PHLH 351
Racism in Public Health Fall 2022
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
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In the face of a global pandemic and increased police brutality, states and counties across the nation have declared racism a public health crisis. This push to identify systemic racism as a high priority in public health action and policy is an important symbolic and political move. It names the faults of histories, systems and institutions but also brings to the spotlight the individual and community responsibility to dismantle racism in the US. In this tutorial, we will examine racism in public health policy, practice and research through an investigation of several mediums of evidence and information, ranging from peer reviewed literature to news editorials, podcasts and documentaries. We will explore specific pathways by which racism functions in the disciplines of biostatistics, epidemiology, social & behavioral sciences, health policy & management and environmental health sciences while also examining the dynamics of power and history in research and community practice. We will also gain skills in speaking across differences and articulation of how our own perceptions and lived experiences of race and racism impact our study of public health. This tutorial will most likely elicit uncomfortable and hard conversations about race and requires an openness to self-reflection and the practice of listening and articulation.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1107
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: bi-weekly tutorial papers, weekly journaling, oral commentaries and tutorial discussion
Prerequisites: PHLH 201
Enrollment Preferences: Public Health concentrators
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: In this course students will examine and critically examine the inequities and race based social and health injustices, and the ways racism infiltrates public health action and policy, both historically and currently. They will also refine their self reflection skills in understanding how their own positions of privilege and power, or lack thereof, inform their understanding of public health.
Attributes: PHLH Social Determinants of Health

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