HC 444H/431H: Transdisciplinary Problem-Solving in Public Health

Professor: Elizabeth Budd

4.00 credits

  • CRN 22644: Monday, 1415-1650 @ REMOTE

Graduation Requirement:  This class will fulfill a Social Science Colloquium and a US: Difference, Inequality, Agency (US) area of inquiry requirement.  If the student has already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements:  an Elective Colloquium and a US area of inquiry.

The overall goals of this course are to 1) introduce Clark Honors College students to contemporary public health problems and 2) facilitate students’ innovative solutions that promote health equity by immersing them in the transdisciplinary problem-solving process.

Transdisciplinary problem-solving is an integrative process whereby scholars and practitioners from both academic disciplines and non-academic fields work jointly to develop and use novel conceptual and methodological approaches that synthesize and extend discipline-specific perspectives, theories, methods, and translational strategies to yield innovative solutions to particular scientific and societal problems.(Stokols, Hall, & Vogel, 2013; p6)  The course will use a design studio instructional approach, which is characterized by students working in small groups over the course of the term, incorporating regular peer- and instructor-provided feedback along the way. Each group will focus on a distinct public health problem and work together to a) identify the relevant social determinants, b) describe the intersecting identities of the populations experiencing heightened risk, c) create plans for gathering input from community stakeholders, particularly from historically marginalized voices, and d) propose an innovative solution.