Spring 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HEST 201-01 Introduction to Health Studies
Instructor: Margaret Winchester
Course Description:
Introduction to Health Studies is a multi-disciplinary course that explores various theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of health. In addition to providing the overall framework for the materials covered, the faculty-convener of the course will draw on speakers from Dickinson faculty who will present health studies materials relevant to their respective areas of special expertise. Faculty speakers will be drawn from a range of disciplines at the college, including American Studies, Anthropology, Biology, History, International Business and Management, Philosophy, Policy Studies, Psychology, and Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies.Normally offered spring semester.
0900:TR   BOSLER 314
HEST 250-01 Global Health
Instructor: Margaret Winchester
Course Description:
This course introduces students to a range of critical global health issues and potential solutions. We will focus on in-depth case studies, covering a range of health issues and regions, such as infectious diseases, chronic disease management, maternal and child health, immigrant and refugee health, the political economy of health, and health disparities. The class adopts an interdisciplinary lens, with readings drawn from public health, medical anthropology, epidemiology, and other health sciences, and will include films and guest lectures.
1030:TR   BOSLER 314
HEST 500-01 Innovation in Health Services: An FQHC's Implementation of Patient Activation Measures
Instructor: David Sarcone
Course Description:
 
Courses Offered in AFST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AFST 220-01 Health and Healing in Africa
Instructor: James Ellison
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ANTH 256-01. This course addresses three interrelated aspects of health and healing in Africa. We examine health in Africa from a biomedical perspective, learning about disease, morbidity, mortality, and biomedical care. We place African health and health care into a framework of political economy, examining the causes and consequences of illness and disease and the forces that shape and constrain care. We also examine the cultural and historical dimensions of health and healing in specific regions of the continent, bringing ethnographic knowledge to bear on contemporary health problems and thereby gaining an understanding of the lived experiences of health and healing in Africa.
1030:TR   DENNY 303
Courses Offered in AMST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
AMST 200-01 Fat Studies
Instructor: Amy Farrell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGSS 206-01. This course introduces students to an emerging academic field, Fat Studies. By drawing from historical, cultural, and social texts, Fat Studies explores the meaning of fatness within the U.S. and also from comparative global perspectives. Students will examine the development of fat stigma and the ways it intersects with gendered, racial, ethnic and class constructions. Not a biomedical study of the obesity epidemic, this course instead will interrogate the very vocabulary used to describe our current crisis. Finally, students will become familiar with the wide range of activists whose work has challenged fat stigma and developed alternative models of health and beauty.
1330:MR   DENNY 212
Courses Offered in ANTH
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ANTH 256-01 Health and Healing in Africa
Instructor: James Ellison
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 220-01. This course addresses three interrelated aspects of health and healing in Africa. We examine health in Africa from a biomedical perspective, learning about disease, morbidity, mortality, and biomedical care. We place African health and health care into a framework of political economy, examining the causes and consequences of illness and disease and the forces that shape and constrain care. We also examine the cultural and historical dimensions of health and healing in specific regions of the continent, bringing ethnographic knowledge to bear on contemporary health problems and thereby gaining an understanding of the lived experiences of health and healing in Africa.
1030:TR   DENNY 303
Courses Offered in BIOL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
BIOL 132-01 Introduction to Molecules, Genes, and Cells: Topics in the Molecular Basis of Disease
Instructor: Nikolaos Tsotakos
Course Description:
This introductory course approaches core biological themes from the molecular and cellular level, and is complementary to BIOL 131, Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems. Course content will be focused around a specific theme determined by the instructor, and will include biomolecule and cell structure and function; cell signaling and communication; chromosome and gene structure; DNA replication; transcription; and translation. The course will involve lecture, discussion, and readings from scientific literature. Laboratory exercises include both classic and modern approaches to cellular and molecular biology utilizing prokaryotic and/or eukaryotic organisms. The laboratory will stress the discovery approach in applying current techniques to biological experiments. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This is one of two courses required of all Biology majors before completing upper level coursework. It is complementary to BIOL 131 Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems, and the courses may be taken in either order.
