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    Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Cares? Reimagining Global Health

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    Fall

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    2022
    How can health care systems be restructured to provide high quality care even to the poorest and most vulnerable people on our planet?If you are sick or hurt, whether you live or die depends not only on biological factors, but social ones: who you are and where you are, what sort of healthcare system is available to help you survive, and what kind of care is available to help you recover, if society believes you deserve it. The global coronavirus pandemic illustrates with dramatic...
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    Implicit Bias: Science and Society

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    We coined the term implicit bias in 1995 to capture the idea that bias, i.e., a deviation from accuracy or values can be implicit, i.e., operate without conscious awareness or conscious control. The idea emerged from basic research on implicit social cognition (ISC), an area of scientific psychology that explores the hidden aspects of mental representations of self, other, and social groups. Today, 25 years later, the term implicit bias has transcended academic psychology and permeated contemporary culture where it is used and contested every day. In this seminar, we will study the...

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    Diagnostic Technologies in Medicine: From the Stethoscope to Artificial Intelligence

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    This course will explore the role of technology in the diagnosis of disease from the nineteenth century to today. Each class session will begin with a specific technology as a starting point to examine how social, cultural, political, economic, geographic, and scientific factors have intersected to determine who receives a diagnostic label and the impact of disease diagnosis on patients and society. We will explore such questions as: How have diagnostic technologies been...
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    Psychopathology of the Family

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    In this course, we will explore how the family impacts psychopathology, including relapse, recovery, and resilience, for a member with a mental disorder. We will examine the relationship between the family and mental health conditions like anxiety, autism, depression, personality disorders, and schizophrenia from a life course and a family systems perspective. We will also examine these relationships by discussing the biopsychosocial features of the family that impact child and adolescent psychopathology. The course will focus on contemporary approaches to family life (e.g., dual-earner...

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    Caring for Patients with Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, and Sex Development

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    Students may add themselves to the waiting list for this course during add/drop periods but not during lottery periods. Please contact Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, akeuroghlian@partners.org, for approval to enroll. This elective is a four-week multidisciplinary clinical-and-scholarly experience that trains students to provide high-quality, culturally responsive care for patients with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and sex development. Many of these patients identify as...
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    Women's Mental Health

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    Students may add themselves to the waiting list for this course during add/drop periods but not during lottery periods. Please contact Dr. Fremonta Meyer, flmeyer@partners.org, for approval to enroll. This elective is designed to increase students' knowledge of the influence of sex, gender and reproductive cycle events on psychopathology and psychiatric care, and to augment their skills in assessing and treating psychiatric disorders related to gender and reproduction. It includes...
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    Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    This interdisciplinary course will explore the politics of reproductive health and health care delivery, both in the US and globally, with a particular focus on how reproduction and related clinical care are shaped by and in turn shape social inequality along axes of race, gender, and social class. The course will intertwine three threads: 1) major conceptual and theoretical issues foundational to understanding the politics and epidemiology of reproduction; 2) contemporary and...
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    Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Global Perspective

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    This course is designed to provide an overview of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) from a global perspective with a focus on the most disadvantaged populations. The course will cover the most critical topics and dimensions in this field, i.e. historic, conceptual, research, methodological, policy, programmatic, rights, and advocacy. The themes will include the role of the global community in shaping the SRH agenda, sexual and reproductive rights, maternal health measurement and...
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    Gender and Health: Introductory Perspectives

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    This course will introduce students to gender as a theoretical concept and a category of analysis in public health—specifically, the ways in which gender contributes to differentially structuring women and men's experiences of health. The course proposes to answer such questions as: How can understanding gender structures help us interpret public health research? How has gender influenced the construction of public health in diverse societies? How do our social frameworks and...
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    The Health of Transgender and Gender Diverse People

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    The goal of this course is to introduce students to transgender and gender diverse (TGD) public health, an emerging multidisciplinary field focused on the health and wellbeing of TGD adults (also referred to as gender minorities). Students will acquire foundational knowledge to understand and address the health and wellbeing of TGD people including: terminology, history of TGD health and medicine, and information about the make-up of who TGD communities; concepts, theories, and...
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    Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology I

