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Intersectionality in Public Mental Health

Course Status

Summer Institute
Mental Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, June 12, 2023
End Date
Thursday, June 15, 2023
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, 8:30am - 12:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
What is intersectionality? How does intersectionality relate to the risk of violence and mental health disorders? How do we develop evidence-based programs, policies, and practices with an intersectionality lens? Intersectionality is a social justice-oriented framework that allows researchers, advocates, and policymakers the opportunity to assess how multiple systems of power and oppression contribute to the marginalization of vulnerable populations.
Outlines the pathways to health inequities and posits potential solutions and offers upstream strategies to prevent inequities. Presents key concepts of intersectionality. Discusses the application of intersectionality to research, programs, and policy related to concepts of public mental health inclusive of violence prevention and response.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the historical and contemporary scholarship on intersectionality
  2. Apply intersectionality perspectives to topics in public mental health research (i.e., interpersonal violence and mental disorders)
  3. Use intersectionality to develop and evaluate policy, programs, and practices related to public mental health
  4. Address challenges relevant to intersectionality methodological issues and dilemmas
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% Participation
  • 30% Written Assignment(s)
  • 30% Final Project