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HNSC 1100 (Wolf)

OER for HNSC 1100: Personal and Community Health

Instructor for this Course

  • Instructor: Sarah Wolf, MPH, RD (Pronouns: Sarah/she/her)
    • Office location: Ingersoll 4110
    • Email:
    • Phone:  773-368-4407
  • Course: HNSC 1100 Personal and Community Health                                        
  • Sections: MW9, MW3
  • Semester:  Spring 2023
  • Class Info (MW9): MW 9:30AM-10:45AM Ingersoll 3146
  • Class Info (MW3): MW 3:40PM-4:55PM Ingersoll 1105
  • Office hours: Tues 12:30-1:30, Wed 11AM-12PM Or by appointment (Zoom, phone, in-person)

Course Info

3 hours, 3 credits:

  • Basic health concepts.
  • Personal responsibility for health maintenance and improvement for individuals, families, and communities.

*Satisfies Pathways Flexible Core Scientific World requirement. Course Pre-requisite(s):  n/a

In this course students will:

  • Describe the major environmental, social, psychological, behavioral, and medical determinants of personal and community health.
  • Describe how the major determinants of health can be modified to improve health.
  • Develop strategies to improve personal and community health.

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Apply scientific knowledge to assess critically health data/information and indicators of health status at individual, societal, and structural levels.
  2. Demonstrate analytical and communication skills for diverse audiences.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of scientific research and evidence-based practice for use in the field.
  4. Demonstrate the importance of professional behavior, ethics and human rights.

As the instructor of this course, I am here for you and to support you in your success. My hope is that we will create an atmosphere of mutual respect as we learn together. All have something to contribute. We learn from one another.  Please also note that we will be discussing some sensitive topics, and if for any reason you are uncomfortable with the material being discussed, please feel free to either let me know or leave the classroom, or both.

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  • This is an Open Educational Resources (OER) course. 
  • This means that no-cost learning materials in the form of online textbooks, academic or news articles, government and public interest websites and online videos are provided.
    • Doing readings and viewings in advance of class is required for this course.
  • OER course site: for HNSC 1100 Wolf has all course materials (readings, videos, audio etc.) and is the site you are currently on.
  • Online OER Textbook: Falcone K. DiGregorio T. & Baker J. (2021). Introduction to health. Palomar College. (CC BY-SA 4.0) .  (
    • Please download the book so that you may have access when you are not online.
      • You may also print and have bound at a print shop.
      • If you choose to print, print only through page 278.
  • Other videos, podcasts and readings will be assigned throughout the semester.

It is important to read the material for the week before the Monday class meeting begins so that you are prepared to actively participate in class. To encourage good note taking, you will be required to post images of your reading and lecture notes to the course discussion board before the mid-term exam. This is also an opportunity to improve your note-taking skills by seeing how your classmates take notes.

Assessments and Evaluation

Numeric Score Letter Grade
97-100 A+
92 - 96 A
90 - 91 A-
87 - 89 B+
82 - 86 B
80 - 81 B-
77 - 79 C+
72 - 76 C
70 - 71 C-
67 - 70 D+
61 - 66 D
60 - 61 D-
≤59 F
  • Self-Introduction Essay: 5%
  • Homework: 15%
  • Student Presentation: Health in the News: 10%
  • Participation (Non-Evaluative) Assignments: 5%
  • Midterm Exam: 20%
  • Final Exam: 20%
  • Personal Health Improvement Project: 15%
  • Attendance: 10%
  • Total: 100%

*Extra Credit may be offered in this course.

*Unless otherwise stated, a curve will not be used.

*Late assignments are only accepted if discussed in advance.

  • Short essay to me, your instructor, introducing yourself as a person and as a student, and discussing your interests in and goals for this course.
  • 1-2pg  max.
  • Due Sun, Jan 29, 10PM
  • Student Learning Outcomes 2,4

Homework (15%)

There will be three homework assignments throughout the course of the semester, each worth 5 points (5%) of total grade. More details to come.

Homework 1:

Homework 2:

  • HW2: Three-day food log and reflection
  • Due Sun, Mar 5, 10PM

Homework 3:

  • HW3: Gender Stereotypes in Media
  • Due Sun, Mar 26, 10PM
  • Student Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4

Starting in week 4, we will begin classes with 1-2 students presenting on a personal and community health topic of interest in the news. Presentations will be up to 5 minutes long, along with up to 5 minutes for questions and answers, and discussion (up to 10 minutes total).

Due throughout the semester

Student Learning Outcomes 2,4

There will be two short surveys, an assignment to create an exam question for both the midterm and the final exams, and you will be asked to post your reading and lecture notes to  an online shared folder. Each of these will receive a participation grade of 1, meaning you will receive full credit for completing the assignment.

