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University of Calgary Calendar 2009-2010 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions H Health and Society HSOC
Health and Society HSOC

Instruction offered by members of the Faculty of Medicine.

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Junior Course
Health and Society 201       Introduction to Health and Society
Introduction to public health, emphasizing the contributions of social research from several disciplinary traditions (anthropology, economics, epidemiology, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology) Students practice and refine several skill sets, including: library research, public speaking, teamwork, leadership and academic writing.
Course Hours:
Priority for registration will be given to BHSC Health and Society majors, BHSC students majoring in either biomedical science or bioinformatics and students in other undergraduate programs who have declared a minor in health and society.
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Senior Courses
Health and Society 301       Determinants of Health
A broad based, interdisciplinary overview of models of the determinants of health. Includes an analysis of evidence of the relative influence of environmental factors, health services, lifestyles and health behaviors, social and economic factors, biological predispositions, and the mechanisms involved in the societal uptake of various conceptions.
Course Hours:
Health and Society 201.
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Health and Society 311       Health Services and Health Systems
Introduction to the Canadian health system, the health policy process, institutions and providers in the health system, health care insurance, financing and delivery of health care, population and public health, a systems approach to health in a national and international perspective
Course Hours:
Health and Society 201.
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Health and Society 401       Foundations of Social Science Method
An examination of some philosophical principles underlying and debates involving methodology in the social sciences. Consideration will be given to features both common to the social sciences as well as to those which distinguish them. Where appropriate, applications to health phenomena will be emphasized.
Course Hours:
Health and Society 201.
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Health and Society 408       Health Research Methods and Research field practicum
An introduction to the research methods utilized in the Health Sciences. Students will begin to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct research in the Health and Society field. The importance of research design, qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods and the theoretical constructs that inform these approaches will be emphasized.
Course Hours:
Medical Science 308 and admission to the BHSc Honours program.
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Health and Society 591       Advanced Seminar in Health and Society
An advanced seminar involving critical analysis of contemporary health issues. Topics vary from year-to-year, but are always drawn from the current academic literature, from the public policy arena, and/or from the popular media.
Course Hours:
Health and Society 401 and registration in the BHSc Honours Health and Society major.
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