HLTH200 Introduction to Women's Health Issues

Department of Kinesiology and Sport Studies: Health

I. Course Number and Title
HLTH200 Introduction to Women's Health Issues
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is an introduction to the personal and social concerns of women's past and present health trends. Emphasis will be placed on the historical perspective of women's health, as well as exploration of physiological and spiritual barriers to women's health. As in all health classes, the holistic model of wellness will be examined to ascertain the future of women's health.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Students will learn the major physical, mental, social and emotional issues affecting women's health in the past, and present with an emphasis on future implications.

    2. Students will explore epidemiological numbers for morbidity and mortality related to gender and ethnicity to identify risk factors for certain disorders.

    3. Students will examine screening tools for mental well being assessment including body satisfaction and depression and learn how these type feelings are affected by societal expectations of women.

    4. Students will investigate through research of case studies major health problems of women that relate to the leading causes of death for women in various phases of the life cycle.

    5. Students will summarize and critique the viewpoints and theories of major health practitioners in the women's health field.

    6. Students will learn to expound upon facets of women's health such as, Feminism, body image, drug abuse, violence against women, childbearing, disease, midlife and after midlife health issues.

    7. Students will explore the historical aspects of women's health inclusive of the women's health movement, and consumer and advocacy groups that have affected women's health care today.

    This course satisfies the requirements for the BCCC Core Curriculum.

    Core Learning Goals:
    Category I:
      Personal Health: The students will:

      1. develop attitudes, values, and skills which promote physical and emotional well-being to extend over the course of their lives

    Core Learning Objectives:
    Category I:
      Personal Health: The students will be able to:

      1. recognize the components of wellness, exercise, and diet that contribute to life long physical, and mental wellness. (1)
      2. practice wise choices regarding exercise and diet. (1)
      3. apply appropriate skills to manage stress and anxiety in order to maintain holistic health. (1)
      4. describe the links between behavior and health over the course of a life time. (1)

    Category III:
      Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: The student will be able to:

      1. integrate and /or combine knowledge from multiple sources to create new knowledge.
      2. reason from what they know to form new knowledge, draw conclusions, solve problems, explain , decide, and /or predict. (Inductive and/or Deductive Reasoning Skills)

      Information Literacy: The student will be able to:

      1. determine the nature and extent of the information needed.
      2. determine the technologies and information formats appropriate for the information identified.
      3. access needed information effectively and efficiently.
      4. evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into their knowledge base and value system.
      5. develop an understanding of many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information legally and ethically.

      International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives: The student will be able to:

      1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
      2. identify prejudice, stereotypes, and misuses of power that affect the lives of women and /or `minorities in areas, such as education, business, politics, religion or industry.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Feminism and the Women's Health Movement
      1. A Woman's Creed
      2. Beyond Gender Equality
      3. Young Feminism Reflections
      4. Brief History of Medicine
      5. Women's Health Movement
      6. 1996 Achievements

    2. Women's Health Status
      1. Factors Influencing Women's Health
      2. Health, Health Care, and Women of Color
      3. Health Care Reform
      4. Welfare and Women's Lives

    3. Science and Women's Health
      1. Clinical Research

    4. Body Image
      1. Beauty Myth
      2. Thinness: A Cultural Obsession
      3. Diet
      4. Eating Disorders

    5. Women & Drug Abuse
      1. Alcoholism
      2. Smoking
      3. Prozac and Depression

    6. Violence against Women
      1. Violence Against Women
      2. Wife Battering
      3. Domestic Violence

    7. Women's Sexual Health
      1. Eroticism
      2. Abstinence and Sexual Expression
      3. Emergency Contraceptive Pills
      4. Un-pregnancy Pill
      5. Abortion
      6. STD's and Other Epidemics

    8. Childbearing
      1. Reducing Deaths from Pregnancy and Childbirth
      2. Fetal Rights
      3. Pharmaceuticals and Myths

    9. The Politics of Disease
      1. Gender, Women, AIDS, and the Law
      2. Breast Cancer
      3. Menstruation and Men

    10. Midlife Health Issues
      1. Politics of Menopause and HRT
      2. Menopause and Hormone Therapy
      3. Women and Care Giving
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    The required textbook is selected by the full-time faculty teaching the course. Details are provided in the course format, which is created by the instructor and distributed to each student upon enrollment and attendance in class.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
The class period is divided between lectures, seminar discussions, and instructional videos.

Review/Approval Date - 12/03; Core Goals/Objectives added 6/04