Assignment Point Value Date Due
Student created question for Midterm Exam 1 point Due Sun, Mar 19, 10PM
Submit Lecture/Reading Notes to online shared folder 1 point Due Sun, Mar 19, 10PM
Midcourse evaluation survey 1 point Due Sun, Apr 2, 10PM
Student created question for Final Exam 1 point Due Sun, May 12, 10PM
Post course evaluation survey 1 point Due Sun, May 19, 10PM


This assignment will build upon the Whole Health Assessment/Personal Health Inventory, which you will complete in the first two weeks of class.  Based on your results from the Personal Health Inventory, you will select an area of health for improvement, and over the course of the semester, you will assess and report on your progress. The project will be broken down into three part (more details to come):

Part Due  Date
Part 1: Choose health area of focus (5%) Due Sun, Feb 19, 10PM
Part 2: Assess progress at midpoint (5%) Due Sun, Apr 2, 10PM
Part 3: Final reflection on behavior changes achieved (5%) Due Sun, May 7, 10PM

Student Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4

Will cover material presented in the first half of the semester and will consist of true/false, multiple choice, short answer and short essay questions.

Wed, Mar 22

Student Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4

Will cover material presented throughout the second half of the semester and will consist of true/false, multiple choice, short answer and short essay questions. The Final Exam will NOT be cumulative

MW 9 –Mon, May 22, 8-10AM

MW 3 – Wed, May 17, 3:30-5:30PM

Student Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4

Students are allowed 2 unexcused absences without penalty (Please see College policies regarding Student Absence on Account of Religious Belief which are exempt from these rules). Any absence in excess of 2 needs a medical note, a positive COVID-19 test result, some other form of evidence or an explanation. Each unexcused beyond 2 absences will result in a 0.5 reduction in the attendance grade. For example, one class absence would reduce the attendance grade to 9.5 points out of max 10.

Lateness is between 5 and 10 minutes late for class. Early departure is between 5 and 10 minutes before the end of class. Three unexcused late entries or early departures will count as an unexcused absence. Unexcused entry after 10 minutes from the start of class will count as an unexcused absence. Unexcused departure more than 10 minutes before the end of class will count as an unexcused absence.

Student Learning Outcomes 2,4

Course Specific Policies

We build knowledge collectively and everyone has something to contribute. Most of class-time will be composed of discussions and individual and group activities. All are expected to attend and be on time to all classes. I will take attendance. Please notify me in advance if you will be late, absent, or need to leave class early. Excessive unexcused absences or tardiness will affect your grade.   If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to obtain any notes, information, or relevant assignments from other students.

The class is a phone free zone, unless otherwise instructed for in-class online activities. If you are expecting an emergency or important call and must have your phone out, please let me know.

  • Unless instructed otherwise, only MS Word documents are accepted.
    • The MS Office program suite is available as a free download for PC and Mac from CUNY. Check with ITS.
  • Files should be named using the following format:
    • First Name_Last Name_HNSC1100_AssignmentTitle_Spring 23_9AM  
    • Document should include class name, your name, date, a title, on the first page, and page numbers
    • Use double-spaced text (no triple/quadruple spaces between paragraphs)
    • Use standard 12-point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins
  • Cite all sources following the American Psychological Association (APA) format
    • Include citations in the text for ANY information that is not considered common knowledge
    • Include full references at the end of your assignment
    • APA format references:

Email is a professional means of communication in the context of school or work, and the college years are a good time to practice becoming fluent in this language. In preparation for entry into, or continuation in, the professional world, please practice making emails polite, clear and concise. This includes using greetings and salutations, polite language, proper grammar and punctuation, and signing messages by name. My name is Sarah, and I am not a professor, so you may simply address me as: “Hello Sarah”, or “Hi Sarah”.

I will do my best to answer all emails within 48 hours of receipt, if not sooner. To help me answer your emails promptly, please avoid abbreviations and text-messaging shorthand and use the following subject line format:

  • “HNSC 1100: Topic of email”

Important: At times I will send the class emails with important information. They are sent through Blackboard. To be sure that you receive these emails, update your Blackboard email address. To do this, log into Blackboard and on the home page scroll down to “Tools” and click on “Update Email.”

CUNY Policies

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The Brooklyn College Center for Student Disability Services external link. is back to working in-person on campus, though you can still reach out via email and phone. Please email them at for assistance.

Location: 138 Roosevelt Hall
Phone: 718.951.5538
FAX: 718.951.4442
Department Office Hours:

  • Monday: 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m.–6:45 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m.–6:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

Note: Office hours during summer and winter intersession breaks varies.

Students should inform the professor if they have a disability or any other situation that may require Section 504/ADA accommodations.  The faculty and staff will attempt to work out whatever arrangements are necessary.

Please provide your professor with your course accommodation form and discuss your specific accommodation with your professor as soon as possible to ensure accommodations are met in a timely fashion.

In order to receive academic accommodations students must first be registered with the Center for Student Disability Services. Students who have a documented disability or who suspect that they might have a disability are invited to set up an appointment with the Director of the Center for Student Disability Services, Ms. Valerie Stewart-Lovell or the Assistant Director, Josephine Patterson or their general email

Center for Student Disability Services (CSDS) Mission:
It is the mission of the Center for Student Disability Services (CSDS) to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to all campus facilities, curricula, and activities. The program’s objective focuses on providing students with reasonable disability-related accommodations and the opportunity to maximize their academic success at Brooklyn College. The goal is to ensure an inclusive environment while maintaining and enhancing the college’s academic excellence by providing students with disabilities the opportunity to achieve their highest possible academic potential.

