Satisfies Behavioral Science General Education Requirement
A survey of international and domestic women's health issues; considers historical antecedents and specific effects of socio-cultural variables and economic development on women's health in developing and developed nations. May be repeated for credit with different semester themes.
This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of race/ethnicity, gender, and health in the U.S. Both historical context and more current perspectives of identified determinants of health will be discussed as contributors to current health inequities. In particular, class discussions will focus on (1) comparing the health status and health outcomes of persons of different racial/ethnic groups and (2) discussing possible explanations and solutions for these health disparities from a behavioral science perspective. This course combines readings, lectures, interactive classroom activities, and applied assignments.This course concludes with a discussion of potential challenges and solutions to overcoming and eliminating U.S. health disparities. The literature covered in this course is not meant to be exhaustive; rather, it is intended to generate ideas and provide a background for further study of health equity, whether as public health practitioners or researchers, through specific examples.
Course material will be presented in both lecture and seminar formats. Discussions will be led by the instructor as well as students enrolled in the course. This is a reading intensive course and students will be expected to complete all readings prior to class. Likewise, class participation is essential and will be a major component of the course requirements.