Sylvette La Touche-Howard

This professor has taught: HLTH106, HLTH140, HLTH230, HLTH285, HLTH371, HLTH391, HLTH391H, HLTH460, HLTH471, HLTH490, SPHL100, SPHL399, SPHL600, WMST471
Information Review
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting an A
Anonymous
01/25/2023
Dr. LH is a nice prof teaching interesting content, so naturally she structures the course in an incredibly stupid format because apparently we can't have nice things. Actual lecture material is online asynchronous, the in-person lecture sessions are "enrichment activities" and you only go to 1 of the 2 a week (you don't choose, its based on discussion section), and the actual discussions are mandatory attendance. There's a semester long group project ending in a ~15 page group essay that counts as your final paper, so have fun with that and hope you have a good group. Also, there's an ELMS quiz every week on Thursdays, even though there's not supposed to be class on that day. The quiz claims to be based on content from the lecture videos, other random required videos, enrichment activities, and textbook. In practice, it's almost all from lecture videos, maybe a bit from enrichment activities. As all the others have said, don't buy the textbook. It's a scam. The prof and TAs will repeatedly say you need it, but you don't. The weekly quiz questions will sometimes be like "as so and so said in the textbook...", but they're easy to guess and/or google without reading it. The week 2 discussion assignment will have something based on the textbook, but its just to scare you into getting it. Just ask someone else there or google it. Also, it's not a textbook. It's a canvas page hosted by a site other than ELMS, locked behind a $70 paywall for no reason. Don't get it!
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/29/2022
This is a pretty easy class and she's a nice professor! The textbook is not worth it to be honest. I never used it so don't worry too much about buying it!! As for the class, the quizzes and discussions are quite easy and chill. They ended up dropping only one quiz and two discussion grades, but if you do good on the discussions they can fairly distribute it to your quizzes instead! Btw, the course is graded by the TA so they will depict how your semester goes (my ta was very nice and a fair grader!!). The only con would be the semester long group project. It's not hard but it can be quite annoying. My group had minimal communication but we all still managed to do well on all of our assignments!!!
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/27/2022
DONT BUY THE TEXTBOOK!!! i didn't even use it pls don't buy. but other than that, the professor and my TA were very sweet! it's a very easy course depending on the people in your group and your TA! eileen was super sweet so if she TAs you'll def be in good hands!!!
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
12/24/2022
This class is an easy A honestly. DO NOT BUY HER TEXTBOOK! Waste of $46 or whatever it is, there wasn't a single assignment or reading in there that was needed for the class. Weekly quizzes, two of which are dropped. I just opened the study guide and googled the answers and did above average on them. The semester is one big group project, but as long as you do your parts of the assignment you can tell the TA that your group didn't help (if they didn't) and then they'll give good grades. Lecture isn't required but it is nice to go for some help on the quizzes.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
12/21/2022
Honestly this is easy an easy class and I'm kind of upset I got a B+. I literally guessed on all of the quizzes and got above average, but your semester long cap project is graded by your ta. And I had the worse TA because she was so critical for everything I did. How did she find grammar errors when I plugged it into Grammarly? make it make sense. In short, do not buy that dumb book. Idk why she even advertises it lol. She posts a free snippet of what you're supposed to read from the book onto elms... This class wasn't time consuming, and it depends on your TA on what grade you'll get...
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL600

Expecting an A+
Anonymous
12/21/2022
Dr. L-H is SO sweet and the TA was very kind and fast responding as well. Class is discussion based so you submit your weekly assignment a few hours before class and paired students do a presentation on the topic of the week. Super easy A and the professor is really easy to carry conversation with.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/14/2022
I agree with a lot of the reviews already on here. DO NOT buy the textbook. The textbook literally isn’t even writing it’s a bunch of tedtalks and random things Dr. Howard threw together. Your grade definitely depends on the TA but just show up and do the work and you’ll be fine. Her weekly online quizzes can definitely be challenging as they’re worded very weirdly. The final was a group project you work on majority of the semester. Super easy course but Dr. Howard tries to make it more complicated than it needs to sometimes.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/07/2022
No final for the class, easy quizzes as long as you watch the short videos or do the short readings. Discussion is once a week and lectures are useless.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard

