Zachary Seguin

HLTH Courses

HLTH 101 – Introduction to Health 1

This course will be of interest to students pursuing careers in health and those with a general interest in health and health care. Various perspectives of the concepts of health and illness will be introduced. Emphasis is on understanding the origins, factors and conditions that determine health throughout the lifespan, how these factors influence one another and the role/impact of health care. Additional topics include how health is measured, the leading causes of death, illness and disability, as well as how health status has changed throughout history. Students will also learn how to research and critically analyze the health literature and discuss important health issues with their peers.

HLTH 102 – Introduction to Health 2

This course expands upon the general concepts introduced in HLTH 101 while extending the discussion to include issues such as: additional barriers to health; disease prevention; and methods used to plan, monitor and improve individual and population health. Discussion will include when various interventions are justified and why, and where and when combinations of policies, treatments, education and other approaches are necessary. The health of Canadians relative to that of people in other countries, as well as the inequalities that exist in health status within Canada and around the globe will be examined. Case examples will be used to illustrate points.

HLTH 103 – Biological Determinants of Health

This course is an introduction to the biological determinants of health designed for students who have little formal knowledge of biology, but who wish to train for careers in health promotion, public health or other social and community services.

HLTH 107 – Sociology of Activity, Health, and Well-being

This course will focus on the social and cultural factors that influence leisure, activity, health and well-being in different settings and among different populations. Sociological literature will be used to examine activity, health, and well-being in the lives of individuals, groups, and society.

HLTH 173 – Contemporary Issues in Health 1

One or more term courses will be offered from time to time as announced by the School of Public Health and Health Systems. Topics will be dependent upon special research and/or instructional interests of the faculty.

HLTH 201 – Aging and Health

This course focuses on the challenges facing older adults and on strategies to promote successful aging. A basic understanding of the physical aging process is explored, distinguishing between pathological states/illness and normal change. Many physical changes and associated functional decline are affected by modifiable factors such as sedentary lifestyles, substance abuse, and diet. Education, environment, and personal supports also play key roles in preventing illness and accidents (e.g. falls, driving accidents, and medication errors). The course addresses the interests of those working with older adults, and anyone who has older grandparents, parents, or friends.

HLTH 202 – Principles of Public and Population Health

This course will introduce the student to the basic theories, principles and practice of public and population health.

HLTH 203 – Systems Thinking for Health

This course provides the student with an introduction to "systems thinking", including its history, theories, and applications. Students will be introduced to notions such as multi-level holism (complexity, the embedded nature of problems and solution), requisite variety (fostering innovation and adaptation to change), cybernetics (adjustment and learning), and autopoeis. Emphasis will be placed on how systems approaches can be used to frame and solve population health and health promotion challenges.

HLTH 204 – Quantitative Approaches to Health Science

An introduction to descriptive and basic inferential statistics and their application to Health Research. Various statistical techniques commonly used in Health Research are covered.

HLTH 210 – Development, Aging and Health

The physiology of human growth, development and aging is examined, with special reference to the influence of diet, environment, exercise and disease on the normal processes.

HLTH 218 – Psychology of Death and Dying

Variations in the meaning and significance of death and dying will be considered from a psychological perspective, with particular attention to the contexts (e.g., cultural, familial, life-span developmental) in which these variations occur.

HLTH 220 – Psychosocial Perspectives on Lifespan Development and Health

This course will focus on psychosocial aspects of development of the individual and their influence on the individual's health and well-being. Through the use of the lifespan approach, the course will emphasize development as a life-long process, but will place particular emphasis on health and aging.

HLTH 230 – Introduction to Health Informatics

Health informatics is the multidisciplinary field that aims to optimize the collection, storage, organization, retrieval, analysis, and communication of health data, information, and knowledge. Fueled by recent advances in information technology, informatics increasingly plays a vital role in many areas of health. This introductory course gives an overview of health informatics by discussing modern informatics issues and state-of-the-art applications in various sub-fields within health informatics including bioinformatics, medical informatics, and public health informatics.

HLTH 245 – Canadian Health Systems

This course examines Canadian health systems by considering organizational principles, health resources, service utilization, health care planning, and health promotion strategies. There is a focus on societal and political issues which affect the health of the society through the delivery system.

