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HEED 203 Women’s Health Issues

Spring 2019 Distance Learning Course; CRN 30033

WEB time TBD by student


I look forward to working with you this semester. This semester you will have an opportunity to learn about personal wellness. We will also study major issues with a special relevance to women, with an emphasis on body image, access to care, prevention of chronic diseases, self-empowerment strategies and international health issues.

This course is online and WEB based. There are no scheduled face to face meetings.

Course starts: Tuesday Jan 22nd, 2019

Course ends: Friday March 22nd, 2019.

Instructor: Coral Minton

Email: cminton@cuesta.edu

Catalog Description: Presents major health issues of special significance to women cross culturally. Emphasis will be placed on current trends in the prevention of chronic diseases and health disorders, the promotion of a positive body image, and self-empowerment. Identification of significant cultural obstacles of access for women’s health care by non-dominant groups are presented. 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.

Required text: Donatelle R.J., (2015) Access to Health, 14th Edition, Pearson ISBN: 978-0321-83202-3, ISBN 0-321-83202-7. The text is available at the Cuesta bookstore, online, as a rental or as an e-text. The text is referenced often, with supplement materials imported into the Canvas delivery system.

You should be able to read and save documents in adobe acrobat, and be able to attach and submit a file.

This is not a self-paced course; readings and assignments are to be completed on a weekly basis. Online modules have completion due dates. It is very important to keep up with readings, assignments, quizzes, tests, and discussions.

Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. Please recognize that an online class requires just as much time if not more than a traditional face to face course. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying and writing required. I tend to insert links into most of my cited information, so you will have access to a lot of information not available to a face to face class or in the assigned text. Because this course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. You should be able to read and save documents in adobe acrobat, attach and submit work online within Canvas.

I have office hours TBD weekly on the Cuesta college SLO campus in room 3440. I am available to chat online at that time as well. My office is located in the Kinesiology department, near the library behind the math lab.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify barriers women face when accessing or receiving health care in the United States today.
  • Demonstrate how body image issues influence lifestyle choices.
  • Describe lifestyle changes you have made or plan to make, as a result of taking this health class
  • Identify lifestyle changes that will reduce your risk of major chronic or communicable diseases based on your family health history and/or current lifestyle choices
  • Evaluate contemporary media, literature and institutions for discrimination and bias in women’s health
  • Analyze examples of dominant and non-dominant group conflict.
  • Explore various international health issues.

Quick references and links:

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.Links to an external site.

Cuesta waitlist procedure and instructions; Cuesta’s Course management system is CANVAS. Instructions are included in the first week’s assignments to (re)learn and demonstrate basic skills such as emailing, responding to a feed, and submitting assignments online. When slots become available, I will contact people on the wait list to offer them a spot. Please review the institution’s waitlist policiesLinks to an external site..

Please review the institution's  Academic honesty policyLinks to an external site. and student code of conduct.

Please review Cuesta College's add policyLinks to an external site.

You can access CANVAS quickly by

  1. going to www.cuesta.eduLinks to an external site.
  2. On the top of the page click on Canvas (green button)
  3. Log in with our cuesta college username and password
  4. Click on your class page to get started. (HEED 203)

Cuesta Tech Support email: 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 reach out for help.

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.

Thank you for reading my welcome letter and I look forward to working with you. If you have any questions regarding this class please feel free to 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 technology needs.



Coral Minton


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