Racism in Modern American Healthcare

Medical historian Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens uncovers, unpacks, and explores racism in American medicine today,  delving into the dark history of American medicine in slavery and racism and the effects of this history in the US healthcare system to this day. In this class, you will learn about: 

  • Historical medical experiments and practices
  • The current situation in American medicine 
  • Institutional response to racism 


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About the expert

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens is an award-winning historian, speaker, and author of the book, “Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology.

She is Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. This makes her one of two Black women in the country running a medical humanities program. Dr. Cooper Owens is also the Director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest cultural institution. 

Find more about Dr. Cooper Owen’s work HERE.


Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens

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