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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

What happens when a medical practitioner’s description of an illness and treatment plan is discrepant with the patient's? What factors contribute to this discrepancy? How do conflicting views influence health outcome? Delivery? Access?

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 5410-5411: Biomedical and Clinical Sciences I and II

This year-long (two-semester) course is designed to strengthen and improve students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills in anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. A flipped classroom and problem-based learning groups teaching modalities are used to combine didactic lectures, in-class activities, clinical case studies, and laboratory experiences. Students will have hands-on opportunities to investigate cadaver knee, shoulder, and ankle joints using arthroscopic surgical techniques; participate in an ACL and rotator cuff repair; learn and practice suturing and surgical knot-tying techniques; and dissect preserved animal organs. Clinical skills will be developed in gathering information on history of present illness, chief complaint, and various patient histories; making assessments and differential diagnoses; and devising treatment plans while learning and using SOAP note medical charting. Clinical case presentations will enrich students' post-baccalaureate educational experiences and provide opportunities to develop skills in integrating physiology, anatomy, and biochemistry concepts in the understanding of actual patient cases and in proposing differential diagnoses.