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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
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HIST 4885 (5885) - History of Nursing and Healthcare

Lec. 3 3 Credit
This course examines the nature of healthcare and nursing in the United States.  Healthcare providers who are not medical doctors are a major factor in filling gaps in healthcare needs, but are also a major contributor to economic production.  Nursing is a key case study for this class to examine the politics, economics, and changing nature of professionalization in the United States. Examining the history of the nursing profesison also allows students to contextualize and improve the providing of healthcare, through examing the contributions of a group of actors that are often omitted from narratives in the history of medicine.  Being able to account for the historical needs and changing nature of the nursing profession allows students insights into potential improvements in healthcare policy and health savings.  Gender is a key analytical category as it allows us to ask larger questions, such as who can participate in the professions and how does gender play an important part in shaping those roles.  Controlling analytics for gender also allows us to examine key issues in healthcare such as gaps in pay and unequal access to healthcare.

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