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Health Equity is an issue gaining increased attention from the public health community, yet few public health practitioners know how to “make it happen.” This 20-hour course will engage students in an active, immersive learning experience that offers the opportunity to work with and apply a selection of current “equity assessment” tools to the work they do. In order to support this work, students will also discuss a number of key readings around social justice, equity and the health of traditionally marginalized populations.
- Apply multiple equity-assessment tools to their professional work and organizations
- Increase familiarity with key theories and frameworks critical to public health equity
- Identify and understand how systemic/institutional oppression (including racism, xenophobia, homophobia and ableism) produce health inequities for marginalized populations.
- Communicate findings and recommendations to colleagues and other stakeholders.
Public Health Professionals who wish to learn more about and apply various approaches to evaluating the equity-capacity of research, programmatic and organizational structures in which they participate. The course is highly discussion-based, and the material usually generates lively exchanges.
It is helpful if students come prepared to discuss a program or organization that they would like to examine as their health equity assessment “case.”