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Fundamental Tools for Promoting Health Equity

2nd term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Roland Thorpe

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. None.


Prepare DrPH students to apply health equity frameworks and measurement tools in their everyday functions: includes four components: definitions and historical perspectives of health equity, health disparity, and social justice; common theoretical frameworks and their applications to different aspects of health equity, health disparities, and social justice; measurement tools used for health equity and health disparities in context; strategies and policies to reduce health disparities and promote health equity; Students complete a final project in which they must propose a program based in theory and proven need within their professional capacity.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define the concepts of health disparity, health equity, and social justice
  2. Identify theoretical frameworks for health disparity and equity issues and use them appropriately
  3. Identify measurement tools for health disparities and health equity
  4. Identify strategies and policies to reduce health disparities and promote health equity
Methods of Assessment:

Participation in 3 LiveTalks (25%) (If you cannot attend a LiveTalk in person, please contact course instructors and/or TA for further instruction)Participation in Discussion Forums: 2 Discussion Posts and Responses (25%)Final Video Presentation and Responses (50%)

Enrollment Restriction:

Limited to DrPH students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for students outside of the Health Equity and Social Justice Track

For consent, contact:

Special Comments:

This course is being created in response to a request to Dr. Thorpe and Dr. Gaskin from the DrPH program in order to fill an observed gap for the Health Equity and Social Justice Concentration. It will be important for them to learn relevant frameworks to use in order to conceptualize specific health disparities and health equity issues, decide how to measure their progress, and create real change. As students compile a toolbox of useful techniques, they will move into third term to take Dr. Cooper’s course, “Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research”, which largely addresses communication with stakeholders and health equity interventions.