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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Carol Underwood
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

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 Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
explain different definitions of poverty and how each definition impacts public policy
understand 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.
identify specific populations of Americans at risk of poverty and understand why they are specifically at risk
evaluate the public policy options currently available for improving the health of the poor

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on class participation, a mid-term take-home assignment, and a final paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 3:30 - 4:50
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Enrollment Restriction: Instructor consent required for undergraduate students
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail