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Mary L Walls
Seattle Campus

African American Health and Health Care Disparity

Examines the most pressing health issues facing African Americans. Provides a forum to examine the root causes of health disparity in African descendants. Explores strategies to remedy problems in public health and healthcare delivery systems. Prerequisite: permission of course coordinator. Credit/no-credit only.

Class description

FAMED 525: African American Health and Health Care Disparities is a 1 credit non-clinical selective held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:50 beginning September 27th and running through December 6th.

Student learning goals

List the major internationally declared health standards and identify how these goals diverge from key regional and national African American health trends.

Describe the origins of health and health care disparities of African Americans and the process by which these gaps are generated and perpetuated.

Recount the historic African American experience with health authorities and the health care delivery system; and the roles these systems may play in generating health and health care disparities.

Cite resources and methods used for documenting and measuring gaps in health achievement; and apply this to critical assessment of literature dealing with race,ethnicity, and health/health care dispairity.

Demonstrate awareness of the circumstance of African descendants' displacement, confinement and social and economic exclusion as challenges to resilience against the emergence of chronic disease.

Identify the persistent social determinant of racial bias, as a causal agent of poor health outcomes.

General method of instruction

Lecture, class discussion, reading, video presentation.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Attendance and participation in discussion at all ten course sessions is required. Students are allowed 1 approved absence. Students are required to turn in weekly reflections related to the content of each class session (assigned readings, video and/or class discussion). The reflection may be a brief paragraph to be entered into a drop box Catalyst Web Tool. Students are required to complete a course evaluation. Students are required present on a visit/interview with health care-related agency or organization serving African descendants in Seattle, or an individual or family represented by such institutions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Mary L Walls
Date: 08/31/2012