Health and Medicine

Effective Leadership in Assessing and Addressing Health Inequities

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Spring

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2023
This introductory course will use interdisciplinary, critical, and transnational/global perspectives to study the impacts of leadership in public health that specifically affect equal access to healthcare centering on gender, race, age, socioeconomic status, level of education, class, sexual identity, and “differently able” persons or persons with disabilities. The content will examine four main topics to be discussed in separate but interconnected sections centering on Effective...
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Global Perspectives on Racism, Poverty, and Power

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Spring

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2023
The course uses interdisciplinary, critical, and transnational/global perspectives to study racism and other systems of oppression, poverty, and the disempowerment of peoples subordinated based on race, gender, and class. The sessions include readings regarding the experiences of Black Americans, Burakumin people, Dalit people, Jewish people, Romani people, Palestinians, and other oppressed and racialized peoples.
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Prison Law

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Spring

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2023
While courses in criminal law tend to focus on the “front end” of the criminal legal process (investigation, prosecution, and verdict), this course focuses on the back end: the law of incarceration. What legal obligations does the state have toward those it incarcerates? Topics to be covered include: the evolution of prison rights litigation; the scope of constitutional rights in prison; the prison disciplinary process; the interaction of prison law and remedies; conditions of...
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The First Nine Months

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Spring

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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

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Spring

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Spring

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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

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Spring

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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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Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology I

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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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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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Comparative and International Legal Struggles Over Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

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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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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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