Health 26

Women’s Health:  Advanced Issues


Cosponsored by the health Science and Women’s Studies Departments


Email:          Phone:  452-5153             Office:  Cloud 363A

Office hours are generally available Tuesday  & Thursday  11:15 to12:15  on the Phelan campus and before or after class on the Castro-Valencia  campus.


TEXTBOOKS:          Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom:  Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing, by Christiane Northrup, M.D.  Bantam Books.  New York.  1998.

                              Trusting Ourselves:  The Complete Guide to Emotional

Well-Being for Women,  by Karen Johnson, M.D.  The Atlantic Monthly

Press.  New York. 1991.

                              The 2002 Women’s Health Engagement Calendar, by Robin Roth & H26 students.  Provided in class.


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  An in-depth analysis of Women’s Health Issues chosen for particular  relevance to and by CCSF students. Going “beyond the basics” covered in first semester health classes, the focus is on personalizing general health advice to one’s own being and situation, accessing diverse health care and self-care modalities including holistic and complementary perspectives, understanding public policy and advocacy to overcome barriers to quality care, while learning techniques to engage the body, mind and spirit for achieving optimal health. 


EVALUATION:  Grades will be based on class attendance and participation, short essays, individual projects such as the Personal Health Record, and group projects with creative presentations.  Extra credit will be given for service learning through volunteer work at women’s health organizations, or attendance at women’s health–related events or programs; turn in a short typed paper discussing what you learned and critiquing the event  or organization.  To pass the course, no more than 3 absences are allowed; three tardies or early departures will count as an absence.  Maximum points are given for perfect attendance.  It is expected that your work and class conduct will be appropriate for a college level academic course.  Expressions of ideas and opinions as well as tolerance of diversity is inherent in this process.  Your active participation will benefit yourself and the whole class.