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Housing Insecurity and Health

Course Status

3rd Term
Health, Behavior and Society
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Thursday, 5:00 - 8:00pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Introduces the issues of homelessness and its relationship to health. Presents factors leading to homelessness, myths about homelessness, barriers to accessing services, health problems that arise from homelessness, multidisciplinary approaches to health care from homeless persons, and advocacy strategies.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe homelessness as a public health problem that results from complex economic, social, health, and psychosocial factors
  2. Articulate the causes and consequences of homelessness from multiple perspectives, including the perspective of homeless individuals
  3. Distinguish how health, mental health, and substance abuse needs and service options differ among heterogeneous homeless populations
  4. Analyze the impact of local, state, and federal policies on homeless populations and the contribution of advocacy for these populations
  5. Propose solutions and prevention strategies to address the inadequacy of resources and service systems that target homeless and poor populations
  6. Apply knowledge and skills by actively participating and learning in the work of a community-based health organization with the explicit purpose of serving the homeless
  7. Assess homelessness in the context of Healthcare Reform and Congressional mandates
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Presentation(s)
  • 30% Final Project
  • 30% Literature review
  • 20% Participation