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The Health of Communities

SOC 315
Fall 2009
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 participation and observation) the conduct of research designed to document and/or support 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 the generation and utilization of community-based research, the role of place in the variability of health risk, and the idea of just health care. Enrolled students will serve as volunteer research assistants (3-4 hours/week) with one of the ongoing research projects being conducted by Middletown's Community Health Center (CHC). Previous projects have addressed topics such as school-based efforts to reduce the risk of obesity, health needs of homeless persons, the effectiveness of pharmacist intervention in reducing/eliminating health disparities in outcomes for African American patients, early behavioral health intervention for school-aged children, and assessment of the effectiveness of a model of group prenatal care.

Essential Capabilities: None
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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