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Local and Global Best Practices in Health Equity Research Methods


4th term
Health Behavior and Society
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Lisa A. Cooper

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Do you want to conduct evidence-based research to promote local and global health equity? 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 innovative methods, practical tools and skills to conduct evidence-based research that promotes health equity in the US and internationally.

Introduces students to innovative methods, practical tools, and skills required to conduct evidence-based research that promotes local and global health equity. Theoretical frameworks draw on fundamental values and principles, including human rights, social justice, the value of diverse ideas and perspectives, inclusiveness, trustworthiness, behavioral and implementation science, and participatory decision-making. Includes lectures, interactive panel 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 local factors drive health inequities and compare these phenomena around the world
  2. Apply strategies for building local and global partnerships to enhance health equity research
  3. Describe behavioral methods used to develop health equity interventions that address local needs while leveraging solutions that have worked around the globe
  4. Identify public health frameworks and measures for local and global health equity research
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 30% Midterm Paper
  • 40% Final Paper
  • 20% Discussion
  • 10% Reflection

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

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