HLTH 253 – Demographic Change in Canada

An introduction to the study of human population, with a focus on mortality, fertility, migration and spatial distribution in Canada. Methods and measures used in demographic research, sources of demographic data, and the health and social implications of the major demographic trends are discussed.

HLTH 260 – Social Determinants of Health

Enormous inequalities in health persist both within and between countries. These inequalities can be seen across various axes including gender, ethnicity, and access to material resources. As such, those relatively deprived/underprivileged have substantially poorer health than those better off. The course will demonstrate the extent of inequalities in health, and it will explore current theories explaining how inequalities arise, focusing on behavioural/cultural, psychosocial, and structural/material explanations. The course will also investigate the role of various approaches to economic and social policy in creating or reducing inequalities.

HLTH 273 – Contemporary Issues in Health 2

One or more term courses will be offered from time to time as announced by the School of Public Health and Health Systems. Topics will be dependent upon special research and/or instructional interests of the faculty.

HLTH 280 – Applied Public Health Ethics

This course explores ethical issues in health sciences, emphasizing population and public health. The course begins by considering canonical ethical theories and frameworks for applying these theories to population health. Specific topics in population health, including the conflict between public health and individual autonomy, the just distribution of health resources, and responsibility for health outcomes will then be discussed. The overall objective of the course is to provide students with tools to discuss and assess ethical arguments and to form their own views on issues within population health.

HLTH 290 – An Introduction to Health Neuroscience

The primary objective of the course will be to explore the dynamic and bidirectional relationship that develops between the brain and physical health over the life span. By investigating the interaction of individual biological factors (e.g., genetic, epigenetic, and life history traits) and social context (e.g., poverty, socioeconomic position), we would hope to understand how the brain acts as both a target and mediator of processes that influence a person's health and vulnerability to disease. Topics such as developmental programming, gene-environment interactions, resilience, and stress physiology will be considered.

HLTH 301 – Applied Health Promotion: Theory and Practice

This course introduces health promotion history, theories, and change strategies that address individual-level behaviour plus sociocultural, economic, political, and environmental conditions and resources for health. Topics include educational, persuasive, organizational, regulatory, and empowerment approaches. Examples may be drawn from school and workplace programs, mHealth and eHealth, social marketing, community development, and social mobilization and advocacy for policy change.

HLTH 302 – Cultural and Community Competency

An understanding of multiple cultures and of community systems is vital to the practice of public and population health. In this course the student will learn about the most common cultures in Canadian society. The student will also delve into the application of systems theory in understanding community functioning. The course includes application of theory in which the student is sensitized to multiple cultures other than their own through case studies.

HLTH 303 – Program Planning and Evaluation

In this course the student is introduced to the theory and practice of public and population health programming, management, and evaluation applicable across the broad spectrum of core public health functions.

HLTH 304 – Health Communication

This course presents an overview of theories, issues, and compelling directions in health communication, with attention to health literacy, the role of the media, public health campaigns, provider-patient communication, and risk communication. Topics may highlight: social marketing; media advocacy; use of mobile phones, social media, and the Internet for health communication; entertainment education; communication in health care settings.

HLTH 305 – Community Development and Engagement in Public Health

In this course students will be introduced to the nature of communities in a variety of forms and functions, to issues and conditions which impact communities, as well as to internal and external forces which shape community action and priority setting in the context of public health. The focus will be on how to engage and empower communities, respect their autonomy, and create functional collaborations.

HLTH 310 – Development, Aging and Health

The physiology of human growth, development and aging is examined, with special reference to the influence of diet, environment, exercise and disease on the normal processes.

HLTH 320 – Psychosocial Perspectives on Lifespan Development and Health

This course will focus on the normative psychosocial aspects of development of the individual and their influence on the individual's physical and mental health and well-being. Through the use of a developmental systems, lifespan approach, the course will emphasize the life-long process of development.

HLTH 330 – Health Informatics

Health informatics is the multidisciplinary field devoted to the study of the generation, dissemination/communication, and utilization of health information. It covers the study of how providers of information design, produce, and interpret health information; how such information is communicated and stored; and how it is received, understoood, and used by its recipients.

HLTH 333 – Principles of Epidemiology

This course will introduce students to basic principles and methods used in epidemiology. The course will focus on both experimental and observational research designs, estimating outcome measures, principles for establishing cause and effect relationships, and the effectiveness of interventions to prevent and cure disease.

