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Housing Insecurity and Health


3rd term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  5:00 - 8:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Lee Bone
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Introduces the issues of homelessness and its relationship to health. Presents factors leading to homelessness, myths about homelessness, barriers to accessing services, health problems that arise from homelessness, multidisciplinary approaches to health care from homeless persons, and advocacy strategies.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe homelessness as a public health problem that results from complex economic, social, health, and psychosocial factors
  2. Articulate the causes and consequences of homelessness from multiple perspectives, including the perspective of homeless individuals
  3. Distinguish how health, mental health, and substance abuse needs and service options differ among heterogeneous homeless populations
  4. Analyze the impact of local, state, and federal policies on homeless populations and the contribution of advocacy for these populations
  5. Propose solutions and prevention strategies to address the inadequacy of resources and service systems that target homeless and poor populations
  6. Apply knowledge and skills by actively participating and learning in the work of a community-based health organization with the explicit purpose of serving the homeless
  7. Assess homelessness in the context of Healthcare Reform and Congressional mandates
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Presentation(s)
  • 30% Final Project
  • 30% Literature review
  • 20% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required