Community Health & Sustainability

All courses, arranged by program, are listed in the catalog. Courses designated as “active” have been offered in the past three years. Courses designated as “inactive” have not been offered in the past three years and indicate the semester in which the course was last offered. If you cannot locate a specific course, try our advanced search link. Current class schedules, with posted days and times, may be found on the Registrar's Office website or by logging directly into iSiS.

31.100 Environmental Health Seminar Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 35835
Status Active

This required, non-credited seminar for Freshman and Sophomore Environmental health Students explores current affairs and controversies in environmental health theory and practice. Readings and outside speakers will supplement short lectures, faculty and student-led discussions.

31.201 Community Health and Environment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4476
Status Active

This course emphasizes the concepts, philosophy, and principles of public health and their relationship to physical, mental, and social well-being of the community. The focus is on the prevention of disease, the promotion and maintenance of health, and the provision of environmental and personal health services through organized community effort.

Pre/Co-Requisites: School of Health and Environment majors.

31.203 Technology in Public Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 31960
Status Active

A lecture and hands-on course designed to help students better understand the role of computers and information technology in public health. Students will be guided through the use of various software applications that enhance public health efforts, including: word processing, database design and management, spreadsheets, presentations, geographical information systems (mapping health data), and internet based applications for social networking to address health related issues, as well as other uses. Discussions of what the future may hold for health information technology will also be included. Hands-on assignments will help students become more proficient with PC based software.

31.204 Intro to Health Promotion Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4478
Status Active

This course focuses on the role health education plays in the development of healthful patterns of living. A philosophy of health education emphasizing holistic health will be generated. The organization and administration of school, community, health care facility, and workplace health education programs are introduced.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: Public Health Majors, or Community Health Minors, or Instructor Permission.

31.206 Research Methods in Public Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 32566
Status Active

Introduction to research methodologies used in the study of community and environmental health problems. Students will discuss actual research studies conducted by UMASS Lowell faculty in the School of Health and Environment.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: Public Health or Community Health Majors Only.

31.301 Program Planning in Health Promotion Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4479
Status Active

This course is primarily designed to introduce undergraduate students studying Health Education to the concepts and principles underlying the educational strategies geared toward promoting health and preventing disease in a variety of settings. The course emphasizes practical utility of the concepts as they relate to the students' future health education/promotion efforts. The importance of a needs assessment and program evaluation will be especially focused upon in the course, as well as strategies integrating these valable tools into curriculum design.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 31.201 Community Health and Environment, or 30.102 Intro to Public Health, and 31.204 Intro. to Health Promotion and Co-req: 31.303 Social Determinants of Health and Public Health or Community Health Majors only and Junior Level.

31.302 Applied Technology in Health Promotion Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4480
Status Active

This course discusses the uses of information and media technology in health promotion such as mobile devices, GIS (global information systems) for health mapping, social media, and other emerging technologies. Students will explore the ethical considerations pertinent to the use of such technologies in health promotion. The course discusses the concepts of health literacy and the implications of electronic information related to health literacy. Juniors only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 31.301, 31.303; Co-Reqs: 31.304 ,31.403, and Community or Environmental Health (BS).

31.303 Social Determinants of Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4481
Status Active

This course introduces students to the concept of social determinants of health, and strongly emphasizes the influence of social power relations on public health. An examination of a set of major health issues, at both the international and national levels provides the framework for students to learn and understand these concepts. A set of learning modules begins with identifying major contemporary health problems,definitions of health and health promotion as established through the World Health organization, and an exploration of social power relations and how they can shape public health. The course then moves to examine a set of specific health issues to see how they have been shaped by their social determinants. Juniors only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 31.201 Community Health and Environment, or 30.102 Intro to Public Health, and 31.204 Intro. to Health Promotion and Co-req: 31.301 Prog. Planning in Health Promotion, and Public Health or Community Health Majors only and Junior Level.

