Overview

Welcome to the Health Sciences Department at Skyline College! The mission of the health science department is to equip Skyline students with the knowledge, skills and modes of critical inquiry necessary to fulfill a lifetime of optimal health and well-being for themselves, their families, their communities and the world in which we all live.  The HSCI Department supports the Skyline College Mission of empowering and transforming a global community of learners by providing relevant, scientifically sound, student-centered health, sexuality and health career curricula to Skyline students in order to not only enrich their personal and social health but empower them to promote the health of their communities and our shared environment as well. 

Courses in the health sciences prepare students for careers and advanced coursework in healthcare, allied health and public health as well as providing the skyline community with foundational instruction in personal and community health.

Core Health Science courses that satisfy General Education electives include Health Science 100: General Health Sciences and HSCI 130: Human Sexuality.

  • HSCI 100 is a broad and comprehensive survey of factors that influence individual and community health. In this class, students examine the interaction between personal health choices & behaviors, social determinants of health and environmental influences in community and personal health. Topics include chronic diseases, health disparities, mental health, drugs & addiction, stress management, sexual health, nutrition, exercise, healthcare systems & services, alternative medicine, grief & loss, and environmental health.
  • HSCI 130 is an in-depth examination of human sexuality. In this course, students explore and expand their understanding about the biological, interpersonal and sociocultural dimensions of sex and sexuality. Topics include: anatomy and physiology; psychological-sexual development; dating & relationships; gender expression; sexual orientations; pregnancy, childbirth & parenting; contraceptive methods; sexually transmitted infections; pleasure, arousal & sexual behavior; sexual violence & exploitation; commercial sex work; myths & misconceptions; and communication skills.

 Other courses include

  • HSCI 430: Medical Terminology, which offers a foundation of anatomical, disease and professional health linguistics.
  • HSCI 180: Gateway to Health Careers, which is offered as an initial break-through course to students expecting to pursue advanced coursework and eventually a career in health care. This course is offered exclusively to students in the Career Advancement Academy for Allied Health.

Our goals for students taking courses in the Health Science Department at Skyline are to:

  • Establish critical frameworks for interrogating and understanding factors influencing personal, community and environmental health;
  • Cultivate actionable, relevant strategies to improve, maintain and re-imagine personal, community and environmental health both in coursework and outside of the classroom in collaboration with the entire Skyline College Community;
  • Provide an interdisciplinary and foundational introduction to the health sciences that meets the specific needs of students pursuing careers and/or transfer degrees in nursing, medicine, allied health, public health, health education, health administration & policy, and human services;
  • Provide an interdisciplinary and foundational introduction to the health sciences that will equip any student, irrespective of educational goal, with the basic knowledge and skills to efficaciously affect change in their personal health as well as the health of their communities and our shared environment.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to

  • Identify factors influencing human health including factors related to public policy, socioeconomics, and the environment that contribute to health disparities and leading causes of morbidity and mortality.
  • Develop strategies for initiating and/or maintaining activities that promote health through individual behavior, civic/community engagement, and/or environmental stewardship
  • Perform the duties expected of specific roles in the health care workforce with proficiency commensurate with training.
  • Critically evaluate popular and scientific literature and other media for its significance and impact on individual and public health.

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