University at Albany, Center for Public Health Continuing Education

Addressing Health Equity: A Public Health Essential

This is an all levels course offering CHES, CME, CNE, and CPH — Free
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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.

As a result of this activity, the learner will enhance their knowledge and competence in the root causes that shape health and health disparities and community health frameworks for addressing health equity.

Reviewers say, "I believe that this is a good course to help newcomers into public health learn about addressing health equity...It is best done all at once. "

"Easy to navigate. Great supporting materials (videos, charts, graphs)."

"Excellent and thorough training."


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

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Cultural Competency Skills
Population Diversity
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services
Policy, Program, & Service Impacts
Research Ethics
Systems Thinking
Advocacy for Public Health

Related Occupations

Behavioral Health Professional
Community Health Worker
Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Health Educator
Health Officer
Program Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Agency Director
Public Health Informatics Specialist
Public Health Manager/Program Manager
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Social Services Counselor
Social Worker
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Ensure competent public and personal health care workforce
Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services