Health Equity & Social Justice: Essential Tools for Public Health Professionals

Candice Belanoff, ScD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences, BUSPH

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Course Description

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.

Intended Audience

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.

Required knowledge/pre-requisites

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.”

Course Details

On Campus 20 hours Registration Closed

Class meets each day both weeks -
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm