BIOL 6655: Health and Structures of Oppression

Student Leaders: 
Danielle Charles-Chauvet, MD21; Danielle Hollenbeck-Pringle, MD21; Christopher Barry, MD21; Saisanjana Kalagara, MD21; Catherine Gannage, MD21
Faculty Adviser: 
Joseph Rabatin, MD

This course explores topics that influence the health of populations affected by structural oppression. We delve into the “social determinants of health”, and examine practices that produce, reinforce, or perpetuate disparities in health and healthcare. Consisting of 10 interactive discussion and workshop based seminars, this course explores how factors such as power, privilege, and income distribution, interpersonal bias and communication, neighborhood and built environment, social and community context, and organizational policies can work to adversely impact the health of specific subgroups of the population. Students who take this course will leave with knowledge and practical skills that can be directly applied to improve the health of medically underserved groups.