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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHC6031
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2007-02-14
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2006-12-14
  2. Department: Community & Family Health
  3. College: PH
  4. Budget Account Number: 640500 PUB001
  5. Contact Person: Dr. Jeannine Coreil
  6. Phone: 46698
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHC
  9. Number: 6031
  10. Full Title: Health Disparities, Diversity and Cultural Compete
  11. Credit Hours: 4
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Health Disparities
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: This course is designed to explore health disparities in the U.S. and multi-level strategies to reduce those disparities. Discussions will focus on a critique of the literature from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and an analysis of case studies.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: It is desirable to add this course given the current national focus on addressing health disparities. The disproportionate burden of poor health and premature mortality has been well documented for over 2 centuries. The twentieth century brought signifi
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is required for the public health students in the Socio-Health Sciences concentration of the Department of Community and Family Health, and the MCH Epidemiology Training Program. It is also a highly relevant and desired course among students in medicine, nursing, applied anthropology and related disciplines.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, 2 times
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. in Public Health or related field
  29. Objectives: 1) To describe and analyze patterns of health disparity affecting various racial/ethnic, gender, income and sexual orientation groups, including health indicators, rates of disease, and health-related behaviors;

    2) To review the determinants of health disparities for particular groups, including social, political, and economic factors;

    3) To evaluate the status of the literature and existing programs with respect to evidenced based prevention/intervention, culturally appropriate modifications, and service delivery strategies.

  30. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    1) Identify and describe the distribution of health disparities and their contributing factors across population groups and disease outcomes.

    2) Describe key factors contributing to health disparities.

    3) Describe and critique current and proposed medical care, social, environmental, and public health strategies to address health disparities.

    4) Identify innovative strategies (including cultural competency training, increased diversity in the workforce, and development of culturally appropriate interventions) that may contribute substantively toward the elimination of health disparities.

  31. Major Topics: Key definitions, terminology, why this is a national issue

    Overview of the epidemiology of health disparities: across diseases, vulnerable populations, and time

    Health Disparities by Race/Ethnicity

    Health Disparities by Gender

    Health Disparities by Socioeconomic Status

    Contributing Factors: Social and psychosocial context

    Contributing Factors: Culture, “acculturation” and behavior

    Contributing Factors: Stigma, Racism

    Contributing Factors: Health Care inequalities

    What is Being Done to Eliminate Disparities?

    Survey of existing national strategies, theories and recommendations.

    Addressing Disparities: Clinical and Practice Guidelines

    Changing the face of Public Health: Minority Representation in Public Health and Medicine

    What is cultural competence?

    Developing, Implementing and Evaluating Culturally Competent Interventions

    Community-Based Participatory Research

  32. Textbooks: A packet of required reading material is available for purchase at the COPH Copy Center.
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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