Health Disparities in Society


Health disparities describe the disproportionate burden of disease, lack of access to health care, and poorer health outcomes that affect minoritized populations. Health disparities exist at multiple levels of society (global, national, institutional, local, and personal) and affect people of diverse geographic locations, linguistic groups, socioeconomic statuses, and sociocultural groups. Housed in the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research (CGSWSR), the Health Disparities in Society (HDS) minor provides an interdisciplinary and intersectional framework to examine how multiple social inequalities (e.g., along class, gender, race, sexuality) intersect to produce disparities in health and how to work toward preventing and mitigating such disparities.

About this Program

  • College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Credits: 15 | Completed with minimum grades of C and no optional S/U | 9 must be at the 3000-level or above

Center Information

The Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Research advances research, teaching, and leadership on how multiple systems of power intertwine to shape culture, society, and people’s lived experiences. Students explore how gender, class, race, sexuality, and other systems of power shape important domains such as health, work, culture, media, politics, leadership, and organizations. Students also learn how to put this knowledge into practice to transform these systems


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  • No more than three credits of independent study may count toward the minor.
  • Students must complete a minimum of six credits of coursework exclusive to the minor that cannot count toward the major(s) or other minors.
  • Students must complete at least three courses at the 3000 level or higher and each must be at least three credits.
  • Although students must complete WST 2322 before enrolling in WST 4941C, they may take the elective courses in any order at any time (i.e., before, during, or after taking the two required courses).
  • Students are encouraged to indicate their intention to enroll in WST 4941C as soon as they commit to the minor, by completing this form.
  • Sometimes, and with the approval of the undergraduate coordinator for Women’s Studies, students may petition to have other, relevant classes approved as substitutes within each category of electives within the minor. Such courses could include department special topics offering with numbers like 3930, 4930.

Each semester, courses offered for this minor are listed on the Women's Studies courses website.
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Required Courses

WST 2322Introduction to Health Disparities3
WST 4941CPracticum in Health Disparities3
Category A elective 13
Category B electives 16
Total Credits15

WST 4905 may apply to one category approved by the center.

Approved Electives

Category A | Theories of Social Inequality, Difference, and Power 

AFA 3332Black Feminist and Womanist Theory3
AFA 4430Black Lives Matter3
AMH 3340History of Disability in America3
ANT 3451Race and Racism3
ENG 4844Queer Theory3
HIS 3454Racial Theories in Europe and the U.S.3
SYD 3700Sociology of Race and Racism in the U.S.3
SYO 4530Social Inequality3
WST 3015Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women's Studies3
WST 3415Transnational Feminism3
WST 3603Sexualities Studies3
WST 4641Lesbian and Gay Studies3

Category B | Health Systems and Social Justice Mission

ANT 3478Global Health Culture3
ANT 4462Culture and Medicine3
GEO 3430Population Geography3
GEO 3452Introduction to Medical Geography3
GEO 3454Peoples and Plagues3
HIS 3495Evolution of Infectious Diseases3
PCO 4272Advanced Seminar in Psychology of Women3
PHC 3440Global Public Health3
PHC 3603Critical Issues in Public Health3
PHC 4101Public Health Concepts3
PHI 3459Medicine and Philosophy3
PHI 3633Bioethics3
SOP 4777Psychology of Human Sexuality3
SYO 4400Medical Sociology3
SYP 4730Sociology of Aging and Life Course3
WST 3323Gender, Bodies, and Health3
WST 3703History of American Medicine: Race, Class, Gender, and Science3
WST 4326Women and Therapy3
WST 4704Discrimination and Health3