HLTH 340 – Environmental Toxicology and Public Health

An introduction to the basic biological and toxicological processes that determine the effects of environmental pollutants on human health. Emphasis is placed on the mechanisms that give rise to chronic or delayed health effects, such as cancer, genetic mutations, and birth defects.

HLTH 341 – Principles of Pathobiology

An introduction to the study of biological factors governing disease in humans that will use selected diseases to identify risk factors and illustrate pathogenic mechanisms. The role that behaviour has in modifying biological response to disease may also be considered.

HLTH 344 – Qualitative Methods for Health Research

This course introduces students to the basic qualitative methods, tools, and research designs that are widely used in health research and program evaluation.

HLTH 346 – Human Nutrition

An elementary course in nutrition with special emphasis on diet for sport and certain physiological conditions.

HLTH 348 – Social Psychology of Health Behaviour

The study and application of basic social psychological processes in relation to selected health-related behaviours (e.g. family planning, overeating, smoking, non-medical drug use, cardiovascular risk factors, patient compliance, medical care utilization).

HLTH 349 – Health Behaviour Change

The course will focus on the prevention of chronic disease through individual and population health behaviour change. Topics covered will include basic learning principles of behaviour, behaviour modification techniques, intrapersonal and interpersonal theories of behaviour change, motivation, and the role of policy in behaviour change. Application of principles will be examined using primary and secondary prevention trials and worksite health promotion programs.

HLTH 350 – Principles of Environmental & Occupational Health

Methodological approaches to the detection, assessment and management of toxic hazards (especially carcinogens) in the workplace and external environment. The health effects of chemical toxicants on specific human organ systems (lung, nervous system, immune system, etc.) are also examined.

HLTH 352 – Sociology of Aging

An introduction to individual and population aging. Topics discussed include: aging from a historical and comparative perspective; aging in subcultures; aging and the social structure; aging and social processes; aging and the environment; work and retirement; and aging and leisure patterns.

HLTH 355 – Public Health Nutrition

You are what you eat... or are you? In this course, we will explore the fundamentals of nutrition, with an emphasis on the potential to reduce disease risk and improve health through diet. Topics considered include the role of diet in non-communicable chronic diseases, the evidence on what constitutes a healthy diet and how current dietary patterns compare, over- and under-nutrition domestically and globally, food and the environment, nutritional pseudoscience, and individual and ecologic approaches to promote healthy eating.

HLTH 360 – Psychological Determinants of Health

Psychological factors are critical to understanding how and why people act in the interests of their health. This course will examine how basic concepts from social psychology, learning theory, and models of health behaviour can help us to understand various health behaviours, health care utilization, and decision making in the context of health. The course will also explore the importance of health behaviour in the context of a population health perspective and population-level change.

HLTH 370 – Ecological Determinants of Health

This course will examine the links between ecosystems, global ecological change, and the health and well-being of human communities. It will review the myriad ways in which the Earth, as a living system, is the ultimate determinant of human health. The course is divided into three parts: in the first part key environmental changes are addressed, including climate change, ecotoxicity, resource depletion, species extinction, and stresses on ocean systems as well as the social and human forces that drive these changes. The second part of the course focuses on the implications of these ecological changes and population health. The third part of the course will address potential solutions.

HLTH 373 – Contemporary Issues in Health 3

One or more term courses will be offered from time to time as announced by the School of Public Health and Health Systems. Topics will be dependent upon special research and/or instructional interests of the faculty

HLTH 400 – Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging

This course provides an opportunity for critical discussion and analysis of a range of key issues in aging and aging research, and of health system and health policy issues affecting older persons. Speakers will represent a variety of disciplines, reflecting the importance of interdisciplinary perspectives in aging research, as well as the combination of biomedical and psychosocial factors that contribute to healthy aging or to the development of frailty and chronic disease.

HLTH 401 – Global Health

We are becoming a global community; increasingly, health concerns are international in nature and impact. The student will build upon core content concerning population and public health theories, international health care systems, and cultural sensitivity to address emerging global health concerns on the perspective of public and population health.

