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Health Science

Courses - HSC Upper Division

301. Orientation to Health Science (3)

Must be taken prior to H SC 401 and 430.
Overview of philosophy of Health Science Department Orientation to degree requirements, career opportunities, and theoretical and practical issues of health education as a profession.

305. Basic Research Methods and Data Analyses in Health and Human Services (3)

Introduction to research methods and data analyses concerning health and human services. An understanding and application of public data sources, research designs, primary and secondary data analyses, and report writing. Critical assessment of information presented in media and journals.
Letter grade only (A-F).

310. Radiation Therapy Patient Care I (2)

Prerequisite: Admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Topics covered include the role of the radiation therapist, communication, self-care, basic patient care, patient assessment, infection control, medical emergencies, basic pharmacology and medication administration.
Letter grade only (A-F).

311. Radiation Therapy Patient Care II (2)

Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor, HSC 310.
Topics covered include psychosocial aspects of cancer diagnosis, death and dying, patient education and intervention for treatment related sequelae. Additionally local, state and national cancer resources are covered.
Letter grade only (A-F).

315. Seminar in Radiation Therapy I (2)

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HSC 492A, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Introduction to the clinical arena requiring application of previous didactic material. Focus is on the patient, consult, simulation, treatment, dosimetry and case study review.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-Discussion, 2 hrs)

316. Seminar in Radiation Therapy II (2)

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HSC 492B, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Application of previous didactic material. Comprehensive analysis of case studies in the clinical setting with emphasis on treatment rationale and options.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion 2 hours)

320. Radiologic Techniques and Imaging Modalities (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Concepts and processes involved in producing a radiograph will be covered. Additionally, other diagnostic imaging modalities such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound will be covered.
(Lecture-discussion 2 hr) Letter grade only (A-F).

330. Topographic Anatomy (2)

Prerequisites: BIOL 207, 208 admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Examination of external anatomic landmarks to internal anatomy. Additionally, cross sectional anatomy is covered with interpretation of port films and other diagnostic films.
(Lecture-discussion 2 hr) Letter grade only (A-F).

333. Latino Nutrition, Health and Chronic Disease Prevention (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses and upper division standing.
Explores nutrition-related and contextual factors associated with the high rates of chronic disease among diverse Latino-specific subpopulations and provide culturally-relevant strategies for prevention.
Letter grade only (A-F). Same course as NUTR 333. Not open for credit to students with credit in NUTR 333.

340. Clinical Radiation Therapy (3)

Prerequisites: HSC 200, 320, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation or consent of instructor.
Rationale of radiation therapy treatments; construction of immobilization devices, contours, beam modifiers and positioning aids. Examination of simulation procedures, contrast media, treatment positioning and monitoring.
(Lec-discussion 2 hrs, Lab 2 hrs) Letter grade only (A-F).

341. Clinical Radiation Therapy II (1)

Prerequisites: HSC 340, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation or consent of instructor. Corequisite: HSC 445A.
Examination of site specific techniques to treat cancers of the skin, head and neck, lung, esophagus, breast, gastrointestinal, kidney and bladder.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture-discussion, 1 hour)

342. Clinical Radiation Therapy III (1)

Prerequisites: HSC 341, concurrent enrollment in HSC 445B, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Examination of site specific techniques to treat cancers of the reproductive systems, CNS, eye, endocrine, bone, soft tissues, blood and lymphatics. Pediatric cancer treatments will be included.
Letter grade only (A-F). (Lecture discussion 1 hour)

400. Principles of Epidemiology (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 301, 403.
Application of epidemiologic procedures to the understanding of the occurrence and control of infectious and chronic diseases, mental illness, environmental health hazards, accidents, and geriatric problems.
(Lecture 3 hours)

401. Community Health Education (3)

Prerequisite: H SC 301.
Concepts of community health education with emphasis on community organization; application of these concepts to health education activities of official, voluntary and professional health agencies.

