Race and Health Policy

Winter 2022
Evening and Weekend
Graduate Only
Class Size: 15
2 Credits per quarter
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Race does not have a biological basis. But why are there major disparities in life expectancies between different racial and ethnic groups? What does science say about the relationship between race and disease? What is the role of health policies in all this and what has to change to create more equitable outcomes? 

In this intensive weekend class, we are going to study how race, this major social determinant of health, is manifested in health policies and other social policies on health care, public health, living environment. Topics we are going to study include the historical and social construction of race, medical racism and its impacts on the current health care and medical practices, various health policies in its complex interactions with other social policies in the context of systemic racism, violence, and oppression. We are going to look at how race gets under the skin and collectively explore ways to undo it. 

This class is in an online format where class meetings are conducted via Zoom, and learning activities take place on Canvas. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn comparable credit. To successfully participate in this program, students will need Canvas, Zoom, a computer, and a cell phone.  


Winter 2022 Registration

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GR (2): 20269

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Time Offered
Evening and Weekend
Advertised Schedule

Fri Feb 11, 6 - 10p, Sat - Sun Feb 12 - 13, 9a - 5p

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