Personal & Community Health

Summer course: HLTH 53

Required Textbook, Health: The Basics, 13th edition

ISBN 13: 9780134709680

Course Information

The online HLTH 53 course, Personal and Community Health, will consist of the following:

  • Critical analysis of the risks and protective factors to individual and community health and illness based on public health and other social and behavioral sciences
  • The dimensions of wellness by examining the physical, mental, social and political aspects of health
  • Prevention strategies and treatments for major health conditions across the life cycle
  • Class assignments and readings will focus on individual responsibility for personal health as well as the larger social context within which individual behavior change is made possible or is inhibited.
  • Public Health systems will also be discussed and studied.
  • This course will require students to dedicate a minimum of 6 hours per week in order to be successful.


Learning Management System-Canvas

HLTH 53 is a 3-unit, fully online course with no required on-campus meetings. This course will use the online learning management system Canvas. For additional information and login support visit the CCSF Online Course Support site or you can call the Canvas Support Hotline (844) 592-2198 available 24/7, or live chat with Canvas support. This should be your first go-to place for Canvas help - they're very helpful! Or if you have login problems with your RAM ID, please contact the CCSF Helpdesk at 415-239-3711 or Toll-Free at 844-693-4357.

Note: You won’t be able to log into your course until the course start date listed in the schedule of classes. If you have just added, you will be enrolled in your online course within the next business day.

Prerequisites, Co-requisites, and Advisories:

There are no pre-requisites for this course. There is an advisory to consider: ESL 92 or ESL 150 or placement in ENGL 93 or ESL 160. There is a lot of reading and writing. Please see me as soon as possible if you have concerns or questions about your abilities.

Community Guidelines & Student Participation Policy

We are all responsible for making this online course a supportive learning environment. This includes being respectful to the instructor and other learners. Learners are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism and respect when responding to and interacting in the online discussions and forums. Students are advised to consult the Office of Student Affairs & Wellness for formal student conduct guidelines. Thank you!

This course is designed to progressively build upon skills and concepts while drawing from student experience. Because of this, students are expected to respond to every online class discussion and forum. Also, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the instructor in a timely manner with any issues or concerns that impede academic performance.

I will contact students if they have not participated in any of the weekly assignments by the end of the first week. After 2 days of no activity or response to my communications, I will drop you from the course.

Assignment Policy & Final Paper

All assignments must be submitted through Canvas or as specified by the instructor, on the due date. Assignments received after are considered late—even if turned in via email (I do not accept assignments via email unless previously approved). Every day an assignment is late, I will reduce your grade by 5 points.

Final Paper: Consists of a 3-4 page analysis paper of contemporary media sources for related personal and community health issues (25 points).

Important Dates for Summer Session 2019

  • First day of Fall classes: August 17
  • Final paper due December 13
  • Finals Week: Dec. 13-20
  • Grades available on Web4: First Week of January

Course Syllabus

HLTH 53 Online Course Information

General Description

The HLTH 53 online course, Personal and Community Health, will consist of critical analysis of the causes and contributors to individual and community health and illness based on public health and other social and behavioral sciences. We will explore the dimensions of wellness by examining the physical, mental, social and political aspects of health along with causes, consequences, prevention strategies and treatments for major health conditions across the life cycle. Class assignments and readings will focus on individual responsibility for personal health as well as the larger social context within which individual change is made possible or is inhibited. Public Health systems will also be discussed and studied. This is six-week 3-unit summer course and will require students to dedicate a minimum of 25 hours per week in order to be successful.

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Analyze factors that influence the health and illness of individuals and communities using social determinants of health to promote health equity
  2. Evaluate health information, services and treatments from various sources to advocate for individual and community health
  3. Examine the root causes, risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and prevention strategies for health conditions and wellness across the life cycle
  4. Consider various health promotion strategies, including culturally appropriate approaches, to improve health and well-being of individuals and communities