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410.683.60 Global Perspectives On LGBT Health

Health Behavior and Society
3rd term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Friday,  10:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Michelle Kaufman
Course Instructor :

Utilizes the socio-ecological framework to deconstruct social contexts and political power systems that contribute to LGBTQ health disparities across the globe. Assists in developing an appreciation for various forms of sexual and gender identities, including how cultural and religious traditions shape such identities in various regions and countries. Encourages students to recognize systemic factors that influence psychological and social development related to gender and sexuality. Introduces unique dynamics surrounding sexual orientation in family, immigration, and international human rights law.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Analyze the roles of region, history, religion, power, privilege, and structural inequality in producing LGBTQ health disparities
  2. Assess inter-relationships between minority stress, coping, and social support and their impact on health, health behavior, and illness among various LGBTQ populations globally
  3. Describe the role of culture in LGBTQ health intervention development and implementation
  4. Apply global awareness and cultural sensitivity to the design of health behavior change programs focusing on diverse LGBT populations
Methods of Assessment:

Participation in discussions (30%), assignments (70%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course blends traditional classroom time and outside-of-class activities with a corresponding reduction in class sessions. This class will meet once a week. Students are expected to spend one hour a week on class work in addition to regular homework.