MD ID 6640 (2020/2021)

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MD ID 6640 - Health Disparities and Public Health
This course focuses on the impact of health disparities on public health. Disparities related to all facets of life can affect health status and health behaviors. Students will learn to identify connections between individual- and community-level health disparities and community health. This course is being offered through the Division of Public Health, and provides a foundational education experience in a topic that is germane to all health care profession students. It is being offered as a medical student elective and is a requirement for those medical students completing the Graduate Certificate in Tribal, Rural and Underserved (TRU) Medicine.

This course addresses the often spoken of yet insufficiently addressed area of health disparities, a broad field that touches almost every American across their life span. As the present course concentrates on the provision of a comprehensive overview, interested students will be able to continue to identify the underpinnings of inequity in the population of their choice, when a need for focus arises in their academic endeavors.

Several key philosophies about health, and its fundamental place in achieving human potential, guide this course:

•First, health can only be fully understood in an ecologic context when biologic psychological, social, cultural, economic political and social perspectives are integrated
•Second, disparities give us important snapshots that can shape needed modification and leadership gaps as they influence all three functions of public health: assessment, policy development and assurance of health services.
•Third, medical students interested in careers in TRU medicine and in health promotion and disease prevention within these communities must make a commitment to address health disparities in their day-to-day practice of medicine. Steps to be taken will be addressed in the class, but a strong will to highlight and face overburden of need will be required.

This course is presented in 12 asynchronous lectures and 12 synchronous virtual sessions.
The virtual sessions are scheduled Thursdays, January 21 - April 8, 5:30 - 7:00PM
Medicine, Interdepartmental
Credit Range
1.5 - 1.5
Academic Year
Permission Required
School Years
Course Classifications
Lopez,Ivette (DD) | ivette.lopez@utah.eduSandweiss,David (DD) |
Possible Grade(s)
Fail (F)Pass (P)
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Available Sections

Title Tags Year Start/End C S W
MD ID 6640 - Health Disparities and Public Health ELECTIVE 2020/2021 01/21/2021 - 04/08/2021 1.5 8 0
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