The University of Massachusetts Amherst

"Health Care for All": Public Health 129 (GenEd BS) Fall 2021

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

Read what Fall 2021 instructor Brittany Ranchoff has to say about the course:

This course will provide an overview of the United States health care system with emphasis on issues relating to unequal access to health services. We will conduct an analysis of how the system should work including discussions about cost, quality, access, structure, and the workforce. Special attention will be paid to controversial issues, including managed care and health insurance and how other countries design health systems as we try to optimize our health through the healthcare system.  

Healthcare reform is a politically hot-topic issue especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent Presidential Election, and a priority for the current administration and Congress, but how does our current system really work? We will explore topics related to the organization and financing of the health care delivery system in the United States such as:  

  • Investigating how and why it is not necessarily a natural progression of modern, democratic societies or an efficient market-based system.  
  • Ways in which it is inefficient and full of paradoxes. 

It is pertinent to understand how healthcare systems function and how policy legitimates the privatized US health care system. More importantly, having some familiarity with the health implications of our current healthcare delivery systems allows us to make more informed healthcare decisions as we navigate and optimize our health through the healthcare system. 

"Great Challenges in Public Health and Health Sciences": School of Public Health & Health Sciences 150 (GenEd DUSB) Fall 2021 

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

Read what Fall 2021 instructor Chavon Hamilton-Burgess has to say about the course:

The field of Public Health could not be more relevant than in the past year. Our families, our communities and our country have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This course provides an overview of the field of Public Health and the role we play in ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity for a healthy future. 

During this class we will: 

  • Examine health from an individual and community level, through discussion of current events. 
  • Explore the social determinants of health and the impact they have on health equity. 
  • Explore the role that policy and advocacy plays on healthcare access. 

Upon completing this course, students will understand the integral nature of health crises such as the current pandemic and the necessity for everyone to play a part in helping our most vulnerable. “The health of a community is only as good as the health of people in the community.” 

"Intro to Kinesiology": Kinesiology 100 (GenEd BS) Fall 2021

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

Read what Fall 2021 instructor Erica Casto 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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