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Racism and Public Mental Health

Summer Institute
Mental Health
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, June 3, 2024
End Date
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, 1:00 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
One Year Only
Next Offered
Only offered in 2024
Do you have an interest in gaining introductory knowledge of the relationship between racism and mental health? As both APHA and CEPH have recently moved to incorporate new competencies in health equity for public health professionals, this course addresses present curriculum gaps to provide students with enhanced capacity to articulate the means by which racism operates at multiple levels to influence mental health and well being.
Presents a multi-level understanding of the effects of racism on mental health among historically marginalized racial and ethnic populations. Prepares students to gain introductory knowledge of racism, from a historical and empirical perspective, as a fundamental cause of mental health disparities. Addresses and discusses the personal and vicarious influence of racism on specific psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the effects of racism and mental health
  2. Describe multi-level forms of racism evaluated in public mental health research (i.e. interpersonal, structural, and internalized)
  3. Analyze the study of racism in the field of public mental health from a theoretical, historical, and empirical lens
  4. Reflect critically on personal experiences, biases, and assumptions related to racism and mental health
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 50% Participation
  • 20% Reflection
  • 30% Final Paper