BIOL 6655: Health and Structures of Oppression

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

This course takes a systems-based approach to exploring topics that influence the health of populations affected by structural oppression/systemic violence. 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 exposure-based seminars, this course explores how systems influence factors such as power, privilege, and income distribution, interpersonal bias and communication, neighborhood and built environment, social and community context, which in turn 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. This course is available to all preclinical students.