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Spring 2023 this in-person class meets on MW  rm 1100 from 9:00-10:20am

Instructor: Nancy Steinmaus                                                        picture of Nancy

Hello Health Education students!  I have boundless enthusiasm and expertise for this class!  Health is one of the most valuable classes you will ever take!  Health encompasses all parts of YOU and threads us together in the ever-more-global world.  What an amazing opportunity we all have in this class to learn and grow and expand ourselves. I am grateful we still all get to take this journey together!

Contact information

Phone:  (805) 592-9911  Do NOT leave a message on voice mail.  Email is the best way to reach me.

office Rm 1317  near the swimming pool

Email: nsteinma@cuesta.edu (this is the best way to reach me)

Instructor Contact Expectations: 

I am able to return most emails M-Th within a 24 hour window during the normal semester time span. Emails that arrive M-Th before 1:15 will likely be answered the same day.  For email arriving  F-Sat-Sun, I should be able to respond within a 48 hour window.  There have been moments when an email is delayed or waylaid arriving to my inbox.  Feel free to “poke” me again if you have not heard back in the time frames I listed.

Kinesiology Dept. office is rm 1300, Kinesiology phone is (805) 546-3100 x 3207, the division assistant may be able to help you.

Office Hours zoom see syllabus or see canvas home page

Office hours in person see syllabus or see canvas home page

Course Description

Examines the major health problems facing non-dominant/minority ethnic groups related to acculturation, assimilation, and biological variations. Various health beliefs systems will be analyzed to promote prejudice reduction and understanding of cultural differences.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1) Identify barriers that non-dominant groups face to access or receive health care in the U.S. today.

2) Compare and contrast nutrient analyses of various ethnic diets. (Such as demonstrate accurate analysis of ingredients on a food label and/or nutrition assessment. Examples: Identify saturated fats, trans-fats, salt and refined sugar.)

3) Describe lifestyle changes you have made or plan to make which promote personal health and mental well-being.

4) Identify lifestyle changes that will reduce risk of major chronic communicable diseases based upon your family health history, environment, and/or current lifestyle choices.

5) Evaluate contemporary media and societal institutions for discrimination and biased thinking processes related to multi-cultural health.

6) Analyze conflict in inter-group relations between diverse groups and cultures as it relates to multi-cultural health.

7) Explore various international health issues.

Course Environment:

This on-campus, face to face (in person) course meets twice a week for one hour and 20 minutes/class. Class consists of lecture, power-points, videos, class discussions, and class activities.  Class uses a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, homework, quizzes, and a grade book.  This course ALSO uses a text book that also uses a learning management system called "CONNECT."  Your textbook is housed here, many of your quizzes are housed her, and most of your homework is housed here.  CONNECT and canvas are linked to each other.

There is a sample syllabus at the very bottom of this page.  It gives further details of class.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas (our learning management system) and CONNECT:

You should be able to view this course before the start of the semester.   You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide.Links to an external site. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas and need assistance, please email technical support at this email address: support@instructure.com

CONNECT is how you will access your e-book and how you will complete most of your homework and tests.  The McGraw Hill publisher is on your navigation column (the "links" on the left side bar of this class)  Here is info about CONNECT:  Click here to download Cuesta First Day Customer Care Handout 101620.pdf

Click here to download Cuesta First Day Welcome Email-1.pdf

"To enhance your learning experience and provide affordable access to the right course material, this course is part of Cuesta’s First Day delivery program. You can easily access the required materials for this course at a discounted price, and benefit from single sign-on access with no codes required in Canvas (depending on the content).

Cuesta College will bill you at the discounted price as a course charge for this course on the course census date.

It is NOT recommended that you Opt-Out, as these materials are required to complete the course. For more information and FAQs go to customercare.bncollege.com."

Please be prepared to spend 9 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class.  Cuesta classes expect 3-4 hours of work including class time for each unit and HEED is a 3 unit class.

 Text Book and Materials

  • Connect Core Concepts in Health, 17th ed, Insel et. al. Mc Graw Hill 2022 .  You will access your textbook through CONNECT which students purchase.  CONNECT will open a purchase window the first time you click on an assignment or via McGraw Hill link on our canvas home page.  There is free access for the first 2 weeks.  Besides accessing the textbook through CONNECT, it also offers many student study aids and many of your assignments are linked through CONNECT as well.
  • Supplemental Materials necessary for the class

Technical Support

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to  support@my.cuesta.edu. If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.

Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome.  This may solve your problem!  Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specificationsLinks to an external site.


This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources, please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. at 805-546-3148

College & Course Policies:

Academic Honesty Policy: http://www.cuesta.edu/student/documents/catatog/catalog_2013-14/catalog_2013-14.pdfLinks to an external site.]. Please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Here is Cuesta College Student Code of conductLinks to an external site.

Add / Drop Policy:  If there is room in the class, I will add students up to the add deadline (Aug 30, 2020.) Students who do not log in the first week or who miss the first synchronous class on Aug 18 may be dropped.  Student who do not log in for longer than 10 days may be dropped.  Here is Cuesta policy for adds and drops:


Waitlist Policy: After the first class, I will begin adding students from wait list in order on list.  Here is more on Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructionsLinks to an external site.:  

SAMPLE syllabus (this is just a sample, and will have dates from a past semester!)  A current syllabus will be loaded into canvas before the start of class and hard-copies will also be available.

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