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CCOG for HE 212 Winter 2022

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Course Number:
HE 212
Course Title:
Women's Health
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Course 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, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Explain significant local, national, and global issues related to women's health and well-being.
  2. Analyze how cultural, behavioral, environmental, and social factors impact women's health and well-being.
  3. Describe the causes and potential solutions for challenges to women’s health.
  4. Identify and analyze evidence-based interventions focused on skills and strategies for health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Analyze the effects of androcentricity on women’s health and health care.

Social Inquiry and Analysis

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to apply methods of inquiry and analysis to examine social contexts and the diversity of human thought and experience.

General education philosophy statement

Health Studies General Education courses encourage critical thinking about health, systems that influence individual and community health, and strategies that promote individual, community, and environmental health and well-being. Sociocultural constructs such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, age, and gender expression are powerful, centuries-old factors continuing to this day to shape women’s health and well-being. Analysis of the sociocultural constructs that impact women’s health and well-being, at both local and global levels, enables understanding and application of effective public health solutions that initiate positive change and enhance the lives of all women.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written examination
  • Critical analysis of material
  • Group problem solving
  • Class collaboration
  • Other class activities and discussion
  • Self-assessment

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Analyze how social, cultural and historical perspectives influence a woman’s self-perception of her personal health.
  • Increase health knowledge of current women’s health issues
  • Analyze how behaviors, beliefs, values and attitudes influence a woman’s current health status.