BC3202: Structural Determinants of Health | M. Momplaisir

Undergraduate Seminar
Tu Th 6:10-7:25PM

The COVID-19 pandemic has made the underlying health disparities that exist in the United States more apparent. The traditional biomedical model places the responsibility of these disparities on the choices that an individual makes. The model assumes that one’s smoking, eating and exercising habits are based on personal choice. Therefore, the prevalence of morbidities such as high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes is the result of an individual’s poor decisions. This course will explore how the conditions under which individuals live, work, play and pray impact their health outcomes. Collectively these conditions are referred to as the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and often they reveal the systemic inequalities that disproportionally affect marginalized communities. Through the lens of New York City and its health systems, this course will cover a wide range of topics related to race and health. 

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