Health 21 - Contemporary Health

Health 21 - Contemporary Health

Contemporary Health Concerns: HLTH-021.-64Z, CRN 00985, 4.0 Units 
Instructor: Barbara Liechty 
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Hygeia holding a snake

Hygeia, Goddess of Health, is the Greek goddess of health and is often symbolized with a snake which is related to healing (the symbol of the modern medical profession is a staff with a snake wrapped around it). Hygeia was one of the daughters of the Greek god Asclepius, the great physician. From Hygeia we get our word hygiene and its derivations. 
Development of understanding and attitudes relative to personal, family and community health needs. Attention given to mental health, drug abuse, infectious and degenerative diseases, family health, nutrition, exercise through the life cycle, and ecological conditions of health significance. Study of common lifestyle behaviors will be emphasizing self-help and preventable aspects of medical care. 

  • This section of Health 21 is an online course administered using Catalyst. All work, testing, and communication will be completed online. There will be no on-campus meetings. Students must feel comfortable learning independently and communicating online. Students must be disciplined and responsible.
  • Catalyst will be used to administer exams and for all course work and responsibilities, including office hours. If you do not have easy, reliable access to a computer with high speed internet and a current version of MS Word, are not comfortable testing online, using a course management system, learning independently, or communicating online, consider taking an on-campus class.
  • Student Success in this class requires TIME. Be prepared to spend at least 12 hours a week using and studying the course materials. Time Management skills are essential for staying on top of the material. Evaluate your priorities. Do not attempt to take this class if you are stretched too thin this quarter. Be realistic as to what you can accomplish with what time and energy you have to give to this class. There are no shortcuts to learning and mastering content.
  • Online Tutoring with Smarthinking is available to all De Anza students. Login to MyPortal and go to the Students tab to find the Smarthinking link. The De Anza Student Success Center on campus supports learning by providing individual and group tutoring on a variety of subjects. Contact them to discuss your individual needs.

EWRT 1A or ESL 5 advised.

If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic accommodations or services in this course, it is your responsibility to provide the course instructor with a Test Accommodation Verification Form (also known as a TAV form) from Disability Support Services (DSS) or the Educational Diagnostic Center (EDC). Students are expected to give the instructor a minimum of five day's notice of their need for accommodations. Students with disabilities can obtain a TAV form from their DSS counselor or EDC advisor. For further information, contact: 

  • Website: 
  • Disability Support Services 408-864-8753 
  • TTY number: 408-864-5650 or Relay System call 711 
  • Educational Diagnostic Center 408-864-8839

Barbara Liechty received her MPH in Community Health Education from San Jose State University and BS in Public and Community Health Education from Arizona State University. Barbara is particularly interested in personal health and fitness, behavior change, community organizing, and political action. She has been an instructor at De Anza College for over twenty years.

De Anza College Bookstore 
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Phone: General Information/408-864-8701; Textbook Information/408-864-8455 

Access to Health, Donatelle, Rebecca, 13th ed. (required). (see picture below).
Health 21 does NOT require an access code. The class will be conducted in Catalyst. 

health textbook

The DAC bookstore on campus and Premier Off Campus bookstore at the Oaks Shopping Center both have the correct textbook.

If you buy the textbook online, be certain you purchase the correct edition of the text. Study tools are matched with this edition of the text.


  • There will be no campus meetings for Health 21. To demonstrate your intent to maintain your enrollment (to not be dropped as a 'no show'), students must logon to our Catalyst course site by Wednesday, April 6, 5:00 PM. When you logon to Catalylst you must click the class link to be recorded in the class. Catalyst records logons. The instructor will monitor the site and will drop as 'no shows' students who have not logged on by the date and time above. Dropping 'no show' students is enforced College policy.
  • All enrolled students are required to complete all pages of the on-line orientation and electronically submit the required Student Information Form by Friday, April 8, 5:00 PM. Submitting the Student Information Form will serve as the indicator that you correctly completed the requirement. The Student Information Form will have a record of pages completed.
  • Students enrolled for the first time in an online class that uses Catalyst, De Anza's e-classroom software, are invited to attend either of two optional, face-to-face Catalyst orientation sessions the first week of classes: Wednesday, April 6, 5:00-6:00 PM, MLC 255 or Friday, April 8, 12:30-1:30 PM, MLC 255. The two sessions are identical, and no reservation is required. This orientation is sponsored by the Distance Learning Center.

Be prepared to spend a minimum of 12 hours per week reading, using, and studying course materials. More time may be necessary depending on English skills, study skills, and/or health background. Quarters pass quickly so plan your time accordingly. 

  1. Health 21 requires that all enrolled students have easy, reliable access to an up-to-date computer and high speed internet that will allow access to Catalyst.

    Minimum System Requirements Include:

    current version of MS Word
    Windows XP, OS X, or Vista
    latest version of Firefox (required for testing)
    latest version of Internet Explorer or Safari
    latest Shockwave, Flash, and QuickTime
  2. Read the twenty one chapters of the textbook using the study tools and resources on Catalyst.
  3. Write and submit for evaluation a concise paper (instructions on Catalyst course site) demonstrating understanding of Course Objective number 2: Identify and evaluate personal and societal health risk factors and alternatives.
  4. Take the three scheduled examinations on Catalyst.
  5. Participate in on-line class learning opportunities.


