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Race, Gender and Medicine in US History

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HIST 560 941


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This course will examine the intersections of  race, gender, public health, and medicine in the United States, largely focusing on the 20th century. Topics will include the racialization of certain diseases, race and health care access, and the history of African Americans in health care professions and health care activism. Students will learn about the history of medicine and public health in the United States, African American history, and historical research methods. The course will appeal to not only to students interested in history, but also to those interested in careers in medicine and public health.  By the end of this course, you will gain further understanding of some of the major current in the history of medicine and public health in the United States; you will make connections between race and health care experiences in the U.S.; you will be able to discuss historical research methods and appraise the values and limitations of various kinds of sources. 

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