Intro to Health and Wellness
Intro to Health and Wellness
HLTH 53 and HLTH 33 are two popular ways for students to
learn more about their personal health and wellness, while gaining
units that count toward graduation requirements at CCSF and transfer
to the CSUs and UC. Both classes are offered on campus as well as
- Daytime classes
- Evening classes
- Online classes
- Telecourse (HLTH 53 only)
Both courses look at multiple dimensions of health, including
physical health, mental health, emotional health, social health, and
environmental health. HLTH 53 includes more information on community
and public health as well, in connection to how it affects personal
HLTH 33: Introduction to Health and Wellness
This is an introductory two-unit course that covers the causes and
consequences of illness and the promotion of individual, family and
community health. The course is based on research in public health
and other social and behavioral sciences. In this course you will
examine the causes, consequences, available treatments and strategies
for the prevention of major health conditions across the lifecycle.
Examples of topics covered include major chronic and infectious
diseases, mental health, reproductive health, and drug and alcohol use
and misuse. A primary goal of this course is to identify personal
behaviors that increase health risks and those that may promote
Recommended: ESL 140 or placement in ESL 150; or completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 90.
Credit: 2.0 units.
HLTH 53: Health In Society
This course challenges students to take a critical analysis of
individual and societal issues and problems that influence
psychological, social and physical well-being, based on relevant
natural and social science skills and knowledge. Public health issues
covered include mental health and illness, stress management, use and
abuse of drugs (including alcohol and tobacco), sexuality, birth
control, pregnancy, nutrition, fitness, disease and accident
prevention, consumer and environmental health and related areas. Each
topic is viewed through a social justice perspective, both
individually and through a community focus.
Students also analyze and critically evaluate health information,
services and treatments from various sources including print and
electronic media. They consider diverse and culturally appropriate
approaches toward improving health. While this course is similar to
Health 33, there is a greater emphasis in Health 53 on evaluating the
root causes, risk factors, diagnosis, and prevention and treatment
strategies. Health 53 also may require additional writing
assignments, including a research paper.
Recommended: ENGL 92 or ESL 150 or placement in ENGL 93 or 94; or ESL 82 or160.
While each instructor gives slightly different assignments, this list gives you a sense of what kinds of projects you might work on in HLTH 53 or HLTH 33:
- Keep a journal about a personal health change that you are working on making
- Write a short research paper on a topic like diabetes, heart disease, or breast cancer
- Find articles about health topics in the newspaper and give a brief analysis of the articles
- Make a presentation to the class linking a social issue and a health issue - such as the links between air pollution and asthma.
Quotes from Students in HLTH 53 and HLTH 33
“Everything that I have learned in this class is applicable to my life, and I don’t plan on wasting this knowledge and just continuing my bad habits. Just this semester alone, I was able to quit smoking, begin exercising in a way that suited me, and better my eating habits. This is just the beginning of my long journey to better health, and I feel like it is a great start so far.”
“I am very happy I took this class because it triggered be to more aware of my impact on myself, my community, and the entire world, and forced me to think of ways to improve my contributions to health, for all.”
“There is only so much you can learn from a textbook, but when there is a connection to humanity, everything gets put into perspective. I know that there are a lot of health-related issues out there, but if more awareness is created, maybe the right people will find connections and ways to help.”
Current Faculty Teaching HLTH 33
Current Faculty Teaching HLTH 53