Region V Public Health Training Center

Population Health and Health Equity

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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2.50 hours


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A physician, nurse, or other health professional's potential role in patient health does not stop at the clinic doors. Appreciating the impact of social and environmental conditions on health can create physician advocates and elevate the care provided in clinical settings. In four modules featuring academic and practice-based experts, this course introduces key concepts, strategies, and resources for learners to consider and apply in their own practice to improve the health of their communities.

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.  

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

Reviewers say, "The training is very informative and helpful for the target audience."

What You'll Learn

Module 1: The Population Health System

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of public health.
  • Identify how the health care system influences health equity, including insurance coverage.
  • Recognize the importance of and opportunities for collaboration in population health.

Module 2: Social Determinants of Health

  • Describe the concept of the social determinants of health.
  • Discuss how ‘place’ impacts population and patient health outcomes.
  • Identify types of information about a community that can inform a physician’s practice.

Module 3: Personal Influences on Population Health

  • Consider the role of physicians as change agents.
  • Describe at least one framework for cultural competence.
  • Identify at least one interpersonal level strategy for health equity.

Module 4: Policy/Advocacy

  • Identify potential roles for physicians in health policy and advocacy work.
  • Recognize opportunities to influence organizational and community policy to promote population health and health equity.

Competency Terms

Access to Clinical Care
Policy Development & Support
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Strategic Planning
Cultural Competency Skills
Population Diversity
Workforce Diversity
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services
Policy, Program, & Service Impacts
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Community Programs & Services
Relationship Building
Partner Collaboration
Public Health Science Skills
Foundation of Public Health
Application of Public Health Sciences

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Grant & Contracts Specialist
Health Educator
Health Officer
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse
Other Oral Health Professional
Other Physician
Other Registered Nurse-Clinical Services
Physician Assistant
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Dentist
Public Health/Preventative Medicine Physician
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Social Services Counselor
Social Worker

Related Job Tasks

Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy
Build and maintain a strong organizational infrastructure for public health
Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it
Create, champion, and implement policies, plans, and laws that impact health
Utilize legal and regulatory actions designed to improve and protect the public’s health