western societies.

SOC 216 Sex and Gender-3 cr
Social structural and social psychological perspectives on gender. Issues related to gender inequality in selected institutions such as economy, family, education, and politics.

SOC 241 Social Psychology-3 cr
Relationship of individuals to their social environment. Social influences on personality, attitudes and behavior.

SOC 475* Health and Society-3 cr
Social causes of Health and disease. Health disparities related to race-ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender and family. Organizations, professions and institutions of health care. Medical standards and evidence. Global public health.

STA 114 Three-Dimensional Form-3 cr
Formal elements of three-dimensional form. Application of the principles of organization as a means for producing creative solutions for the artist and designer. Related practical experience with a variety of materials and processes.

SW 472* Social Work in Health Care-3 cr
Psychosocial impact of illness and trauma. Social work practice in health care settings. Role of culture, values, and life style.

UGS 101* Freshman Seminar-1 cr
Introduction to scholarship and inquiry. Special disciplinary-based topics designed to engage the interests of new students in the scholarly life of the university.

Section 003 - Topic: PURL`s of Wisdom: An Introduction to Undergraduate Research at MSU and Beyond

Section 303 - Topic: Ethics, Genetics and Public Policy

Section 305 - Topic: The Science of Learning

Section 306 - Topic: Critical Reasoning and Public Health 

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By Anna