31.304 Politics of Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4482
Status Active

The course addresses a range of contemporary health problems (primarily in the U.S.) that are described and analyzed in their social context. Areas for consideration will include: political, economic, scientific/technological, environmental, and cultural factors. Students will be introduced to health education theories and methods that support the development of strategies for social change. Juniors only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 31.201 Community Health and Environment, and Community Health or Environmental Health (BS).

31.305 Introduction to Epidemiology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4483
Status Active

This course is designed to introduce basic epidemiological methods used in the study of current major health problems. Content includes explanation of the scope and focus of epidemiology, simple measures of disease frequency and association used in the study of the distribution and determinants of disease, types of epidemiological study designs, and practical applications. Emphasis on interpretation of epidemiological information and application of findings Prerequisite: Community Health and an elementary statistics course. Required for seniors in Community Health Education; open by permission to other upper division students in Health Professions.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 31.201 Community Health and Environment, or 30.102 Intro to Public Health and 92.183 Intro to Statistics, or 92.283 Intro to Statistics and Community Health Seniors, and Public Health or Community Health Majors only or Instructor Permission.

31.306 Socio-Ecological Health Assessment Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4484
Status Active

Systems thinking, ecological and spatial principles and techniques are used to assess multiple contemporary health issues such as health literacy, emergence,reemergence of infectious diseases, climate change impacts and dimensions, aging population, and war and violence among other topics. The practical component of the course includes mapping and spatial analysis projects. Juniors only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 31.304 Politics of Health, and Community Health or Environmental Health (BS), Junior Level.

31.313 Princples of Environmental Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4487
Status Active

This course will survey the rapidly growing field of environmental health through an introduction to the links between environmental stressors and impacts on public health. The course will explore human and indusrial activities that impact on environmental health such as population, food production, air and water pollution, waste, the built environment, toxic substances, pests, and global climate change. The coure will also examine the types of diseases and illnesses that result from environmental impacts. Students will be encouraged to examine in greater detail a specific topic in environmental health of personal interest.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: Public Health or Community Health, or Environmental Health Majors only or Community Health Minors, or Instructor Permission.

31.316 Environmental Health in Practice Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 32049
Status Active

Through a combination of class lectures, field trips, and a service learning project, this course is designed to introduce students to the daily reponsiblities of an environmental health professional. The class will provide indepth knowledge and hands-on understanding of topics such as food safety, indoor air quality, water quality, waste water disinfection, and chemicals management. Through lectures and guest speakers students will understand the challenges facing environmental health professionals and the resources available to them. Students will undertake a final group project for a health board or other organization.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 31.313 Principles of Environmental Health, and Environmental Health (BS).

31.321 Health Care Systems Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4488
Status Active

This course describes and analyzes the nature and functions of health care services and health professionals. The course examines the impact of social, political, economic, ethical, professional, legal, and technological forces on them and the system they comprise. Juniors and Seniors only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: Public Health or Community Health, or Environmental Health Majors only or Community Health Minors, or Instructor Permission.

31.370 Food Safety and Agriculture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36701
Status Active

This course focuses on food safety and agriculture using a production-consumption life cycle model. Multiple ecological, socio-economic and regulatory aspects of food production, preparation, and consumption systems are explored. The course has an integrated theoretical and experiential learning component.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 31.201 Community Health & Env., 31.313 Prin of Env Health, 35.211/213 Bas Cl Micro & Path/Bas Cl Micro & Path Lab.

31.371 Chemicals and Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36702
Status Active

Provides a broad overview of how the design, manufacture, use and disposal of chemicals and chemical products affect health and ecosystems. Provides an in-depth overview of how chemicals are monitored in the environment (including biomonitoring), how their risks are characterized, and the prevention of chemical risks through safer chemical design.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 35.251 Physiological Chem I, 35.252 Physiological Chem II, 31.313 Prin of Environmental Health.

31.403 Mind, Body and Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4492
Status Active

The interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit is integral to achieving "wellness". It is also important to acknowledge the impact each of these three aspects of wellness has upon each of the others. The growing body of research indicating the significant effects of things such as stess, anger, optimism, and healthy relationships on health status will be analyzed and evaluated. Practical strategies related to health advisement will be shared and experimented with during the semester. In this senior level course, we will explore these and many other areas of mind, body, and spirit awareness that are critical to consider when conducting health education programs.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Reqs: 31.304 Politics of Health, 31.302 Comp Meth for Tchng Hlth; and Community Health (BS).

