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Racism and Health: From a Physiological to Societal Perspective

Course Description

In the word’s of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.” Racism has affected the health of racial and ethnic minorities in the past (such as in the Tuskegee syphilis trials) and continues to affect these same marginalized groups in modern-day America (such as erroneous pain assessment and treatment in the black community). This course will examine historical accounts as well as modern-day accounts of racism to look at how racism affects our health from multiple different perspectives.

Through the field of public health, this course will examine how racism affects health ranging from the physiological impacts of racism on health to the broader societal and structural impacts of racism on health. In other words, this course will examine how racism impacts health at the micro level through the macro level. You will be encouraged to connect your personal experiences and previous knowledge to concepts introduced in the course and will be challenged to think critically about race and health from multiple perspectives. This course will push you to think about ways racism may affect health that are not as blatant and how racism may manifest in more subtle and unpronounced ways that still affect health.

Throughout this course, you will be immersed in primary literature and peer-reviewed literature that demonstrates the relationship between racism and health. The literature will be supplemented through the use of videos and documentaries that dive into the more qualitative aspects of racism and health. You will engage with the literature and videos through group presentations of research articles through journal clubs and Socratic seminar style discussion respectively. You will also have the opportunity to interact with guest lecturers conducting research related to racism and health disparities. At the end of the course, you will be responsible for a final project which will allow for flexibility in expression. You will be allowed to produce a creative presentation encompassing what you have learned from this summer course. This course will set a foundation for high-school students to understand racism and health as it relates to the field of public health across micro and macro levels that will help them better understand systemic racism overall.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
• Read, interpret, and analyze primary literature and peer-reviewed literature in public health.
• Evaluate and synthesize public health information from literature and videos signifying mastery of the material.
• Identify racism across multiple contexts and learn different ways to combat racism within these contexts.
• Discuss how racism affects health from multiple different perspectives spanning from physiological effects to structural effects.
• Interact with other students in a way that develops cultural awareness and interdisciplinary understanding.

This course will set a foundation for high-school students to understand racism and health as it relates to the field of public health across micro and macro levels that will help them better understand systemic racism overall.

Prerequisites

Students are expected to have at least one high school level science course, one high school history course, and one high school mathematics course. Students need to have a basic understanding of the scientific method and some historical knowledge. This class is designed for students that do not have a strong background in public health. This course is designed for beginners that want to dive into the world of racism and health.

Sections

One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.


Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Malek Mitchell
Course Number: 10353