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Health Sciences (HLSC)

Health Sciences (HLSC)
School of Health Sciences


Health Sciences 1000

Introduction to Addiction Studies
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Overview of the major concepts, theories, prevalence and issues concerning addictive behaviours and approaches for individual and community interventions.
Note: This course is offered as Health Sciences 200 at Medicine Hat College.

Health Sciences 1020

Introduction to the Counselling Interview
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
An introduction to the basic concepts, skills and self-awareness required for interviewing and talking with individuals who are struggling with personal or professional problems. Approaches to individual and intercultural interviewing, including attending to behaviours and communication, use of questions, client observation, emotions, and interview structure will be addressed.
Note: This course is offered as Health Studies 210 at Medicine Hat College.

Health Sciences 1220

Counselling I (Individual Counselling)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-3-0
Introduction to the theory and practice of counselling in general, and of individuals experiencing addiction and related problems.
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 1020 (Health Studies 210 at Medicine Hat College);
Psychology 1000 (Psychology 205 at Medicine Hat College)
Note: This course is offered as Health Sciences 220 at Medicine Hat College.

Health Sciences 1225

Physiology and Processes of Addictions
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Students will examine physiological and neurobiological effects of addictions, including progressive changes occurring as a result of addictions, co-morbidity, multiple addictions and restoration of physiologic equilibrium.
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 1000 (Health Studies 200 at Medicine Hat College)
Note: This course is offered as Health Sciences 230 at Medicine Hat College.

Health Sciences 2050

Internship in Addictions Counselling I
Credit hours: 15.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-32
Students observe and participate in the practice of addictions counselling in a fieldwork experience. Weekly seminars facilitate the integration of theory, practice and research.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all course requirements for the first three semesters of the B.H.Sc. - Addictions Counselling program
Grading: Pass/Fail
Note: This course is offered as Health Sciences 350 at Medicine Hat College.
Students registered in Health Sciences 2050 are full-time by definition.

Health Sciences 2120

Counselling II (Group Counselling)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-4-0
Theories and techniques of counselling individuals and groups are examined. Lab work includes techniques for working with individuals and groups of addicted persons.
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 1220 (Health Sciences 220 at Medicine Hat College)
Corequisite(s): Health Sciences 2245 (Health Sciences 340 at Medicine Hat College)
Note: This course is offered as Health Sciences 320 at Medicine Hat College.

Health Sciences 2245

Assessment of Addictions
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-2-0
This course will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to identify and understand individuals with needs related to addictions and plan interventions in partnership with the client.
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 1225 (Health Sciences 230 at Medicine Hat College)
Note: This course is offered as Health Sciences 340 at Medicine Hat College.

Health Sciences 2400

Biology of Infection, Infestation, and Disease
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Biology and pathogenesis of bacteria, viruses, prions, and parasites and their threat to human and animal survival and health.
Prerequisite(s): Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Equivalent: Health Sciences 2850 (Biology of Infection, Infestation and Disease) (prior to 2007/2008)

Health Sciences 2450/History 2450

Evolution of Health and Illness Care
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course examines the evolution of health and illness care in Canada over four centuries, with an emphasis on the 20th Century. It emphasizes the historical development of medicine, nursing, social work, pharmacy, and public health as interrelated yet distinct spheres of practice. It also looks at how particular historical events and movements (Spanish Flu epidemic, World Wars I and II, modern hospital movement) helped to shape how Canadians perceive and provide illness and health care.
Prerequisite(s): One course (3.0 credit hours) in History, Nursing, or Health Sciences

Health Sciences 2600/Women's Studies 2100

Women and Health
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Concerns of women in health and illness are explored in relation to current formal and informal health care practices.
Prerequisite(s): Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Equivalent: Health Sciences 4850 (Women and Health) (prior to 2006/2007)

Health Sciences 2700/Sociology 2700

Health and Society
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Sociological perspectives on health and wellness within Canadian and global contexts. The relationship between social organization and health; social constructions and meanings of health; social epidemiology; health beliefs and behaviour; and the experience of illness.
Prerequisite(s): Sociology 1000
Equivalent: Sociology 2850 (Sociology of Health and Wellness) (prior to 2004/2005)

Health Sciences 3002

Health Education and Promotion
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
An ecological examination of the epidemiological, social, cultural, economic, and policy contexts of addictions and health. Theories, models, skills, and strategies pertaining to individuals, groups, and populations for health education, promotion, and prevention will be explored.
Prerequisite(s): Admissibility to any program in the School of Health Sciences
Equivalent: Nursing 3002 (prior to 2004/2005)
Note: This course is offered as Health Sciences 365 at Medicine Hat College.

