Diversity in Health - HLSC 300

A summary of all graded Projects and Assignments

This interactive syllabus allows you quick access to project descriptions and details.

This does not replace the official syllabus provided in the Blackboard course site, with all campus elements, resources, and performance expectations. This is merely an interactive point of reference for class assignments and projects.

Guaranteed to be engaging, fun, and informative! (okay, maybe not this much fun, but still, FUN!) Attendance counts - 40 points for showing up on time, prepared, and participating in discussions!

The World's Longest Waterslide! By Live More Awesome

Current Event News Story - due date varies based on your sign up - 20 points

What do you hear when you turn on the TV, or listen to the radio? What do you see when you head to cnn.com? Where do you get your "news" of today? This assignment challenges you to dig through the headlines to find a "Current Event"...something from the last few months, about diversity and health, or health disparities.

What do news media outlets report on under-served communities, or social issues that impact health? This is NOT an academic journal article review (us academics report on this stuff all the time)...this is something that the NEWS media is sharing. What can you find? It is almost never front-page news, so get digging and find a newstory on health disparities and/or diversity and health.

Sign up in Blackboard to present a "video" current event or an "in-class" current event.

Project Implicit - due Feb 16 - 30 points

Did you know that we all have biases? Scientists below we only have access to a small portion of our brain, and that our brain does most of it's work at the unconscious level. What does that mean? It means, while we may think we can control our behavior and reactions in certain situations, we may actually be thinking something different, and that we are only hiding our thoughts.

In this project, you'll complete an online quiz, to test this theory. Project Implicit has been implemented for many years, and attempts to challenge our biases. Take the quiz to learn more! https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
Do You Have A Racial Bias?
Project Implicit

Click here to take the test, CAREFULLY follow all written instructions in your course packet!! If you just click without following instructions, you'll end up taking the wrong quizzes.

Film Review - Begin in class March 9 - each group assigned a specific time by Prof - 30 points

In small groups, you'll watch a film that highlights an under-served, or under-represented population in some way. This film is not necessarily about health, however it is meant to help increase your awareness of a particular population. With this newfound information, you will attempt to determine (with your own discussion, and research sources) how can this population be reached with a health intervention? Now that you know some of the challenges, and realities of a particular group, how would you attempt to implement a health intervention? This film, "Trouble The Water" is one of the films from the list. Check out the trailer below.
TROUBLE THE WATER official US trailer

Service Learning - 4 Journal Entries, 20 hours of service, and 1 final presentation in class - Grand total 130 points

One of the most effective ways to learn, is to do. And then, after you've experienced a hands-on learning experience, you teach others. There are many benefits to completing service learning. Students engage with topics and communities discussed and researched in class, students meet community agencies and health professionals who are making a difference, and students build a portfolio of knowledge to help them further their careers. Nobody has time for service learning! Everyone is stretched to find time in their day. The syllabus will provide some scheduled dates/times where class will not formally meet, to help make time for service learning hours.

This is one of the most challenging assignments to schedule, but according to your peers, it is one of the most rewarding and impactful projects they've ever completed. Check out this awesome video from your classmates and their service learning experiences!

Journal Entries Due Feb 6, March 13, April 24, May 5. Final presentation dates to be assigned in second half of course.

Mid Term and Final Exams - each worth 45 points

There will be two short answer essay exams. Midterm is in-class on Feb 28, Final exam follows the UMKC final exam schedule. May 9th 10:30am - 12:30pm. Review UMKC's exam schedule here:

Health Disparity Research Paper - 2 parts - an outline (10 points), and a final paper (50 points)

What is a health disparity? Why is it important to study? Who is impacted by poor health outcomes? Why is one group impacted more than another? Who is trying to help reverse the trends and provide solutions? Your paper will explore these concepts.
Students will submit an outline on Oct 4th. This ensures you are on on-track and focused on the topic assigned.
Final Research Paper is due Nov 3 in Blackboard.
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That's a Wrap!

This is the end of the brief snapshot of assignments! Please, oh pretty please, review your syllabus, your course packet, and Blackboard for the nitty-gritty details of rubrics, detailed expectations, etc. This is just a snapshot of what you'll complete in this class!