In this course, you will learn first-hand about the District’s diverse neighborhoods and varied health outcomes and meet with activists, government officials, and experts at leading universities and nongovernmental organizations. This course will take you on an excursion to communities along the Potomac River to compare urban and rural health care, health priorities, and varying local needs from an array of perspectives, including those whose daily lives are impacted by the decisions of policymakers. You will study the complex interplay of social determinants of health in local contexts and learn basic fieldwork methods for gathering data relevant to the practice of public health. Through case studies and site visits, you’ll explore health realities at individual and population levels. These experiences will deepen your ability to explore, understand, and interpret the socio-cultural, ecological, economic, political, and biological factors that affect human health.