PubH185Fall2011DRAFT1B (2) - Department of Prevention and...

This preview shows page 1 - 3 out of 9 pages.

Department of Prevention and Community Health PubH 2113.10 Fall 2011 Impact of Culture on Health T & Th, 11:00 – 12:15PM, Ross Hall 116 Preliminary Syllabus Instructor : Mark Edberg, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Prevention and Community Health School of Public Health and Health Services Joint Appointment, Department of Anthropology The George Washington University Contact Information: Office: 2175 K Street, NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20037 Telephone: 202-530-2330 FAX: 202-416-0433 E-mail: [email protected] or [email protected] Office Hours: Tuesday, Thursday 2:30-4:30pm or by appointment Course Description and Purpose : The term culture has increasingly been used in the discourse of public health, for example, with respect to issues of health disparities in the U.S., the development and implementation of “culturally competent” or “culturally appropriate” programs, and in many other ways. What exactly is culture, however? The term is easily applied to all kinds of phenomena, without a critical look at the nature of, and role of culture as an aspect of human behavior. In this course we will examine what is meant by culture, the ways in which culture intersects with health issues, how public health efforts (domestic and global) can benefit by understanding and working with cultural processes, and we will take a brief look at research methods that are useful in identifying relationships between culture and health. During the course, we will examine three health issues in more depth regarding their cultural factors and implications: HIV/AIDS, youth violence (now viewed as a public health problem), and obesity. Prerequisites: N/A Course Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to: 1
Image of page 1

Subscribe to view the full document.

1) Explain the concept of culture as one framework for human behavior, including health behavior. This will be assessed in the Midterm. 2) Explain specific domains where culture and health intersect: definitions of health/well- being; illness causation and treatment theories (ethnomedical systems); social constructions of illness and stigma; the role of social and political ecologies in shaping cultural responses; cross cultural ideas about care and treatment; gender and health; different understandings about what is a “health risk”; and the issue of “cultural competency.” This will be assessed in the Midterm and in the Spirit Paper. 3) Over a selection of cases and program examples, across several health issues, analyze the ways in which the highlighted health problems and health interventions were impacted by cultural factors. This will be assessed in the Spirit Paper and Second Exam. 4) Describe research methods that focus on obtaining “cultural data” and how they are used. This will be assessed in the Second Exam and in the Program Paper.
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
  • Spring '11
  • He
  • ethnomedical systems, School of Public Health and Health Services

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern