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Applications of Innovative Methods in Local and Global Health Equity Research


Summer Inst. term
Health Behavior and Society
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M Tu,  9:00am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
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.

Introduces students to innovative methods, practical tools, and skills required to conduct rigorous health equity research and to translate evidence-based strategies into practice and policy. Covers topics ranging from stakeholder engagement and behavioral intervention development to research methods in

healthcare services and social epidemiology. Includes lectures, interactive discussions, case-based examples, and opportunities to obtain feedback on research ideas from experienced investigators.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Understand how cultural and structural competence and relationship-centered communication enhance the quality and success of health equity research
  2. Apply 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Midterm Paper
  • 40% Final Presentation
  • 10% Reflection
  • 20% online journal article discussions

Instructor Consent:

No consent required