Courses Taught by Belinda Needham

EPID514: Social Epidemiology

  • Graduate level
  • Residential
  • Fall term(s) for residential students;
  • 3 credit hour(s) for residential students;
  • Instructor(s): Needham, Belinda (Residential);
  • Offered Every Fall
  • Last offered Fall 2021
  • Prerequisites: EPID 503 (or equiv), Biostat 503 (or equiv)
  • Description: Considers the uses of epidemiology with emphasis on the social determinants of chronic diseases and premature mortality. Theoretical as well as methodological issues in conducting social epidemiology research are emphasized. Designed for graduate students who have prior familiarity with the basic principles and methods of epidemiologic research.

EPID591: Social Epidemiology: From Frameworks to Policy

  • Graduate level
  • Both Online MPH and Online MS
  • This is a first year course for Online students
  • Spring-Summer term(s) for online MPH students; Spring term(s) for online MS students.
  • 3 credit hour(s) for online MPH students; 3 credit hour(s) for online MS students;
  • Instructor(s):
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Description: Why are some groups healthier than others, and how do these differences emerge and persist over the life course? How do social policies (e.g., housing, transportation, employment) relate to health and health inequalities? Why are there health disparities even in countries that have free universal health care? This course will address conceptual models for understanding health disparities in the US and internationally, how population science identifies the main sources of these disparities, and how public health can inform policy efforts to address these disparities.
  • Learning Objectives: See competencies below.
Concentration Competencies that EPID591 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
Population and Health Sciences MPH Recommend evidence-based interventions that engage broad and diverse community stakeholders for population health improvement PUBHLTH515, EPID591, NUTR597, PUBHLTH511

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 2022-2023
  • 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