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PHLH 201
Dimensions of Public Health Spring 2020
Difference, Power, and Equity

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Public health is concerned with protecting and improving health at the level of a community or population. Although individual behavior is an essential element of public health, collective, rather than individual, outcomes are the focus of public health study. In this course we will survey the field of public health, introducing students to core concepts and methods that highlight the interrelationship of individual choice and social institutions with environmental and biological factors in producing health outcomes at the population level. We will develop these concepts and methods within the context of signal cases and public health crises, covering infectious disease epidemics and prevention, sexual health, and mental health.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3471
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two papers on a selected population or country and health issue, two short reaction papers, peer reviews and active contribution to class discussion, including on Glow
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores, potential Public Health concentrators
Distributions: Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: This course fulfills the DPE requirement because of its central focus on the ways that difference and power shape health outcomes in the U.S. and internationally. It uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore issues including the historical relations between communities of color, healthcare providers, and public health practitioners; contestation over the role of markets and government in public health; and differing explanations for the patterns of race, class, etc., in health outcomes.
Attributes: PHLH Core Courses

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