410.611.01 Health, Poverty and Public Policy in the U.S.
- Health Behavior and Society
- 2nd term
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2013 - 2014
- East Baltimore
- Class Times:
- M W, 3:30 - 4:50pm
Explores the relationship between health, poverty, and public policy in the U.S. and assesses past and future strategies to remedy inequities in health and health care. Addresses theories of social stratification in the U.S.; distribution of poverty across gender, age, and ethnic/racial groups; antipoverty programs and their effects; effects of changes in health care organization on the poor; and possible modifications to provide greater equity. Guest lecturers include physicians and public administrators working in programs designed to meet the needs of poor communities.
- Learning Objectives:
- explain different definitions of poverty and how each definition affects public policy
- describe current social science and public health approaches to poverty
- critique/appraise historical strategies and programs undertaken to address the health care problems of the poor
- describe how poverty and health status are related to one another in the U.S. and abroad
- identify specific populations of Americans at risk of poverty and explain why they are specifically at risk
- evaluate the public policy options currently available for improving the health of people living in poverty
- Methods of Assessment:
Student evaluation based on class participation, a mid-term take-home assignment, and a final paper.
- Enrollment Restriction:
Instructor consent required for undergraduate students
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required