Health Science 1 (HPE001): Human health and security

Discription(概要)

This course explores the knowledge required to be healthy for entire life. (Safety, Diseases, Nutrition, Sleep, Mental Health etc.)
生涯にわたって健康であるために必要な知識を学ぶ。(安全,疾病,栄養,身体活動,睡眠,メンタルヘルス等)

The aim of this course is to provide students with information about human health and security that is based on current scientific evidence. The course will inform students about health and security to assist them in developing healthy habits, reducing their risks for illness and injury, and maximizing their academic and human potential at ICU. The course can also be taken as a primer for future studies in health science and physical education.

Background information:
The social and economic costs of health care are increasing in Japan and internationally as population aging increases and the prevalence of lifestyle-related disease (or chronic disease) grows. The high costs of lifestyle-related disease have a negative effect on individuals, families, organizations, economy, and society. Personal choices and behaviors undertaken over one’s life make a large impact on health and disease risk, and it is important to consider the actions that individuals can take to protect their health. Environmental and social conditions (over which the individual has less control) also impact upon individual health and security, and it is important to understand how to avoid hazards. This course will focus on providing students with knowledge about common risks to health and measures that can be taken by individuals to protect and enhance their quality of life. Consideration will also be given to demographic and environmental trends that will influence human health in the 21st century. As lecture content may vary somewhat from this course outline, it is important that students attend the first class to receive the latest information about the course. 

Learning Goals(学修目標)

1. Students will understand risks to human health and security associated with personal behaviors and environmental factors.
2. Students will learn about evidence-based strategies for maintaining health and security across the life course and reducing the risks of illness and injury in a variety of situations.
3. Students will understand the demographic, technological, and environmental trends that will influence individual and community health in the 21st century.

Contents(内容)   The autumn course will be divided into ten 70-minute lectures:

1. Human health and society: Japanese and International perspectives (the first lecture will also include a brief course introduction).
2. Health hazards: social and physical environmental influences on health.
3. Personal health and risk factors: individual and behavioral influences on health.
4. Exercise for health and performance.
5. Sleep, rest, and recovery.
6. Nutrition for health and performance: weight control, diet, and peak performance.
7. Supplementation and drug use in sport and society.
8. Mental health: recognizing and managing anxiety and depression.
9. Brain health across the life course: ageing, cognition, and dementia.
10. Group presentation.

Grading Policy(成績評価基準): Class participation (40% of final grade), Group presentation (30% of final grade), Final report (Essay) (30% of final grade, 600-700 word essay (2 pages) on a topic related to Human health. Topic choices: Sleep, Nutrition, Anxiety, Ageing, Dementia), No Final exam.

Health Science 1 (HPE001): Human health and security

Discription(概要)

This course explores the knowledge required to be healthy for entire life. (Safety, Diseases, Nutrition, Sleep, Mental Health etc.)
生涯にわたって健康であるために必要な知識を学ぶ。(安全,疾病,栄養,身体活動,睡眠,メンタルヘルス等)

The aim of this course is to provide students with information about human health and security that is based on current scientific evidence. The course will inform students about health and security to assist them in developing healthy habits, reducing their risks for illness and injury, and maximizing their academic and human potential at ICU. The course can also be taken as a primer for future studies in health science and physical education.

Background information:
The social and economic costs of health care are increasing in Japan and internationally as population aging increases and the prevalence of lifestyle-related disease (or chronic disease) grows. The high costs of lifestyle-related disease have a negative effect on individuals, families, organizations, economy, and society. Personal choices and behaviors undertaken over one’s life make a large impact on health and disease risk, and it is important to consider the actions that individuals can take to protect their health. Environmental and social conditions (over which the individual has less control) also impact upon individual health and security, and it is important to understand how to avoid hazards. This course will focus on providing students with knowledge about common risks to health and measures that can be taken by individuals to protect and enhance their quality of life. Consideration will also be given to demographic and environmental trends that will influence human health in the 21st century. As lecture content may vary somewhat from this course outline, it is important that students attend the first class to receive the latest information about the course. 

Learning Goals(学修目標)

1. Students will understand risks to human health and security associated with personal behaviors and environmental factors.
2. Students will learn about evidence-based strategies for maintaining health and security across the life course and reducing the risks of illness and injury in a variety of situations.
3. Students will understand the demographic, technological, and environmental trends that will influence individual and community health in the 21st century.

Contents(内容)   The autumn course will be divided into ten 70-minute lectures:

1. Human health and society: Japanese and International perspectives (the first lecture will also include a brief course introduction).
2. Health hazards: social and physical environmental influences on health.
3. Personal health and risk factors: individual and behavioral influences on health.
4. Exercise for health and performance.
5. Sleep, rest, and recovery.
6. Nutrition for health and performance: weight control, diet, and peak performance.
7. Supplementation and drug use in sport and society.
8. Mental health: recognizing and managing anxiety and depression.
9. Brain health across the life course: ageing, cognition, and dementia.
10. Group presentation.

Grading Policy(成績評価基準): Class participation (40% of final grade), Group presentation (30% of final grade), Final report (Essay) (30% of final grade, 600-700 word essay (2 pages) on a topic related to Human health. Topic choices: Sleep, Nutrition, Anxiety, Ageing, Dementia), No Final exam.