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    Eastern Michigan University
  Feb 25, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog
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AFC 351 - The Social Context of African American Health | GEKS

Examines the health status of African Americans. Explores the interplay between environment, biology, and culture; folk and popular health practices; and the organization and delivery of health care.

Credit 3 hrs May not be repeated for additional credit
Grade Mode Normal (A-F) Course Rotation Winter

AFC 351 applies an analysis of the social and cultural basis of health to the African American experience. To this end, the course provides a broad introduction to social science suppositions and techniques. AFC 351 moves well beyond the idea that medical care - its presence, absence or quality - is the singular or most critical factor determining the health of a people, community or society. It reveals the importance of social phenomena in disease resistance and health promotion. Historical shifts from the prominence of infectious to chronic diseases; the implications to health of chattel slavery, sharecropping, segregation, poverty and structured inequality; the relationship between psychosocial factors and disease, i.e., destabilized social settings that compromise resistance to disease; environmental racism; and the health status of African Americans as it relates to the organization of work, family structure and function, religious beliefs, the organization of medical care, lifestyle, consumer manipulation and post-industrial society are major issues addressed by the course.
Previously listed as AAS 351
Equivalent Courses AAS 351

Updates Course Rotation added 8/2014; Prefix change 2/2013, effective Summer 2013

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