Overview

The School of Public Health - Bloomington is a family of researchers, instructors, service providers, students, and alumni with a shared goal of helping people live healthier, happier lives. The school is composed of the Department of Applied Health Science; the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health; the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; the Department of Kinesiology; the Department of Health and Wellness Design; and the Division of Campus Recreational Sports. Several research and service centers operate within these units.

The School of Public Health indicates that for each of its majors it has created a “curriculum that addresses issues of diversity in the United States. Adoption of a requirement that has a focus on the issues of diversity and cultural, racial, ethnic, class, age, ability, sexual orientation, religious, and gender discrimination within the context of the United States would be especially useful in achieving the objectives of enhanced understanding of diversity.” 

These concepts are first introduced within each SPH 150 “Introduction to Public Health” course that is required of all majors, and then are continued throughout the curriculum and in each major’s internship or culminating experience.  School of Public Health’s current method for satisfying the shared goal requirement meets or exceeds the proposed outcomes.  School of Public Health has a specialized accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) https://ceph.org/assets/2016.Criteria.pdf) that has a specific component addressing Diversity that can be found on page 44, section “G1. Diversity and Cultural Competence (SPH and PHP)” of the PDF.  Specialized information regarding accreditation can be found on the Council on Education for Public Health website https://ceph.org/Specifically, SPH graduates will address the following:

Knowledge

Students will:

  1. Know about the social constructions of identities created through legal, cultural, political, and historical practices.
  2. Know about social, political, and historical movements that shape and challenge systems of power, privilege, and oppression.

Analysis and Interpretive Skills

Students will:

  1. Be able to identify, analyze, and evaluate the ways in which individuals and groups in the US have unequal experiences, access to opportunity, or life outcomes based on the intersections of race, gender, social class, citizenship, (dis)ability, indigeneity, sexual orientation, religion and creed, or other dimensions of difference.
  2. Acknowledge and affirm cultural practices and artifacts that represent the pasts, the present, and the self-determined futures of communities other than their own.

Intra- and interpersonal Skills

Students:

  1. Will learn and employ communicative tools for the practice of civil discourse while seeking common ground in discussing concepts of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  2. Will cultivate a growth mindset of openness and tolerance and be willing to stretch beyond their comfort while learning about their position in relationship to others.

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