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022
    This course provides master and doctoral students the opportunity to gain a background in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology and understand the unique methodological challenges to the field. The course will cover a range of substantive topics including: the biology of human reproduction; an evolutionary perspective of pregnancy; fertility and time to pregnancy; infertility and its treatment; complications in pregnancy; adverse perinatal outcomes such as preterm birth; fetal...
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    Comparative and International Legal Struggles Over Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2022

    At the intersection of debates about religion, private morality and public policy, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are lightning rods of controversy in most societies. While the pandemic revealed the precariousness of some advances, a wave of ethno-nationalism and conservative populism has brought a sharp backlash against SRHR in many countries across the globe. Drawing on case examples from multiple regions, as well as in supra-national human rights forums, the reading group will critically explore: strategies used to assert legal claims relating to involuntary...

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    The First Nine Months

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    What makes a human? A baby develops from a single cell during the nine months of gestation, but the process that begins so simply has complications that stretch beyond the womb into questions of human identity and individuality. This course will explore the process of embryonic and fetal development, highlighting complicated questions such as the medical dilemma of maternal-fetal conflict, which occurs when doctors must evaluate the competing health needs of both fetus and mother....
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    Mobility, Power and Politics

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    This course incorporates insights from the new mobilities paradigm in studying the linkages between movement, power and politics in the contemporary era. The course will discuss how issues of mobility are central to many lives and many organizations, and how movement intersects with the spatialization and materialization of power, difference and inequality within societies. Students will come to an understanding of how mobility, and control over mobility, both reflects and...
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    Early Stage Research and Discussion on the Economics of Health Equity

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    This is a reading group for students to discuss recent advances in the economics of health equity. Topics will include equity in all dimensions: race/ethnicity; gender orientation; disability status; and others. Students will read papers, present, and discuss them. Interested students should talk to Professor Alsan or Professor Cutler.
     
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    Psychotherapy and the Modern Self

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    What does psychotherapy offer our distressed selves that friends, family, self-help, and psychopharmacological remedies do not? The demand for therapy is currently at an all-time high, bolstering its century-long dominance as the preferred antidote to human unhappiness and misery, even as it is under sustained attack from critics characterizing it as self-indulgent as well as from platforms that would replace human therapists with chatbots and analysts with algorithms. This course...
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    Women, Gender and Health: Critical Issues in Mental Health

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023
    This course explores issues relevant to mental illness, mental health from a gender perspective. Course themes include illness constructs, life cycle and transitions, collective and individual trauma, role and relationship and embodiment. Topics include eating disorders, pain, hormonally mediated mood disorders, and PTSD. Examples highlight US and international experience. Readings are multidisciplinary, including public health and medicine, social sciences, history and literature...
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    Sexuality and Public Health

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023

    This course provides an introduction to the breadth of research and research methods in the study of sexuality and sexual health promotion in diverse contexts and populations. Students will develop skills needed to carry out epidemiologic research and community-based interventions related to sexual health promotion. Students will be introduced to ways to integrate conceptual models, methodologies, and perspectives from a variety of fields to inform a unique transdisciplinary, holistic approach to public health promotion of sexual health. Class session format includes lectures,...

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    Advanced Topics in Women, Gender and Health

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023

    This interdepartmental, interdisciplinary seminar will provide a forum to analyze how diverse gender-related constructs (including identity and expression) influence public health research and practice. Invited speakers will give examples of cutting edge issues in public health research and practice, focusing on how gender contributes to understanding and intervening on population distributions of health, disease, and well-being, with an eye towards intersectionality in relation to racism, classism, heterosexism, transphobia, and other forms of social inequity and context. The structure...

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    Embodying Gender: Public Health, Biology and the Body Politic

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2023

    This course will focus on the social and biological processes and relationships from interpersonal to institutional involved in embodying gender, as part of shaping and changing societal distributions of, including inequities in, health, disease, and well-being. It will consider how different frameworks of conceptualizing and addressing gender, biological sex, and sexuality (that is, the lived experience of being sexual beings, in relation to self, other people, and institutions) shape questions people ask about and explanations and interventions they offer for a variety of health...

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