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HCSI 202 Health Education, CRN 75429

FALL 2024

Dates: 10/14/24 – 12/13/2024

This is a 9-week short course. Class meets October through December and is a second half of semester late start. This means that a semester's work is compressed into 9 weeks. 

The format is Hybrid. This means there is a combination of meeting in-person and online coursework. Monday nights we meet in person in room 1100 on the SLO Cuesta campus. These meetings allow for discussions and time to collaborate and work with other students in small group activities. It is a great time to ask questions about projects and online assignments.

Instructor Email address

Coral Minton 



I look forward to working with you. This class emphasis is to learn about personal wellness across the lifespan that includes several dimensions of health. We take time to examine personal wellness patterns. This course is for everyone. Our outcomes include improving ability for an individual to make informed health decisions. A primary objective is to learn more about prevention of chronic and communicable conditions that include mental health and addiction. My hope is that the student will leave the course with a greater understanding about diverse health risk factors that include a range of cultural norms, issues including aging, disability, and a multi-gender lens. This means learning about male, female and other gender health concerns. There is also an introduction to a range of health careers. 

The online work includes reading or listening to material, taking quizzes, with various assignments to promote active learning. Active learning may include researching information online, watching videos that include Q&A worksheets and preparing for exams by using a study guide.  Please attend our first in-person meeting on October 14th in room 1100 to receive hardcopy materials along with an overview of the online format. 

I realize that attending a night class can present challenges with family and work. I have learned post COVID that most students do learn a lot more when there is an in-class component especially during a short session. If you are sick, and/or if there are travel challenges, there is the possibility to join in with a synchronous zoom option. Attending in person is preferred. Please email with questions regarding this format. 

There are weekly deadlines to complete course material. Generally, the Monday in-class assignments are due by Friday. Online segments are due the following Monday. There is a holiday on Monday November 11th. We will have class on Monday 11/25 (Thanksgiving week) and on Dec 2nd. Finals occur the following week.

Please email me if there are difficulties coming to class, or meeting deadlines. I am generally flexible with many of the deadlines. However, exams and group work may not be as flexible. The course ends Friday 12/13 and I cannot except work after that date. 

HEED 202 Catalog Description:

Presents the major health topics and provides an introduction to health careers, emphasizing the prevention of non-communicable conditions, promotion of health and fitness throughout the lifespan, and the application of current research in health to affect behavior and lifestyle changes. Health issues will be discussed from a multi-dimensional perspective using relevant examples from a variety of diverse populations, including predominant ethnic minority groups.


You do not need to buy a textbook for this course.

The online segment involves reading content from canvas pages, clicking links to various websites for information, pre-recorded videos, media clips and quizzes. Each week finishes with a multiple-choice online quiz. There are four timed essay exams online. There is a study guide and I do review and discuss the essay questions with you, in class, on the Monday prior to the exam.

Homework involves researching information online, examining personal wellness patterns and turning in worksheet assignments. A group project starts mid-November.

Class location:

Room 1100 is located near the swim pool. The women's locker room is at one end of the building and 1300 Kinesiology building is adjacent on the other side. The classroom is not far from campus flagpole and weight room. Gil Stork gym is located on the opposite side of the pool.

Student Hours:

I am available to meet with students on Mondays before class (5:30-6PM) and we can discuss over email or set up a zoom meeting if needed. 

My office is in room 1321 located in the Kinesiology and Athletics building 1300. 

Online learning management system

Cuesta’s Course learning management system is CANVAS. There is a self-paced tutorial that students may access NOW to get introduced to the learning environment. It walks students through a typical course layout and the common Canvas tools. The tutorial also provides resources on how to download applications, working with browsers, and more.

https://www.cuesta.edu/academics/distance/survey.htmlLinks to an external site. Links to an external site. 

During the first meeting I will review some basic functions in Canvas. It is encouraged to review the link above as an introduction. You can access CANVAS quickly by

The Canvas app can be downloaded onto a phone. Canvas provides the framework for the course including links to documents, videos and presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups. Some aspects of Canvas work better on a computer so it is helpful to have something available especially during group projects which may involve shared documents.

Accessing Canvas: Prior to October 14th, 2021  you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder about our first class meeting, and with log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. 

If there is difficulty logging into Canvas and you need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address: support@my.cuesta.edu. If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself and ask for help.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate accurate analysis of the nutrients, ingredients and calories from fats, proteins and carbohydrates on a food label.
  2. Apply media literacy tools to evaluate the credibility and reliability of health literature.
  3. Demonstrate accurate association between food choices, stress, exercise, environmental factors and your risk of major non-communicable diseases.
  4. Evaluate lifestyle changes you have made or plan to make as a result of taking this health class.
  5. Develop a plan for lifestyle changes that will reduce your risk of major non-communicable or communicable diseases based on your family health history and/or current lifestyle choices.
  6. Critique the progress you have made by engaging in your physical fitness plan.

Quick references and links:

Cuesta add policy: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/admrreg/arpolicies/addcourse.htmlLinks to an external site. Links to an external site.

Drop Policy: Students that miss the first day/week and do not turn in work within the first week may be dropped, however do not expect to be dropped if you “go silent”. Please read Cuesta’s drop policies. http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/admrreg/arpolicies/dropcourse.htmlLinks to an external site. Links to an external site.

Academic honesty policy and student code of conduct: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/documents/admissions_records/code_of_conduct.pdfLinks to an external site. Links to an external site.

Cuesta waitlist procedure and instructions:

When slots become available, I will contact people on the wait list to offer them a spot. Attending the face to face segment on the first night is most likely to result with an add code. Please review the institution’s policies. http://www.cuesta.edu/student/studentservices/admrreg/arpolicies/Waitlist.htmlLinks to an external site. Links to an external site.

Cuesta Tech Support email: support@my.cuesta.edu

DSPS Statement:

This course design is with an accessible Learning Management System. Course materials are prepared with ADA compliance in mind. Any student who feels they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability, such as extended time on exams, should contact me privately to discuss your specific needs. Please contact Disabled Student Services & Programs at Building 3300 (546-3148) on SLO Campus or on North Campus (591-6215) to coordinate reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities. Doing so as soon as possible will help ensure accommodations in a timely manner. Please let me know if there is something I can do early in the course, to help accommodate your needs. 

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

It is my intent that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well-served by this course, that students' learning needs be addressed both in and out of class, and that the diversity of culture students bring here be viewed as a resource, strength and benefit. It is my intent to present materials and activities that are respectful of diversity: gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, and culture. Your suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Please let me know ways to improve the effectiveness of the course for you personally, or for other students or student groups.

Thank you for reading my introduction letter and I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions regarding this course, please contact me at the email listed above. I will do my best to answer your questions or refer you to someone that can answer your needs.

Sincerely, Coral Minton

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