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COURSE: CAS BI 525 / CAS NE 525
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 1

Prereq: (CAS NE 102 or CAS BI 203) and (CAS NE 203 or CAS BI 325).

An in- depth look at molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases and their impact and relevance in clinical diagnosis and treatment. Topics include the molecular pathways of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, and Creutzfeldt- Jacob Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Students must attend both lecture and discussion.

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COURSE: SAR HS 300
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 2

Examines the distribution of health and diseases across the population, and the factors that impact health. Which group of people is more likely to experience a heart attack or develop diabetes? Do our level of education and our income impact our health and our life expectancy? This course studies how we approach understanding disease distribution within the population. It covers the principles and methods used in epidemiology, particularly as it relates to public health, including the types of study designs used in health research, disease screening, and infectious disease outbreak investigation.

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COURSE: CAS WR 120
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 1

This course examines and reflects on the contemporary relevance of ethical questions that have arisen in the public health arena over the last hundred years. Topics include race medicine; the eugenics movement in the United States and the related 1927 Supreme Court case, Buck v. Bell; and the evolution of restrictions on interracial marriage, eventually overturned by the 1967 case Loving v. Virginia. These issues are discussed with an eye toward their relevance to contemporary debates about public health.

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COURSE: SAR HS 400 / CAS WS 400
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 2

Prereq: (CAS WR 120) or equivalent.

This course focuses on strengthening students’ knowledge, skills, and ability to construct a critical appraisal of all the determinants, distribution, causes, mechanisms, systems, and consequences of health inequities related to gender. Emphasis is placed on the historical perspective of women as both recipients and providers of health care, including an exploration of psychological, physiological, social, and political barriers to women’s health and professional life as healthcare providers. The course provides both theoretical and topical coverage of gender and its influence on healthcare, both at the system and individual level. It explores how gender influences and is influenced by healthcare systems through an exploration of some of the major historical, social, and scientific developments that have determined contemporary issues.

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COURSE: CAS BI 114
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 2

A study of the world’s major human diseases, their causes, effects on history, pathology, and cures. Principles of immunology. Emphasis on present maladies such as AIDS, herpes, cancer, mononucleosis, tuberculosis, influenza, and hepatitis. This course is appropriate for non-majors and students in the health and paramedical sciences. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory.

Carries natural science divisional credit (with lab) in CAS. Not for Biology major or minor credit. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Scientific Inquiry I, Quantitative Reasoning II, Critical Thinking.

There is an additional USD $200 lab fee for this course.

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COURSE: CAS BI 211
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 2

Prereq: ((CAS BI 105 or CAS BI 108) and (CAS BI 106 or CAS BI 210)) or equivalent. Some knowledge of chemistry and anatomy is assumed. Intended mainly for students in health sciences. Not for biology major or minor credit; Biology majors/minors should take CAS BI 315.

Introduction to principles of systemic mammalian physiology with special reference to humans. Students must register for two sections: lecture and laboratory.

There is an additional USD $200 lab fee for this course.

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COURSE: SAR HS 210
CREDITS: 2 US credits
OFFERED: Session 1

This course demonstrates how to access information resources in the biomedical sciences, including hard copy, on-line databases (e.g., LexisNexis, PubMed, OVID), and web searching and how to critically evaluate these information sources. Classes are hands-on learning using laptops.

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COURSE: SAR HS 325
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 1

Provides students with an overview of the complex social, economic, political, environmental, and biological factors that structure the origins, consequences, and possible treatments of illness worldwide, as well as the promotion of health. Students learn about the major themes and concepts shaping the interdisciplinary field of global health, and gain an understanding of solutions to health challenges that have been successfully implemented in different parts of the world. Major topics include the linkages between global health and economic development, the global burden of disease, key actors in global health, and lessons learned from the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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COURSE: CAS AN 210
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 1

This lecture and discussion-driven course uses ethnographic case materials and active learning strategies to introduce students to socio-cultural anthropological modes of understanding and analyzing health-related experiences and institutions, including political and ethical dimensions of illness and suffering around the globe.

This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry II, Ethical Reasoning, Research and Information Literacy.

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COURSE: SAR HS 441
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 2

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a group of viral, parasitic, and bacterial diseases that affect more than 1 billion people worldwide and disproportionately burden those with the fewest resources. They can cause significant disability, chronic illness, and death in both children and adults. This course provides an overview of each of the NTDs including transmission, disease progression, treatment, epidemiology, and control strategies. In addition, we examine their public health importance and the effects they have at the individual, community, and national level. We also discuss societal contexts and ethics around treatment, research, advocacy, and prevention.

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COURSE: SAR HP 353
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 1

Prereq: First-Year Writing Seminar.

The focus of this interdisciplinary course is on increasing students’ understanding of the health care system and ability to work in interdisciplinary teams, and on the social, environmental, and behavioral factors that affect health care. Students will actively engage in individual work, group discussion, and teamwork through written, oral, and website assignments.

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COURSE: MET UA 510
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 1

Special Topics in Urban Affairs. Since the mid-1800s, scientists and researchers have continuously shown how public policies significantly impact the health of individuals now and in the future. Through readings, case studies, guest lectures, and in-class exercises, students learn about the lasting impacts of many of these policies. Students are also introduced to a variety of strategies used to design interventions that target urban problems and to the role of evidence in the policymaking process. This course is well suited for curious students with an introductory background in planning, public health, and related fields.

