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The Health of Communities

SOC 315
Fall 2006
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: SISP 315
Course Cluster: Service-Learning

Our focus will be on understanding the role of social factors (such as income, work environment, social cohesion, food and transportation systems) in determining the health risks of individuals; learning about the historical antecedents of the contemporary community health center model of care in response to the needs of vulnerable populations; and studying (through observation and participation) the conduct of research that documents efforts to improve the health of communities. We will explore the concept of social medicine, the importance of vocabulary and categorization in any discussion of health care, the complex issues involved in population categorization, ethical issues in community-based research, and the idea of just health care. Enrolled students will serve as volunteer research assistants with one of the ongoing research projects being conducted by Middletown's Community Health Center (CHC). These include school-based efforts to reduce the risk of obesity, the health needs of homeless persons, perinatal mental health, and the transition from paper to electronic medical records.

Essential Capabilities: Ethical Reasoning, Writing
Credit: 1.25 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS SOC
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(HRAD-MN)(IDEA-MN)(IDEA)(SOC)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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