Course Catalogue

For up-to-the-minute course listings, including enrollment information, see The Office of the Registrar.

Couse syllabi are available below and on the Course Offerings webpage.


A460 Topics in Anthropology: Forensic Anthropology (3 cr.) **Click on course title to see sample syllabus**

E411 Wealth, Exchange, and Power in Anthropological Perspective (3 cr.)
This course examines cultural patterns of production, exchange, and consumption, with an emphasis on non-Western societies and how these factors influence economic development in the Third World.  

Communication Studies

C392 Health Communication (3 cr.)
Exploration of the communication competencies needed by health-care professionals. Emphasizes interviewing; verbal and nonverbal skills; group interaction; and intercultural, interprofessional, therapeutic, and organizational communication. Analyzes communication problems encountered in health care and the development of coping strategies. **Please click course title to see a sample syllabi from the Fall 2013 course.**

G310 Introduction to Communication Research (3 cr.)
Methodologies and types of data analyses for investigating communication phenomena. Students will acquire knowledge and competencies that will allow them to understand and address the process of communication research and relevant communication research issues. 


E270 Introduction to Stat Theory in Econ & Bus (3 cr.)
P: MATH M118. Analysis and interpretation of statistical data in business and economics. Discussion of frequency distribution, measures of central tendency and variability, statistical inference, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, and time series. **Click the course title to see a sample syllabus**

E307 Current Economic Issues: Health Economic Issues (3 cr.)
This course examines the relevance of economics in health and medical care, characteristics of the health care market, present issues such as access to care and escalating costs, financing of health care, the role of current US government-administered programs, the advent of managed care companies, and an international comparison of health and health-related expenditures. No prerequisites; economic theory used to analyze health markets will be introduced in class.  **Please click course title to see a sample syllabus from Fall 2010. **

No related courses offered in English at this time.


G338: Geographic Information Science (3 cr.)
Overview of the principles and practices of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The course will deal with issues of spatial data models, database design, introductory and intermediate GIS operations, and case studies of real-world GIS applications. Laboratory exercises will provide significant hands-on experience. Lecture and laboratory


H217 The Nature of History (3 cr.)
An introductory examination of what history is, types of historical interpretation, common problems in history, and the uses of history. **Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus**

H364 History of Medicine & Public Health (3 cr.)
History of medicine and public health in Europe and America, including ancient and medieval background, with focus on the development of modern health sciences since 1800.  Please click here to see a sample syllabi from the Fall 2011 course.

Medical Humanities/Health Studies:

M201: Medical Humanities & Health (3 cr.)

M301 Perspectives on Health, Disease and Healing (3 cr.)
The course utilizes the perspectives of the humanities and social science disciplines to provide students with a broader understanding of the many facets of health and disease, suffering and dying, as well as the art and science of healing.  **Click course title to see a syllabus. **

M420 Culture of Mental Illness - Literary Representations (3 cr.)
This course explores the ways in which certain understandings of mental illness are constructed, represented, and proliferated throughout our culture, by examining text and film. We will consider how we as individuals and as a society are affected by different representations of mental illness, and how this translates into everyday interaction with others. **Click course title to see a sample syllabus from 2012.**

M492 Topics in Medical Humanities and Health Studies: Health & Human Values (3 cr.)

M495 Independent Project/Seminar in Medical Humanities and HealthStudies (3 cr.)
Each student pursuing a minor degree in the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program who has completed at least 9 credit hours toward the degree will take a seminar or be given the opportunity to develop a research or applied project related to the interests of the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Committee. This seminar or project will allow the student to apply the knowledge gained from the course work taken in the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program, serving to tie together the humanistic and social scientific bases of health care in a directed endeavor of interest to the student. The student should contact the chairperson to arrange the details of this independent project. **Click course title to see a samply syllabus from Spring 2013.**

M498 Readings in Medical Humanities and Health Studies (1-3 cr.)
Individual readings and research. May be repeated once for credit on a different subject. 