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COURSE: CAS SO 215
CREDITS: 4 US credits
OFFERED: Session 1

Social, cultural, and intercultural factors in health and illness. Training and socialization of medical professionals, roots of medical power and authority, organization and operation of health care facilities. U.S. health care system and its main problems. Comparison of health care systems in the U.S. and in other countries.

Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Ethical Reasoning.

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COURSE: LAPLBE320
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: July Sessions: 4, B

This course examines the ethics of medical practices and issues in contemporary society. Coursework will pose questions regarding areas that affect human life and death. Topics include practices such as euthanasia, birth control and abortion, cloning, genetic engineering, and biomedical research. Students will analyse the ethical nature of covered practices, how they affect humans on individual and social scales, and the relationship between patients and physicians and medical structures in terms of information, consent, and responsibility. Case studies from local European as well as non-European countries will be closely considered for discussion and study.

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COURSE: NURSING 50
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Epidemiology is interdisciplinary science with goal of identifying and describing patterns of disease occurrence, identifying determinants of disease, and evaluating disease prevention and health care treatment efforts. With its focus on human populations, epidemiology is directly linked with public health research, policy, and practice. Introduction to fundamental definitions, concepts, methods, and critical thinking used in epidemiologic study. Designed to lay foundation for future study to evaluate factors related to health outcomes in human populations using epidemiologic principles.

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COURSE: GEOG 125
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Impact of environment and lifestyle on individual health examined from geographical perspective, with examples from both developed and developing countries.

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COURSE: CHICANO CM106 / PUB HLT M106
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Designed for juniors/seniors. Examination of Chicano/Latino health status through life expectancy, causes of death, reportable diseases, services utilization, provider supply, and risk behaviors within demographic/immigration changes. Binational review of health effects in U.S. and Mexico.

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COURSE: COM HLT 100
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Limited to students in Public Health minor and graduate students.

Introductory course to provide non-Community Health Sciences M.P.H. students and qualified undergraduate students with broad and comprehensive overview of concepts, empirical research, and public health practice in community health sciences, with emphasis on social context and determinants of population health and principles of planning interventions to protect and improve public health. Ways to define and measure health and illness, social construction of illness, social and behavioral determinants of health, and health disparities, including socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, gender, and age. Social and behavioral theories of health-related behavior change, health promotion strategies and methods, and public policy. Case studies of evidence-based health promotion programs provided.

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COURSE: HLT POL 100
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Structure and function of American healthcare system; issues and forces shaping its future.

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COURSE: PSYCH 150
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Areas of health, illness, treatment, and delivery of treatment that can be elucidated by understanding of psychological concepts and research, psychological perspective on these problems, and how psychological perspective might be enlarged and extended in medical area.

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COURSE: DIS STD M139 / PSYCH M139
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Genealogy of autism as diagnostic category and cultural phenomenon from its historical roots as new, rare, and obscure condition in early 1940s to its current contested status as minority identity and/or global epidemic. Examination of material sourced from various fields and disciplines invested in autism, including psychology, neuroscience, arts and humanities, popular media, anthropology, activism, and critical autism studies. Students encounter and analyze multiple perspectives on autism and put them in conversation with one another. Attention paid to way people on spectrum define, explain, and represent their own experiences of autism and discussion of what ramifications of these multiple framings are in context of autism intervention strategy and disability policy today.

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COURSE: MUSC 188
CREDITS: 4 US credits

Exploration of young but quickly growing profession of music therapy in health care industry. Students gain comprehensive understanding of music therapy, what it takes to become board-certified music therapist, and standards of practice and research. Students gain ability to define music therapy and advocate its services within community, and general understanding of how to assess and carry out music therapy session. Students participate in classroom activities that include simple songwriting, lyric analysis, instrumentation, and discussion. Prior music training not required. Includes homework, research assignments, and quizzes. In final group project, students work together to assess hypothetical client and create two session plans with clearly stated objectives.

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COURSE: HIS3293
CREDITS: 4 US credits / 60 contact hours

Costa Rica’s healthcare system is unique due to the fact that it’s socialised and has achieved excellent health indicators. The course focuses on the history and development of the public health care system within the context of the Costa Rican socio-political and economic situation. It also gives a strong emphasis on how the system actually works and points out not only the strongholds of the systems, but also its weak points.

During this course we will discuss different tropical diseases, some very common for countries not developed. Students will learn about the prevention and transmission of relevant tropical diseases.

COURSE: HHD1050
CREDITS: 4 US credits / 60 contact hours

Through this course each student will have a better overview of the holistic health perspective and the efficacy of some of their practices in order to open doors for a future deepening in these subjects and open an option for inter-professional practices. Also, students will explore and evaluate different holistic approaches and philosophies in order to improve personal health and wellbeing. Moreover, students will be able to build their own comparison with their general health concepts –usually from the Western medicine (WM, also known as allopathic or conventional medicine). Some of the topics included are Homeopathy, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Acupuncture, Herbal and Nutritional Therapies, Massage, Chiropractic, Electromagnetic Therapy, Breathing, and Energy, among others.

It is recommended, but not required, that students come from a field related to health.

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