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EIU Humanities Center

HMH Course Archive

This page offers you an overview of the courses in the Health & Medical Humanities that have been offered at EIU over previous semesters. 

Fall 2018 Courses

CORE Courses:

HIC 2190G - Introduction to the Health & Medical Humanities.

Dr. CC Wharram                                                                                          TR 11-12:15

The topic for the course this semester is “Vaccination and Contagion.” The course examines how the humanities can contribute to a better understanding of critical issues in medical practice from a variety of perspectives: political, economic, cultural, anthropological, historical, social, and through creativity (theatre, literature, art, and music).

     This course satisfies both the Gen Ed requirement for the Humanities and Cultural Diversity. All majors are welcome.


ANT 2742 - Human Evolution

Dr. Donald Holly, Faculty Laureate                                                          MWF 10-10:50

This course examines the biological and cultural evolution of humanity, including the study of primate form and behavior; the origins of the human biological family, fossil evidence showing human biological evolution and archaeological evidence of human cultural development.


FLS 1112 – Spanish in the Health Professions

Dr. Irene Jacobsen                                                                                 MWF 12-12:50

A second semester beginning Spanish course focused on the vocabulary and grammar needed in the health professions and allied fields. Speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture are emphasized. Prerequisites and Notes: Must have successfully completed FLS 1101 or one year of high school Spanish language or a course articulated as equivalent to FLS 1101. Course may be used to meet the second semester of the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement.


PLS 2703 - Introduction to Public Policy

Dr. Jeffrey Ashley                                                                                        TR 9:30-10:45

An introduction to the study of public policy, with a focus on the United States. Topics include the political environment of policymaking; theories and models of policy processes; major types of public policy; methods and techniques in policy analysis and program evaluation; and key developments, issues and debates in policy areas such education, social welfare, energy and the environment, civil rights and health care.


WST 2903 - Women, Gender, and Violence

Kathleen O'Rourke, with partners from HOPE and SACIS                  TR 2pm-3:15

This course explores the social phenomenon of gendered violence (e.g., domestic or intimate partner violence, rape or sexual assault, etc.) in the U.S. Students who complete this course successfully will cover the Illinois state-mandated materials to be “40-hour trained” and may be eligible to apply for Illinois state certification to work in organizations providing services to victims of intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault. Topics covered include crisis intervention, legal and medical advocacy, signs of trauma, and legal and political history of feminist advocacy for victims and survivors. Materials covered can be intense and graphic.


ONLINE Courses

BIO 3155G - Introduction to Evolutionary Medicine

Dr. Ann Fritz

A survey of current topics in evolutionary medicine, such as cancer treatment, antibiotic resistance, asthma and diseases of civilization will be explored and analyzed using the mechanisms of evolution natural selection, generation of biological traits and evolutionary history "mismatch" to current lifestyles affecting human biology today.

     This course satisfies the Gen Ed Scientific Awareness requirement. All majors are welcome, but the course does not count toward Biological Sciences major or minor.


ENG 1009G - Stories Matter 5, Health & Medicine

Dr. Randall Beebe                                                                                           

This course investigate the fundamental and vibrant ways that humanities and medical/health studies complement each other's focus on health, illness, and the complexity of what it means to be human as we confront our bodies, disease, and our mortality.

     This course satisfies the Gen Ed Humanities requirement. All majors are welcome.


ENG 4769 - Special Topics: Writing about Health & for Health Organizations

Dr. Donna Binns                                                                                   

This course involves focused study of professional writing, designed to enhance understanding of health-related workplace writing and provide experience in producing it. Students will gain experience in writing about and for health organizations. Topics covered include grant writing, accessibility, usability, writing for non-profit health organizations, and writing about health-related topics for specialized and non-specialized audiences. Topics vary semester to semester: this semester’s topic has been approved for the HMH minor.


HCM 3910 - Communication in Health Professions

Dr. Elizabeth Gill

A study of the role communication plays in health professions. The course focuses on the impact of communication on patient-provider interactions and health-related outcomes. Communication skill development and communicative best practices for a variety of healthcare providers are emphasized.


HST 3560 - Women's Health

Amanda Harvey, Director of HERC (Health Education Resource Center)

This course is designed to assist students in 1). Understanding the normal conditions and special problems of women's physiology, 2). Developing an awareness of the problems women face when dealing with the health care system, 3). Examining cultural attitudes toward women, and analyzing the impact of cultural stereotyping on women's physical and emotional health, 4). Identifying agencies, groups, and organizations which are potential resources when investigating women's health concerns.


HST 3750 - Health Care Delivery Systems

Megan Weemer, MS

Review of contemporary approaches to the delivery of health care services in the United States. Prerequisites and Notes: A grade of C or better in ENG 1002, HST 2270, and HST 2800 or admitted to the RN to BSN program.


HST 4800 - Drugs and Society

Dr. Kathleen Phillips

A study of drugs and drug use from an historical, biological and social perspective with emphasis on the physiological and pharmacological action of drugs in the body.


HST 3500 - Human Sexuality  (Hybrid Course)

Megan Ann Cotner

Face-to-face class on Nov. 3 (8am-5pm)

Introduction, overview, and study of the biological, psychological, and cultural dimensions of human sexuality. Prerequisites and Notes: Junior status or above, or permission of the instructor.

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