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Online · School of Health Sciences · Public and Community Health

Diabetes, Obesity and Eating Disorders
HLTH-644

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/06/2020

Course Description

This course examines the societal, family and psychological influences on eating behaviors, their contribution to the development of Type 2 Diabetes, Anorexia and Bulimia and a review of treatment options.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Diabetes, obesity, and eating disorders are at epidemic proportions in the U.S. and around the world. The epidemiologies of the three are tightly interwoven. Understanding these conditions and the interfaces between them is central to planning interventions and public health policies.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the epidemiologies of diabetes, obesity, and eating disorders in the U.S. and other regions of the world.
  2. Discuss the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of diabetes, obesity, and eating disorders and the nature of the co-morbidity that exists between these conditions.
  3. Investigate the socioeconomic and cultural dynamics surrounding the treatment and prevention of diabetes, obesity, and eating disorders.
  4. List management resources for patients and families afflicted by diabetes, obesity, and eating disorders and describe and discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of each.
  5. Evaluate current public health policies on diabetes, obesity, and eating disorders.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchase

Smolak, L, Thompson, K.J. Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association; 2009. ISBN: 9781433804052.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning 

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Office
    5. Online websites, articles, and videos

Course Assignments

Textbook readings, online article readings, and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums. Each discussion will consist of a thread of 400–500 words including at least 2 references and at least 2 replies of 200–250 words including at least 1 reference. Each reference must be cited according to current AMA format. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical discussions.

Program Evaluations (2)

The student will assume the role of a public health official tasked to investigate and evaluate 2 treatment/management programs for consistency and compliance with current federal, state and local public health policies, regulations, and recommendations. In the first program evaluation, groups will be assigned to a camp website related to the treatment, management, and/or prevention of diabetes. The group will assess the summer camp and develop a PowerPoint presentation to evaluate the camps effectiveness.

For the second program evaluation, the student will choose a local community program specializing in the treatment, management, and/or prevention of either obesity or eating disorders. In a group, the student will construct an assessment tool. Then, the student will visit the local facility to evaluate the program’s effectiveness with it. The student will create a PowerPoint presentation discussing the visit and evaluation of the program. The presentation must analyze and explain the scientific aspects of the public health policies and regulations regarding management of the situation created by the program evaluation.

Quizzes (8)

There will be a quiz in each module/week that covers the corresponding reading and study. Each quiz will: be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 true/false and multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (4 at 50 pts ea)

200

Program Evaluations

Assessment Tools (1 at 100 pts; 1 at 90 pts)

190

Facility Selection

10

PowerPoint Presentations (2 at 100 pts ea)

200

Quizzes (8 at 50 pts ea)

400

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

HLTH 644

Textbook: Smolak & Thompson, Body Image, Eating Disorders, and Obesity in Youth (2009).

Module/

Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Obesity Basics

Smolak & Thompson: Ch. 8, pgs. 157-173

1 presentation

1 video

2 websites

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1

10

0

50

50

2

A Big Problem

Smolak & Thompson: Chapter 5, pgs. 97-102, Chapter 12, pgs. 241-260 & Chapter 14, pgs. 281-302

1 presentation

2 videos

2 websites

DB Forum 2

Quiz 2

50

50

3

Being Sweet

Isn’t Good

1 presentation

1 video

4 websites

PE 1 – Assessment Tool

Peer Evaluation of Group Work

Quiz 3

100

0

50

4

A Multitude of Complications

1 presentation

1 video

4 websites

PE 1 – PowerPoint Presentation

Peer Evaluation of Group Work

Quiz 4

100

0

50

5

Widespread Prevention

1 presentation

1 video

4 websites

PE 2 – Facility Selection

DB Forum 3

Quiz 5

10

50

50

6

Mirrors Lie

Smolak & Thompson: Chapters 1-4, pgs. 17-96 & Chapter 7, pgs. 135-155

1 presentation

2 videos

PE 2 – Assessment Tool

Peer Evaluation of Group Work

Quiz 6

90

0

50

7

Finding Normal

Smolak & Thompson: Chapter 5, pgs. 102-112, Chapter 6, pgs. 113-134 & Chapter 13, pgs. 261-279

1 presentation

1 video

DB Forum 4

Quiz 7

50

50

8

Lifting the Burden

1 presentation

3 websites

PE 2 – PowerPoint Presentation

Quiz 8

100

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

PE = Program Evaluation

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.