S474 Applied Health-Care Ethics (3 cr.)
This course is designed to introduce the student to major ethical theory, principles, and models for the recognition, analysis, and resolution of ethical dilemmas in health-care practice. **Click course title to see sample syllabus. Contact Professor Hickman at for more information about this course**


P393 Biomedical Ethics (3 cr.)
A philosophical consideration of ethical problems that arise in current biomedical practice, e.g., with regard to abortion, euthanasia, determination of death, consent to treatment, and professional responsibilities in connection with research, experimentation, and health care delivery.

Public Health (PBHL): 

A316 Environmental Health Science (3 cr.) 
A study of human interaction with the environment and potential impacts of environmental agents on health and safety. Hazards from natural sources and human activities that contaminate our air, land, water, food, homes, neighborhoods, and workplaces are examined. Environmental control activities, including pollution control technology and policy, are also examined. ** Click course title for sample syllabus**

H320 Health Systems Administration (3 cr.)
An overview of the U.S. health care delivery system. It examines the organization, function, and role of the system; current system problems; and alternative systems or solutions. **Click on the course title for sample syllabus**

E322 Principles of Epidemiology (3 cr.) **Click on the course title to view sample syllabus**

H354 Health Economics (3 cr.) **Click on the course title to view sample syllabus**

H420 Health Policy (3 cr.) **Click on the course title to view a sample syllabus**

Religious Studies:

R383: Religion, Ethics, U.S. Soc. (3 cr.)


R320 Sexuality and Society (3 cr.)
P: R100 or consent of instructor. Provides a basic conceptual scheme for dealing with human sexuality in a sociological manner.  **Click course title for syllabus**

R321 Women & Health (3 cr.)
A review of the relationships among cultural values, social structure, disease, and wellness, with special attention focused on the impact of gender role on symptomatology and access to health care. Selected contemporary health problem areas will be examined in depth. Alternative models of health care delivery will be identified and discussed. **Click on course title for sample syllabus. Please note actual syllabi for future classes may include different texts.**

R327 Sociology of Death and Dying (3 cr.)
This course examines inevitable and salient features of the human condition. Historical evaluation of images and attitudes toward death, the medicalization of death, the human consequences of high-tech dying, the role of the family in caring for dying loved ones, the emergence and role of hospices, the social roles of funerals, grief and bereavement, euthanasia and suicide, the worlds of dying children and grieving parents, and genocide are major issues that are addressed. Two of the major themes of the course revolve around the idea that the way we die is a reflection of the way we live; and, that the study of dying and death is an important way of studying and affirming the value of life. ** Click on course title for sample syllabus**

R381 Social Factors in Health and Illness (3 cr.)
Examines the social aspects of health and illness, including variations in the social meanings of health and illness, the social epidemiology of disease, and the social dimensions of the illness experience. **Click course title for for sample syllabus**

R385 AIDS and Society (3 cr.)
This course examines the HIV/AIDS epidemic from a sociological perspective. Students will explore how social factors have shaped the course of the epidemic and the experience of HIV disease. The impact of the epidemic on health care, government, and other social institutions will also be discussed.**Click on course title for sample syllabus** 

R410 Alcohol, Drugs, and Society (3 cr.)

This is a survey of the use and abuse of alcohol, including extent of use, history of use and abuse, “biology” of alcohol, alcoholism as a problem, legal actions, and treatment strategies. **Click on course title for sample syllabus**

R415 Sociology of Disability (3 cr.)

An examination of current models of disability and of disability at the interpersonal and societal level. Topics include recent legal, social, and educational changes; the ways in which people with disabilities interact with the non-disabled; the role played by relatives and caregivers; and the image of people with disabilities in film, television, and other media. **Click on course title for sample syllabus** 

R485 Sociology of Mental Illness (3 cr.) 
A survey of current problems in psychiatric diagnosis, the social epidemiology of mental illness, institutional and informal care-giving, family burden, homelessness, and the development and impact of current mental health policy. Cross-cultural and historical materials, derived from the work of anthropologists and historians, are used throughout the course. **Click on course title for sample syllabus**

R493 Practicum in Sociological Fieldwork (3 cr.)
P: R100 and R351, senior standing, or consent of instructor. Role of systematic observation as a sociological method. Training in fieldwork techniques and the application of sociological concepts to actual social situations. The core of this course will involve a supervised fieldwork research project in some area of social life.  **Click on course title for sample syllabus**