IHS 280 Medical Terminology and Health Literacy
Students, within the Interdisciplinary Health Services Major/Minor, are exposed to many courses related to acute illness, disease and prevention. Ongoing advancement in the allied health professions dictates the need for students to understand proper medical and anatomical terminology to include its source language, evolution and application in the field of medicine and allied health. The need to understand proper medical and anatomical terminology is imperative as this language provides proficient communication between members of the same profession, minimizing the potential for misinterpretation in such a highly critical field. This course will introduce and educate students to a substantial medical vocabulary comprised of prefixes (location of an organ, the number of parts, or time involved), word roots (body part) and suffixes (condition, disease process, or procedure) which are utilized by health care practitioners as a devoted language. This course will describe the human body, coupled components, conditions, processes and medical treatments; providing the proper medical vocabulary for each. This course will emphasize the impact of medical terminology on multiple systems within the body to include the; Circulatory System, Nervous System, Digestive System, Respiratory System, Endocrine System, Integumentary System, Lymphatic System, Urinary System, Male Reproductive System, Female Reproductive System, Musculoskeletal System, Cancer, Mental Illness, Hemolytic disorders, Autoimmune diseases and additional vocabulary in regard to pharmaceutical and over the counter medications. This course will also include common medical vocabulary used in Medical Reports and Physical Examinations.