Health, Physical Education and Recreation | Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and Other Determinants of Health
H617 | 22281 | Mary Shaw-Perry

Seminar in Health Education
Open only to Graduate Students

Instructor: Mary Shaw-Perry, Ph.D, CHES
	        Dept. of Applied Health Science
	        School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

H617 (Section  22281) Race, Ethnicity, Culture, and Related
Determinants of Health
Thursday, 5:00 – 7:45 pm
3 credit hours
Despite strides that have been made to improve the health status of
Americans in the Twentieth Century, the health profile of the
country’s racial and ethnic groups lags behind.  Soon our nation will
be a majority of minorities.  How will we respond to these lingering

This course is designed to provide graduate students and other health
professionals with the opportunity to gain knowledge and
understanding of the influence of oppression, race, ethnicity,
culture, socioeconomic, and other factors upon health status and
health behavior of individuals, families, and communities.   Through
a variety of classroom and field experiences, students will consider
the influence of the aforementioned factors on the incidence and
prevalence of major chronic, degenerative, and communicable diseases,
as well as violence and injuries among selected racial/ethnic
minority groups in the United States, and the implications for public
health practice.
An introduction to health behavior models and ethnic/cultural
research studies will help students develop competencies to: 1)
conduct a culturally sensitive comprehensive community needs
assessment; 2) plan and implement appropriate programs and services
for ethnically/culturally diverse communities; 3) and conduct cross-
cultural research.  An exploration of myths and misconceptions about
racial, ethnic, and cultural groups related to health/wellness
behavior and health/wellness decision-making will enable students to
evaluate their knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of others who
they may perceive to be different.  Finally, students will consider
alternative approaches to addressing health needs, access to health
care, and the delivery of quality prevention and/or health care
services to racial/ethnic minority groups in the U.S.