Courses

We offer a variety of courses across the academic departments that incorporate Latino/Hispanic health topics into the class discussion, lecture, and coursework. Several courses allow students to work with Atlanta community partners that serve the local Hispanic/Latino community. Rollins students also have the opportunity to take courses at Emory College. Click on the departments below to learn more about relevant course offerings that prepare Rollins students to address health needs in the United States and Latin America.

BSHE 517: Adolescent Health 
This course focuses on the main issues in adolescent health, touching on issues like physical and psychosocial growth, teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, substances abuse, and violence and abuse. The perspectives of adolescent health issues and programs are viewed in an interdisciplinary manner, and often topics of race/ethnicity come up during discussions of adolescent health in the US.

BSHE 522: Principles of Curriculum and Instruction in Health Education 
This course discusses techniques for health education of target populations, often exploring methods specifically relating to Latino health. The course incorporates facilitation of group learning, communication within classroom settings, and curriculum development. Past projects have worked with the Hispanic/Latino population of Atlanta as a primary or key constituent.

BSHE 524: Community Needs Assessment 
As an application-based class, this course uses data regarding health status, knowledge, perceptions, attitudes, motivation, and health practices and applies it to a specific population in the community. Past projects have worked with the Hispanic/Latino population of Atlanta as a primary or key constituent.

BSHE 530: Conduct of Evaluation Research
This course explains methods of program evaluation within the field of public health, incorporating techniques of data analysis, evaluation designs, and model development. . Past projects have worked with the Hispanic/Latino population of Atlanta as a primary or key constituent.

BSHE 560: Health Literacy
This course aims to give students an understanding of the issue of health literacy as a public health problem. In examining this problem, the course assesses potential for solutions in education and program development as well as a background to where the issue stands today, especially in the realm of a growing immigrant population.

BSHE 569: Grant Proposal Writing 
This course provides students with a background into the process of applying for grants, including information on how grant proposals are reviewed, elements of the application, and useful writing techniques to use when preparing a proposal. Past projects have worked with the Hispanic/Latino population of Atlanta or organizations in Latin America as a primary or key constituent.

BSHE 579: Applied History of Public Health
The course looks at public health in a historical context, relating these perspectives to current issues in population health. More specifically, this course applies the tools of public health to various population health events in different times and places of history and assess what the responses to these problems may teach us about future strategies. Often topics surrounding race/ethnicity in the United States as it relates to health are discussed.

INFO 530: Geographic Information Systems 
This course focuses provides an introduction on geographic information systems (GIS) for analysis of public health data. Basic GIS operations like buffering, layering, and spatial queries are taught through homework and case studies, many of which focus in Latin America. Introductory cartography and basic statistical aspects of spatial analysis are also taught.

EH 527: Biomarkers in Environmental Public Health
This course examines the use of biomarkers in assessing human susceptibility to environmental toxic chemicals and the prediction of how these might result in adverse health outcomes. As a partnership with the advanced Human Genome Project and ecogenetic research programs, the course makes use of both qualitative and quantitative perspectives and uses biomarker data generated from Hsipanic/Latino studies.

GH 508: Seminar in Health and Human Rights
In order to examine and assess past and present issues relating to health and human rights, the course utilizes case studies among certain target populations. More specifically, it examines various perspectives on the issues and strategies for policy and implementation of human rights frameworks in public health programs.

GH 511: International Infectious Disease 
This course provides an understanding of several infectious diseases of key interest on both a national and international scale, including many prevalent in Latin America or in Hispanic/Latino communities. Diseases are viewed in the lens of biology, transmission, and control/prevention techniques.

GH 522: Qualitative Research Methods for Global Health
This course aims to give students the background necessary to conduct qualitative research. Subject matter for weekly sessions include theory and concepts involved with qualitative research, design of research methods, considerations in ethics, techniques of data collection, and data preparation and analysis strategies. These topics are related to qualitative research in both domestic and international settings, including topics in Latin America.

GH 524: Health Systems Performance 
This course discusses efficiency and success of models of health care used by various countries, and draws upon Latin America for examples and case studies.

GH 530: The GEMMA Seminar: Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality from Abortion 
The course will provide students with an understanding of abortion and maternal mortality, applying various case studies in evaluation of the efficacy of abortion laws and policies. This will include the influence of terminology and values, clinical abortion services for unsafe abortion, and arguments in advocating for elimination of maternal mortality from abortion. Part of the course emphasizes reproductive issues in Hispanic/Latino populations, and guest speakers from Latin American have been invited.

GH 542: Evidence-Based Strategic Planning 
This course provides an introduction to work with low-resource populations in order to assess health needs, develop programs, and find practical solutions. One of the course requirements is an emphasis on one of sixteen development, population, health, or environmental issues through papers, strategies, and budget plans, some of which focus in Latin America or with Hispanic/Latino populations in the United States. The overall aim of the course is to provide students with an understanding of the complexities of working with a low-resource population. In this course, students collaborate with community organizations. In 2014, students partnered with The Lifting Latina Voices Initiative.

GH 549: Nutrition II
This course offers a view of human nutrition and disease at clinical and research levels, calling on case studies and data focused in Latin America.

GH 552: Elimination of Micronutrient Malnutrition 
This course offers a comprehensive view of the causes and consequences of global micronutrient malnutrition, from a biological, social, and economic view, often drawing on cases and strategies used in Latin America. It examines various policies and programs with the goal of eliminating maternal and child micronutrient malnutrition and also defines the roles of the public, private, and non-profit sectors in implementation of these national programs.

GH 571: Vaccine and Vaccine Preventable Diseases 
This course is intended to increase understanding of commonly-used vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases in both an epidemiological and a biological respect. This may involve vaccines from various developed and developing countries, including Latin America.

HPM 574: Health Literacy
This course aims to give students an understanding of the issue of health literacy a public health problem. In examining this problem, the course assesses potential for solutions in education and program development as well as a background to where the issue stands today, especially in the realm of a growing immigrant population.

ANT 331: Cross-Cultural Issues in Mental Health
This course offers an examination of issues in health and illness from a cross-cultural perspective, using a critical view of our perception of mental health. In particular, the course emphasizes comparison between Eastern and Western concepts of mental health (including Latin-America), examining how diseases may be culturally constructed and how treatment of illness may vary as a result of this.

LACS 490RW: Immigration to U.S.
Topics vary, with each semester’s class examining a different theme at an in-depth level with the overall focus of examining immigration in the US.

SPAN 385: Bodies and Oddities
This course looks at early modern representations of the body in Spanish art and literature combining historical research, literary criticism, studies of race and gender, and performance studies. Through these various lenses, the course aims to explain and challenge the various models of gender, sexuality, race, class, and disease in Spanish history.

WGS 385: Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
The course looks at the influence of Latin American history in current views on gender and sexuality based on examples from the colonial period, industrialization, neocolonialism, and beyond. It uses historical and literary approaches to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on gender roles and sexual practices in Latin America.