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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Cornell University/Division of Nutritional Sciences Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Health Studies

August 2018-May 2019

Core courses

NS 5100: Preparation for Professional Studies

This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the various methods they can use to develop lasting and achievable study and learning strategies to enhance lifelong learning. Topics of discussions include:

  • organization and time management,
  • elements of good performance,
  • surface, deep, and strategic learning differences,
  • stress and stress management,
  • understanding your MBTI characteristics, and
  • understanding your motivations to learn.

In addition, workshops and activities will be used to strengthen interpersonal skills in team building and conflict negotiations, reinforce leadership abilities, and augment and enrich your professional development. We also work on interviewing skills and writing one's personal statement.

NS 5200: Health and the Humanities

In this course, students will be taken on a historical exploration of how culture, ethnicity, gender, age, technology, and socio-economic status have contributed to both patient-held perceptions and medical practitioner models of health and illness. We will also consider how these factors influence patient behavior in seeking treatment, their expectations for the clinical care that is provided, and the manner in which patient-practitioners communicate.

Through in-class activities and visits to various cultural venues on the Cornell campus, students will gain an understanding of the role of balance between one's physical, mental, and social wellbeing in health. An awareness of the importance of the humanities in the art of healing will also be gained as we search to find our balance in society and within ourselves through these activities. A course goal is to equip our students with tools to use to maintain balance between their physical, mental, and social wellbeing and the humanism allowing them to advance and excel.

Campus venues we will visit include:

  • the Johnson Art Museum, where we’ll view various works of art to explore symbolism, emotions, and humanism in relation to mindfulness and health;
  • the Kroch Library Rare Manuscript Collection, where we’ll examine literary works to understand and appreciate the historical dissemination of medically related literature; and
  • Cornell Plantations' Robison York State Herb and Poisonous Plant Gardens, where we’ll study plants to appreciate the value of medicinal botany in health care and view botanicals with human significance or use.

NS 5410: Applied Anatomy & Physiology

This semester-long course focuses on the integration and application of the sciences to clinical cases to prepare students for further study in the health sciences. Students use their prior knowledge and acquire and apply new knowledge in the areas of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathophysiology, and nutrition to understand disease states. Alterations in tissue structure will be related to changes in function resulting in disease and injury. The art of medicine will be introduced through learning to take a focused patient history, suturing and knot-tying clinical skills, SOAP note documentation, exploration of clinical cases, and “grand rounds” types of oral and written medical communication. The psychosocial aspects of health and the experience of illness/injury from the perspective of the physician, patient, and caregiver will be explored throughout the course in the context of the clinical cases. Different teaching modalities will be used to facilitate interactive classroom sessions, group- based learning, and lab dissection sections. The class will be delivered in a “flipped” format to facilitate the development of study skills and learning strategies. These fundamental skills will help prepare students to enter health care profession training programs.