Overview

We have a summer in Storrs for you!

UConn's Pre-College Summer, Pre-Med: Medical Anthropology and Global Health course provides high school students the opportunity to explore how medicine and social justice overlap and what we can do about it at a nationally ranked public university campus.

How will you make a difference?

What makes people sick? You probably know part of the answer: bacteria, viruses, physical injury, exposure to infectious disease, and biological changes in the body. But what else makes people sick? Offered during Sessions 1 and 3, our Pre-Med: Medical Anthropology and Global Health course discusses the other mechanisms through which people fall ill: poverty, racism, gender inequality, environmental destruction, and other forms of social inequality.

In this 1-week introduction to the field of medical anthropology and global health, we will explore how doctors and medical students can work with the tools of anthropology and social science to better understand how social inequality makes people sick.

This course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health and medicine. Medical schools across the country are implementing curriculum that focuses on the social causes of ill health, and even medical school entrance exams are requiring students to have a grasp on the social determinants of health.

Students will be exposed to short readings, lively discussion and in-class activities, relevant video clips, and short group assignments to develop a better understanding of what makes people sick and how we can help.

The week culminates in a mock health intervention, in which students will develop strategies and tactics to address a current pressing health epidemic. This session will be of particular interest for students interested in pre-medical programs, public health, global health, social justice, or any career in the health science.

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