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Undergraduate Course Offerings

The Department of Health Services offers a diverse set of courses for undergraduates who wish to learn about some of the major health issues facing the U.S. and the world. Our Autumn Quarter offerings include HSERV 100 for students looking for a great introduction to personal health and public health; HSERV 346 for those wanting to learn about health economics; and HSERV 476 on applied ethnography in public health. HSERV 204 on communications and health and wellness will be offered in either Winter or Spring Quarter. In Spring Quarter are HSERV 415 for students interested learning about the health impacts of war; HSERV 479 on racism and public health in the context of Black Lives Matter; and HSERV 482 for those wanting to explore what makes a population healthy and why the US is the least healthy among rich nations.

For those considering majoring in public health, HSERV 100 and HSERV 204 are prerequisites for the major. If you are a public health major, 300 and 400 level courses fulfill upper level elective course requirements for the major.

Whether you plan to go into a health field or want to learn more about topics outside your main interests, these courses are stimulating electives that will give you additional knowledge and tools to better understand health. For more information please contact Sara Mackenzie at saramack@uw.edu



HSERV 100
Personal and Public Health
Provides an overview of the key components of health and wellness. Presents a balance between individual responsibility and social determinants of public health, emphasizing a holistic preventative model. Incorporates self-assessment and considers the impact of personal, family, social, cultural, and environmental factors on health.

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HSERV 204
Communicating About Health: Current Issues and Perspectives
Provides an overview of the key components of health and wellness. Presents a balance between individual responsibility and social determinants of public health, emphasizing a holistic preventative model. Incorporates self-assessment and considers the impact of personal, family, social, cultural, and environmental factors on health.

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HSERV 343
Health Behavior and Health Promotion
Introduction to health behavior change and health promotion. The course will cover theoretical foundations of health behavior and health promotion, as well as how to apply theory and evidence in health promotion practice. It will also introduce strategies for implementing and evaluating health promotion programs.

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HSERV 344
Public Health and Health Systems Management
Introduces public health and health systems management concepts. Students learn key tenets of high-performing public health and healthcare organizations, and environments in which these organizations operate. Examines a variety of health system models, including governmental public health, healthcare delivery systems, accountable communities of health and other collaborative models.

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HSERV 346
Using Economics to Solve Today's Healthcare Problems
Health economics is a growing field and an important aspect of public policy. Introduces health economics and the tools economists use to analyze current issues in health care. Furthers the understanding of economics and how it is used in current debates.

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HSERV 415
War and Health
Explores the health consequences of war (injury, infectious diseases, mental health, chronic disease, malnutrition, infrastructure) and the role of health professionals and others in preventing war (advocacy, measurement and application of epidemiology methods, promotion of social equity).

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HSERV 476
Introduction to Applied Ethnographic Methods in Public Health
Introduces practical methods of gathering ethnographic data. Students investigate a local culture, including such diverse groups as graffiti artists and dumpster divers.

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HSERV 479
Racism and Public Health
The effects of racism on health are profound and multi-dimensional. Critically analyzes theories of human behavior in relation to epidemiological concepts of race, against the backdrop of the current Black Lives Matter movement in the United States.

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HSERV 482
The Health of Populations
Explores what makes a population health or unhealthy. Examines why the USA is less healthy than all the other rich countries, despite being one of the healthiest fifty years ago.

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