Diabetes, Obesity and Eating Disorders – HLTH 644

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.




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 Assignment

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.