First Advisor

Charles Klein

Date of Award


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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Studies: Community Health Education and University Honors


Health Studies


Vasectomy -- Social aspects -- United States, Vasectomy -- Hispanic Americans -- Attitudes, Masculinity -- Hispanic Americans, Masculinity -- Latin America




The number of vasectomized foreign-born Latinos in the U.S. has increased by 2.2% from 1995-2010 (CDC, 2012). This increase is analyzed using a financial and cultural framework. The study has two objectives: a) examine the accessibility of a vasectomy among foreign-born Latinos, b) explore masculinity traits among foreign-born Latinos that influence their decision to undergo a vasectomy. Based on the literature review, this research study proposes an expansion in vasectomy coverage not only to eliminate health care disparities, but also to decrease expenses in health care costs by providing coverage for a more affordable permanent sterilization method; and the implementation of appropriate public health interventions that take into account the unique masculinity experiences of foreign-born Latinos who are interested in undergoing a vasectomy.


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