The University of Massachusetts Amherst

"My Body, My Health": Public Health 160 (GenEd DUSI) Fall 2020

Students will live together in James Hall in the Southwest residential area.

Read what Fall 2020 course instructor Jen Dolan has to say about the course:

As a first-year college student:

  • How are you going to maintain healthy eating habits when faced with multiple choices and options?
  • How do you navigate stress in a healthy way?
  • How do you find time to get your school work done and still have a healthy social life?

In this course we will find the answer to those questions and more.This course promotes individual and community wellness with a focus on health topics that are relevant to college students. We will use collaborative, socially engaged approaches to examine topics such as resilience and stress, healthy eating, social image, social activism, environmental health, substance use, healthy relationships, and human sexuality with an emphasis on helping you get the most out of your college experience.

"Introduction to Public Health": Public Health 200 (This course does NOT have a GenEd designation. It does satisfy a major requirement for students in Public Health Sciences majors)    Fall 2020 

Students will live together in Mary Lyon Hall located in the Northeast residential area.

Read what Fall 2020 instructor Anna Mullany has to say about the course:

Great Challenges for Health & Health Sciences 

Health is a crucial pillar of human and societal well-being that impacts every part of our lives. Public Health brings together the individual, the community, and environmental factors to say how can humans be in relationship to each other and to nature to make sure all of us can have the best health and obtain quality care when needed. 

In the wake of COVID-19, with infectious disease and global public health at the forefront, there is no better time to delve into understanding the fundamentals of public health. This course is designed to give you an overview of public health, and the challenges we as a society face.  As an interdisciplinary field, we will investigate how the socio-economic and political systems impact individual and population health and why some populations disproportionately suffer from disease and ill health.  

We will: 

  • Look at health as a collective responsibility, rather than solely a personal and private issue. 
  • Expand our understanding of sickness and suffering to include economic and political structural impacts 
  • Examine ways in which communities have implemented programs to meet the challenges they face. 
  • We will work toward these goals by carefully engaging with reading assignments, having in class discussion; watching films or short videos; learning how to take critical notes; and through written responses to the readings. 

"Intro to Kinesiology": Kinesiology 100 (GenEd BS)    Fall 2020

Students will live together in Kennedy Tower located in the Southwest residential area.

Read what Fall 2020 instructor Rob Marcotte has to say about the course:

Principles of kinesiology, the science of human movement, apply to many types of individuals, including athletes, clinical populations, and you! 

Kinesiology is the utility knife of the applied science fields, encompassing material related to the diverse subfields of motor control, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports medicine, and metabolism. 

Throughout this course, you will be:  

  • Provided with a rounded overview of the subfields of Kinesiology including motor control, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports medicine, and exercise neuroscience. 
  • Informed of the importance of Kinesiology and how it is being used in our everyday settings.  
  • Introduced to scientific research articles and evidence-based theories and practices. 
  • Encouraged to think critically about how science is portrayed to the public. 
  • Develop skills and strategies to maintain your own lifetime health and wellness.  

On completion of this course, you will be able to demonstrate understanding of the following topics: 

  • The goals, scope, significance and methods of the field of Kinesiology 
  • The various sub-disciplines of Kinesiology 
  • The multidimensional changes in human movement capability that occur with maturation and as an adaptation to physical activity  

Additionally, on successful completion of the course, you will have a suitable foundation of skills to carry onward in your academic studies and professional careers! 

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