The Health of Communities|
|Certificates: Civic Engagement|
|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; considering the efficacy, appropriateness, and ethical ramifications of various public health interventions; and learning about the historical antecedents of the contemporary community health center model of care in response to the needs of vulnerable populations. We will explore the concept of social medicine, the importance of vocabulary, and the complexity of any categorization of persons in discussions of health and illness, ethical issues related to 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.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIVI-MN)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(HRAD-MN)(IDEA-MN)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)(SISP-Soc Conc)(SOC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Starr, THE SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN MEDICINE
Metzl and Kirkland, eds., AGAINST HEALTH: HOW HEALTH BECAME THE NEW MORALITY
Kawachi and Berkman, eds., NEIGHBORHOODS AND HEALTH
Sered and Fernandopulle, UNINSURED IN AMERICA
Rhodes, Battin & Silvers, eds., MEDICINE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Marmot and Wilkinson, eds., SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
Farmer, PATHOLOGIES OF POWER
Course packet or e-reserve readings with shorter works, including memoir and journal articles.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Regular attendance and informed participation in discussion; weekly one-page informal written responses to assigned readings; an ongoing journal of field notes; three short graded commentaries on assigned readings; and a final research paper and presentation linked to a course topic.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Must apply and be interviewed to take this course. Open to majors in any discipline. Preference to juniors and seniors, and not open to first-year students.
Please request an application and course details from the instructor by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrolled students will serve as volunteer research assistants (3-4 hours/week), participating in the design and implementation of research projects developed by the Community Health Center (CHC) of Middletown that document and/or support their efforts to improve the health of our local community. Previous class projects have addressed the following topics, among others: Hepatitis C management in community healthcare; the use of tele-ophthalmology in primary care; the effectiveness of pharmacist intervention in reducing/eliminating health disparities in outcomes for African American patients; evaluation of early behavioral health intervention in school settings; development of a national survey of nurse practitioner practice in federally qualified health centers; and prevention of re-admission to hospital through understanding the patient experience of admission, discharge, and readmission.
|Instructor(s): Carey Best,Peggy Times: ....R.. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: RSCSEM; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 12
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