This course offers an examination of U.S. health inequities from a historical lens and discussion of present-day issues. Through the readings, discussions, and assignments in this class, students will better understand historical policies, events, and movements that have led to health inequities and connect those to contemporary issues in the United States and within the field of public health. The course takes an intersectional perspective to examine health inequities, with a focus on inequities related to race, ethnicity, gender, and class.
This course draws on the social-ecological model to consider the multi-level health impacts of immigration law enforcement on individuals, families and communities; the similarities between immigration enforcement conducted by ICE and law enforcement conducted by police; and how state violence is shaped by anti-Black, -Latino, and -Arab racism. Empirical data, articles, books, and media will be used to catalyze discussion and analysis of how immigration law enforcement impacts mixed-status communities throughout the U.S.
This course will critically examine aspects of health and health policy from the state and federal perspective, along the axes of race, ethnicity, culture, and place. Though the class is taught primarily from a U.S.
This course will explore social aspects of health, illness, and the health care system in American society. Along the way, we will explore such issues as: why health and wealth are so closely related in what is viewed as a “land of opportunity”; why patients’ race, gender and social status affects the diagnoses and treatments they receive; how health professionals and patients make life-and-death decisions; why social problems, such as children’s “bad” behavior in the classroom, come to be defined as diseases; why the U.S.
How are the inherent and intersecting relations of power including inherent structures of dominance related to the experience of violence, oppression and resistance textured into the context of politics and policy making? This course investigates how multi-faceted historical relationships of traumatic experience including Colonization, Slavery and Apartheid can be related to the ways in which we think about policy.
Healthcare delivery in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is influenced by a number of factors such as provider expertise, patient trust, access, financing, medication/treatment availability, policies, and evolving technologies. Some components vary from culture to culture, while others remain constant. Improvements in healthcare delivery in these countries will rely on a good understanding of the various disciplinary approaches to care and how they can vary between cultures.
Reducing racial/ethnic health disparities is core to the mission of public health. This course provides an in-depth examination of racial/ethnic disparities specific to healthcare and healthcare delivery in the United States.
***Note: ENTR 599 is a special topics course and the topics may change across terms. The special topics of "Interpersonal Relations" and "DEI in entrepreneurship" have been approved by the Curriculum and Assessment Committee for professional elective credit. Students wishing to take this course where the topic is different must submit a request to the Curriculum and Assessment Committee for review and approval.
This course systematically examines how to frame population research priorities from a human rights perspective and how population research methodologies can be applied to human rights questions. The ability to generate and interpret evidence is critical to addressing human rights concerns both in the courts and in national and multilateral policies. Though evidence takes a number of forms and demands a variety of fields of expertise, the skills unique to public health and epidemiology expand the scope of inquiry greatly. Human rights are not an individual phenomenon.
This course will examine the strengths and limitations of the U.S. health care system, including health indicators and the state of health care delivery in the United States, with selective international comparisons. The role of the public and private sectors in health care and health policy will be presented, with special attention to the financing of health care and the role of the government in health care. The course will focus on the organization of services (i.e., public health, prevention/ promotion services, primary care, acute care, chronic care, and long-term care).