Health Sciences 3003/Biology 3003

Epidemiology: The Ecology of Health and Disease
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Scope and application of epidemiology in relation to factors that affect health and contribute to disease in a global context.
Prerequisite(s): Admissibility to any program in the School of Health Sciences
OR
Three courses (9.0 credit hours) offered by the Department of Biological Sciences

Health Sciences 3120

Counselling III (Family Counselling)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-4-0
Theories and techniques of counselling families who are struggling with problems of addictions are examined. Practical work focuses on further development of counselling skills as applied to families.
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 2120 (Health Sciences 320 at Medicine Hat College)
Note: This course will be offered only by the University of Lethbridge.

Health Sciences 3125

Pain Management
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Explores the concept of `total suffering' and factors which influence the individual's pain experience. Includes the physiological basis for symptom manifestation. Strategies for assessment and interventions, both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic, will be examined. Quality of life issues will be debated.
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Health Sciences 3127

Loss, Grief and Bereavement
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Explores major theories and relevant concepts surrounding grief experiences across the lifespan. Particular attention is given to individual strategies for accommodation of various types of loss. A variety of grieving responses will be examined as well as the concept of `hopefulness' in making sense of the loss experience.
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Health Sciences 3129

Issues in Palliative Care (Series)
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Current issues in palliative care dependent on student interests and needs and instructor availability. Examples include: Diversity and Cultural Sensitivity; Working with Families in Palliative Care; Spirituality in Palliative Care; End of Life Transitions.
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Health Sciences 3130

Cultural Context of Addictions
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Cross-cultural perspectives on substance use and abuse, gambling, eating disorders and other behaviours considered `addictive' in Western society and implications for developing helping relationships and culturally appropriate programs.
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Note: This course will be offered only by the University of Lethbridge.

Health Sciences 3150

Adult Psychopathology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
A detailed examination of the assessment, causes, and treatment of adult mental health disorders.
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours) in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Addictions Counselling) or Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) program

Health Sciences 3240

Issues in Addiction and Mental Health
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Current issues relating to addictions, mental health and the interrelationships between the two. The particular focus will be dependent upon the interests of students, faculty and items of current societal interest.
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 2050 (Health Sciences 350 at Medicine Hat College);
Health Sciences 3120;
Health Sciences 3130;
Health Sciences 3150
Note: This course will be offered only by the University of Lethbridge.

Health Sciences 3260

Research in Addictions
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Introduction to the concepts and methods of scientific investigation applied to addictions research in preparation for evidence-based practice.
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 2050 (Health Sciences 350 at Medicine Hat College)
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours) in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) program
Note: This course will be offered only by the University of Lethbridge.

Health Sciences 3400

Legal Issues in Health Care
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
An introduction to Canadian legal theory and practice as it affects health care delivery.
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent: Health Sciences 4850 (Legal Issues in Health Care) (prior to 2006/2007)

Health Sciences 3420

Ethics in Addictions Counselling
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Legal, ethical, and professional issues in counselling practice will be examined utilizing a case study approach.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all course requirements for Year Two of the B.H.Sc. - Addictions Counselling program
OR
Admission to the Post-Diploma B.H.Sc. - Addictions Counselling Program
OR
Philosophy 1000
Equivalent: Health Sciences 4850 (Ethics in Counselling) (prior to 2007/2008)

Health Sciences 3450/Psychology 3450

Applied Statistics for Clinical Practice
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-1-0
Traditional application of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques used in applied disciplines such as health sciences and clinical psychology. Topics include choosing statistical tests, data entry and coding, parametric and non-parametric tests, correlation, chi-square, t-tests, ANOVA, interpretation of statistical tests, statistical significance versus clinical significance, and clinical implications of statistical testing.
Prerequisite(s): Two 2000-level courses (6.0 credit hours) in Psychology, Neuroscience, or Health Sciences
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Corequisite(s): Nursing 3360 (for NESA students only)
Recommended Background: One of Psychology 2030 or Health Sciences 3260
Equivalent: Health Sciences 3259 (prior to 2007/2008)

Health Sciences 3500

Information in Health Care
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
An introduction to how information is created, utilized, and disseminated within the health care realm. Content areas include information systems theory, examination of existing health systems, and the Lethbridge and Canadian Health care context.
Prerequisite(s): Second-year standing (a minimum of 30.0 credit hours)
Equivalent: Health Sciences 4850 (Information Management and Health Care) (prior to 2007/2008)
Note: This course will be presented primarily online.

