University at Albany, Center for Public Health Continuing Education

Addressing Health Equity: A Public Health Essential

This course offers CHES, CNE, and CPH — Free
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3-5 minutes


1.50 hours


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How healthy we are when we are born, how likely we are to get sick as we age, and how long we can expect to live are all determined by our place in society. Health disparities vary by wealth/income, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability status. In the United States, health disparities are significant and continue to increase between different populations.

This course illustrates the conditions that shape health and health disparities. In addition to describing the complex interplay of social conditions associated with health disparities, it also provides a framework for exploring public and community health strategies to promote health equity.

Reviewers say, "It's best done all at once." and "It is easy to navigate. Great supporting materials ( video, charts, graphs)."

What You'll Learn

  • Describe terms related to health equity.
  • Identify how historically major advances in health status resulted from social reforms.
  • Identify the health outcomes of affected populations.
  • Describe the social determinants of health and how they contribute to health disparities and inequities.
  • Describe the Healthy People initiatives that address health inequity.
  • Explain the role of the public health workforce in addressing health inequity.
  • Describe evidence-based approaches to promote health equity.

Competency Terms

Cultural Competency Skills
Population Diversity
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services
Public Health Science Skills
Foundation of Public Health

Related Occupations

Public health - multiple occupations will benefit