CHB 525/625 Health Disparities

In this course we examine the causes of inequities in health status associated with race, ethnicity, education, income, disability, geographic location, immigrant status, gender, and sexual orientation. We examine pathways through which these differences are produced and reinforced, including structural and interpersonal discrimination, stigma, non-conscious bias, social network processes, and socioeconomic policies. The course provides historical and theoretical perspectives on health inequities, and a critical examination of empirical support for various explanatory pathways. We discuss approaches to conducting research and intervening to eliminate disparities, and cultural humility in public health and health care practice.