Courses Details

PUBHLTH400: Race and Racism in Public Health

  • Undergraduate level
  • Residential
  • Winter term(s) for residential students;
  • 4 Credit Hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Needham, Belinda (Residential);
  • Not offered 2020-2021
  • Prerequisites: junior standing; 6 hours of social science coursework
  • Description: This 4-credit course will apply theories and concepts about race and ethnicity from the social sciences and humanities to public health settings, with a focus on conceptualization and measurement of race and racism.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Define race and ethnicity; describe the ways in which race and ethnicity are conceptualized over space and time; describe the ways in which race and ethnicity are measured in public health research 2. Define cultural and structural racism as distinct from other related concepts such as discrimination; describe several ways in which racism is linked to the health of White and non-White Americans and to racial/ethnic health inequalities 3. Describe the ways in which racism operates to define and redefine race and ethnicity, particularly through cultural processes such as racialization 4. Describe the ways in which cultural racism influences social structure to burden non-White racial/ethnic groups 5. Discuss the ways in which the lens of the researcher may impact studies on racial/ethnic health inequalities