2019-20 Catalogs

Course Descriptions

GRN 300 Aging and the Family
Connecting with family caregivers is crucial for the delivery of a successful care plan. This course explores how providers can address the psychosocial challenges of caring for an aging family member. Family caregivers are responsible for providing the majority of long term care for people who are living with chronic illness and progressive dementia. We will examine the challenges that impact caregiving including physical, emotional and spiritual strain, and how health care providers and social service professionals can provide information, resources and support that will lead to sustainable outcomes for both the caregiver and the care recipient. Prerequisites: junior or senior status, college writing and any PSY or SOC course. Cr 3.

GRN 313 Health in Later Years
This project-based course is designed for students from diverse fields who are interested in health and aging. The population of older people in the United States is growing at a rate that is unprecedented in American history and no matter what your career path this growth will impact you. Knowledge about illness, medications, physical activity, nutrition, sexuality, cognition and health care delivery will be some of the topics presented. Students will obtain essential information needed to provide effective care for aging clients, patients, loved ones, and themselves. Some community experiences will be expected. Cr 3.

GRN 315 Rehabilitation Services for Older Adult
This course will discuss rehabilitation services for older adults within the present health care system including types of services, cost and reimbursement for services and responsibilities of different rehabilitation professionals. The course will look at the role of the rehabilitation professional in the delivery of services in a variety of medical and community settings typical for older adults. The course will review common conditions for older adults including cardiac, pulmonary, neuromuscular, and orthopedic conditions and provide evidence-based examples of interventions commonly utilized in the rehabilitation profession. Finally, the role of rehabilitation in health promotion, prevention, and well-being will be explored. Prerequisites: College writing and any PSY or SOC course. Cr 3.

GRN 318 Adult Development and Aging
This advanced course surveys human development from post-adolescence through old age, including death and dying research. The study of adult development and aging addresses physical, cognitive and social-emotional growth as a set of dynamically interacting features of adult development, shaped by genes and environment. These topics will be addressed by exploring contemporary research in psychology, medicine and gerontology. Students will also explore current issues and debates in applied adult development research. There is an emphasis on being able to critically evaluate trends in methodology and application of development research. Cr 3.

GRN 390 Evaluation and Assessment of Older Adults
This course is designed for students who are interested in developing and refining skills in the evaluation and health assessment of older adults. The populations of the world and the United States will almost double by 2030. With the unprecedented increase in the number of older adults there is a growing need to understand their unique social and health care needs. Students will gain insight into the evaluation and health assessment process needed to promote health and well-being in older adults. Prerequisites: College writing and any PSY or SOC course. Cr 3.

STH 200 Learning Assistants Seminar
This course prepares Learning Assistants (LAs) to successfully support students enrolled in any course that incorporates the Learning Assistant model. It integrates learning theory with practice, emphasizing the application of both areas to the LA role. Course concepts may include conceptual development, active learning strategies, listening and questioning, classroom facilitation, collaborative learning, and instruction differentiation. Students participate in activities designed to increase their understanding and capacities as peer educators. LAs are required to enroll in this pedagogy course during their first semester in the LA Program, and subsequent participation in the LA Program is contingent upon successful completion of this course. Cr 0-1.

STH 440 College of Science, Technology, and Health Internship
An in-depth experience in hands-on learning and professional development acquired in the field. Students will focus their efforts in an engaged learning opportunity related to their major and area of professional interest, usually located in a business, institutional, industrial setting, research laboratory, or similar off-campus site. Prerequisites: matriculated student, minimum 60 completed credits, minimum 2.5 GPA, a precise definition of the internship experience and consent of the instructor. Pass/fail only. Generally restricted to CSTH majors. May be repeated. Cr 1-6.