402. Applied Concepts of Community Health Education (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 301, 430, 435.
Identification and application of concepts unique to community health education; includes examination of theoretical foundations, marketing and promotion techniques, and application of health education strategies.

403. Community Health Statistics (3)

Prerequisites: G.E. math and SOC 250 or PSY 210 or equivalent.
Representative topics are descriptive statistics, sample designs, central tendency, and variability. Statistical tools for inferential analyses include hypothesis testing and parameter estimation.
(Lecture 2 hours, Activity 2 hours)

405. Health Education Program Evaluation and Measurement (3)

Prerequisite: HSC 403 or equivalent.
Research designs, standardized measurements, data collection, analysis, and reporting are used to develop evaluation skills to assess program outcomes. Program activities promoting behavior change in communities, organizations, groups and individuals are evaluated.
(Discussion 3 hours)

407. Health Equity and Health Disparities Research in the US (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses and upper-division standing.
Explores socioeconomic, biologic, environmental, and institutional factors associated with health issues and disease. Students will learn about research and interventions to affect positive health outcomes and access for underserved, underrepresented diverse populations.
Letter grade only (A-F).

411A. Health Science for Elementary Teachers (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Corequisite: Current CPR Certification required.
Contemporary teaching of health education in elementary schools; emphasizes coordinated school health, drugs, sexuality, nutrition, child abuse, violence, community and human ecology. Based upon California Health Framework, meets state credential requirements.
Not open for credit to health Science majors or minors.

411B. Health Science for Secondary Teachers (3)

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing. Corequisite: Current CPR Certification required.
Contemporary teaching of health education in secondary schools; emphasizes coordinated school health, integrating health content and instruction into other subjects, drugs, sexuality, nutrition, child abuse, violence, community and human ecology. Based upon California Health Framework, meets state credential requirements.
Not open for credit to health Science majors or minors

415. Radiation Biology (2)

Prerequisites: BIOL 207, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Biological effects of radiation at the cellular, organ and whole body levels. Radiobiological effectiveness, linear energy transfer, oxygen enhancement ratio, sensitizers and protectors will be covered.
(Lecture-discussion 2 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

420I. International Health (3)

Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
Analysis of current health problems in the world; examination of contributing social, psychological, physical, legal and cultural factors; international programs for the improvement of world health; structure and functions of world health agencies and organizations.
Course fee may be required.

421. Health Behavior (3)

Survey of contemporary research on the health effects of human behavior. Special emphasis is given to current issues of health behavior, decision-making in contemporary society, values clarification and contemporary theories of behavior change (e.g., health belief model).

422. Environmental Health (3)

Examination of reciprocal relationship existing between man and his environment, with the emphasis directed toward the health related consequences of man's actions in the environment.

423. Consumer Health (3)

Effective selection of health information, products and services; medical quackery and fraudulent health practices; laws and agencies protecting the consumer; health care delivery systems; and influences of corporate control on the consumer movement in contemporary society.

425I. Human Sexuality and Sex Education (3)

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing. Recommended: PSY 100.
Biomedical, sociological, and psychological aspects of human sexuality, the communication of sexual information, the implementation, content and evaluation of family life and sex education in the schools.

427. Drugs and Health (3)

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.
Study of psychoactive drugs with primary attention to alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, cannabis, hallucinogens, narcotics and other drugs; examination of trends, philosophical issues and behavioral practices associated with drug use and dependence. Includes physiological psycho-social, legal, historical, philosophical and political aspects; treatment-rehabilitation activities and programs; and drug abuse prevention education.
Not open for credit to students with credit in H SC 327.

429. Stress Reduction (3)

Recognition of stress and its causes. Physical and mental symptoms of stress. Influences which reduce or create stress; methods of coping.

430. School Health Program (3)

Prerequisite: H SC 301.
Intensive analysis of the philosophy, organization and legal aspects of the school health program. Includes school and community coordination for a team approach to health education for the school age individual.

