301.614.11 | AY 2013-2014 - Summer Inst. Term | 3 Credit(s)
MTW 9:00:00 AM
  • Contact Information
    Thomas LaVeist
    Cheri Wilson
  • Course Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

    • Discuss changing U.S. demographics related to race and ethnicity
    • Define health disparities and cultural competence
    • Describe the various federal mandates and regulatory standards related to health disparities and cultural competency
    • Identify the prevalence of disparities in health status
    • Explain theories that explain disparities and efforts to address them
    • Understand health disparities by race/ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and the social determinants of health
  • Course Description
    Introduces students to the issue of health disparities. Addresses the prevalence of disparities in health status, theories that explain disparities, and efforts to address them. Covers health disparities by race/ethnicity as well as socioeconomic status.
  • Intended Audience
    Summer Institute participants
  • Methods of Assessment
    33% attendance, 34% class participation, and 33% annotated bibliography
  • Required Text(s)

    LaVeist, Thomas A. and Lydia A. Isaac (editors). Race, Ethnicity and Health: A Public Health Reader. 2nd edition. San Francisco, CA, Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2013.

    Additional Required Readings:

  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

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    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

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