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SYLLABUS FOR GLOBAL AND CULTURAL ISSUES IN HEALTH
WEB-BASED COURSE
PH 104 [FORMER HS 104]
G.E. COURSE MI/INTERNATIONAL
Introduction and Course Description
Course Name: Global and Cultural Issues in
Health
Semester: FALL 2017
Course Number:
Sect 2--- 71702
Sect 3--- 71782
California State University, Fresno
G.E. Information : Area MI
Instructor Name:
Dr. Helda Pinzon-Perez
Units: 3
Office Number: Science II, Room 267
Time and Location: Web-based/Online
Email: hpinzonp@csufresno.edu
Location: Web-based-blackboard.fresnostate.edu
Telephone : (559)278-5329
Department of Public Health contact information:
278-4014
McLane Hall Room 184
Website : To access the course on Blackboard login
to http://blackboard.csufresno.edu using your Fresno
State username and password. For help with
Blackboard contact Technology Innovations for
Learning and Teaching at 278-7373 or send an email
to dcfeedback@csufresno.edu.
Office Hours:
Face to Face:
T 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Th. 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Online office hrs:
T. 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
*And by appointment
General Description of this course: Global and Cultural Issues in Health Care, PH 104, 3
units. Web-based. This course is a G.E. course in the Multicultural/International area. In
compliance with G.E. goals and objectives for this area, this course has been designed to: (1)
Appreciate the value of diversity by using comparative means and identifying commonalities and
differences across cultures in responses to health and disease, and (2) Promote students’
understanding about the influence of their culture on their lifestyles related to health and disease.
Description of Web-based courses: In web-based courses, all theoretical contents are delivered
online. In this type of courses, it is essential that students are familiar with the use of blackboard
and the Internet. An on-line course requires a considerable amount of self-discipline and time
commitment. Students are expected to complete all assignments and maintain up-to-date with the
reading.
Orientation to Blackboard 9.1. For specific information on how to use Blackboard 9.1, check
the blackboard site for this course, section “Bb 9.1 Course Orientation.” For help with
Blackboard contact Technology Innovations for Learning and Teaching at 278-7373 or send an
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email to dcfeedback@csufresno.edu.
Information Literacy: The Henry Madden Library at CSUF offers multiple online tutorials to
help you select reliable sources of information for the assignments and other academic tasks of
this class. You can check them at http://www.csufresno.edu/library/. This site contains
multiple research tools such as databases (http://xerxes.calstate.edu/fresno/databases/subject/all-
databases), assignment research calculators (http://ios.lib.csufresno.edu/arc/), and journals listing
(http://csufresno.edu/library//xerxes/all-journals.shtml), among others. You can also get
personalized help with one of the librarians.
Prerequisites
PH 90
Required Textbooks and Materials
G.E. Foundation and Area D. PH 90
Required Textbooks:
Spector, R.E. (2017). Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness (9
th
ed). Upper Saddle River, New
Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.
Pérez, M.A., & Luquis, R. (Editors). (2014). Cultural Competence in Health Education and Health
Promotion (2
nd
edition). San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass Publishers.
Optional/Recommended Textbooks:
Skolnik, R. (2012). Global Health 101 (2nd edition). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Barlett Learning.
Course Organization
Online Office Hours: In web-based courses, online office hours are offered. During the online
office hours, the instructor will be available to answer any questions about the readings or course
materials via the chat feature on blackboard. Online office hours will be done via Skype.
Students will need to set up an appointment with Dr. Pinzon-Perez for online office hours via
Skype.
Dr. Pinzon-Perez will also respond to e-mails and questions in the Discussion Board no later
than the following Tuesday, after the e-mail or the question in the Discussion Board has been
posted.
G.E. Courses- Writing Policy: All Upper Division G.E. Courses (PH 104) should include a
requirement of "2000 words of original student text with provision for faculty feedback to which
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students can respond." PH 104 is in compliance with this requirement as indicated in your
syllabus.
Examinations and Major Assignments
WRITTEN (TYPED) HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS:
a. STUDENT’S INTRODUCTION: (70 points.)