HLTH 402 – Advanced Health Promotion

This course will build upon material learned in HLTH 202 and 301. The student will have the opportunity to explore health promotion techniques in greater depth through case study and practical applications.

HLTH 405 – International Exchange

Study abroad on an Exchange Agreement approved by the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

HLTH 407 – Coronary Artery Disease - Prevention and Rehabilitation

This course explores the pathophysiology, electrophysiology, risk factors, and assessment and rehabilitation options related to cardiovascular disease. Major emphasis is placed on the utility of exercise in the assessment and rehabilitation of primary and secondary cardiovascular disease.

HLTH 410 – Health Policy

Health care policy exists at federal, provincial, local and institutional levels, and shapes every aspect of the Canadian Health Care System. Its ongoing development, implementation and outcomes are shaped by ideology and empirical evidence through the definition of health issues, setting of priorities for action, and the policy instruments chosen for implementation. This course will introduce students to health policy in Canada and provide them with an understanding of what policy is, how it is developed, who is involved with its production, implementation, and evaluation. Students will learn to critically analyse real world examples of Canadian health policy.

HLTH 412 – Comparative Health Systems

This course addresses the history and development of health systems, and comparison of the social ethics, organization, and financing of different national health systems. Topics include: the design of health systems; strengths and weaknesses of alternative systems for public health and health care delivery; current strategies for health system reform in resource-rich and resource-constrained nations; and ethical issues associated with health system reform. This course uses a case-study, problem-based approach.

HLTH 420 – Health, Environment, and Planning

This course examines the relationship between the environment (built/physical, economic, social, political and natural aspects) and population health. It focuses on conceptual and empirical links among current environment-health issues such as air quality, active transportation, injury prevention, climate change, and mental well-being. Emphasis is placed on the role of urban planners in collaboration with allied professionals (e.g., public health, engineering, law enforcement, architecture) in creating and maintaining healthy built environments to improve population health with a focus on key health issues.

HLTH 421 – Nutritional Aspects of Chronic Disease

Nutrition is integral to the etiology, prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. This course examines nutritional aspects of key chronic diseases affecting the Canadian population. There will be an opportunity for students to explore, in depth, specific conditions and aspects of nutritional assessment or intervention that interest them. Case topics span the lifecycle and such conditions as obesity, eating disorders, diabetes, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. As well, students present seminars on a topic of their choice.

HLTH 432A – Honours Thesis (A)

An independent research project on an approved topic, supervised by a faculty member. Includes an approved proposal and completion of -- introduction, review of literature, methods, data collection, data analysis and presentation of results in thesis form. Recommended for students planning graduate studies.

HLTH 432B – Honours Thesis (B)

An independent research project on an approved topic, supervised by a faculty member. Includes an approved proposal and completion of -- introduction, review of literature, methods, data collection, data analysis and presentation of results in thesis form. Recommended for students planning graduate studies.

HLTH 433 – Experimental Methods

This course focuses on the key issues related to the design, conduct, analyses, and interpretation of experimental studies. Examples will be drawn from animal research investigating disease mechanisms and from clinical and population studies investigating efficacy of preventive or therapeutic strategies.

HLTH 435 – Knowledge Translation for Public Health and Health Care

This course is about bridging gaps between evidence-based knowledge and real world policies and practices. Along with concepts and skills about knowledge synthesis, the focus is on integrated knowledge-to-action processes for engagement, collaboration, implementation, and scale-up to meet objectives of changing policies, behaviours of health care providers and other individuals, and organizational practices. Topics and skills may include use of systematic and scoping reviews of literature, Diffusion of Innovations and Social Marketing frameworks, behavioural economics, policy change strategies, public health ethics, Health Impact Assessments, Critical Public Health perspectives, and issues from current events.

HLTH 441 – Advanced Qualitative Methods

This course will build on concepts and theories concerning qualitative methods introduced in HLTH 344. The student will have the opportunity to tailor the material to the core function upon which they are focusing using case study discussion and practical applications.

HLTH 442 – Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases

This course builds upon the concepts learned in HLTH 333. The primary objective is to provide an understanding of the fundamental concepts, principles and applications of non-communicable disease epidemiology. The course emphasizes understanding of epidemiologic methods and identification of risk and protective factors.

