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Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research

East Baltimore
Summer Inst. term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Instruction Method:
Mon 06/12/2017 - Tue 06/13/2017
Class Times:
  • M Tu,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Lisa A. Cooper

Do you want to conduct high quality research related to achieving health equity? Do you need to learn practical techniques ranging from how to engage key stakeholders, hire the best staff, tailor interventions for your study population, and more? Are you ready to apply theories to real world situations, but you are not sure how to take the next step? This course will provide you with practical methods to develop, implement, and sustain successful health equity research programs.

Provides a comprehensive introduction to innovative methods and skills required to conduct rigorous health equity research and translate evidence-based strategies into practice and policy. Covers topics ranging from stakeholder engagement and behavioral intervention development to research methods in social epidemiology. Includes lectures, interactive panel discussions, case-based examples, and opportunities to participate in small group discussions with experienced investigators.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss how cultural competence and patient-centered communication enhance the quality and success of health equity research
  2. Discuss innovative recruitment strategies for socially at-risk populations, including hiring and training staff for health equity research studies
  3. Engage community and organizational stakeholders in health equity research
  4. Describe methods used to develop appropriate assessment and intervention materials for under-served, low-literacy and non-native English speaking populations
  5. Identify methods and measures in social epidemiology and health services research and sources of data that can be utilized in health equity research
Methods of Assessment:

Final project: 60%, small group participation: 20%, and individual reflection: 20%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required