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BIOL 2240 Race, Disease and Disparities (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course will focus on issues of race and health in America and address the question “Is race a biological construct?” Underrepresented minorities face huge health disparities in America and we will also address the question “Is there a biological basis for differing health disparities in different diseases among different races?” The course will also cover the issues of health and training in the sciences for underrepresented minorities in the United States and current policy initiatives to address these disparities. Discussions will cover such issues as: the current health and science educational disparities in the sciences for minorities; current initiatives aimed at closing the disparity gaps as proposed by government agencies, non-profit organizations, scientific societies, and philanthropies; and why these issues are of general importance to science and society. The biologic, social and cultural dietary causes of diseases leading to health disparities will be considered.


Instructor(s): David Burgess

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 22-Feb-17