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410.629.01 INTRODUCTION TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION, GENDER IDENTITY, AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Chris Beyrer
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:
Description:

Introduces constructs of sexual orientation and gender identity in the context of public health. Explores historical, epidemiological, and social perspectives related to the physical and mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and communities. Orients students to current and historic epidemiological and contextual issues that shape what is known about LGBT health, presents an overview of LGBT health disparities and interventions, and develops a foundation for critical thinking about LGBT health research and intervention potential.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Assess what is known and unknown in LGBT health research
Discuss social, historical, and contextual factors that have shaped LGBT health
Critically read public health literature related to LGBT health
Apply an ecological perspective to LGBT health, identifying individual, social, community, and societal influences on the health and health behaviors of LGBT individuals
Identify and compare examples of effective public health interventions for LGBT populations

Methods of Assessment: Class attendance and active participation in discussions (1/3), a mid-term paper (1/3), and a final paper (1/3).
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 4:50
  • Thursday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 7
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Prerequisite:

340.601 or 340.751

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With: