GERO 625 Health Disparity in Aging

(3 credits; 7 weeks, Fall 2nd year)

The most striking disparities in the burden of disease in the United States are experienced by African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, Asians, disabled individuals, and individuals from low socioeconomic and rural population groups. This course will focus on aging and health disparity as it relates to homeless, medically indigent, migrant and disabled population groups among others. Topics will focus on bringing awareness to the problems faced by these populations and the societal factors that create these problems. Students will generate solutions to reducing and eliminating health disparities, expand minority health and health disparity research education and to provide information to these groups about intervention, prevention, and management of disease. Information from this course may be used to develop a capstone project in the course, Creating Change.