Category Archives: Supporting Courses

Supporting/Elective course opportunity: AGECO 197 – Growing Food, Leaders, and Community

AGECO 197: Growing Food, Leaders & Community is a new course that trains student farm interns and urban farm interns in Philadelphia offered by the interdisciplinary program in sustainability at Penn State.

Students will learn sustainable farm production, community engagement, volunteer management, and urban farming.  The class will take a spring break trip to Philadelphia.

For more information and to download and fill out the application go to:

New Supporting course option: The Future of Food

The Future of Food is a popular and exciting, new
introductory-level Natural AND Social Science course. It
emphasizes the challenges facing food systems in the
21st century, and issues of sustainability for agriculture,
as well as the challenges posed by food insecurity and
modern diets to human health and well-being. Topics
covered include introduction to the coupled-system
perspective, historical development of food systems,
socioeconomic aspects of the food system, interaction of
the food system with the Earth’s environment including
soil, water, biota and climate, and the future of the food
system considering changes such as in climate,
urbanization, and demography.

Course Instructor: Karl Zimmerer is professor in the
Geography Department and the Rural Sociology
program. He is an award-winning teacher who is
committed to issues of food, sustainability, and social
justice in rural and urban communities.

See the attached  The Future of Food Flyer for more details.

A new supporting course option: NUTR 297: Healthy Food for All: Bridging the Gap Between Policy and Poverty

Dr. Jennifer Savage-Williams is offering a new course called Healthy Food for All:  Bridging the Gap between Policy and Poverty in Spring 2018.  It will meet a lower-level supporting course or elective for the Nutritional Sciences major.

The class meets on Tuesday/Thursday from 1:35 pm to 2:50 pm.  The enrollment for the first offering is limited.  Once the class is filled, we will not be able to add more seats.  If you are interested, make sure you sign up today!

I have provided a detailed description of the class below:

This course encompasses the study of eating behavior and how fundamentals of nutrition-policy (e.g., food assistance and targeted supplementary nutritional supplementation programs in relation to Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Dietary Reference Intakes) and economics of food production and food choice affects the overall health, nutrition, and well-being of communities within our society. While aspects of this are covered in a variety of disciplines (e.g., nutrition, food science, agriculture, economics, sociology, and others), these aren’t always integrated for students. The purpose of this course is to provide an interdisciplinary, systems perspective of how individuals make food choices within their communities, and how these choices impact health and wellness. Topics include an introduction to what we eat, why we eat, and the key roles of diet on health with focus on the links between food security and obesity.  The politics of food discusses portions of the Farm Bill and Child Nutrition Act with focus on the Women, Infants and Children Supplementary Food Program (WIC), the Special Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and school lunch, and the influence these programs have on what is produced and consumed. The economics of food will focus on determinants of food choice and impact of food waste through hand-on experiential activities that will develop student food budgeting skills across income levels that provides perspective to eating healthy on a budget. Lastly, alternative food-system scenarios related to production and consumption, as well as social, economic, governance, health, and environmental dimensions will be discussed.


New Class for Spring – Medical Professions (1 credit)

SC 201: Medical Professions (1 credit)
 Open to all majors, 3rd semester or higher
 Ideal for students a year away from applying to health professional school
Regardless of your chosen health care field—medicine, dentistry, optometry, PA, PT, OT, podiatry—this ten-week class will help you prepare for health professional school. It will provide an overview of the application process, preparation tips for pre-professional exams, and overviews of current issues in health care such as dis-parities in access and outcomes, cultural competency, medical ethics, and interprofessionalism, among other possible topics. Self-assessment exercises will help you evaluate your preparation and plan additional improvements to your applicant profile.
TIME: Thu 9:05-10:20 AM
DATES: 01/18-3/29
262 Willard

SC 201 Flyer 2018-2g91nts

New Course to Train Student Farm Interns-AGECO 197: Growing Food, Leaders and Community

The Student Farm is excited to announce a NEW course for spring 2018. AGECO 197: Growing Food, Leaders and Community is a 3-credit course taught by Student Farm manager Leslie Pillen. The course is open to students in any major and any class standing. We will cover topics including sustainable farm management, leadership development, team building, volunteer management, community food systems engagement and individual/group teaching.

Students who complete the course will have priority consideration for an internship with the Student Farm at Penn State and/or with the Philadelphia Center urban agriculture summer internships. The course will be highly hands-on and will travel to Philadelphia during Spring Break, so enrollment is capped and requires an application to be considered.

This course can be used as a supporting course and would count toward the Community Nutrition and Food Security Emphasis Area.