435./535. Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 421 or consent of instructor.
Health promotion/risk reduction program content, development and implementation for use in corporate, hospital and public settings. Intended primarily for Health Science majors.
(Discussion 3 hours)

440. Applied Concepts of Health Science (3)

Prerequisite: H SC 430.
Identification and application of the concepts and modes of inquiry unique to the discipline of health science; development of appropriate curriculum based upon an analysis of individual, school and community needs and interests.

445A. Oncologic Pathology I (3)

Prerequisites: BIOL 207, 208; HSC 150, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Examination of Oncologic pathology with emphasis on malignant neoplasia; specific attention given to cancers of the skin, head and neck, lung, esophagus, breast, gastrointestinal tract, kidney and bladder.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

445B. Oncologic Pathology II (3)

Prerequisites: HSC 445A, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Continuing study of Oncologic pathology with specific attention given to cancers of the reproductive system, central nervous system, eye, endocrine, major digestive glands, bone, soft tissue, blood, lymphatic system and pediatric solid tumors.
(Lecture-discussion 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

451. Ethics Professionalism in Health Care (3)

Examination of professionalism and bioethics, and the process of making moral decisions; ethical issues; professional oaths and codes of ethics; health care ethics and the law.

455. Quality Management in Radiation Therapy (1)

Prerequisites: HSC 470B, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Study of the principles of quality management with an emphasis on specific quality assurance tests in radiation therapy. Students will be given the opportunity to either perform or observe a demonstration of each quality assurance test.
Letter grade only (A-F).

465. Radiation Therapy in the Health Care Industry (3)

Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Examination of radiation therapy in the current health care market. Focus in on various operational and budgetary issues, hospital and governmental accreditation, types of insurance and reimbursements.
Letter grade only (A-F). Lecture-discussion 3 hours)

470A. Clinical Radiation Physics I (3)

Prerequisites: PHYS 100A, B, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Nature and description of the structure of matter and energy; interactions of photons and gamma radiation; instrumentation and measurement of ionizing radiation; beam quality and dose; percentage depth dose, tissue air ratios, treatment dose calculations.
(Lecture-discussion 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

470B. Clinical Radiation Physics II (3)

Prerequisites: HSC 470A, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
A continuation of the study of radiation physics with emphasis on electron beams, brachytherapy, intensity modulated radiotherapy, conformal radiotherapy and other emerging technologies. Radiation safety and protection also included.
(Lecture-discussion 2 hours, Laboratory 2 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

475. Treatment Planning – Dosimetry (2)

Prerequisites: HSC 470A, B, concurrent enrollment in HSC 475L, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Examines the effects of treatment distance, field weighting, beam modifiers, irregular fields, tissue inhomogeneities and tissue compensation on dose. Dose calculations for external photon and electron beams.
(Lecture-discussion 2 hours). Letter grade only (A-F).

475L. Treatment Planning – Dosimetry Laboratory (1)

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in HSC 475, admission to the Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation of consent of instructor.
Practical experience with calculation o treatment dose given a variety of clinical situations. Calculations to determine dose to critical structures or methods used to lower or avoid dose. Use of a treatment planning computer for complex field arrangements.
(Laboratory 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

480. Advanced Radiation Therapy (2)

Prerequisites: Must be in final semester of Radiation Therapy Option Professional Preparation.
Synthesis of previous didactic and clinical information; examination of current and future professional issues, technological advances, ethics, professional organizations and continuing education.
(Lecture-discussion 2 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).

485. Internship in Health Education (3)

Prerequisites: H SC 401 and consent of instructor.
Supervised observation and field experience in community health education as conducted by official, voluntary and professional health organizations.

490. Independent Studies in Health Science (1-3)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Students conduct independent library or laboratory research under the supervision of a faculty member and write a report of the investigation. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units.

492A. Internship in Health Care (1-7)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Supervised observation and field experience in community health and medical facilities. Student responsible for successful completion of clinical objectives applicable to area of observation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

492B. Internship in Health Care (1-9)

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor.
Supervised observation and field experience in community health and medical facilities. Student responsible for successful completion of clinical objectives applicable to area of observation.
Letter grade only (A-F).

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