Anonymous
09/28/2022
DO NOT BUY THE TEXTBOOK. I REPEAT, DO NOT BUY THE TEXTBOOK. THE PROF SAYS U NEED IT BUT YOU REALLY DON'T NEED IT FOR THE QUIZZES. I GOT As ON ALL OF THE QUIZZES WITHOUT THE TEXTBOOK. SAVE YOUR $60 PLEASE. anyways, this class was pretty easy just pray that you get a good group for the CAP project that doesn't slack off. also you attend lecture once a week. for discussion, make sure you watch the pre-discussion stuff. also u dont need to watch the lecture videos literally just look over the powerpoints and ur good.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting an A
Anonymous
08/05/2022
Dr. Howard is nice but your closest point of contact is your TA. Your success, unfortunately, depends on the TA. The format of the class was slightly strange. Dr. Howard and the TAs expect you to complete most of the assignments over the weekend, which is def inconvenient for most college students. We watched roughly 1-2 hours worth of videos and completed readings on Saturday and Sunday. On the bright side, we only had to attend one lecture (either Monday or Wednesday) and a discussion section on Friday. Both the lecture and discussion section were boring because we weren't learning anything new. Luckily, there were no exams in the class; only weekly 10-question quizzes. While the assignments can be hefty at times, they are manageable. You'll have a semester-long group project, so pick your group wisely.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting an A
Anonymous
08/05/2022
Such an odd format for a class. Started the semester thinking it would be MW lectures and F discussion but turned out to be that MW are an optional enrichment activity and F is mandatory discussion. Lectures were recorded from COVID times and you had to watch that on your own time and take quiz on Thursday. Assignments are confusing and really complex for an into level course. It is not a difficult course to pass and you wont be too stressed from this class but it is just an odd intro course.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting an A
Anonymous
05/21/2022
Dr. Sylvette La Touche- Howard is a good lecturer. Your class will be run mostly by your TA though. Depending on your TA, this class can be difficult because they can grade pretty harshly. You don't have to show up to enrichment activities, but you do need to show up for discussion (which is pretty useless). The majority of the class is made up of weekly quizzes, discussion activities, and a project (CAP). You don't need to really study for this class, but you do need to spend some time doing assignments. To be honest you don't need the textbook she asks you to buy, Its mostly supplementary information. Overall this class is pretty straightforward and an easy A if you read the slides and watch the video lectures.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Anonymous
04/18/2022
Prof L-H is fine but its all run by TA's which are to serious and grade everything harshly. The rubrics are crazy and you are just glad if you get a B on an assignment. they do not take attendence M/W but they do on F discussion. I was flying home on friday and asked if I had to zoom in and the TA made me stay on until my flight literally took off. This just shows the level of craziness that this class is. I would not take this if you have holidays or wanting to go away on fridays. All of these other reviews are all true. There is a ridiculous amount of pre lecture work and then class M/W is a joke but you should attend bc there is a weekly quiz and they pull questions from both pre lecture material and class. Other odd thing is only have to attend M or W each week but not both because it is the same powerpoint. The powerpoint just goes over what you watched in pre lecture videos and readings.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Anonymous
03/28/2022
The professor herself is really sweet, but you rarely deal with her. Everything is run by the TAs who take this class wayyyyyy too seriously. It's not run like a 100 level class at all. The topics are interesting but tbh the TAs ruined the experience for me.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting an A
Anonymous
12/10/2021
The beginning of the year was a bit disorganized, but overall not a very difficult class. There is a big group project at the end, so hope you get a decent group assigned. Lectures are interesting and she is very understanding/kind.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Anonymous
11/08/2021
Quite disorganized and doesn't really know what's going on. Let's the TA's teach nearly everything and is also nit-picky with assignments.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
06/28/2021
Fun to understand different rates in preventative medicine. Cool videos on malpractice including Jay Cutler and Lead Abatement Research in DC in lower SEC. Cool to learn about food injustice and other health disparities.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting an A
Anonymous
08/09/2020
She's super kind! Her lectures are kinda long but interesting. The course work seemed like a lot for a 100- level required course. The tests were challenging because it covered 7 long units.
Sylvette La Touche-Howard
SPHL100

Expecting a B+
Anonymous
06/22/2020
Dr Howard is not a great professor, but she's not awful. The reason why this class is getting a 1/5 from me is the grading and difficulty. This is the hardest 100 level course that UMD offers. Exceedingly few people get an A in this class. You can work everyday, study, and do A level work, and still wind up with a B- in this course. Do not take this class, grading is unfair, and this scares many students away from Public Health.