Course Content and Outcomes Guide for HE 264 Effective Summer 2021
- Course Number:
- HE 264
- Course Title:
- Food Systems and Public Health
- Credit Hours:
- Lecture Hours:
- Lecture/Lab Hours:
- Lab Hours:
- Special Fee:
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Use a systems perspective to examine the factors within the food system that impact personal, public, global, and environmental health.
- Explain the inter-relationship between social factors and how they connect within the food system.
- Evaluate diet and food choices for their impact on personal, societal, and environmental health.
- Examine the food system as it relates to health by using information from credible research and primary data sources.
- Explain how historical, economic, or political factors have helped shape the current food system.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
The SAC expects a variety of both formative and summative assessment strategies to be used throughout the course to assess student learning of the course outcomes. Some examples of strategies are:
- Written Journals, portfolios, self-assessments, and self-reflection papers
- Multiple choice, true/false, short answer and essay quizzes and exams
- Participation in individual and group exercises, activities, case studies and presentations in or outside the classroom
- Participation in class discussions
- Written and/or verbal assignments designed to promote integration of class material with personal reflection and experience
- Oral or video presentations
- Participation in online learning platforms.
- Community-based learning projects involving self-reflection and application of food justice principles
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Examples of subject matter, themes, concepts and Issues:
- Global and local food systems
- Historical events that have shaped the food system
- Social, political and economic factors in relation to food systems
- Health inequities
- Food insecurity and hunger
- Healthy food environments
- Media and marketing influence on consumer food choices
- Industrial agriculture and animal production
- Climate change
- Sustainable agriculture concepts and practices
- Impact of food systems on human and environmental health
- Potential solutions in creating a more healthy and just food system
Competencies and skills:
- Identify opportunities and challenges to encourage dietary behavior change, support sustainable agriculture, improve food insecurity and lessen the environmental and public health impact of food production and consumption
- Summarize current information about environmental health and food production.
- Understand how key historical and political factors played a role in shaping the food system both locally and globally.
- Analyze marketing messages for their influence on consumer food choices.
- Evaluate food systems for their impact on individual, community and environmental health.
- Explain the concepts of agricultural sustainability and how it relates to human and environmental health.
- Identify examples of sustainable food systems.
- Explore personal food choices for their impact on personal health and the environment.
- Using a historical perspective identify changes in the global food system.
- Critique economic implications of local versus global food purchasing
- Discuss how food and diet relate to one’s culture, gender identity, place of living, etc.