Health Disparities Minor

The Spring 2020 practicum mandatory Orientation meeting is scheduled for Friday October 18 at 7:30 am in 100 Williamson Hall. This course is currently closed and has a waiting list. Students who do not attend Orientation will be moved to the summer practicum class

Mission

Health disparities describe the disproportionate burden of disease, lack of access to health care, and poorer health outcomes found among members of socially disenfranchised populations. Health disparities exist at multiple levels of society (global, national, institutional, local, and personal) and among people of diverse geographic locations, linguistic groups, socioeconomic status, and sociocultural groups. The Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research’s minor in Health Disparities in Society (HDS) provides an interdisciplinary, intersectional framework to examine how multiple social identities (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status) intersect to reveal interlocking inequalities and preventable disparities in health.

Goals

In the minor, students:

  • solve problems related to health disparities using knowledge from biological, physical, social, and behavioral sciences;
  • describe the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health;
  • critically evaluate health care systems;
  • recognize bias and develop cultural competency;
  • promote health literacy;
  • develop effective interpersonal and interprofessional communication skills;
  • demonstrate professional responsibility through activism, advocacy, and policy;
  • apply the social justice missions of gender, sexualities, and women’s studies as well as medicine and the health professions to create health equity.

Access

The Health Disparities minor is open to all UF undergraduate students, regardless of college. Use this form to apply to add the minor. Keep in mind that you cannot add a minor before you have earned 45 credits at UF. In addition to formally applying to add the minor, please send an “Intent to Complete Form” form to Dr. Guyer. This will help her plan for the Practicum course placements.

Courses

Use the HDS Progress to Degree Form (PDF) to track your progress in the minor. Coursework includes fifteen (15) hours of classes, including: WST 2322, Introduction to Health Disparities in Society and WST 4941c, Practicum in Health Disparities, and three electives (described below). This minor must include at least 9 hours at the 3000 level and above.

Students may petition to have a course not listed in one of the categories below count towards the minor if they believe it fits into the specific category’s knowledge base. Click here for the petition form and information on the petition process (PDF). Substitution for 4941C, Practicum in Health Disparities, is not encouraged; however, if you feel a substitution is justifiable, a petition is available here.

Note: If courses have enrollment caps or prerequisites set by the department that offers them, you may explain to the instructor that you are in the HDS minor and would like to enroll around those constraints, but being an HDS minor does not guarantee you admission to any class except the Core courses.

Courses for the HDS minor may be taken in any order, with one exception: WST 2322 must be taken before WST 4941C.

You may begin the minor with WST 2322 or any tier of electives, and proceed in any order. For example, you could follow the sequence:  elective, WST 2322, elective,  elective, WST 4941C. Contact the undergraduate coordinator with any questions.

The information below is for students with a catalog year of 2018 or earlier (hint: your catalog year is the year you started at UF, unless you specifically request to change it).

All students must take WST 2322 and WST 4941C, as well as one elective from each of the categories below.

Category 1: Health or Social Science of Minority/Cultural Groups in US

  • ANT 4462 Culture and Medicine
  • ASL 2510 Deaf Culture
  • HSA 3111 U.S. Health Care System
  • HSC 3502 Survey of Diseases and Disabilities 1
  • HSC 4558 Survey of Diseases and Disabilities 2
  • ISS 2160 Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
  • PHC 3603 Critical Issues in Public Health
  • PHC 4101 Public Health Concepts
  • SYD 3700 Minorities in American Society
  • SYD 3805 Gender and Health
  • SYO 4400 Medical Sociology

Category 2: Social Inequality and Related Theory

  • AMH 3340 History of Disability in America
  • ANT 3451 Race and Racism
  • HIS 3454 Racial Theories in Europe and the U.S.
  • SYO 4530 Social Inequality
  • WST 3603 Sexualities Studies
  • WST 4641 Lesbian and Gay Studies

Category 3: International or Global Studies

  • ABT 3500 Arabic Culture
  • AFA 2000 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AFS 4260 Africans Abroad
  • ANT 2402 Anthropology of Sustainability
  • CHT 3500 Chinese Culture
  • GEO 2500 Global and Regional Economies
  • HAT 3564 Haitian Culture and Society
  • HIS 3495 Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • HSC 4624 Trends in International Health
  • PHC 3440 Global Public Health
  • SPT 3511 U.S. Hispanic/Latino Culture
  • SYD 3630 Latin American Societies
  • WST 3415 Transnational Feminism

NOTE: Additional courses counted for the HDS minor change each semester; students should consult the CWSGR courses page to determine what classes are on the schedule in a given term.

The information below is for students with a catalog year of 2019 or later (hint: your catalog year is the year you started at UF, unless you specifically request to change it).

All students must take WST 2322 and WST 4941C, as well as three electives from the categories below (one from Category A and two from Category B.

Category A: Theories of Social Inequality, Difference, and Power (choose one elective from this group)

  • AFA 3332 Black Feminist and Womanist Theory
  • AFA 4430 Black Lives Matter
  • AMH 3340 History of Disability in America
  • ANT 3451 Race and Racism
  • ENG 4844 Queer Theory
  • HIS 3454 Racial Theories in Europe and the U.S.
  • SYD 3700 Minorities in American Society
  • SYO 4530 Social Inequality
  • WST 3015 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women’s Studies
  • WST 3415 Transnational Feminism
  • WST 3603 Sexualities Studies
  • WST 4641 Lesbian and Gay Studies

Category B: Health Systems and Social Justice Mission (choose two electives from this group)

  • ANT 3478 Global Health Culture
  • ANT 4462 Culture and Medicine
  • GEO 3430 Population Geography
  • GEO 3452 Introduction to Medical Geography
  • HIS 3495 Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • PHC 3440 Global Public Health
  • PCH 3603 Critical Issues in Public Health
  • PHC 4101 Public Health Concepts
  • PHI 3459 Medicine and Philosophy
  • PHI 3633 Bioethics
  • SYO 4400 Medical Sociology
  • SYP 4730 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course
  • WST 3323 Gender, Bodies, & Health
  • WST 3703 History of American Medicine: Race, Class, Gender, and Science
  • WST 4326 Women and Therapy
  • WST 4704 Discrimination and Health

NOTE: Additional courses counted for the HDS minor change each semester; students should consult the CWSGR courses page to determine what classes are on the schedule in a given term.

 

Questions? Please contact undergraduate coordinator Dr. Alyssa Zucker.