Further details about the course and how to apply can be found at Please direct any questions to

Need a GH this spring consider – Narrative Medicine: Stories and Comics

Engl/CMLIT 297 “Narrative Medicine: Stories and Comics” (section 001, course#18467) is a health humanities (GH) course through which students will gain skills for analyzing, reading, and creating narratives about experiences of illness, disease, and disability. The course is designed to accommodate students in any major, and no prior experience with critical reading is expected. We will spend the class working with a wide variety of texts, which will likely include short stories, poetry, and comics, as well as case studies, medical ethics statements, peer-reviewed research, ethnographies, visual art, drama, and more. Courses like this are becoming increasingly common at medical schools across the country to enhance a variety of critical, analytical and care skills: By offering this course at the undergraduate level, we give our students an edge in their applications to medical, nursing, and graduate studies, as well as in their careers in public policy, EMS, and other healthcare-service positions. What this course offers students is a fresh and interdisciplinary framework for thinking about experiences of illness, disease, and disability.  — as a 297, it is not guaranteed to be offered again in the future.  See attached flyer for additional information.  This course would also be an appropriate lower level supporting course.

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Interested in Becoming a TA next Fall?

Teaching Assistants are needed for the section of NUTR 100 meeting on Tuesdays from 9:05-10:20 AM.  Teaching assistants will be helping the non-major students understand basic nutrition concepts, assisting them with their diet evaluation projects and in class activities, and leading review sessions prior to exams.  This is an excellent way to solidify your understanding of nutrition concepts and become part of a teaching team.  NUTR 100 TAs typically earn one credit of NUTR 496 which can be used in the supporting courses category of your degree audit.  I frequently write recommendations for DIs, jobs and graduate schools for students who work with me as teaching assistants.   If interested, please send a brief statement of interest explaining why you would like to be a TA.  Please include your student ID number and make sure this section of NUTR 100 will fit in your schedule.  Minimum requirements are a B+ in NUTR 251 and sophomore standing.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Brenda Eissenstat MS RD LDN,


Looking for research experience? A research internship is available for Fall 2017

Dr. Bronwen Powell is accepting students to do a research internship working with her on her research projects. Dr. Powell’s research examines how social, cultural and environmental factors affect diet quality and nutrition.  She is seeking 2-4 research interns to help with a project she would like to start next fall. It is highly interdisciplinary, with aspects of Geography, Ethnobotany and Nutrition.

See this flyer for more information.

UHS is accepting applications for Peer Educators for the Healthworks Program

I just wanted to remind you all that HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in University Health Services, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become Peer Health Educators for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Thank you for promoting this opportunity to students and please continue to encourage them to apply.  The deadline for applications is March 3, 2017. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

HealthWorks peer educators work to address college health issues at Penn State, including stress, nutrition, physical activity, high-risk alcohol use, and sexual health.

This year, students have two different opportunities for promoting health among their peers:  1. One-on-one wellness services for students; and 2. Outreach and promotion through workshops and initiatives.  The one-on-one peer educators will meet individually with students to provide free wellness services.  The topics include stress and time management, physical activity, nutrition, sleep, sexual health and healthy relationships and financial literacy.

The outreach and promotion peer educators plan and implement various health promotion initiatives and efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle choices among Penn State students. Examples of HealthWorks initiatives include writing for the Healthy Penn State blog, developing health messages for print and digital formats, creating healthy cooking videos, conducting Safer Spring Break outreach, facilitating workshops on different health topics and providing HIV test counseling.

Students who apply and are accepted will receive training through a 3-credit course offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health in Fall 2017. The course is designed to train peer health educators on health issues and health promotion theories and strategies for college students.

Volunteering in HealthWorks helps prepare students for careers in public health, nursing, nutrition, medicine, advertising and public relations.

Please share this information and the attached flyer with your undergraduate students. Students can learn more about HealthWorks and apply online at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at or by phone at (814) 863-0461.  Thank you in advance for your help in our recruiting efforts.

Warm regards,

Stacy Jones
Coordinator, Educational Services & Dietitian
University Health Services
Penn State University

Maymester: Kinesiology 203 Medical Terminology for Allied Health Professionals

Looking for a very useful supporting course this summer?  Consider this Maymester – Web based course: Kinesiology 203 Medical Terminology for Allied Health Professionals  This class will fill quickly!  Registration for summer courses begins February 3, 2017.

Dr. John Vairo will be teaching KINES 203 “Medical Terminology for Allied Health Professionals” this Maymester (05/06 to 06/05).  The offering will be web-based (online).  The class number is 4521, and the course ID is 026398.

Course Description:
Comprehensive review of terms related to functions, disorders, diagnosis, and treatment of body systems related to physical activity and movement.

This course is designed for students who wish to enter an allied health field related to physical activity and human movement. This course will help students prepare for careers in physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT), medicine (MD, DO), physician assistant (PA-C), pharmacy (R.Ph), dietary medicine (RD) and emergency care (EMT, EMT-P). Some of the allied health programs listed above requires a 3 credit course in medical terminology prior to admission into graduate school and this course fulfills that requirement. The goal of this course is to help students develop an understanding of medical terminology related to physical activity and human movement used when dealing with the anatomy and physiology of the systems of the body, disease processes associated with each system, and pharmacology and clinical treatments associated with the pathology of the body systems. Students will appreciate the weights and measures, chemical symbols, diagnoses, procedures, and medical documentation used in allied health fields, especially in sports and human movement medicine.