Each student should go the Discussion Board in Blackboard and introduce
her/himself. Introduce yourself through the items listed below. A minimum of
200 words are required for this assignment. Make sure to include a word
count of at least 200 words at the end of your posting. Deadline: T. Sept 5,
2017 by 8:00 a.m.
i. Complete name
ii. Major
iii. Class standing (junior, senior, etc)
iv. Interests in multicultural and/or global health
v. Why are you taking this course
vi. Any additional information you may want your classmates to
know about you You can add a picture of yourself if you want
to (the picture is optional)
b. ASSIGNMENT FOR HEALTH AND ILLNESS IN SELECTED
POPULATIONS-RESEARCH PAPER- GROUP PAPER (240 points).
Deadline: M. Sept 25, 2017 By 8:00 a.m. To comply with G.E. requirements,
each group should prepare a 2,000 word research paper with relevant findings
from the literature review on one of the selected populations, as assigned by the
instructor. Each group should have five students. Students can form their own
group. If you don’t know anybody in the class, please use the “Tools” and
“Send Email” areas of BB to send an email to your classmates to inquire who
would like to be in a group with you. The names of the students in each group
should be posted in Discussion Board # 2 no later than T. September 5, 2017 by
7:00 a.m. Each group should select a group number (e.g. Group # 1, Group # 2,
etc) that has not been previously taken by another group and do the research
paper on the topic described below according to their selected group number
(Note: There should be a total of nine groups so all the topics are covered, so
no group number or topic should be repeated). For this assignment you will
need to consult the required textbook for this class “Cultural Competence in
Health Education and Health Promotion” by Perez & Luquis.
* Group # 1: Health Issues for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and
Intersex Communities
* Group # 2: Health Issues for The Elderly
* Group # 3: Health Issues for People with Disabilities
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(Different Able People)
* Group # 4: Health Issues for Economically-
Disadvantaged Populations (Poverty & Health)
* Group # 5: Health Issues on a World Scale-
Socio/Political factors affecting Global Health (e.g. Affordable Care Act,
Health Policies, Millennium Sustainable Goals)
* Group # 6: Lifestyles conducive to health and
disease in college populations in the U.S. in contrast to college students in
the world
* Group # 7: Health Issues for Women
* Group # 8: Health Issues for Indigenous
Communities in the U.S. or internationally
* Group # 9: Health Issues for Refugees
Students will need to incorporate the major concepts learned in class related to the
comparative method for cross-cultural understanding. The assignment should
include a research paper with the subtitles/sections listed below (a to e). See
rubric attached to this syllabus for specific grading criteria:
a. Description of the group (general characteristics, membership,
statistics, relevant issues etc)--- 60 points: Description of the assigned
group such as statistics (# of people from the selected population in the
Central Valley, California, the U.S., and internationally/globally) and
general demographic (gender, income, education level), and cultural
characteristics of the selected group.
b. Major Health Issues60 points: Description and analysis of at least
four major health issues of the selected population (morbidity, mortality,
health statistics, analysis of health issues from a local and global
perspectives)
c. Implications for Multicultural and Global Health60 points:
Description and analysis of the student’s ideas validated by her/his
scientific research on how culture affects the health of the selected
population and what recommendations are given to improve the health
of the selected population. Describe how health promotion and health
education programs may be designed and implemented for the assigned
selected population (For this item it will be useful for you to consult the
book by Perez & Luquis)
d. Word Count -- 10 points: A word count should be included in the last
page of the paper (exclude the reference pages). This paper should be at
least 2,000 words to comply with G.E. requirements.
e. Reference Page (Use APA style for reference page and for the citation
of references in the paper itself) 25 points : This paper should
include at least 10 references cited properly in APA style
Grammar and spelling will also be graded for this paper (25 points)
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After reviewing the research papers, Dr. Pinzon-Perez will post the research
papers submitted by the students, in the section “Course Documents”
corresponding to the week assigned for the topic.
This assignment will be graded following the rubric attached to this syllabus. This
rubric is based upon the guidelines for G.E. courses at CSUF. Make sure to
submit this assignment via the link on blackboard located on “Course
Documents.” Go to module # 6 and submit your assignment via the link
called “Assignment for Health and Illness in Selected Populations-Research
Paper” This link will be available beginning Week 6 of instruction. NO
ASSIGNMENTS SUBMITTED VIA E-MAIL OR THROUGH THE
DIGITAL BOX WILL BE ACCEPTED. Only one member of the group
should post the group paper in this link (no need for each student to post the
group paper) but make sure that the cover page includes the names of all
students in the group.