Health Sciences 3560/History 3560

History of Nursing: Women and the Care of the Sick
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course examines the development of Canadian nursing from its religious roots in 17th-Century Quebec to the modern hospital movement of the 20th Century. It emphasizes ways in which politics, gender, race, and religion helped to shape nursing into a predominantly hospital-based profession comprised of white women, and looks at the efforts of men and minority women to earn a place in nursing in Canada and elsewhere.
Prerequisite(s): One course (3.0 credit hours) in Health Sciences, Nursing, or History

Health Sciences 3570/Psychology 3570

Contemporary Issues in Mental Health
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Mental health issues, including mental health research, the mental health care system, the nature of mental health, the DSM diagnostic system, the interplay between the pharmaceutical industry and the mental health care system, gender issues, mental health treatments, the role of trauma in mental health, and various specific mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, ADHD, and eating disorders.
Prerequisite(s): One 2000-level course (3.0 credit hours) in Psychology, Neuroscience, or Health Sciences
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent: Health Sciences 3850 (Topics in Contemporary Mental Health Issues) (prior to 2002/2003)

Health Sciences 3700

Gambling
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
A study of all aspects of gambling: history; worldwide availability; types; mathematics and odds of different games; gambling regulation; social and economic effects of gambling; and the assessment, causes, and treatment of problem gambling.
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)

Health Sciences 3749

Studies in Specific Addictive Disorders
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
In-depth study of the issues and interventions relevant to particular addictions.
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 2050 (Health Sciences 350 at Medicine Hat College)
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours) in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) program
Note: This course will be offered only by the University of Lethbridge.

Health Sciences 3759

Addictions in Particular Populations
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
In-depth study of the issues and interventions relevant to particular population groups.
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 2050 (Health Sciences 350 at Medicine Hat College)
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours) in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) program
Note: This course will be offered only by the University of Lethbridge.

Health Sciences 3802

Gerontology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
The biology, sociology, psychology and demographics of aging in the Western world are considered. Ways of supporting the elderly in the community and improving their care and management in the hospital are discussed.
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent: Nursing 4802 (prior to 2001/2002)

Health Sciences 4030

Literature and Health Care
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
This course presents representative works of literature that serve to analyze views concerning: the care giver/patient relationship; themes of illness such as suffering, grief, loss, empathy; images of healers; and moral issues concerning the health professions.
Prerequisite(s): Fourth-year standing (a minimum of 90.0 credit hours)

Health Sciences 4050

Internship in Addictions Counselling II
Credit hours: 15.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-32
Students participate, at an advanced level, in the practice of addictions counselling in a fieldwork setting. Seminars facilitate the integration of theory, practice and research.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of all course requirements for Year Three of the B.H.Sc. - Addictions Counselling program
Grading: Pass/Fail
Note: This course will be offered only by the University of Lethbridge.
Students registered in Health Sciences 4050 are full-time by definition.

Health Sciences 4200

Community Counselling and Development
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Theory and practice of community development applied to planning, implementation and evaluation of community-level interventions and strategies to address addictions and related problems.
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 3120;
Health Sciences 3130;
Health Sciences 3150
OR
Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours) in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Public Health) program
Note: This course will be offered only by the University of Lethbridge.

Health Sciences 4700

Clinical Issues in Forensic Psychology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
A comprehensive review of the concepts, theory, research, and current practices associated with forensic psychology. Psychosocial, cognitive-behavioural, and biological approaches and psychodynamics will be addressed.
Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing (a minimum of 60.0 credit hours)
Equivalent: Health Sciences 4850 (Clinical Issues in Forensic Psychology) (prior to 2007/2008)

Health Sciences 4806/Biology 4806

Immunology
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Biological role of immunity and natural resistance.
Prerequisite(s): Admissibility to any program in the School of Health Sciences
OR
10 courses (30.0 credit hours) from the Science list-see Part 4 - Academic Regulations, Section 5, List III: Science Courses, p. 84

Health Sciences 4850

Topics in Health Sciences
Credit hours: 3.0
Contact hours per week: 3-0-0
Topics to be announced.
Prerequisite(s): Will be specified (including any recommended background) for individual offerings
Note: This course will be offered only by the University of Lethbridge.

Health Sciences 4990

Independent Study
Credit hours: 3.0
The student undertakes to study independently a topic not covered under regular electives or special topics courses. The student works under the supervision of a Faculty member to develop a proposal and the details of the study. Students should contact an Academic Advisor for the Addictions program for more information.
Prerequisite(s): Health Sciences 4050
Note: This course will be offered only by the University of Lethbridge.

Health Sciences 9999

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