1030:MWF   DANA 110
1330:M   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 132-02 Introduction to Molecules, Genes, and Cells: Topics in the Molecular Basis of Disease
Instructor: Nikolaos Tsotakos
Course Description:
This introductory course approaches core biological themes from the molecular and cellular level, and is complementary to BIOL 131, Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems. Course content will be focused around a specific theme determined by the instructor, and will include biomolecule and cell structure and function; cell signaling and communication; chromosome and gene structure; DNA replication; transcription; and translation. The course will involve lecture, discussion, and readings from scientific literature. Laboratory exercises include both classic and modern approaches to cellular and molecular biology utilizing prokaryotic and/or eukaryotic organisms. The laboratory will stress the discovery approach in applying current techniques to biological experiments. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week. This is one of two courses required of all Biology majors before completing upper level coursework. It is complementary to BIOL 131 Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems, and the courses may be taken in either order.
1030:MWF   DANA 110
1330:T   JAMESR 2228
BIOL 335-01 Microanatomy
Instructor: Charles Zwemer
Course Description:
An integrated lecture and laboratory course focused on the functional microanatomy/histology of mammals. This course will examine the microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues, organ, and organ systems and the crucial relationship between form and function. The laboratory portion of the course will emphasize the process of microscopic examination and cover methods of contemporary histologic technique. Prerequisites: One 200-level BIOL course. For Neuroscience majors, prerequisite is NRSC 200.
0830:MWF   RNORTH 1317
Courses Offered in CHEM
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
CHEM 490-01 Medicinal Chemistry
Instructor: R David Crouch
Course Description:
This course will focus on the application of organic chemistry to compounds that are used to treat disease states. Topics will include the discovery and synthesis of medicinally important compounds, the relationship of structure to activity, and the fate of these compounds in the body. Classes of compounds to be discussed include adrenergic and cholinergic agents, sedative-hypnotics, analgesics, drugs that treat cardiovascular conditions and antibiotics.
0930:MWF   STUART 1113
Courses Offered in EASN
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
EASN 206-01 Medicine and The Body in East Asia
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with HIST 215-01. This course is an introduction to the history of medicine in East Asia. We will begin by exploring the theoretical and practical underpinnings of classical Chinese medicine, which was the foundation of healing practices in premodern China, Korea, and Japan. We will then move on to trace the introduction of modern bio-medicine and the eventual reemergence of "Traditional Chinese Medicine" as an alternative style of therapy in the 20th century. We will also consider a wide range of topics that have generated compelling intellectual dialogue, including the relationship between doctors and patients and between medicine and the state.
1500:MR   DENNY 212
Courses Offered in ECON
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ECON 496-01 Political Economy of Health
Instructor: Mesude Kongar
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required. In a world of unprecedented wealth, the average life-expectancy in some parts of the world is as low as 49 years. Almost 2 million children die each year because they lack access to clean water and adequate sanitation. 100 million women are not alive today due to unequal access to nutrition, care and economic resources. In the United States, infant mortality rates are significantly higher among African-Americans. What are the political and economic conditions which lead to these differences in well-being across and within nations? In this course, students will examine the relationships between health and political and economic conditions world populations face today. The emphasis throughout the course will be on how socioeconomic inequalities based on gender, race, class, sexual orientation, nationality and other social categories affect health and well-being outcomes.
1330:T   ALTHSE 206
Courses Offered in ENST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ENST 310-02 Air Pollution and Health
Instructor: Maiko Arashiro
Course Description:
This course will focus on the sources and cause of air pollutants in ambient and indoor environments and its impact on public health. Other course topics include current and past environmental regulation and air pollution control technology. Laboratory and field studies and will focus on air pollution monitoring techniques and local air quality.
