Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Spring 2014 Course Spotlight

Health Disparities and Social Inequalities

Instructor: Celia Fisher

This course focuses on the medical and psychosocial correlates and consequences of social inequities and health disparities involving individuals and groups that have been historically marginalized by society and in some cases by the health sciences and professions. Readings and class discussions will examine the relationship of contextual factors such as poverty, racial/ethnic discrimination, environmental hazards, incarceration, and public policy to social and health inequities faced by children and adults with HIV/AIDS, mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse disorders. The role of practitioners and scientists in the emerging health and human rights paradigm in the United States and globally will also be explored.

Course Objectives:
  • Become familiar with current definitions of health disparities, social justice, human rights and public policy.
  • Identify barriers to health care that contribute to disparities in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Gain an understanding of the relationship among psychological, developmental, cultural, social, political, and economic correlates and consequences of health disparities in the U.S.
  • View health and social justice related issues from the perspective of different disciplines and different cultures.
  • Demonstrate skills in critical analysis of multidimensional influences on health and mental health disparities outcomes in the context of social justice.
  • Acquire skills in assimilating theories and methodologies to understand, generate and apply knowledge on the intersection of health disparities and stigma, discrimination, and policy.
  • Become familiar with methodological and ethical challenges in studying development and social behavior in developing countries.
  • Apply relevant theory, methods, and ethical analysis to difficult and controversial issues involving health disparities, social inequities and social policy.

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About the Instructor:

Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D.
Marie Ward Doty Endowed University Chair Professor,
Department of Psychology Director,
Center for Ethics Education Director,
Fordham HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute,
Fordham University

For more information on Dr. Fisher's work and achievements, view her full bio.

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