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Health Studies

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HE 112 Standard First Aid and Emergency Care
Credits 1.00
Description Describes emergency procedures and techniques of basic life support for adult, child, or infant victims of airway obstruction, respiratory arrest and/or cardiac arrest. Provides education and training in Automated External Defibrillator. Upon successful completion of this course, students may earn an American Red Cross Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Adult/Child and Infant CPR certificate. Recommend: RD 115 or equivalent placement. Audit available.
HE 125 First Aid & Industrial Safety
Credits 3.00
Description Presents an overview of industrial safety procedures, accident prevention, material safety data sheets (MSDS), hazardous materials, first aid, and CPR/AED. Upon successful completion of this course, students may earn an American Red Cross Responding to Emergency First Aid and Adult CPR/AED certificate and Blood Borne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission Certificate or American Heart Association equivalent. Recommend: (RD 115 or IRW 115) or equivalent placement. Audit available.
HE 207 Seminar in Biomedical, Behavioral and Health Sciences
Credits 1.00
Description Introduces an interdisciplinary, science-based overview of key issues and current research in scientific fields of study related to biomedical, behavioral, and health sciences through class meetings and off-campus professional seminars sponsored by academic and research institutions throughout the Portland metropolitan area. Recommended: WR 121. Audit available.
HE 212 Women's Health
Credits 4.00
Description Examines women's health from a local, national, and global perspective. Explores cultural, social, behavioral, and environmental issues that influence women's health, investigates the causes and potential solutions for women's health issues, and introduces skills and strategies for health promotion and disease prevention. Analyzes facets of women's health, such as feminism, body image, drug abuse, violence against women, childbearing, disease, and aging. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.
HE 213 Men's Health
Credits 4.00
Description Examines the individual, behavioral, social, and cultural factors impacting the health and wellness of men. Provides an overview of health differences between various communities of men. Explores possible root causes of these differences. Discusses health and wellness promotion strategies. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.
HE 242 Stress and Human Health
Credits 4.00
Description Explores and analyzes stress and its relationship to human health. Examines various personal stressors and the links between stress and disease. Covers how to manage stress with healthy coping and relaxation techniques by using current research and multiple perspectives. Evaluates personal stressors and surveys numerous methods to manage stress. Recommended: WR 121. Audit available.
HE 250 Personal Health
Credits 3.00
Description Inspires close examination and evaluation of factors that influence one's personal health and wellness. Involves critical analysis of health information related to the biological, psychological, sociocultural, and environmental impacts on personal health from a wellness perspective. Audit available.
HE 251 Community and Public Health
Credits 4.00
Description Examines the socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities. Investigates basic processes, concepts, approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations. Provides an overview and history of the health system and the role of local, state, federal, and global public health entities in health promotion and disease prevention. Explores career opportunities in public health. May include community-based learning. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.
HE 252 First Aid – Basics and Beyond
Credits 4.00
Description Introduces first aid and emergency knowledge and skills in the work, community, and home environment. Examines first aid care in remote and/or wilderness settings. Upon successful completion of this course, students may earn an American Red Cross Responding to Emergencies Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certificate. Recommended: (RD 115 or IRW 115) or equivalent placement.
HE 254 Weight Management and Personal Health
Credits 3.00
Description Course examines the causes of obesity, its impact on human health and explores weight loss and diet options for the individual from a holistic perspective, including social, emotional, and physical dimensions of human health. Recommended: Students have a WR 121 skill level. Audit available.
HE 255 Health, Film, and Media
Credits 4.00
Description Explore public health as it is presented in various forms of film and media. Critically evaluate the landscape of public health in today's society. Engage in dialogue with relevant public health issues to further develop a healthier future. Recommended: WR 121 or any writing course for which WR 121 is a prerequisite. Audit available.
HE 262 Children's Health
Credits 4.00
Description Explores children's health from biological, socio-cultural, behavioral, and environmental perspectives. Introduces strategies for children's health promotion and disease prevention. Examines factors impacting children's health and investigates causes and potential solutions for children's health issues such as environmental toxins, nutrition, epigenetics, illness and disease, trauma, racism, anxiety and depression. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.
HE 264 Food Systems and Public Health
Credits 4.00
Description Examines the connections among diet, industrial and sustainable agriculture, the environment, and public health. Explores factors such as equity, food insecurity, food justice, sustainability, and the historical, economic and political forces that have shaped food systems both nationally and globally. May include community-based learning. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.
HE 278 Human Health and the Environment
Credits 3.00
Description Examines the relationship between the environment and human health. Focuses on issues such as persistent environmental contaminants, environmental toxins, chemical exposures, climate change and accompanying disease outbreaks. Includes a strong emphasis on personal decision making. Recommend: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.
HE 295 Health and Fitness for Life
Credits 2.00
Description Explores how the interrelationships of physical activity and social determinants of health affect lifelong health, wellness, and physical fitness. Applies fitness principles and wellness concepts to promote health, wellness, and improve physical fitness. Audit available.