Predoctoral Course Catalog


Dental Curriculum Threads

Health and Homelessness

Course Director: Beatrice Gandara
Credits: 1
Quarters/Yr of Program: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring / 1,2,3,4

Course Overview

This student-led, elective course is a component of the H.O.P.E. (Homeless Outreach Program and Education). It consists of lunchtime discussions held throughout the year. It focuses on the lives of homeless and marginalized individuals and their experience of clinical, cultural, and policy issues. Some discussions highlight the services a particular organization provides to these populations. There are three main requirements for this course:

  • Discussion Sessions (1 hour/session) – Students must attend 5 discussion sessions per quarter. Exception: A student who has attended 10 sessions overall in past quarters will only need to attend 2 discussions.
  • Volunteer/Outreach Activities (6 hours/quarter) – Since interacting with the homeless is an essential part of getting to know the population, 6 hours of participation in volunteer projects will be required each quarter.
  • Training Sessions – Students must attend the required interdisciplinary training session which will prepare them for their volunteer/outreach experiences. Students will attend the mandatory training session pertaining to each outreach activity they anticipate participating in.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

  1. Analyze the major social, cultural, legal and political factors contributing to homelessness in Seattle
  2. Identify the major oral and systemic health issues confronting homeless individuals in Seattle.
  3. Understand health care access problems for the homeless
  4. Have completed 6 hours of hands-on service learning hours consisting of providing health education and/or care delivery for homeless and low-income individuals.
  5. Understand how health professionals from different backgrounds can work together to address the needs of the homeless.

Date last updated: 2018-5-15