Western Region Public Health Training Center at the University of Arizona College of Public Health

Recognizing and Challenging Stigma

This course offers CPH, CHES, and CPE — Free
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1.50 hours


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Stigma is an intense human experience. Stigma causes suffering and worsens health. This training focuses on recognizing and challenging stigma.  In the first section, we explain what stigma is, how it feels, and how to recognize it.  In the second section, we explore the ways stigma is entangled in the practices and assumptions of healthcare professionals, often unwittingly. In our final section, we identify ways that health professionals can help recognize and reduce stigma to improve patient outcomes and improve population health.

Reviewers say, "The content and organization of the training is excellent. The visual aids are excellent. The knowledge checks are excellent." and, "Turn off pop up blockers."

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

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017. 

What You'll Learn

  • Identify different forms of stigma and explain why they emerge and persist.

  • Explore the personal experience of stigma and evaluate your own stigmatizing attitudes. 

  • Recognize the signs and impacts of stigma in health care and public settings.

  • Identify solutions to reducing stigma.

Competency Terms

Communication Skills
Written & Oral Communication
Cultural Competency Skills
Population Diversity
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services
Policy, Program, & Service Impacts

Related Occupations

Public health - multiple occupations will benefit

Related Job Tasks

Communicate effectively to inform and educate people about health, factors that influence it, and how to improve it
Assure an effective system that enables equitable access to the individual services and care needed to be healthy