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Course Descriptions


IDHS 1000.03: Introduction to Health and Health Professions

This course provides the philosophical and practical scope of the School’s unique perspective on health. It includes an examination of theories, research, politics and practices that have helped to define health, and health promotion as an umbrella for health-related activities. An historical perspective of health and healthcare is offered and current international, national and local issues are considered. Also included is an introduction to the professional streams offered in the School and how they fit into health promotion and the Canadian healthcare system.
NO PREREQUISITES REQUIRED
Although online certificate courses are not open to students registered in programs within the School of Health and Human Performance (HAHP), in-class versions of some courses are open to HAHP students. Please consult the academic timetable for specific course information.

IDHS 2201.03: Introduction to Aboriginal Peoples' Health and Healing
This course provides students the opportunity to learn about Aboriginal perspectives regarding health, as well as the multiple and complex challenges facing Aboriginal peoples with respect to key health issues, such as health and social inequities, the epidemiology of disease and culturally appropriate service provision.
PREREQUISITE: HAHP 1000 or IDHS 1000
Although online certificate courses are not open to students registered in programs within the School of Health and Human Performance (HAHP), in-class versions of some courses are open to HAHP students. Please consult the academic timetable for specific course information.

IDHS 3000.03: Contemporary Issues in Food Studies
This course introduces students to the emerging interdisciplinary field of food studies. Whereas older academic approaches to food focused on consumption or production within a scientific paradigm, this course will critically consider the health implications of local food issues through a case-based curriculum using diverse disciplinary, holistic, and systemic perspectives.
PREREQUISITES: HAHP 1000 or IDHS 1000, IDHS 2201
Although online certificate courses are not open to students registered in programs within the School of Health and Human Performance (HAHP), in-class versions of some courses are open to HAHP students. Please consult the academic timetable for specific course information.

IDHS 3100.03: Contemporary Issues in Rural Health
This course introduces students to the emerging interdisciplinary study of health and health care delivery in rural environments. IDHS 3100 offers an overview of health issues for various groups in rural areas, focusing on Nova Scotia, Canadian, and some international examples using a social determinants of health perspective. Other factors that affect rural health, such as policy and politics, community development, culture, human resources, and health services, will also be addressed.
PREREQUISITES: HAHP 1000 or IDHS 1000 and IDHS 2201
Although online certificate courses are not open to students registered in programs within the School of Health and Human Performance (HAHP), in-class versions of some courses are open to HAHP students. Please consult the academic timetable for specific course information.

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