Health and Human Service (HHS)

HHS 200     Introduction to Public Health     3 Credit Hours

Introduction to Public Health (HHS 200) is the introductory professional course in the Public Health undergraduate program. This course identifies and explores the theoretical and practical issues in public health. Students successfully completing the course will have an understanding of the goals of public health. Students will receive a fundamental understanding of epidemiological study design and the role of data for public health research. They will also understand the impact of individual behaviors and the environment on health. Lastly, students will receive an introduction of the role of governmental agencies and policy on public health practice.

HHS 202     Mental Health Terminology     3 Credit Hours

Mental Health Medical Terminology orients students to mental health disorders. A brief clinical overview from a lay perspective orients students to the various mental disorders including mental retardation and learning disorders, behavioral disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse disorders, impulse control disorders and sleep disorders. A special emphasis will be made on the relationship between substance abuse problems and mental illness, as well as the physical aspects of drug use. Students learn the specific criteria for mental illness classification through use of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM 5). (OC)

HHS 250     Intro to Environmental Health     3 Credit Hours

This course introduces students to environmental health as a core discipline within the field of public health. It is for any student interested in how the environments where we live, work, and play may affect our health, and it is particularly applicable for those pursuing careers in public health, clinical health, or allied fields. Specifically, the course provides students with an introduction to environmental health science, communication, and policy. Students will examine many case studies to understand the patterning and implications of environmental risks and protective factors in communities through Metro Detroit and the U.S. related to several key pathways (e.g., air, water, climate, built environment). Throughout the semester, considerable attention will be given to causes and consequences of local and national environmental justice issues. Students will gain exposure to methods and resources they may use to assess and address environmental health concerns as scholars, activists, or practitioners. (W)

HHS 349     Sobriety Credit     1 Credit Hour

The course uses a combination of seminar meetings, reflection writing, community engagement and experiential learning to emphasize the barriers and hardships faced by substance users who become involved in treatment, whether that involvement is mandatory or voluntary. Students are required to go through the same documentation procedures as those in treatment (and drug court) which require the presentation of a clean urine report and signed forms of attendance at AA or NA meetings. Students are asked to write weekly reflection papers detailing any difficulties that they experience. The class meets once a month in a seminar fashion to discuss the reflection writing. (OC)

HHS 350     Comm Organizing for Health     3 Credit Hours

Community organizing is a process by which communities and organizations work together to identify common problems and objectives, acquire and mobilize resources, and create and implement actions to achieve their goals. Community organizing is of interest to sociologists, organization theorists, political scientists, health educators, and social psychologists, among others, as scholars who contribute to our knowledge of working in and with communities. Drawing on these various disciplines and real world case studies, this course examines community organizing theories, models, and principles and how they are used to improve community health and address health inequities. Several practical tools, strategies, and skills are also introduced, including: community assessment, coalition-building, participatory research and evaluation, media advocacy, and policy advocacy. A primary component of this course is the field experience, in which students are partnered with community-based organizations to identify, apply, and reflect on course concepts, while contributing to local community building efforts related to various health issues in the Detroit Metropolitan region.

Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman or Sophomore

HHS 360     Responsible Drug Policy     3 Credit Hours

A study of the fundamentals needed for identifying both the appearance and effects of controlled substances. Students receive guides to controlled substances; their color, trade names and drug codes. Topics include a critical examination of the physiological, sociological and legal aspects of drug abuse and the many complexities which have developed as a direct or indirect result of drug policy in society. (OC)

HHS 370     Medicine and Addiction I     3 Credit Hours

Medicine and Addiction I is part one in the sequence of introductory coursework in the Addiction Studies Certificate Program. This course provides the clinical orientation for addiction that frames much of the activities associated with screening and assessment of client behaviors as well as aspects of intervention and management of clients with addiction. Students successfully completing the course will identify and apply the assessment principles for individuals and families dealing with addiction. (OC)

HHS 371     Medicine and Addiction II     3 Credit Hours

Medicine and Addiction I is part two in the sequence of introductory coursework in the Addiction Studies Certificate Program. This course provides the clinical orientation for addiction that frames much of the activities associated with screening and assessment of client behaviors as well as aspects of intervention and management of clients with addiction. Students successfully completing the course will identify and apply the treatment principles for individuals and families dealing with addiction. (OC)

Prerequisite(s): HHS 370

HHS 402     Public Health Internship     3 Credit Hours

This internship provides students the opportunity to apply classroom learning and gain hands-on experience inside a public health work environment at the Michigan Department of Community Health. The experience allows students to build valuable networking connections with local and state public health professional leaders as well as explore a career choice within public health. The course focuses on exposure to state and local program analysis while students develop marketable job skills and core public health competencies. (F, W, S)

Prerequisite(s): CHE 101 and HHS 200

Can enroll if Class is Freshman

HHS 405     Population Health     3 Credit Hours

Population Health is defined as encompassing the health outcomes of a group of individuals as well as the distribution of those outcomes as related to the social determinants of health. Lectures, discussions, and group exercises focus on the impact of composite indicatiors in relation to population health including medical and health care, policy, genetics, behavior, social structures, and environmental factors. (F, W)

Prerequisite(s): HHS 200 or CHE 101

Cannot enroll if Class is Freshman

HHS 406     Program Evaluation     3 Credit Hours

This course will provide an introduction to kep concepts in program evaluation. Students will learn about the systematic steps involved in evaluating public programs for efficiency and effectiveness. The course will rely on case studies, text examples, and discussion.

HHS 470     Information Science and Ethics     3 Credit Hours

Technological innovations in how individuals, organizations, and governments collect and share personal information have raised myriad concerns regarding how that information can be best protected. In today's highly networked world, individuals must acquire the knowledge and skills to engage with technologies in a safe and secure manner. This course provides an interdisciplinary exploration of the social, legal, ethical, and design challenges that arise when it comes to securing personal information and helping individuals maintain desired levels of privacy at home, work, and everywhere in between. (YR)

Prerequisite(s): MATH 115 and MATH 116 and (MATH 227 or MATH 217) and (MATH 205 or MATH 215) and CIS 150 and CIS 200 or CCM 200 or IMSE 200

HHS 480     Arab American Health     3 Credit Hours

This course explores health issues, practices, risk factors, and disease in the Arab world and MENA region, as well as in Arab American communities in the United States and in the State of Michigan. The course focuses on the interaction of culture, geography, and health in the Arab world and the impact of cultural commonalities on the health of the generations of Arab immigrants to the United States. (W)

HHS 490     Topics in Health     1 to 3 Credit Hours

Examination of problems and issues related to Health. Title as listed in Schedule of Classes will change according to specific content. Course may be repeated for credit when specific topics differ.

HHS 490C     Topics in Health     3 Credit Hours

This course provides an overview of health education efforts with women and families, informed by a Maternal and Child Health framework and a life course perspective. Students successfully completing the course will be able to: 1) describe the field of maternal and child health, 2) describe health issues prevalent among both women of childbearing age and children, 3) understand interventions developed to address maternal and child health, and 4) understand how women are engaged in health education efforts targeted to women, children and men. This course will also provide students with means of applying principles in maternal and child health and the life coure perspective in health education practice. This course is appropriate for students in Community Health Education, Public Health, Child Life, and Health Policy Studies.


Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally