The Rutgers University Health Service in Newark sponsors an academic course entitled “Health and Social Justice”. This course is writing-intensive, providing three college credits, in Fall and Spring semesters. There is a maximum of 25 students in each class. This 300 level course is provided through the Psychology Department and School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA). The class meets weekly on Friday mornings from 10 am to 12:50 pm.
In class, students explore the juxtaposition of health issues in light of disparities due to socioeconomic, educational, gender, racial, cultural, behavioral and other factors. Topics covered include alcohol and drugs, AIDS, abortion and contraception, public health systems, sexual assault and violence, gender identity, environmental justice, fitness and nutrition, women’s and men’s health issues, ableism, stress and mental illness, crime, and many more topics.
Guest speakers who are expert in their fields excite the curiosity of our class, and may at times influence their future courses in life and careers.
This is a process class. Participation is encouraged through class discussion and in weekly essays relating to the assigned readings. Special group projects are planned each semester to enrich the class experience. These consist of participation in the Annual Health Fair, Annual Fitness Fair, Earth Day, World Aids Day, visits to special sites such as local urban or community farms, or experiencing an event outside one’s “comfort zone”. Critical film projects occur in some semesters.
In addition, students may apply for internships in our health promotion program, by doing special projects with the approval of their professors.
See Health Promotion Division for information on additional health education and outreach programs, and to request special programs.