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Health Aspects of Drug Use HEED 206 CRN 71075 Fall 2018 Online


I am your instructor, Michelle Zulim-Clark. I teach a variety of health education, kinesiology and kinesiology activity classes on the San Luis Obispo campus. This semester you will have the opportunity to learn more about major issues of special relevance to drugs and health, with an emphasis on chronic disease prevention, application of self-empowerment strategies, and local as well as global issues related to drug abuse.

Instructor: Michelle Zulim-Clark

Email: michelle_zulimclark@cuesta.edudigital-drug-binaural-beats

Course start date: Monday, August 14

Course end date: Friday, December 14

Course description:  Presents an in-depth analysis of the major health problems associated with the use, misuse, and abuse of drugs including herbs/plants, performance enhancing, over-the-counter, prescription, controlled, and designer drugs. Emphasizes the metabolism of drugs, drug interactions, and addiction from various socio-cultural perspectives such as age, gender, and ethnicity.

In addition, traditional, as well as, experiential and cooperative teaching/learning strategies will be used to explore the application of lifestyle changes to individual health beliefs and practices.

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the effects of drug metabolism, interaction, and use. 
2. Evaluate drug treatment and prevention programs. 
3. Communicate specific drug interactions, legality, and treatment. 
4. Analyze drug use and misuse amongst various socio-cultural constructs including age,
gender, and ethnicity. 
5. Relate drug use to major chronic disease. 

Required text: Drugs and Society, Hanson, Venturelli, Fleckenstein 13th ed. (2017)

The text can be purchased in the Cuesta bookstore or online and is also offered as an e-text.

“Drug education is the planned provision of information, resources, and skills relevant to living in a world where psychoactive substances are widely available and commonly used for a variety of both medical and non-medical purposes, some of which may lead to harms such as overdose, injury, infectious disease (such as HIV or hepatitis C), or addiction”.

 A few notes about online classes: 

If you are new to online courses, please take a moment to take this survey: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/aboutacad/distance/survey.html Links to an external site.

And read the following: http://www.cuesta.edu/academics/distance/forwhom.htmlLinks to an external site.Links to an external site.

About Canvas: LinkLinks to an external site.

Course drop date: You must log on the first week, or you will be dropped, however, do not expect any instructor to drop you for non-attendance.

Please see the administration and records website for more information regarding drops: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/servs_classes/admrreg/ Links to an external site.

Academic honesty policy: Please review the following link for information regarding policy https://www.cuesta.edu/about/documents/vpss-docs/AcademicHonesty_2017.pdfLinks to an external site.

Accommodations: Please contact the DSPS office for more information:


Thank you and I am looking forward to working and learning with you this fall.


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