Homelessness and Health - Lessons from Health Care, Public Health, and Research (online course; part of the Public Health 101 Series)





Course description

Homelessness in the United States (U.S.) is a complex issue intersecting health, public health, policy as well as other aspects of society. Examine the fundamentals of health and innovative research outcomes among homeless populations. Identify unique health issues, health care responses, social needs, and strategies for incorporating trauma-informed care into practice with respect to homelessness. We will offer both traditional lecture presentations with adequate time for questions and active and thoughtful discussions regarding some of the current issues facing homeless people today.

This nanocourse is appropriate for students in public health/medicine/biomedical sciences, clinicians, and people serving the homeless population.


Course objectives

1)    Describe the magnitude and trends in homelessness in the U.S.

2)    Identify common physical and behavioral health issues among homeless population

3)    Describe health care inequities and health care systems’ responses for people experiencing homelessness



This course will be live-streamed over Zoom. It is free and open to all, but participants must register below to receive the Zoom link. 

Session 1: April 21, 3:30-5:30 PM

Session 2: April 28, 3:30-5:30 PM [new date]



Jill Roncarati, ScD, MPH, PA-C (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

Margaret Sullivan,  FNP-BC, DrPH (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights)


Curriculum Fellow

Deepali Ravel (deepali_ravel@hms.harvard.edu)


Register here to get access to the Zoom sessions.