Scholarship applications for spring semester 2022 now closed
Classes begin Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Gender, Economic Inequality, and Health (certificate requirement)
How does economic inequality contribute to public health crises? This course investigates the current state of the global economy with a focus on how economic inequality produces wide disparities in health risk, access to health care, and clinical outcomes. It also explores how domestic and global structures related to economic trade and migration create dysfunctional health care delivery systems. Students leave the course understanding why transnational struggles for a single standard of care for all people will heal inequality in our global society.
Gender, Environmental Justice, and Health
- What conditions of the current economy deplete the earth’s resources and contribute to human-made climate catastrophes? This class identifies market forces and practices, including pursuit of economic growth, that degrade our environment and disproportionately impact women’s health and livelihoods. Students leave the class understanding that environmental pollution is a symptom of a toxic political economy, that it increases both chronic and emergent health crises, and that health advocates can be pivotal in preventing disaster and reversing toxic trends.
Global Food Politics: Health Consequences
- Enough food is produced internationally to feed the entire global population, so why do over 795 million people in the world go hungry? And why is so much of the food we produce unhealthy, causing chronic illness, malnutrition, and obesity? This class examines shifting patterns of food production from the traditional family farm to industrialized agriculture and transnational export chains. Students will learn how neoliberal trade policies restructure domestic and global food processing and distribution and why unhealthy food has become a staple of global consumption.