Appraise the interrelationship between individual lifestyle choices, societal influence and personal health.


  1. Analyze major global public health issues and the impact of culture on health behavior.
  2. Identify and evaluate personal and societal health risk factors and alternatives.
  3. Investigate and analyze issues influencing health care access and delivery.
  4. Explain the disease process for the leading causes of death and disease.
  5. Summarize important environmental and cultural concerns related to health that lead to disease locally and globally.
  6. Develop a sense of consumer awareness as it relates to and influences health decisions.
  7. Analyze the historical, medical, and sociological aspects of addiction.
  8. Distinguish the stages of life and identify the relevant health issues/concerns related to each.


  • Health 21 is a completely online course that requires students to take responsibility for their learning. Learning in this online class is considerably more autonomous than in a class taken on campus. The instructor does not meet in-person with students, there are no on-campus meetings, and there is no exception to either. The class meets the traditional office hour requirement by using the Catalyst communication tool, Messages. All course communication must be sent in Catalyst using the Catalyst communication tool, Messages.
  • It is the student's responsibility to know and abide by all College and class dates and deadlines. This includes course dates and deadlines for quizzes, exams, and assignments (see class calendar in Catalyst) and the College enforced dates and deadlines (see academic calendar). Maintaining enrollment or dropping in accordance with posted dates is a student's responsibility.
  • Each student's first and last name on the class list (roster) must be the same first and last name in Catalyst. If you use a name other than the name that the College has on record (on the class list), College policy requires you to document the 'preferred' name. Go to Admissions and Records to complete the paperwork so the preferred name becomes an official part of your record. If you change your name legally, update your name with the College and notify your instructor.
  • Exams and quizzes must be taken when scheduled on the course calendar in Catalyst. Students must allocate time to complete Health 21 course work. Employment, your other class commitments, vacation, personal obligations, etc are not valid reasons for missing an exam or quiz. A missed exam or quiz, for whatever reason, can be made up only with approved documentation for the entire testing period. An emergency or any type of urgent situation must be documented. No exceptions.
  • The instructor is responsible for the integrity of all assessment tools. To discuss a specific question about an assessment, notify the instructor using the Catalyst communication tool, Messages, so your concern can be addressed individually.
  • Students are encouraged to participate and communicate. All students must practice professional behavior when communicating. The College defines unprofessional behavior as Disruptive Behavior in the following way: (1) is disrespectful, offensive, and/or threatening; (2) interferes with the learning activities of other students; (3) impedes the delivery of college services; and/or (4) has a negative impact in any learning environment. Disruptive behavior includes physically or verbally harassing, threatening, or abusing or acting abusively toward an instructor, staff member, or student in any activity authorized by the College. Refer to Calif. Ed. Code, Section 66300 Student Code of Conduct.
  • Students are also required to comply with all rules and regulations as outlined in the Biological, Health and Environmental Sciences Student Handbook:

Students who do not need special testing accommodations can take the three required exams from any location/from any computer that will allow access to catalyst. Exams are open book and open note. Students have 60 timed minutes to take each exam.

Points toward HEALTH 21 Course Grade:

  • Three exams (50 each) 150 
  • Written Assignment 40 
  • Class Participation 20 

Total possible points: 210

Grading Standard for HEALTH 21 Course Grade (total points = 210): 

A+ 210 - 205 points A 204 - 195 points A- 194 - 189 points 
B+ 188 - 184 points B 183 - 173 points B- 172 - 168 points 
C+ 167 - 163 points C 162 - 147 points 
D+ 146 - 142 points D 141 - 131 points D- 130 - 126 points 
F 125 points and below 
Course Withdrawals and Attendance: It is the student's responsibility to properly withdraw from the class. It is not the responsibility of the instructor to drop a student and the instructor cannot and will not drop a student who misses a drop/withdraw deadline. According to College policy, the student must officially drop classes in which s/he no longer wishes to be enrolled. To drop or withdraw from the class, do so according to College policies and within posted dates (see schedule of classes and academic calendar). Students who do not drop the course, do not drop the course correctly, or do not drop the course in a timely manner will receive the grade earned to date. Logging onto our course site in accordance to posted dates indicates beginning of the term intent to participate. Students who do not logon to the course site will be dropped as a No Show and may or may not be eligible for a refund (see the academic enforced dates). Monitor your individual enrollment. You are responsible for your enrollment status. 
Policy on Copying and Cheating: Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments are guilty of a serious violation of academic integrity standards and will be subject to substantial consequences which might include any or all of the following, and/or other consequences not listed here: a failing grade on the work in question or in the course; reduced credit for the work in question or a reduction in the course grade; being immediately dropped from the course; college disciplinary action and/or notation in the student's permanent record; being reported to college authorities. 

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