31.405 Communication Techniques in Health Promotion Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4494
Status Active

This course focuses upon the communication techniques and mass media approaches necessary to promote and implement effective health promotion programs and activities. Awareness and sensitivity toward cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity will be particularly emphasized when discussing various communication techniques in relation to particular health issues.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 31.409 Service Learning in Community Health and 31.305 Intro to Epidemiology and Public Health or Community Health Majors only.

31.409 Service Learning in Community Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4496
Status Active

This course is designed to serve as a service learning experience in the fall semester of students' senior year in Health Education. Students will be expected to participate in a pre-determined community health project happening in the City of Lowell for a minimum of 40 hours. During the course of this experience, students will provide the community health organization with their time, knowledge, and effort, and will, in return, gain tremendous experience in the organization, development, implementation, and/or evaluation of Community Health Education and Promotion Projects. Collaboration with various professionals involved in the programs and projects will certainly add to students' understanding of what a Health Educator does! An integral piece of this service learning experience will be the bi-monthly seminar geared toward asuring the connection between the community experience and the theoretical and academic framework from which it is derived Through the use of readings, discussions, student presentations, and guest speakers, students will gain wonderful experience in terms of what it means to "build the capacity of a community".

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-req: 31.305 Intro to Epidemiology or 19.525 Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics and 31.405 Communication Tech in Health Promotion and Public Health or Community Health Majors only.

31.410 Community Health Practicum Credits: 10

Course Details
Min Credits 10
Max Credits 10
Course ID 4497
Status Active

Full-time health education field experience (28 hours per week). Students continue at the prepracticum site, participating in the development, implementation and evaluation of health education programs and take an active part in the total community health education process. Seniors only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 31.409; and (Co-Req or Pre-Req): 31.414; Community Health (BS).

31.414 Program Management in Health Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1253
Status Active

The concepts of program planning, development, budgeting and evaluation, which are essential functions for individuals working in health care agencies, are presented. Starting with the mission of the organization, the steps of conceptualizing, designing, implementing, budgeting and evaluating health programs are covered. Students will be expected to develop a grant proposal for an agency. This course is a capstone experience and resources from all other relevant coursework will be called upon. Seniors only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Senior status, and Community Health(BS).

31.416 Environmental Health Practicum Credits: 10

Course Details
Min Credits 10
Max Credits 10
Course ID 32048
Status Active

This course is designed to provide students real world practical experience in the field of envirnomental health, as final preparation for their BS Degree. This 32 hour/week internship opportunity situates students in an environmental health setting most conducive to his or her needs and interests. Placements can vary from health boards and health departments to non-profit agencies, government agencies, university research institutes, and industry. Students work directly with an academically and professionally qualified preceptor to assure their progress in the field. The faculty supervisor is responsible for periodic meetings and correspondence to also assure appropriate development.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 31.409 Service Learning in Community Health, and Co-req or Pre-req 31.414 Program Mgmt. in Health; Environmental Health (BS).

31.417 Climate Change: Science, Communication, and Solutions Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 36711
Status Active

Climate change offers one of the greatest challenges yet faced by society and scientists. The scientific consensus is clear that climate change is occurring, its pace is accelerating, its impacts on human society will be largely negative, and it is largely caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, despite strong scientific evidence for the enormous challenges that society may face, scientists' attempts to disseminate that evidence beyond their peers have not yet been successful. Indeed in today's media world of blogs, YouTube video clips, and sound-bites, confusion over the scientific reality of climate change frequently dominates the discourse in classrooms and communities. This course will provide students with the tools and knowledge that they need to develop their own well-informed view of climate change. Because climate change is both impacted by humans and will increasingly impact society, this course takes a cross-disciplinary approach, integrating science, policy solutions, and media literacy as they relate to climate change.

31.493 Directed Study Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4499
Status Active