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318.623.01 Social Policy for Vulnerable Populations in the U.S.

Department:
Health Policy and Management
Term:
2nd term
Credits:
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Beth McGinty
Course Instructor:
Resources:
Description:

In the US, poor health and social outcomes are heavily concentrated in vulnerable populations, for example groups facing extreme poverty, disability, homelessness, serious mental illness, addiction, and criminal justice involvement. Social factors are major contributors to poor health status in these groups, e.g. educational and employment opportunities, socioeconomic conditions, residential segregation, community context, and others. In this course, we will examine the social determinants underlying different types of vulnerability and consider policy approaches to address those determinants.

Explores the social determinants underlying poor health outcomes among vulnerable populations in the U.S. and considers policy approaches to address those determinants. Explores examples of vulnerable populations including but not limited to groups facing extreme poverty, homelessness, serious mental illness, addiction, and disability. Examines definitions of vulnerability; the array of social determinants contributing to poor health outcomes among vulnerable populations in the U.S.; current U.S. social policy approaches for vulnerable populations in the areas of healthcare, disability, poverty, housing, and criminal justice policy; and the politics of social policy in the US. Provides students with opportunities for integrating social policy concepts, theories, and frameworks through an in-depth analysis of the sources of vulnerability and related policy approaches to improve health and social outcomes in specific vulnerable populations.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess the array of social determinants contributing to poor health outcomes among vulnerable populations in the U.S.
  2. Appraise the range of policy mechanisms that can be used to improve health and social outcomes among vulnerable populations
  3. Critique existing U.S. social policy approaches for vulnerable populations in the areas of healthcare, disability, poverty, housing, and criminal justice policy
  4. Discuss the politics of social policy in the U.S.
  5. Critically evaluate the sources of vulnerability and related policy approaches to improve health and social outcomes in a specific vulnerable population
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation (10%), Problem statement (10%), Mid-term exam (30%), Policy memo (20%), Final paper (30%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required