HLTH 443 – Epidemiology of Communicable Diseases

This course introduces the basic methods for communicable disease epidemiology and discusses important infectious diseases, including their history, ecology and current public health significance. The course focuses on epidemiological methods in infectious disease research, prevention, and control, such as outbreak investigations, disease surveillance, case-control and cohort studies, laboratory tools, molecular epidemiology, dynamics of transmission, and assessment of vaccine field effectiveness. A range of communicable diseases will be discussed including respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, sexually transmitted diseases, bloodborne diseases, and vector-borne diseases.

HLTH 444 – Program Evaluation

Building upon the concepts learned in HLTH 333 and HLTH 344 this course provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the key concepts, methodologies, and issues related to program evaluation in general and their application to health programs in particular. Administrative and policy implications as well as the technical/methodological evaluation issues that face individuals involved in administering, planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs will be discussed.

HLTH 445 – Seminar in Health Promotion

A study of current issues pertaining to health promotion, health behaviour, or biomedical research. Topics may include pertinent research that is significant to the health of individuals, families and groups, or the community.

HLTH 448 – Advanced Studies in Social Determinants of Health

This course will provide an in-depth examination of social determinants of health, both in North America and around the world. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding of nonbiological contributors to health by observing, studying and 'unpacking' actual health issues in the local community.

HLTH 449 – Alcohol and Drug Use and Abuse in Contemporary Society

This course will provide an overview of alcohol and drug use and abuse in contemporary society. The student will develop an understanding of how alcohol and other drug problems become defined as social problems and how these definitions influence subsequent intervention strategies. Students will explore the social, political, economic and biological determinants of the use and abuse of alcohol and drugs, and then critically examine real-world policy issues related to prevention, control and cessation of use.

HLTH 451 – Analysis and Management of Health Information in Aging Populations

The course combines an overview of health policy issues and service delivery with methodological considerations in the analysis of health information from a variety of sources. The topics to be addressed may include the role of health information in evidence-based practice and policy development; basic concepts of demography and health information management; secondary data analysis; case-mix based funding systems; performance indicators, quality, and accountability in health care; clinical applications of health data; need analysis; cost analysis; international comparisons.

HLTH 452 – Decision Making and Decision Support in Health Informatics

One of the major aims of health informatics is to help health professionals make better decisions. To this end, diverse models and methods of decision making and decision support have been developed and implemented in health care settings. This course reviews theories, methods, and technologies for aiding the process of making decisions in health care.

HLTH 453 – Computing in Health Informatics

This course focuses on the fundamental computing methods and concepts that are commonly employed in modern health informatics in order to collect, store, organize, process, analyze, and communicate digital health data/information/knowledge. Students will gain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience so that they can apply the learned methods in practice after completing this course.

HLTH 458 – Social Neuroscience and Health

This is an in-depth course intended for the intensive study of psychological, neuroscientific and social processes that together set the stage for the development of chronic illnesses in the modern world. Topics include exercise neuroscience, health-related decision processes, and neural responses to health risk communications in the media.

HLTH 461 – Psychoneuroimmunology

The course provides an introduction to the principles of psychoneuroimmunology (behavioural immunology) and its application to human health and disease. Topics to be included are: immune system-nervous system interactions, neuroendocrine responses to stress, the effects of stress on immunity, cytokines as mediators of behaviour and immune function, behavioural factors that modify immune responses, and selected clinical examples that illustrate the interactions amongst behaviour, immune function, and human health.

HLTH 471 – Psychopharmacology

The primary objective of the course will be to provide a basic understanding of how drugs can alter the function of neural cells and how these changes can affect mood, cognition, and behaviour. Key topics to be discussed include: a) biological principles of pharmacology, b) general structure and function of the nervous system, c) major neurotransmitter systems of the brain, d) mechanisms of drug action on neurotransmission, and e) pharmacotherapy for mental health illness.

HLTH 472 – Independent Study

For the student who desires to pursue a particular topic in depth through guided independent research and/or reading. A faculty member must approve a student's project prior to registration. May be repeated in subsequent terms. Depending on student demand and availability of teaching resources, special topics may be presented to small groups in a lecture format. Such topics have included Pharmacology, Behavioural Immunity, Nutrition, The Health Care System.

HLTH 473 – Contemporary Issues in Health 4

One or more term courses will be offered from time to time as announced by the School of Public Health and Health Systems. Subjects will be dependent upon special research and/or instructional interests of the faculty.

HLTH 479 – Child Mental Health Epidemiology

Mental health problems in childhood and adolescence impose a significant burden on the public health system. The course presents the epidemiology of common child mental disorders and includes discussions on theoretical frameworks related to child mental health, measurement of psychopathology, the mental health system, and ethical conduct of research in vulnerable populations. There is heavy emphasis on group work whereby students will develop a research study in the area of child mental health.

HLTH 481 – Community Learning Project

Service learning is a method of teaching and reflection designed to use community service as a vehicle to enrich and integrate classroom learning, teach civic responsibility, encourage lifelong civic engagement, and strengthen communities. Students will be required to identify and design community learning placements, including the establishment of specific learning and outcome objectives, and a method of evaluation. Provisions must be approved by the community agency and the course coordinator. Placements are normally 8 to 10 hours per week for 8 weeks. In the final week of the term students will meet to reflect upon and share their experience with fellow students. Students will also complete a written report detailing whether and how they achieved their objectives, what they learned from the process relevant to the practice of health promotion, and how their experience utilized or exemplified course based material and assignments. Reports will be reviewed and graded as pass/fail by both the community partner and a faculty service leader.

HLTH 601 – Lifespan Approaches to Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

This course examines issues in health and disability from a multidisciplinary lifespan perspective. An integrated approach is taken that considers biological, behavioral, and social factors relevant to health and disability at different ages, and locates issues of prevention, treatment, management, and policy within a broadly-based public health orientation.

HLTH 603 – Health Policy

A critical analysis of health policy formulation, implementation and evluation related to population health initiatives and health care delivery. The course will include discussion of the role of various regional, provincial, and national agencies in health care policy formation. It will examine various health care systems, their funding and how the Canadian healthcare system compares with systems in other countries. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

HLTH 604 – Analysis and Management of Health Information for Aging Societies

The course focuses on how information from surveys and administrative or clinical databases can be used to support evidence-informed decision making in the context of population aging. The course will combine an overview of health policy issues and service delivery with methodological considerations in the analysis of health information from a variety of sources.

HLTH 605 – Regression Models

The use of regression models (for continuous and categorical outcomes) for analysis of multi-variable data sets. Strategies for model building, fitting of models, assessing model assumptions and testing hypothesis. Application of these models to problems in the health sciences.

HLTH 605A – Survey Research Methods

HLTH 605D – Analysis of Variance I

Review of Hypothesis tests and Confidence intervals for paired and unpaired observations. The concept of a designed experiment and its associated model. Analysis of variance for one and two factor experiments including interaction. Contrasts for comparing various treatment means. Use of Residual analysis to check the statistical assumtpions of a design . SAS may be used to obtain listings used in the analysis.

HLTH 605E – Analysis of Variance II

Methods for determining Expected Mean Squares. Design and Analysis of Factorial, Fractional Factorial and Repeated Measures Experiments. Design and Anlysis and other designs as time permits. SAS may be used to obtain listings used in the anlysis .

HLTH 606 – Epidemiological Methods

An investigation of the epidemiology of selected non-infectious diseases with emphasis on the identification of risk factors and on the methodology of epidemiological investigations.

HLTH 607 – Mechanisms of Disease Processes

The focus of the course is on basic physiological and immunological mechanisms involved in major contemporary health problems, including those which are contributed to by behavioural factors.

HLTH 610 – Program Development and Service Delivery for the Elderly

The various programs and services, particularly in the non-medical areas, will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on various programs which are available to the elderly residing in the community, such as home care and homemaking services, various outreach programs, including day hospitals, placement and coordination services, geriatric assessment services, vacation relief beds and foster home programs. The reasons for the changes which have taken place over time will also be investigated. In addition, the cost-effectiveness and methods how such cost-effectiveness can be evaluated will be outlined. As with HSG 703, students in this course will be expected to undertake some field work.

HLTH 611 – The Health Care System

This course examines the environment in which health systems operate, with a focus on policy formulation legislative frameworks, governance structures, and funding models. Special attention is given to issues related to electronic health records and health information systems. A focus on international settings with strong track records in health informatics is central to this course.

HLTH 619 – Fundamental Research Methods in Health Informatics

This course focuses on the fundamental methods that are commonly employed in modern health informatics research in order to collect, store, organize, process, analyze, and communicate data/information/knowledge. Emphasis is on computerized methods and concepts. Students will gain both theoretical knowledge and practical experience so that they can apply the learned methods in practice after completing this course.

HLTH 620 – Selected Topics

Fall/Winter/Spring Specific topics may include health behaviour change, decision making in health delivery systems, stress coping strategies, risk assessment and management, psychopharmacology and addiction, nutrition and chronic disease, psychosocial factors in disease, accident and injury control, health assessment, health and the aging person, etc.

HLTH 621 – Decision Making and Decision Support in Health

One of the major aims of heal informatics is to help health professionals make better decisions. To this end, diverse models and methods of decision making and decision support have been developed and implements in health care settings. This course reviews theories, methods, and technologies for aiding the process of making decisions in health care.

HLTH 622 – Nutritional Aspects of Chronic Disease

Nutrition is integral to the etiology, prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. This course will examine nutritional aspects of key chronic diseases affecting the Canadian population. There will be an opportunity for students to explore, in depth, specific conditions and aspects of nutritional assessment or intervention that interest them.

HLTH 641 – Practicum

Fall/Winter/Spring The supervised practicum is intended to enhance basic or applied research skills. The placement may involve a combination of research design or program development, data collection (using quantitative or qualitative methods), analyses, interpretation, and presentation. A contract stipulating practicum objectives, and work to be completed to meet these objectives must be jointly approved by the student, the practicum supervisor, the academic supervisor, and the practicum coordinator. A written report by the student, together with a letter from the field supervisor, are used by the co-ordinator to evaluate student performance. This course is intended for Masters level students. Graded on a Cr/NCr basis. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

HLTH 642 – Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Aging

This course provides an opportunity for critical discussion and analysis of a range of key issues in aging and aging research, and of health system and health policy issues affecting older persons. Speakers will represent a variety of disciplines, reflecting the importance of interdisciplinary perspectives in aging research, as well as the combination of biomedical and psychosocial factors that contribute to healthy aging or to the development of frailty and chronic disease.

HLTH 671 – Psychopharmacology

The primary objective of the course will be to provide a basic understanding of how drugs can alter the function of neural cells, and how these changes can affect mood, cognition, and behaviour. Key topics to be discussed include: a) biological principles of pharmacology, b) general structure and function of the nervous system, c) major neurotransmitter systems of the brain, d) mechanisms of drug action on neurotransmission, and e) pharmaotherapy.

HLTH 672 – Epidemiologic Methods in Aging Research

This course introduces the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of older persons. This lecture/discussion will present core epidemiologic concepts and methodologic issues in epidemiologic students of older persons. We will then study predictors of health and three major health outcomes: longevity/mortality, functional status/disability, and disease. Students will critically evaluate epidemiologic studies in aging research and will investigate a specific topic in this field in depth.

HLTH 701 – Interdisciplinary Seminar in Public Health and Health Systems

This advanced seminar examines modes of research inquiry in the health sciences. Issues related to measurement, casual inference, experimental and quasi-experimental research designs, descriptive, interpretive, and ethnographic methods of data collection will be examined. The objectives of the course are to build aspiring scholars' expertise in diverse modes of inquiry and systems of knowledge production in the health sciences, in critical assessment and contextualization of methodologies within the academic, interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and knowledge translation.

HLTH 704 – Advanced Qualitative Methods for Health Research

The aim of this course is to equip students with advanced knowledge and skills to understand, conceptualize, design, conduct, and critically evaluate qualitative health research. It is designed for students wishing to develop their own research at the master's or doctoral level. Emphasis is on: 1) exploring the relationship between techniques designed to gather particular kinds of data and the broader epistemological and theoretical questions underpinning qualitative health research; and 2) giving students an opportunity to practically engage with key qualitative research skills (interviewing, data analysis) and to reflect on the ethical, theoretical, and practical issues that arise in conducting qualitative research in health settings.

