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Health Science 243 - Women and Health - Vickie Valenziano, RN, MSN

Course:Women and Health
Professor:Vickie Valenziano, RN, MSN
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths
  • 16 Week


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Welcome to Women and Health!  My name is Vickie Valenziano and I am the instructor for the course. I am a registered nurse with a primary career focus in maternal-child health, and health education. I have been teaching at COC since 1994 in the Nursing Department and Allied Health Department. I am looking forward to exploring important issues in women's health with you.

Course Description

In this class we will examine a wide variety of topics including reproductive health, nutrition, pregnancy and childbirth, eating disorders, women as caregivers, promoting our health, as well as health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Because we always have men enrolled in the course, I include a section on men's health

These topics will be explored through lecture, readings, videos, and in-class and written discussions. I especially enjoy the myths vs facts discussions!  My interactive teaching style promotes learning through sharing of information and encouraging you to apply this information to your personal lifestyle.

What to Expect in this Course

 We will usually cover one topic each class session so it is important not to miss class. It is expected students will read the assigned textbook information and participate in class discussions.

Access to a printer is helpful for weekly handouts.

Some assignments will need to be scanned and submitted so access to a scanner or smartphone will be needed.



Types of Assessments

Students can expect a variety of assessments.  Quizzes, videos with worksheets, discussion posts, and projects outlining how you will apply the course information to yourself are included.

Textbook Information

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The textbook is required for this course. Check with the COC bookstore for purchase, rental and ebook options.  Alexander, L., LaRosa, J., Bader, H., Garfield, S., and Alexander, W. (2021). New dimensions in women's health. (8th edition). Jones & Bartlett Learning.


Other Relevant Course Information

Attendance:  This class in on-campus.  It is expected you attend all class meetings.  I will drop students who fail to attend classes and do not submit assignments per COC policy.

Please read the following scenarios carefully!

If you are officially enrolled in this class: You must attend the first class meeting or you will be considered a "no show" and dropped from the course per COC policy. Check Canvas to gain access to the course prior to the first class meeting to have access to student resources.  Further instructions will be sent to you by email.

If you are on the wait list: You are encouraged to attend the first class meeting in order to be (potentially) added to the class and not miss content. If you do not attend the first class, you must email me the first day of class to let me know you are still interested in adding the course. You will be added after I know if there is a vacancy. You will be added in order of your position on the wait list. It is important you complete the registration process ASAP so you will have Canvas access (usually within 24 hours).

If you are registered as a COC student but not enrolled in the class and are not on the wait list: You are encouraged to attend the first class to be (potentially) added to the class. You will be added after students from the waitlist are added. It is important you complete the registration process ASAP so you will have Canvas access (usually within 24 hours). Note that there is usually a wait list for this class.

PLEASE NOTE: The number of absences allowed per COC policy are minimal so if you are not added by the second class meeting, I will not be adding anyone else to the class.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 11/04/2022 Sub#: 1122