CMH283 - Food, Shelter and Healthy Populations

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Subject Title
Food, Shelter and Healthy Populations

Subject Description
Focusing on the theoretical perspective of the social determinants of health, students will learn about the impact on wellness of food security, living conditions and housing security on individual and community health as well as the health implications of food and housing security across the lifespan. Students will learn about current policy and legislative responses and programs available to support communities in order to be able to provide effective support/interventions on an individual and community level to support and promote food and housing security as a means of improving and sustaining health.

Credit Status
One credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze dominant political discourses and social and economic policies to work at the systems and policy level toward social change.
  2. Discuss the relationship between living conditions and population health and illness as part of a comprehensive community health practice.
  3. Critique current and historical approaches to food and housing security in Canada, as the context for professional practice.
  4. Analyze policy and program approaches to improve socioeconomic determinants of health on an individual and community level.
  5. Predict consequences of economic inequality, housing insecurity and food insecurity for the health of individuals and communities.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.