Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Understanding Population Health Concepts

This is an all levels 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, you 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.

Reviewers say, "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."
And, "Very informative training and easy to understand and follow."

And, "This training is best viewed in full screen as the "quotes" in the activity portion can look too small."

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
Community Assets
Public Health Science Skills
Foundation of Public Health

Related Occupations

Community Health Worker
Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Health Educator
Home Health Worker
Program Director
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Registered Nurse - Community Health Nurse
Social Services Counselor
Social Worker
Student - Professional & Scientific