Students can re-write and re-submit this paper one time during the semester for
further evaluation from the professor prior to the final deadline for this
assignment. Your group paper draft should be submitted no later than Mond.
Sept 18, 2017 by 8:00 a.m. THIS DRAFT IS OPTIONAL- You will not get
penalized if you do not submit a draft. You should submit your group draft by
sending it to my e-mail (hpinzonp@csufresno.edu). Do not submit drafts in the
blackboard link. Only final products should be submitted though the blackboard
link. Improvement in grammar, critical thinking, and scientific knowledge is
expected in the drafts submitted to the instructor.
Each written group paper will be posted in blackboard to be read by the members
of the class under the section “Course Documents” according to the assigned
week. Students in the class can post questions regarding the research papers in
the Discussion Board for Questions and Answers. It is the responsibility of the
students assigned for the topic to answer the questions in the Discussion
Board “Questions for Research Papers on Health and Illnesses in Selected
Populations.” If the student does not answer the questions posted by their
classmates within one week of the posting, 10 points will be discounted for
each unanswered question.
The instructor will submit your research papers to a plagiarism detection site to
identify plagiarism. Originality reports should be at least 70% for the research
papers. You may indicate in writing to the instructor if you want to opt out to
participate in the plagiarism identification process, in which case your instructor
can use other means to verify the originality of your work. This written
notification should be given to the instructor at the time you submit your research
paper and should include the reasons for your refusal. This assignment is very
important since it will allow the students in this course to learn from each
other and have the opportunity to share and present their research papers.
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c. EXAMS:
GUIDELINES FOR ONLINE EXAMS IN THIS CLASS:
Exams will cover the readings from both required textbooks and the additional
materials (power point slides, etc) posted in each module.
You will find a link to take the exam under COURSE DOCUMENTS. See
your syllabus to determine the number of the module in which you will find
each of the exams. You will be able to see the links to take the exams only in
the assigned day and times.
Students, please make sure to follow the instructions provided below:
* Make sure to press the "submit" button after you have completed your exam.
* If you are not familiar with the process of taking an online exam, make sure
to contact Technology Innovations for Learning and Teaching at 278-7373 or
send an email to dcfeedback@csufresno.edu Contact them BEFORE the day
of the exam, so you will not have problems on the day of the exam.
* If you encounter problems during the day of the exam, please CALL ME
IMMEDIATELY AT (559) 278-5329 and leave me a message with your
phone number. DO NOT E-MAIL ME ABOUT THIS BECAUSE
SOMETIMES DUE TO TEACHING AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS I
HAVE NO CHANCE TO READ YOUR E-MAILS UNTIL THE END OF
THE DAY, SO CALLING ME BY PHONE WILL BE MORE TIME-
EFFECTIVE.
a. Exam # 1 (150 points). You can take this exam any time between 8:00
a.m. on Monday October 2, 2017 and 8:00 a.m. on T. Oct 3, 2017---
Modules 1, 2, 3, 4 . This will give you a 24 hour period to answer this
exam. You will have 1 hour to answer this test. You will find a link to take
the exam under “Course Documents.” Go to module 5 and click on the link to
take Exam # 1. You will be able to see the link and see the exam only in the
assigned day and times for this exam.
b. Exam # 2 (150 points) - You can take this exam any time between 8:00
a.m. on Monday Nov 6, 2017 and 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday November 7,
2017. This will give you a 24 hour period to answer this exam. You will
have 1 hour to answer this test. This exam will cover Modules 5 & 6, as
well as Dr. Kathleen Curtis' power point slides on HEALTH
DISPARITIES IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA VALLEY presented
on module 6. You will find a link to take the exam under “Course
Documents.” Go to module 11 and click on the link to take Exam # 2. You
will be able to see the link and see the exam only in the assigned day and
times for this exam.
c. Exam # 3 (150 points)- You can take this exam any time between 8:00
a.m. on Mond. Nov. 27, 2017 and 8:00 a.m. on Tuesd. Nov. 28, 2017. This
will give you a 24 hour period to answer this exam. You will have 1 hour
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