Health Studies (HLST) 201

Introduction to Human Health (II) (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: None

Centre: Centre for Science

HLST 201 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This introductory, three-credit course is well suited for the general-interest and non-science student who requires a science credit.

HLST201 starts with a discussion of what determines the health of individuals and communities. It then discusses each of the determinants of health, provides examples of how these impact health and asks the student to assess how these determinants impact their own health. The course ends with a summary of strategies to help positively impact health status.

Outline Outline

This course includes the following 12 units.

  • Unit 1: Introduction to the Determinants of Health
  • Unit 2: Income and Social Status
  • Unit 3: Social Support Networks and Social Environments
  • Unit 4: Education and literacy
  • Unit 5: Employment and Working Conditions
  • Unit 6: Physical Environments
  • Unit 7: Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills
  • Unit 8: Healthy Child Development
  • Unit 9: Biology and Genetic Endowment
  • Unit 10: Health Services
  • Unit 11: Gender
  • Unit 12: Culture

Course Evaluation

To receive credit for this course, you must achieve a minimum grade of “D+” (55%) on each of these activities and an overall grade of “C-“ (60%) or better for the entire course. Please refer to the undergraduate grading policy for additional information.

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Midterm Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Final Exam Total
15% 15% 15% 15% 20% 20% 100%

The midterm and final examinations for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Course Text

There is no textbook for this course.

Course Resources

A list of required readings, websites, and citations is included online in each unit.

The study guide, introduction, study guide units, assessment overview, and course feedback survey are all located online.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the HLST 201 challenge registration, you must achieve a minimum mark of at least “C-” (60 percent) on both assignments and the examination.

Essay Assignment 1 Comprehensive Exam Total
30% 70% 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, November 30, 2016.

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