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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Descriptions

College of Public Health and Health Professions

HSC 3057 Research Methods and Issues in Health Science
Credits: 4; Prereq: HSC 3502, HSC 4608L, STA 3024; majors/minors only.

Emphasis on four aspects of research: understanding research principles, evaluating journal articles, applying research findings to clinical settings and designing programmatic evaluation projects.

HSA 3111 U.S. Health Care System
Credits: 3.

Overview of organization, delivery and financing of health services in the U.S. Topics include health professionals, health care facilities, financing of health services, managed care and current health policy issues.

HSC 3192 Alternative Health Care
Credits: 3.

Not currently offered.

HSC 3502 Survey of Diseases and Disability
Credits: 3; Prereq: majors/minors only or permission of the department.

Overview of medical and psychosocial aspects of chronic diseases and disability.

HSC 3661 Therapeutic Communication Skills with Patients, Families and the Health Care Team
Credits: 2; Prereq: HSC 3502, HSA 3111; Coreq: RCS 4415L, majors only.

Through lecture, discussion, and role play in large and small groups, students learn appropriate verbal and nonverbal behavior to be used with patients, families and the health care team.

HSC 3801 Clinical Observation/Health Care Volunteer Work
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: majors/minors only. Can be repeated up to 16 credits.

This course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to learn about a specific health care field or gain knowledge about specific patient or client populations through direct observation and/or hands-on assistance. (S-U)

HSC 4184 Health Care Leadership - Skills and Styles
Credits: 3; Prereq: majors only.

This course addresses behavioral styles contributing to leadership effectiveness. Students study specific styles for their contributions to motivating people and overall leadership effectiveness in health care.

HSC 4558 Disability Management
Credits: 3; Prereq: HSC 3502, HSA 3111; majors/minors only.

Issues in disability management, including occupational health, impact of disability, treatment strategies, general rehabilitation process, ADA, worker's compensation and assistive technology.

HSC 4608L Critical Thinking in Health Care
Credits: 4; Prereq: HSA 3111, HSC 3502 and HSC 3661, majors only.

Assists students in the development of critical thinking skills in solving problems, in the health care environment.

HSC 4652L Ethical and Legal Issues in the Health Professions
Credits: 3; Prereq: HSC 3502, HSA 3111 and HSC 4608L, majors only.

Overview of ethical and legal issues in the health professions, including contemporary ethical issues in disease management.

HSC 4930 Special Topics
Credits: 1 to 4; Prereq: according to department.

A special topics course in health science. Please refer to the department for specific course information.

OTH 3416 Pathophysiology
Credits: 3; Prereq: HSA 3111, HSC 3502, and APK 2105, majors/minors only, or instructor permission.

Basic understanding of pathophysiology as a change from normal physiological functioning of the various systems of the human body.

PHC 2100 Introduction to Public Health
Credits: 3.

Overview of public health as a multifaceted field. Includes discussion of contemporary public health challenges with input from discipline experts.

PHC 4101 Public Health Concepts
Credits: 3; Prereq: majors/minors only; Coreq: HAS 3111, HSC 3502.

An upper-level course intended to introduce students to the basic tenets, applications and foci of public health, including integrating public health with other health professions.

General Education Categories
Consult Schedule of Courses for specific information.

  • Biological Sciences (B)
  • Composition (C)
  • Diversity (D)*
  • Humanities (H)
  • International (N)*
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Physical Sciences (P)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (S)

* Students who entered UF prior to Summer B 2007 and/or whose catalog year is not 2007-08: Current students who have not already completed six hours of "I" - international/diversity credits can do so now by taking "D" and "N" courses.

Symbols Used in Course Descriptions

  • (WR) indicates the course satisfies the writing requirement.
  • (MR) indicates the course satisfies the math requirement.
  • (S-U) indicates the course may be taken on a satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.
  • Refer to the Schedule of Courses for specific information.