AFRAM 498 A: Special Topics In African American Studies

Health Disparities in African American Women

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
THO 334
LaShawnDa Pittman

Additional Details:

Did you know that compared to women from other racial and ethnic backgrounds, Black women experience persistent and severe health disparities, including disparities in mortality, reproductive health, heart disease, various cancers, and HIV/AIDS? They also experience disparities in access to health care, quality of care received, and health insurance coverage. This course examines how social, economic, environmental, cultural and lifestyle factors contribute to differences in morbidity and mortality in Black women compared to women from other racial and ethnic backgrounds and Black men. We will also examine social determinants of population health among Black women. Through readings, films and class discussion we will trace the history of Black women’s health disparities beginning in the Jim Crow era. We will also explore theoretical perspectives and research methodologies pertinent to understanding the impact of gendered racism on Black women’s health outcomes, including race as a biological construct, structural racism, intersectionality, weathering, the life course approach, and Public Health Critical Race praxis. 

Catalog Description: 
Topics in which students and faculty have developed an interest as a result of work done in other classes or as a result of the need to investigate in greater depth Afro-American Studies issues. Topics vary.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Last updated: 
February 11, 2020 - 4:21pm