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Conceptual and Evidential Foundations of Health Equity and Social Justice

Course Status

Winter Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact Name
Olakunle Alonge
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
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
Jointly Offered With