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Health Equity Research Methods to Address Social Determinants of Health

4th Term
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Tanjala Purnell
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
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 unsure 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 innovative methods, practical tools, and skills required to conduct evidence-based research that addresses the social determinants of health disparities. Draws on theoretical frameworks on fundamental values and principles, including social justice, human rights, the value of diverse ideas and stakeholder perspectives, inclusiveness, trustworthiness, behavioral and implementation science, and community-based participatory design. Uses lectures, panel discussions, and case-based examples to provide opportunities in obtaining feedback on ideas from experienced investigators.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate how social, policy, and community factors drive health and healthcare inequities.
  2. Identify social, policy, and community frameworks and measures for health equity research.
  3. Utilize innovative health equity research methods to address social determinants.
  4. Apply evidence-based strategies for building stakeholder partnerships to enhance research
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 30% Midterm Paper
  • 40% Final Paper
  • 20% Discussion
  • 10% Reflection
Jointly Offered With
Special Comments

This course replaces the prior course 410.606 Local and Global Best Practices in Health Equity Research Methods.