San Jose State University
Departments of Human Performance and Health Science
HuP/HS 169 – DIVERSITY, STRESS, AND HEALTH
(Advanced GE – Area S)
Tuesdays 6pm – 8:45pm,
Mai Mai Cantos, MPH, CHES
Elisa Hernandez, MPH, CHES
By appointment Friday 12-1 pm
The impact of structured inequalities and related psychosocial stressors on health, identity, and
social status of diverse groups. Analysis of social actions and behavioral interventions that lead to
greater equality, as well as mediate stress and optimize health.
PREMISE AND GOALS
Diverse cultural groups that encounter prejudice, discrimination, and social injustice experience a
form of double jeopardy.
First, their experiences with prejudice and discrimination often result in
unequal access and ownership to various resources (e.g., social support, health care, social and
peer acceptance, employment and educational opportunities, financial and advancement
opportunities, coping and intervention strategies).
Second, their experiences of inequality are
invariably associated with chronic stressors that result in health-related disorders and/or illnesses.
Students will study the interrelationship of individuals, racial/ethnic groups, and diverse cultural
groups to understand and appreciate issues of diversity, equity, and structured inequalities in the
U.S., its institutions, and its culture within the context of stress and health.
From both a
theoretical and experiential perspective, students will study behavioral interventions and social
actions that: (a) diminish/eliminate inequalities and related stressors; and (b) promote health and
Through cooperative exercises, students will develop new paradigms, ideas for new legislation,
and social actions that promote equality and social justice.
Course objectives will be achieved
through: (a) didactic lectures; (b) interactive learning; (c) fieldwork assignments; (d) experiential
exercises; (e) small group exercises and presentations; and, (f) research and critical thinking
Particular attention will be given to examining inequalities that have been interwoven into the
fabric of various social institutions (e.g., health care systems, educational institutions, advertising/
media agencies, financial and legal systems, business corporations, sport organizations and
franchises, religious denominations, government/military institutions) within the context of stress