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Spring 2015-2016
GHP 409 / AAS 410 (SA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Mortality at the Margins: Race, Inequality and Health Policy in the United States

Alecia J. McGregor

This course will critically examine the unequal distribution of disease and mortality in the United States along the axes of race, ethnicity, class and place. Through in-depth engagement with case studies, critical historical texts and public health literature we will explore why individuals from some race/ethnicities, class backgrounds, and geographies are more vulnerable to premature death and adverse outcomes than others. Student work will culminate in a policy memo and a presentation, allowing them to hone valuable skillsets for future participation in the research and policy processes.

Sample reading list:
Alondra Nelson, The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical
Jonathan Metzl, Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease
Philippe Bourgois, Righteous Dopefiend
Keith Wailoo, Dying in the City of Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia
Laurence Ralph, Renegade Dreams: Living Through Injury in Gangland Chicago
Cathy Cohen, The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will be assigned an average of 5 hours of reading per week and will be expected to arrive in class prepared for discussion. Students will also be required to conduct research related to a health disparities topic of their choice and they will prepare a policy memo and give an in-class oral presentation in the last half of the semester.

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Other information:
Other 10% = Policy Memo

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43743 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Robertson Hall   015   Enrolled:15 Limit:21