0900:TR   KAUF 116
1330:T   KAUF 116
Courses Offered in HIST
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
HIST 215-01 Medicine and The Body in East Asia
Instructor: William Young
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 206-01. This course is an introduction to the history of medicine in East Asia. We will begin by exploring the theoretical and practical underpinnings of classical Chinese medicine, which was the foundation of healing practices in premodern China, Korea, and Japan. We will then move on to trace the introduction of modern bio-medicine and the eventual reemergence of "Traditional Chinese Medicine" as an alternative style of therapy in the 20th century. We will also consider a wide range of topics that have generated compelling intellectual dialogue, including the relationship between doctors and patients and between medicine and the state
1500:MR   DENNY 212
Courses Offered in LAWP
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
LAWP 400-01 Biomedical Tech, Policy & Law
Instructor: Douglas Edlin
Course Description:
This course examines the legal, ethical and policy issues surrounding developments in biomedical technology, with a focus on surrogate motherhood, in vitro fertilization, stem cell research and cloning. We will study the scientific advances in these areas along with their practical applications. We will consider how the different individual and institutional perspectives of scientific, political and legal actors combine to frame the policy debate about the use and regulation of cutting-edge medical and scientific research.
1330:TR   STERN 12
Courses Offered in MUPS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
MUPS 111-02 Vocal Technique Class
Instructor: Amy Wlodarski, Elizabeth Shoenfelt
Course Description:
Personal Audition and Permission of Instructor Required No Additional Fee / May Not be Audited An introduction to vocal technique in a group setting. Course content includes voice physiology, IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), one private lesson, required in class performances, student critiques, and voice concert attendance. Interested students should email Prof. James Martin to set up an audition.
1600:MW   WEISS 12
1600:M   WEISS 212
1600:W   WEISS 235
Courses Offered in NRSC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
NRSC 400-01 Neuroscience Seminar
Instructor: Meredith Rauhut
Course Description:
Advanced seminar in which students will read and review primary literature related to selected topics in the field of neuroscience. Examples of selected topics may include neuroendocrinology, neurobiology of drug addiction, neurobiology of learning and memory or clinical neuroscience. A discussion-style approach will be adopted. Prerequisites: BIOL 124, NRSC 200 and PSYC 125.
0900:TR   KAUF 187
Courses Offered in PHIL
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHIL 220-01 Biomedical Ethics
Instructor: Amy McKiernan
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PMGT 220-01. A study of ethical issues arising in the context of medical practice, biomedical research, and health related policy making, with focus on the ethical concepts, theories and reasoning methods developed to clarify and resolve these issues. Prerequisite: one prior course in philosophy or permission of the instructor. This course is cross-listed as PMGT 220.
0900:TR   STERN 103
Courses Offered in PMGT
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PMGT 220-01 Biomedical Ethics
Instructor: Amy McKiernan
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHIL 220-01. A study of ethical issues arising in the context of medical practice, biomedical research, and health related policy making, with focus on the ethical concepts, theories and reasoning methods developed to clarify and resolve these issues. This course is a Health Studies elective Prerequisite: One previous course in philosophy, or LPPM 200, or permission of instructor. This course is cross-listed as PHIL 220.
0900:TR   STERN 103
Courses Offered in PSYC
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PSYC 120-01 Introduction to Health Psychology
Instructor: Christine Guardino
Course Description:
This course is designed to provide a broad overview of the interdisciplinary field of health psychology, which uses scientific research methods to study the bi-directional relationship between psychology and health. We will discuss psychological states such as stress and how they affect the body, and mental processes such as finding meaning that are associated with effective coping and positive health outcomes. We will also study health behaviors such as exercise, sleep, eating, and substance use. Finally, we will explore how psychological concepts and research can be applied to health promotion and illness prevention. Course content will be especially relevant to students considering careers in health care or public health.
