Field Epidemiology

Structural Competency: Engaging Stigma and Inequality in Medicine and Medical Training

Originally presented on March 2, 2016

Jonathan Metzl, MD, PhD
Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society; Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, and Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University

Jonathan Metzl, the psychiatrist and cultural analyst who coined the term “structural competency” and, with Helena Hansen, co-authored the main journal article on the topic. Dr. Metzl will review the origins of the term and discuss the 5-part model of structural competency. He will then describe the structural foundation of mental illness stigmatization in the United States, focusing on his research which connects the over-diagnoses of schizophrenia among Black men to racial anxieties stemming from social protests in the 1960s.

Dr. Metzl will conclude his presentation by describing an innovative program to train pre-health students in structural competency through the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify the historical origins of Structural Competency
  • Describe the structural bases of stigmatizations of mental illness in the United States
  • Discuss how the structural origins of stigma vs schizophrenia intersected with political anxieties about race.
  • Explain the benefits of training pre-health students in structural competency

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until March 31, 2019.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

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This offering is approved for 1.5 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until February 28, 2019.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

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Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until March 31, 2019. 

Social Work

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This offering is approved for 1.5 social work self-study continuing education hour.

Social Work continuing education hours are offered until December 31, 2017.