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Interim 2009


NURS W10 Global Health. Health is a common human experience and a fundamental human right. Health problems, issues and concerns transcend national boundaries and must be addressed through cooperative action. This study of global health includes biological, social and environmental contributors to health and disease in populations around the world. Students will learn about characteristics, risk factors and effects of infectious and non-infectious disease, about world health inequalities, the role of nutrition and environmental factors on health, international health priorities and health payment systems in various countries. The health status of people in even distant parts of the world affects our own health and we affect theirs. As citizens of God’s world Christians must be educated and informed in order to take action for their own health and the health of others.  Students will develop their own Christian response to global health issues. Evaluation will be based on small group discussions, presentations, a short paper and personal reflection. Sophomore standing required.  This course may fulfill an elective in the International Development Studies major. A. Ayoola, C. Feenstra.  8:30 to noon.

NURS W61 Belize: A Nursing Experience.  Immerse yourself in the health issues and nursing care of the people of the small developing country of Belize, Central America. Belize is both geographically and culturally diverse with mountains, rainforests and the largest coral reef in this hemisphere! Explore health concerns and care strategies for a culturally, socially and economically varied nation of seven distinct groups including Creole, Mayan, Mestizo, Garifuna and others. Nursing students have the opportunity to serve in community clinics, private hospitals and struggling government hospitals. Students learn from local herbalists, traditional midwives and folk healers.  Students take an excursion to Guatemala for 4 days to explore the contrast in health care and culture of these two developing countries. Students will also have the opportunity to live in a Mayan village absorbing the culture firsthand. Students learn about village health needs and the role of the community health worker and traditional birthing assistant. Students meet four times in the fall to enhance preparation for this experience. Clinical experiences, cultural events, reflective discussion and informal lectures contribute to the learning in this interim. Course goals are that students demonstrate Christian nursing care, understand cultural health care and adapt nursing skills to a variety of settings. Student evaluation is based on preparatory readings, required journal, final presentation and participation in course activities. Pre-requisites: Satisfactory completion of at least one semester of nursing courses and permission of the faculty. This course may fulfill an elective in the International Development Studies major. Course dates: January 6-26. Fee: $2,900. R. Boss-Potts.  Off campus.

IDIS W17 Examining the Right to Die. J. Tatum.

CANCELLED IDIS W61 Rural Health-Liberia, West Africa. D. Slager.

IDIS 196 Transcultural Caring for Health Professions. C. Rossman.