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The Epidemiology of LGBTQ Health

East Baltimore
2nd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
S. Wilson Beckham

340.601 or 340.751, or permission from the instructors


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, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and communities. Orients students to current and historic epidemiological and contextual issues that shape what is known about LGBTQ health, presents an overview of LGBTQ health disparities and interventions, and develops a foundation for critical thinking about LGBTQ health research and intervention potential.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Assess what is known and unknown in LGBTQ health research
  2. Discuss social, historical, and contextual factors that have shaped LGBTQ health
  3. Critically read public health literature related to LGBTQ health
  4. Apply an ecological perspective to LGBTQ health, identifying individual, social, community, and societal influences on the health and health behaviors of LGBTQ individuals
  5. Identify and compare examples of effective public health interventions for LGBTQ populations
Methods of Assessment:

Class attendance and participation (10%), Discussion board (10%), a mid-term paper (30%), a final paper (30%), and a final presentation (20%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Jointly Offered With: