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CCOG for HE 255 Winter 2022

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Course Number:
HE 255
Course Title:
Health, Film, and Media
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Course 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.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Explain how socio-cultural factors are portrayed in film and media and assess the impacts of that portrayal on personal and public health.
  • Explain the role of personal responsibilities, public health policies, and practices as displayed in film and media.
  • Articulate how corporate and community interests can impact personal and public health through the analysis of film and media.
  • Identify the role of diversity in achieving environmental, social, and personal health outcomes as shown in film and media.
  • Identify when film and media sources represent diverse perspectives and stories.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Possible assessment strategies could include:

  • Written examination
  • Critical analysis of material
  • Course activities and discussion
  • Student presentations

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  • Discuss local, national, and global public health issues as they are portrayed in various forms of media.
  • Evaluate the scientific accuracy as it is presented in film and media.
  • Describe how health issues are presented in various forms of film and media.
  • Understand the current roles and function of local, state, federal, and international public health agencies.
  • Analyze how individuals can influence public health policy.
  • Analyze how groups in society can achieve self-empowerment through inquiry and targeted activism.
  • Explore cultural, social, and gender factors that affect the quality, cost, and barriers to health care.