October 22 Thursday


  • Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 12:10PM - 1:00PM
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Health Justice: Theory to Practice (3 credits)

This is a theoretical and experiential course with a distinctive structure. The first half of the course is an intensive introduction to the social, economic, political and legal determinants of health, developed through readings and classroom discussion. This year’s seminar will focus on the politics of care, and COVID-19 in the U.S. We will use a health justice lens to explore the historical structures and policy choices that have shaped the pandemic. We will evaluate the role of race, class and gender in structuring vulnerability, and explore the ability of technical versus power-building approaches to advance health justice and health equity. In the second half of the course, we will work in teams to put our learning into practice. Students will work in small teams on a collective project, focused on responses to the COVID-19 pandemic with an outside partner. The project will build on the work of the Global Health Justice Partnership on the COVID-19 crisis, some of which is described here.

Students will be evaluated by their work product and class participation rather than a final examination. The course accepts graduate students only, and is designed for public health and law students, though students from other disciplines are also encouraged to apply.

Note: This course fulfills the YSPH OPHP practicum requirement for Masters/Public Health Students. Permission of the instructors required and an application must be submitted by the deadline noted below. This course will meet according to the Law School calendar. We may establish special sessions and makeup sessions to accommodate if needed to accommodate any difference between schedules on the main campus and in the Law School. Permission of the instructors required. Enrollment limited to twelve. Also CDE 596b.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Sponsored by The Global Health Justice Partnership Team

Contact Information

Sarah Harwood