Social Determinants of Health: Policy and Politics

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano General Curriculum

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Social Determinants of Health

Fall 2019

Taught By: Barry Ensminger

Section: A

CRN: 5342

Credits: 3

Whether people live long and healthy lives is determined more by social and economic factors, health behaviors, and the physical environment than by clinical care. The intersectionality of these and other factors, known as the “social determinants of health,” will be the focus of this course. The first section will explore health and disease, health disparities, the medicalization of health and boundaries of public health, and introduce the social determinants of health (SDH). The second section will look at public health initiatives to change unhealthy behaviors (with a case study on cancer and smoking) as well as the Affordable Care Act and its efforts to bring assessment and strategies to address the SDH into clinical settings (with a case study on delivery system reform in New York through Medicaid). The third section will go beyond clinical settings and traditional public health concerns to the emergence of “health in all policies” and the “culture of health,” with case studies from New York and around the country. The course will conclude with the relationship between the SDH and human happiness. Throughout the course, consideration will be given to: (1) the policy and political challenges in meeting various and often conflicting interests of many stakeholders, and (2) the pervasive influence of class, race and gender. Topics will be investigated using a multi-disciplinary approach with historical, sociological, political, economic, clinical and legal perspectives.

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College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano General Curriculum (NMIL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 13

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:15pm 10/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 8:00pm - 9:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 411

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019