The Health Disparities Research (HDR) Online Certificate Program, also offered through the UIC SPH, is a post-baccalaureate certificate that provides a documented concentration of study for graduate students, fellows, junior faculty, and working professionals particularly interested in identifying, analyzing, and addressing health disparities in vulnerable communities and broader populations. Aimed at health science professionals across the spectrum, course content is applicable across disciplines.
Topic areas include theoretical perspectives of health disparities; research methodology specific to the study of health disparities; and the use of evidence in policy development and implementation.
The program is offered entirely online, consists of four courses for a total of 13 credit hours, and takes one year on a part-time basis to complete. Taken together, the HDR courses provide the knowledge needed to design, conduct, and collaborate in health disparities research.
Students will acquire the following skills and knowledge:
- Apply lessons from seminal historical events and scientific initiatives to inform efforts to achieve health equity
- Explore cultural nuances entailed in designing, implementing, and interpreting population research in health disparities
- Select appropriate conceptual models, strategies, and tools for studying vulnerable populations and health disparities
- Critique scientific efforts and policy initiatives that endeavor to explain or eliminate health disparities
- Incorporate knowledge, insights, and skills relative to health disparities in planning and implementing their own specific work