Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Understanding Population Health Concepts

This is an introductory course offering CPH — Free
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1.50 hours


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This module is the first in a three-part series that is designed to help you use data to identify and address health disparities in your community.

In this module, we will look at how to use data to connect social determinants of health to health disparities in a community.

The story and activities in this module are inspired by problem-based learning (PBL). Through PBL, teams examine thoughtful, collaborative solutions to workplace problems. This module will ask you to apply these solutions to fictional scenarios that help prepare you for similar, real-world situations.

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, "Very informative training and easy to understand and follow."

"It is best viewed in full screen as the "quotes" in the activity portion can look too small"

"I would recommend this for entry-level or public health workforce members who have not had extensive training on health equity, disparities, inequities, and social determinants of health. This could be a decent course to complete alone or with a small group. The activities and problem solving might be most interesting for a small group, and the links to resources could be applied to the group's locality."

What You'll Learn

  • Define health equity, health disparities, and health inequities
  • Explain how social factors (e.g., access to employment, discrimination, neighborhood safety) influence health
  • Identify connections between social factors and varying health outcomes in a community

Competency Terms

Cultural Competency Skills
Population Diversity
Cultural Influence on Policies, Programs, & Services
Policy, Program, & Service Impacts
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Relationship Building
Partner Collaboration
Community Engagement
Community Assets
Public Health Science Skills
Foundation of Public Health
Advocacy for Public Health

Related Occupations

Behavioral Health Professional
Community Health Worker
Grant & Contracts Specialist
Health Educator
Home Health Worker
Other - Schools
Other Management & Leadership
Other Oral Health Professional
Other Physician
Other Professional
Program Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Manager/Program Manager
Social Services Counselor
Social Worker
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems
Investigate health problems, including environmental health
Inform, educate, and empower people about health concerns
Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems
Develop community partnerships
Serve on committees, boards, or task forces
Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
Ensure competent public and personal health care workforce