0930:MWF   KAUF 179
PSYC 125-01 Brain and Behavior w/Lab
Instructor: Teresa Barber
Course Description:
This course will introduce the structure and function of the brain as it influences human behavior. The level of study will be from a molar viewpoint, and findings from such fields as neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and endocrinology will be considered in their relation to a number of behavioral processes. In the laboratory, students will engage in hand-on activities to explore brain anatomy, behavioral analysis and brain-behavior relationships. This course is a Health Studies elective. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1330:W   JAMESR 1206
0830:MWF   KAUF 179
PSYC 125-02 Brain and Behavior w/Lab
Instructor: Katherine Landis, Teresa Barber
Course Description:
This course will introduce the structure and function of the brain as it influences human behavior. The level of study will be from a molar viewpoint, and findings from such fields as neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and endocrinology will be considered in their relation to a number of behavioral processes. In the laboratory, students will engage in hand-on activities to explore brain anatomy, behavioral analysis and brain-behavior relationships. This course is a Health Studies elective. Three hours classroom and three hours laboratory a week.
1330:R   JAMESR 1206
0830:MWF   KAUF 179
PSYC 165-01 Psychopathology
Instructor: Michele Ford
Course Description:
An introduction to various psychological disorders and techniques of diagnosis and treatment. Relevant for students who anticipate careers in medicine, law, and the social or psychological services. This course is a Health Studies elective.
1330:TF   KAUF 179
PSYC 365-01 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
Instructor: Suman Ambwani
Course Description:
This course will introduce various strategies used in empirical research of clinical phenomena. Practice in behavioral observation systems, structured clinical interviews, and assessment techniques will be gained as students conduct research and write research reports in the area of clinical psychology. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: 165, 201 & 202 or 210 & 211.
0900:TR   KAUF 185
1030:TR   KAUF 185
PSYC 420-01 Psychology of Women’s Health
Instructor: Christine Guardino
Course Description:
This seminar will examine theoretical and empirical advances in the psychology of womens health. A biopsychosocial perspective will be used to explore womens reproductive health across the lifespan; gender differences and similarities in disease morbidity and mortality; the influences of the health care system, the workplace, and relationships on womens health; stress, depression and health in women; and womens health-related behaviors. Through readings and class discussions, students will be exposed to psychological theories and research methodologies used in studying the psychology of womens health. We will also explore how psychological science can enrich biomedical approaches to understanding and improving womens health. This advanced seminar will focus on psychological and behavioral processes in health and illness. The course will take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of a current topic in health psychology, such as the psychology of womens health, stress and health, or health behaviors. Through readings and class discussions, students will be exposed to psychological theories and research methodologies used in health psychology, and to current literature in the field. We will also explore the application of psychological science in improving health. Pre-requisite: 202 or 211.
1330:W   KAUF 185
Courses Offered in RELG
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
RELG 227-01 Spiritual Dimensions of Healing
Instructor: Daniel Cozort
Course Description:
The effect of the mind on the body, long a principle of systems of healing around the globe, is again being recognized in modern medicine. This course will be concerned with "integrative medicine" and related topics, such as ancient systems of healing, shamanism in contemporary cultures, the relationship between religious faith and recovery from illness, the appropriation of traditional healing methods by medical professionals and New Age alternative healing practitioners, yoga, meditation and health, the Holistic Medicine movement in the West, and the Positive Psychology movement in the West. Offered every two years.
1330:MR   EASTC 405
Courses Offered in SOCI
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
SOCI 333-01 The Sociology of Health and Illness
Instructor: J Daniel Schubert
Course Description:
This course is an examination of the theories and practices that constitute a sociological understanding of medicine, health, and illness. Social epidemiology, health care systems, stigma, medicalization, suffering, and death, are some of the phenomena considered. Offered every two years.
0930:MWF   DENNY 313
Courses Offered in WGSS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WGSS 206-01 Fat Studies
Instructor: Amy Farrell
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AMST 200-01. This course introduces students to an emerging academic field, Fat Studies. By drawing from historical, cultural, and social texts, Fat Studies explores the meaning of fatness within the U.S. and also from comparative global perspectives. Students will examine the development of fat stigma and the ways it intersects with gendered, racial, ethnic and class constructions. Not a biomedical study of the obesity epidemic, this course instead will interrogate the very vocabulary used to describe our current crisis. Finally, students will become familiar with the wide range of activists whose work has challenged fat stigma and developed alternative models of health and beauty. This course is cross-listed as AMST 200.
1330:MR   DENNY 212