HLTH 705 – Advanced Statistical Methods for Analyzing Public Health and Health Systems Data

This course will focus on statistical methods for analyzing and drawing inferences from longitudinal data, time-to-event data and incomplete/missing data, with emphasis on their application for public health sciences. Topics include linear and generalized linear regression models (for correlated data), and imputation techniques for incomplete correlated and multilevel data. Students will learn appropriate methods to implement (particularly through the use of software) and interpret analyses of various types of complex public health data.

HLTH 706 – Advanced Epidemiological Methods

Building on HLTH 606, this course provides an in-depth survey of theory and methods in epidemiology, focusing on answering complex research questions using epidemiologic methods. Course topics include modeling multinomial, count, rate, and survival data and disease transmission; infectious disease dynamics; assessing the reliability/validity of measurement instruments; an in-depth examination of various study designs (e.g., case control, nested case control, case-cohort, randomized controlled trials, panel studies, and hybrid study designs); critical appraisal of the medical literature; and systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

HLTH 719 – Advanced Research Methods in Health Informatics

This course covers advanced research methods in health informatics that are often applied in cutting-edge health informatics research. Fundamental research methods will be extended to greater depth. Latest information technology will be discussed and applied in the context of health informatics.

HLTH 720 – Advanced Topics

An in-depth analysis of specific topics of interest. Representative topics may include advanced epidemiological and statistical methods for health research, cancer prevention and control, advanced health program evluation, psychoneuroimmunology, addictions, caregiver issues, etc. The form of the study may include a literature review or the planning and execution of and execution of an independent study leading to a mamor paper for possible publication.

HLTH 730 – Fundamentals of Work and Health

This course will provide an overview of current thinking on work and health by introducing students to major substantive topics in the area from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The course will critically examine a variety of topics that may be investigated from different disciplinary perspectives. Classes will include presentations by faculty members representing different disciplines in the collaborative program. Examples of topics discussed in a given term may include work-stress relationships, healthy workplaces, and vulnerable populations.

HLTH 731 – Approaches to Research in Work and Health

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to different ways of designing and implementing research within the topic area of work and health as well as some of the practical, political and ethical challenges. The course content will include an examination of the epistemological positions assoicated with different types of research questions, analysis of case studies of research in work and health, and discussions of proposed research questions and proposals that examine problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The course will also include presentations by researchers and practitioners from the work and health domain, who will facilitate discussions on the challenges and opportunities of conducting and applying research in this area.

HLTH 732A – Work and Health Research Seminar (I)

This seminar is a forum for student presentations about results of or proposals for research. Invited speakers will also present results of research from time to time. Attendance at the seminar is required for two terms (i.e., during the candidates' first two years in the program). Attendance beyond that is encouraged. The range of topics that will be addressed in the seminar crosses all areas of investigation in the collaborative program. Grading will be on a credit/no credit basis.

HLTH 732B – Work and Health Research Seminar (II)

This seminar is a forum for student presentations about results of or proposals for research. Invited speakers will also present results of research from time to time. Attendance at the seminar is required for two terms (i.e., during the candidates' first two years in the program). Attendance beyond that is encouraged. The range of topics that will be addressed in the seminar crosses all areas of investigation in the collaborative program. Grading will be on a credit/no credit basis.

HLTH 741 – Advanced Practicum

The supervised research practicum is intended to enhance basic or applied research skills as demonstrated through previous practica, research assistantships or other research experiences.The placement may involve a combination of research design or program development, data collection (using quantitative or qualitative methods), analyses, interpretation and presentationa. A contract stipulating practicum objectives, and work to be completed to meet these objectives must be approved jointly by the student, the practicum supervisor, the academic supervisor, and the practicum co-ordinator. A written report by the student, together with a letter from the field supervisor, are used by the co-ordinator to evaluate student performance.

HLTH 750 – Fundamentals of Aging, Health and Well-being

This survey course will be team-taught by members of the collaborative program and will serve to introduce students to major sub-areas of aging, health and well-being research. Topics will be covered from each Department within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

HLTH 751 – Aging, Health and Well-being Research Seminar

This seminar is a forum for student presentations about results of, or proposals for research. Invited speakers will also present results of research from time to time. Attendance at the seminar is required for two terms (i.e., during the candidates' first two years in the program). The range of topics that will be addressed in the seminar crosses all areas of investigation in the collaborative program. Grading will be on a credit/no credit basis. Must be registered in the PhD program in Aging, Health and Well-being.