Health Equity: A Public Health Essential

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 to a surprising extent by our place in society. Disparities in health among income, racial, and ethnic groups in the U.S. are significant and, by many measures, expanding. This course serves as a primer for illustrating the root causes 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 frameworks for addressing health equity.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe terms related to health equity.
  • Identify how historically major advances in health status resulted from broad-based 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 2020 approaches to address health inequity.
  • Illustrate the role of the public health workforce in addressing health inequity.
  • Describe evidenced-based approaches to addressing health equity

Link to Training

Sponsor: Empire State Public Health Training Center
Media: Web-based self-study
Year Launched: 2012
Council on Linkages Core Competencies 2014: 2A6, 2B6, 4A3, 5A2, 5A7, 6C2
Council on Linkages Core Competencies 2014: 2A1, 2B1, 4A2, 5A1, 5A9, 6C2
Estimated Time to Complete: 1.5 hours
Certificate of Completion: Yes