550.629.01 THE EPIDEMIOLOGY OF LGBT HEALTH (Term: 2; Credit Hours: 3)
Introduces constructs of sexual orientation and gender identity in the context of public health. Explores historical, epidemiological, and social perspectives related to the physical and mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and communities. Orients students to current and historic epidemiological and contextual issues that shape what is known about LGBT health, presents an overview of LGBT health disparities and interventions, and develops a foundation for critical thinking about LGBT health research and intervention potential.
410.681.01 GAY, BISEXUAL AND OTHER MEN WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN (MSM) AND HIV: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE US EPIDEMIC (Term: 3; Credit Hours: 3)
The HIV epidemic among MSM in in the US remains a significant threat to public health, is characterized by significant racial health disparities, and includes a rich subject matter for students interested in social determinants in health, health disparities, social behavioral science and social epidemiology.
Introduces students to key epidemiological, conceptual and historical constructs critical to understanding and responding to the HIV epidemic among gay, bisexual and other MSM in the United States. Explores the role of social and ecological factors and theoretical constructs (e.g., race and ethnicity, intersectionality and minority stress, gender and masculinity, policy and structural changes, and other social determinants) on individual and population-level experience of the HIV epidemic. Provides an in-depth understanding of the challenges to prevention and care in these constituencies through lectures, readings, small group work, and a panel discussion with community stakeholders. Provides students with an ability to develop new lines of theory, research and practice to more effectively apply a socio-ecologic framework to the HIV epidemic and better respond to HIV as a public health issue.
306.660.01 LEGAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES IN THE REGULATION OF INTIMACY (Term: 4; Credit Hours: 3)
Examines the ways in which the state regulates intimate and private relations and the justifications for such regulation. Particularly focuses on the attention paid to the public health and morality justifications offered by the state for the enactment and enforcement of privacy laws. Topics include: when state regulation of intimate decisions, actions and relationships is justified; the regulation of consensual sexual activity; the regulation of contraception and abortion; the regulation of same-sex sexual activity; and the regulation of same-sex marriage.
410.683.60 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON LGBT HEALTH (Term: 3; Credit Hours: 3)
Utilizes the socio-ecological framework to deconstruct social contexts and political power systems that contribute to LGBT health disparities across the globe. Assists in developing an appreciation for various forms of sexual and gender identities, including how cultural and religious traditions shape such identities in various regions and countries. Encourages students to recognize systemic factors that influence psychological and social development related to gender and sexuality. Introduces unique dynamics surrounding sexual orientation in family, immigration, and international human rights law.