Course Information

Syndemics: Intersectionality of Infectious Disease, Non communicable diseases and Social Determinants of Health MPBH Class #2187 HSM Class #1967

Course ID: MPBH 495-008 / HSM 355-005
School:Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Program: Public Health, Health Care Administration
Credit Hours: 1

Course Description

The goal of this mini-course is to examine how the relationship between infectious communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases has evolved over time, using the syndemic framework. The concept behind a syndemic is that there are dynamic relationships and synergies among clusters of two or more coexisting epidemics, such as Covid19 and diabetes, along with various factors that precipitate their interaction within a population. The syndemic is thus the outcome of the coexistence two epidemics and the social and structural factors in which they exist. Understanding and tackling syndemics require the recognition that diseases rarely exist in isolation and the identification of the social, political, economic, and ecological factors that are driving poor health. This course will examine syndemics as the intersection of infectious diseases, NCDs and the social determinants around them, illustrating concepts with case studies. Objectives 1. Describe how CD and NCD correlate in some settings. 2. Identify social determinants of health and the impact they have in NCD and CD. 3. Recognize existing syndemics and its root causes. Instructors Dr. Dugas and Mora research and practice focus is on social determinants of health affecting chronic preventable diseases (obesity and diabetes) and infectious diseases (HIV and hepatitis C) in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa. How to enroll: • Current students: Open to Loyola students from all programs and levels of study. Register online through LOCUS

Loyola University Chicago’s Parkinson School Summer Short Courses 2022

Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health invites degree and non-degree seeking students to participate in a series of 1-credit special topic courses on Strengthening Population Health Resilience in the Time of COVID-19.

Resilient and robust public health and health care systems rely on the interdependence of groups such as individuals, schools, employers, public health professionals, community organizations, first responders, healthcare professionals, and governments.  

Now, more than ever, these groups are challenged to increase their collective, scientific public health literacy and capacity to understand and leverage emerging public health data and identify strategies to tackle the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Strong public health literacy is the foundation for strengthening our collective resilience and response - as we move from flattening the curve, to controlling transmission, and ultimately, to preventing infection with the advent of a vaccine.

Series Objectives

These courses will:

  • introduce participants to key concepts, resources, and tools to help you support health system resilience and economic recovery
  • help participants interpret the science in the news
  • provide roadmaps to help participants anticipate and implement COVID-19 policies and actions to mitigate risk and promote health.

Each course will provide a different lens through which participants will view public health and health care system resilience along with “takeaway” insights applicable in any health crisis. 

Who Should Attend
Adult learners, students and non-students alike, and leaders at all levels who want to increase their knowledge and skills to lead or manage a health emergency.  Participants have the option to pursue a course for a credit, should they choose. 

Each course will follow a similar seminar-style format, including discussion and Q&A with Parkinson School faculty with expertise in areas including surveillance, emergency preparedness, health care administration, infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, laboratory testing, and environmental transmission of disease. Readings and digital resources will be provided to guide learning. Aligned with Loyola’s Jesuit tradition, students will use individual reflection and application exercises to translate knowledge into action.

For more information about registering for courses, please contact Lucia Garcia (lucgarcia@luc.edu)

Course Offering

Session Day Time Instructor Location
A Wed • Summer Session A – May 23-July 1, 2022 • Day and Time: Wed., 12-1 p.m. Dugas and Mora ONLINE

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