Spring Semester 2014 Community Health Courses

The Community Health major prepares students for careers teaching health education in the community and in schools. Health educators encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness by educating individuals and communities about behaviors that can prevent diseases, injuries and other health problems. The Community Health major prepares students to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination, which is a nationally recognized certification process based on well-established educational competencies. There will be several courses offered during the upcoming spring semester in the Community Health major. Nandita Bezbaruah will teach the classes.
COMH 301 Women’s and Children’s Health
The course will address the dynamic health status of women and children within the family, community and health care system. Emphasis will be placed on theories and principles which result in a foundation for critical thinking, application of research, and use of knowledge as it relates to caring for children and families from diverse cultures and environments. Students will develop an understanding of the status of women’s and children’s health with emphasis on nutrition, common diseases, and health indicators. The laboratory potion of the course will reinforce the lecture content and address women’s and children’s health in practice, gender-specific nutrition, gender differences in anatomy and physiology and epidemiology of diseases important to women and children.

“Did you know that November is National Prematurity Awareness month? One of every eight babies born each year in the United States is born premature. Learn about such facts about children’s health in the Women’s and Children’s Health course.” —Nandita Bezbaruah, MSW, MPA, PhD

COMH 401 Health Aspects of Aging
The Health Aspects of Aging course covers the models and theories of aging; social, behavioral, and environmental physiological and life-style changes occurring with age and the aging process.

“It is projected that by 2050, the number of Americans aged 65 and older will be 88.5 million, which is more than double its projected population of 40.2 million in 2010. Learn how this projected growth of the older population will affect policies and programs such as Social Security and Medicare in the Health Aspects of Aging course.” —Nandita Bezbaruah, MSW, MPA, PhD

COMH 415 Design and Evaluation of Community Health Programs
The course focuses on a process approach to organizing, implementing and evaluating community health programs.

COMH 638 Health Information Systems
This course is designed to provide a broad perspective of the field of Health Informatics. This course is appropriate for students in Nursing, Community Health, Social Work, Health Services Administration, Business Administration and Health Education. The course focuses on the application of electronic information delivery systems and methodologies, electronic health records, information technologies to deliver/enhance/coordinate care, information retrieval and data analysis, data driven decision-making, risk management evaluation, healthcare ethics and data confidentiality. Students will get an overview about areas of employment opportunities in the field of health informatics. This course is part of several of our healthcare graduate programs. More information can be found online.

“Interested in keeping up with the current health needs and emphasize on Health Informatics or interested in a career in Health Informatics, then the course on Health Information Systems is right for you!” —Nandita Bezbaruah, MSW, MPA, PhD


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