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Conceptual and Evidential Foundations of Health Equity and Social Justice

East Baltimore
Winter Inst. term
International Health
4 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Mon 01/09/2023 - Fri 01/13/2023
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
Olakunle Alonge

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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Pre-course readings and assessments
  • 15% Participation
  • 15% Presentation(s)
  • 50% Final Project/exams

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: