University of Washington School of Public Health

Winter Course 2018: UCONJ 550 - Healthcare in Underserved Communities


Winter 2018 Course Offering: UCONJ 550 - Healthcare in Underserved Communities

SLN: 21647; 1 credit

Lecture meets: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:20pm

Location: Health Sciences K-069

Instructor: Jocelyn James, MD



This is a course organized by a multi-disciplinary effort of UW health sciences students.

This course is designed to give graduate/professional students in the health sciences an introduction to the health-related issues faced by underserved populations.  The course will focus on understanding the demographics of underserved communities, the structural barriers to health care, and resources available in the Seattle area. Credit/no-credit

Each week we will invite guest speakers from the community to talk about a broad range of topics including: human trafficking, homelessness, LGBTQI populations, refugee and immigrant healthcare issues, racial and ethnic health disparities, mental health, substance abuse, and rural healthcare.

  • Promote knowledge and understanding of the diversity of medically underserved communities
  • Increase awareness of issues and challenges facing medically underserved communities
  • Further students’ understanding of what it means to care for underserved communities
  • Provide service learning opportunities focused on underserved communities
  • Foster students’ desires to work with underserved communities in the future

Please email with your name and the professional school/program you are in for an add code, or if you have any questions.