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2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Dec 02, 2023
2018-2019 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Health Equity Certificate

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This innovative certificate program was created to address the systemic root causes of health disparities. While racial and ethnic health disparities are examples of the consequences of social and economic disadvantages, disparities may also be related to sexual orientation, religion, gender, native language, age, and disability status. The certificate provides students with an academic foundation for achieving health equity through assessing the complexity of inequities among diverse groups of marginalized populations, mobilizing communities where disparities exist, developing/evaluating culturally tailored interventions, and advocating for healthy public policy. The program is designed to increase the cultural competency of public health and other professionals and provide an interdisciplinary vehicle for individuals to pursue and strengthen their career interests relevant to health equity.


Requirements for the Certificate

This program addresses the systemic root causes of health disparities by providing trainees with an academic foundation for the promotion of health equity through conducting/evaluating culturally tailored community-based interventions, mobilizing communities where disparities exists, and advocating for healthy public policy.

Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to the MPH program.

Students must complete 15 credits, including Overview of Health Equity, Introduction to Community Health, Health Equity: Research and Interventions (or approved methods class substitute), and the Integrative Seminar in Health Equity.  A field experience such as an equity-focused MPH practicum or participation in the Health Equity Journal Club is required. The certificate program is designed to be completed in four semesters of full-time study.  An option does exist for finishing in three semesters.

Note: Some additional credits that do not apply to any degree or other certificate must be completed for each certificate program.

Required Courses

Methods Course Substitute

Students may substitute BCHS 2526 Health Equity Research: Methods and Interventions for one of the approved methods courses.

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