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221.656.11 Conceptual and Evidential Foundations of Health Equity and Social Justice

International Health
Summer Inst. term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Mon 06/10/2019 - Fri 06/14/2019
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  9:00am - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Olakunle Alonge
Course Instructor s:

Growing inequalities are now regarded as one of the biggest threats to modern societies, and to human existence globally. In this course, you will learn about the root causes and consequences of health inequalities, and solutions for mitigating these problems in different contexts.

Explores the conceptual bases of health equity and the underlying social justice, human rights, and disparity models for defining health equity. Examines strategies for promoting health equity and the strength of evidence supporting these strategies. Translates various causal models for defining health equity into research and practice frameworks. Presents integrative examples applying relevant concepts to identify causes, consequences, and solutions of health inequities in various contexts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define health equity
  2. Describe evidence-informed strategies for promoting health equity in different contexts
  3. Use various causal models of health equity to address public health research and practice questions
  4. Analyze relevant social justice, human rights and disparity concepts and causal models for defining health equity
  5. Evaluate the mechanisms of action, and strength of evidence of various evidence-informed strategies for promoting health equity
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation will be based on a pre-course quiz, attendance and participation during
onsite class sessions and group activities, a presentation, and a final project to be submitted
after the onsite portion of the course.
Pre-course readings and assessments (20%)
Participation during onsite days (15%)
Presentation (15%)
Final project/exams (50%)

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

All students (except those in the DrPH Health Equity and Social Justice concentration) must obtain instructor's consent

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

Students are required to complete readings and assignments prior to the start of the course. The final project will be due July 14, 2019.