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A Harrisburg University of Science and Technology professor will teach a course to National Institutes of Health scientists and fellows this summer.

Dr. Nancy Mimm, who leads the M.S. in Nursing graduate program and the Population Health Certificate program at the University, will teach a Social Determinants of Health course this summer.  It is the third time Dr. Mimm has taught the course.

FAES is a unique educational organization nestled inside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland that was created to support the biomedical community by sharing knowledge and creating opportunities to innovate and collaborate both inside and outside of the NIH.

The Social Determinants of Health course introduces the social factors that impact individual and population health. The course presents students with theories and evidence supporting multiple underlying determinants of health in populations. Students consider how health is affected by a variety of determinants, and we will explore how social influences affect population health. Social influences include socioeconomic status, environment, policy, gender, race, sexual orientation, and neighborhood quality. The students will examine structural factors that impact population health in the United States, and we explore the potential for structural interventions to address health inequities and improve population health outcomes.

The Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) was created by the NIH for the NIH. FAES was established in 1959 by 11 NIH scientists to facilitate a collegial environment and provide educational activities and professional services to the scientific community. Over the last six decades, FAES has grown to be much more to the NIH community, serving not only the Bethesda campus, but also Frederick, Rockledge, and Baltimore, Maryland as well as the NIH sites in Arizona, North Carolina, and Montana. In 1984 the organization expanded its services by offering a series of short-term lecture and laboratory hands-on training workshops through its biotechnology training program. In addition to advanced education, training, and conference services, FAES supports the NIH community with services including a health insurance plan for Fellows and Trainees, a wide variety of social and cultural events, and an academic bookstore located on the first floor of Building 10 near the Masur Auditorium, which is the only bookstore on the NIH Bethesda campus.

Today, FAES offers approximately 150 academic credit-bearing courses each year and more than 60 biotechnology training workshops. FAES also sponsors musical performances and runs management and leadership training classes for scientists who want to bridge the gap between the bench/bedside and business or other fields. FAES also provides complete conference management services for members of the NIH community and affiliated organizations. Since its founding, FAES has educated over 150,000 people and continues to expand and customize educational opportunities for the community.

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