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HNSC 3184 Health Disparities in the United States: A Multideterministic Perspective: Home

Fall 2022 OER for Millsaps-Graham

Professor Information

  • Instructor: Lisa Millsaps-Graham, PhD, MPH
  • Office location: 4123 Old Ingersoll Hall
  • Office hrs: Monday (evening) 5:30pm-8:30pm (other times require an appointment).
  • Remote office hrs via: I am available by Google Voice, email, or even Blackboard Ultra Chat
  • Contact emails:
  • Office phone: Google Voice number 347-395-5493 (You can text there too)

  • Number: HNSC 3184 NET (39874) (3 Credits)
  • Name: Health Disparities in the United States: A Multideterministic Perspective
  • Semester: Fall 2022
  • Class time: Online Synchronous Thursdays starting at 6:30 pm and ending at 9:15 pm
  • Class location: Online via Zoom

Required Texts

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Our class uses Open Education Resources (OER) in replacement of the textbooks and is therefore a Zero Cost course. This means there is no textbook students need to purchase. All materials are on the course website. While this is an OER/Zero Textbook Cost course, however, we will look at and listen to a few chapter sections from several texts throughout the course to inform us on the basic knowledge related to health disparity related topics. Additional readings are listed on the OER's  "Readings" page.

Course General Info

A comprehensive, multideterministic perspective of health disparities in the United States. The multiple factors that interact to produce health disparities within populations including access, utilization, and quality of health care services, biological/genetic factors, culture/ethnicity and their impact on health status, environmental and occupational factors that affect health status, lifestyle factors, psychological factors, sociodemographic factors, and socioeconomic status. The student will develop skills necessary to critically review health disparity research, (Not open to students who have taken Health and Nutrition Sciences 2184- Health Disparities in the United States: A Multideterministic Perspective course number and description can be found in the 2011-2012 bulletin

Pre-requisite(s): Health and Nutrition Sciences 1100 [6.1]

  • Present the need for public health professionals to integrate theory and culturally competent practice
  • Discuss historical and current basic intervention models.
  • Examine factors that contribute to health disparities including:
    • Access, Utilization, Equitable, Diverse, Inclusive, and Quality issues
    • Biological/Genetic issues 
    • Cultural/Ethnicity issues
    • Environment and Occupation issues
    • Healthcare System and Healthcare Reform
    • Social, Spiritual, and Interpersonal factors
    • Stress
    • Financial factors
  • Examine the manner in which American society produces public policy, information about, and interventions on health issues.
  • Describe how assumptions, beliefs, and theories shape policy, research, treatment, interventions, and education/prevention.
  • Evaluate the way that social, historical, political, and economic factors contribute to health disparities across diverse populations.
  • Recognize the sociological, physiological, and psychological impact and implications of health disparities.
  • Examine the values, ethics, and standards of professional behavior consistent with sound public health practice
  • Demonstrate skills for professional analytical writing and oral communication.

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Apply scientific knowledge to assess critically health data/information and indicators of health status at
  • individual, societal, and structural levels.
  • Demonstrate analytical and communication skills for diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of scientific research and evidence-based practice for use in the field.
  • Demonstrate the importance of professional behavior, ethics, and human rights.
  • Demonstrate and describe the use of culturally competent strategies to disseminate health information to underserved communities.
  • Develop a comprehensive mini-research project along with a paper on a health disparity-related topic