Academic dishonesty of any type, including cheating and plagiarism, is unacceptable at Brooklyn College. Cheating is any misrepresentation in academic work. Plagiarism is the representation of another person’s work, words, or ideas as your own. Students should consult the Brooklyn College Student Handbook for a fuller, more specific discussion of related academic integrity standards.

Academic dishonesty is punishable by failure of the “…test, examination, term paper or other assignment on which cheating occurred” (Faculty Council, May 18, 1954).

In addition, disciplinary proceedings in cases of academic dishonesty may result in penalties of admonition, warning, censure, disciplinary probation, restitution, suspension, expulsion, complaint to civil authorities, or ejection (Adopted by Policy Council, May 8, 1991).

NOTE: If you have a question about how to cite correctly ask your teacher BEFORE submitting your work.

  • The faculty and administration of Brooklyn College support an environment free from cheating and plagiarism.
  • Each student is responsible for being aware of what constitutes cheating and plagiarism and for avoiding both.
  • View complete text of CUNY Academic Integrity Policy and Brooklyn College procedure for policy implementation.
  • If a faculty member suspects a violation of academic integrity and, upon investigation, confirms that violation, or if the student admits the violation, the faculty member must report the violation.
  • Please read the section entitled “Academic Regulations and Procedures” in the Brooklyn College Undergraduate Bulletin or Graduate Bulletin for a complete listing of academic regulations of the College.

Bereavement Policy:

  • Students who experience the death of a loved one must contact the Division of Student Affairs, 2113 Boylan Hall, if they wish to implement either the Standard Bereavement Procedure or the Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure. The Division of Student Affairs has the right to request a document that verifies the death (e.g., a funeral program or death notice). Contact Email:
  • Typically, this death involves that of a family member, in parallel to the bereavement policy for faculty and staff. However, it is up to the discretion of the Division of Student Affairs to determine if a death outside of the immediate family warrants implementation of the student bereavement policy.
  •  As an option, and in consultation with the Division of Student Affairs, students may take the Leave of Absence Bereavement after the Standard Bereavement.
  • Reference to the Student Bereavement Policies will be noted on course syllabi.
  • Students requesting a religious accommodation should contact the Division of Student Affairs as well. The chief student affairs officer, or a designee, and the student will engage in an interactive process with the goal of finding an acceptable accommodation.

Bereavement Procedure:

  • Upon approval from the Division of Student Affairs, the student is allowed one week, commencing from the day of notification to the Division of Student Affairs, of excused absence.
  • Should the student feel that he/she needs additional days, these should be discussed with individual course instructors and/or the Division of Student Affairs.
  • The Division of Student Affairs will contact the student’s faculty and academic staff of the student’s courses.
  • Faculty and academic staff will be advised that extensions must be granted to the student for the period of one week of excused absence.
  • Further extensions may be negotiated with the student when he or she returns to campus.
  • Students are encouraged to discuss options with their instructors.

Leave of Absence Bereavement Procedure:

  • Students may be allowed to withdraw from the semester in which the death occurs.
  • The Bereavement Leave of Absence is for one semester only.
  • Students who have opted to take the Bereavement Leave of Absence and have already attended classes for the semester of the leave will be allowed to re-enter the following semester without having to reapply to the college.
  • Students who wish to take the leave of absence prior to the beginning of the semester will be required to reapply for the following semester.
  • Students who are in good academic standing will be given the opportunity to successfully complete the credits for the semester in which they return.
  • Students will consult with the Division of Student Affairs, on a case-by-case basis, as to whether they should withdraw from their courses during this leave of absence or to request incompletes from the faculty member.
  •  Given that there may be a potential impact on financial aid, students who receive financial aid and who take the Bereavement Leave of Absence, upon arrangement with the Division of Student Affairs, will meet with a financial aid adviser prior to taking this option.
  • The New York State Education Law provides that no student shall be expelled or refused admission to an institution of higher education because he or she is unable to attend classes or participate in examinations or study or work requirements on any particular day or days because of religious beliefs.
  • Students who are unable to attend classes on a particular day or days because of religious beliefs will be excused from any examination or study or work requirements.
  • Faculty must make good-faith efforts to provide students absent from class because of religious beliefs equivalent opportunities to make up the work missed; no additional fees may be charged for this consideration.
  • If classes, examinations, or study or work requirements occur on Friday after 4 p.m. or on Saturday, similar or makeup classes, examinations, or study or work requirements will be made available on other days, where possible and practical.
  • The faculty and the administration will not allow any adverse or prejudicial effects to accrue to students availing themselves of this regulation.
  • If students have complaints about the application of this policy, they are entitled to bring action or a proceeding for enforcement of their rights in the Supreme Court of Kings County