Spring 2020  |  PA 5451 Section 001: Immigration, Health and Public Policy (57586)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
Completely Online
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/21/2020 - 05/04/2020
Off Campus
Virtual Rooms ONLINEONLY
Enrollment Status:
Open (26 of 40 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
How to access demographic, health, and background information on US immigrants. Characteristics and health needs of immigrants. Designing culturally competent health programs. How to advocate for needed policy changes to promote immigrant health and wellbeing. Community visits required. Online course.
Class Notes:
Class Description:
This course is taught entirely on-line, but the interaction among students and between the students and the instructor permit us to get to know one another and to have lively exchanges of ideas and reports on community-based assignments. It is designed for current or future policy makers, advocates, or service providers who want to understand how to design effective and culturally relevant programs and services for immigrants.. Note that no previous health background is required. 'Health' is defined broadly to include social characteristics and access to services. The course can be taken for either four-credits (with final project), or three-credits (without final project) Course Objectives: 1. Students will acquire research skills necessary to access demographic, health, and background information on immigrants in the U.S. 2. Students will understand the major social and health needs of new immigrants. 3. Students will be able to design `culturally competent programs. 4. Students will learn to advocate for needed changes to promote immigrant well being. Contact the instructor for more information.

The course fulfills requirements for the 7-credit SPH Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Concentration, the University-wide Human Rights minor, and the HHH global policy and human rights.masters programs

Who Should Take This Class?:
See syllabus

Learning Objectives:

Students will:

1. acquire research skills necessary to access demographic, health, and background information on immigrants in the U.S.

2. understand the major characteristics, health and social needs of new immigrants, and learn to apply them to analyses of new populations.

3. design "culturally competent" health or educational programs.

4. advocate for needed policy changes to promote immigrant health and wellbeing.

Grades are based upon:: 1) Posted reactions to reading and large assignments; 2) Quiz grades; 3) Research and community work assignments; 4) Class participation on the website.
Exam Format:
There is no final exam. There are brief, online quizzes based on the reading and course videos.
Class Format:
The class is entirely on-line, although there are assignments in your local community . Weeks begin on Monday, with weekly postings due by the following Sunday. Students are required to post and submit assignments by specified due dates.
Comparable to other graduate courses. Although we don't meet face-to-face, the equivalent "class time" is made up with community assignments and web-based reading and research.
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/fenne007_PA5451_Fall2019.pdf (Fall 2019)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/fenne007_garza001_PA5451_Spring2016.docx (Spring 2016)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/fenne007_PA5451_Fall2015.docx (Fall 2015)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
5 January 2020

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