The Health Disparities Research certificate prepares researchers and practitioners to identify, analyze and address health disparities in vulnerable communities and broader populations.

The certificate is ideal for graduate students, junior faculty and working professionals (physicians, nurses, dentists, applied health professionals, and health and human service professionals) wanting to acquire health disparities research skills enabling them to identify, analyze, and address health disparities in vulnerable communities and broader populations.  Courses address theoretical perspectives of health disparities, research methodology specific to the study of health disparities, and the use of evidence in policy development and implementation.

Students will acquire the following skills and knowledge:

  1. Apply lessons from seminal historical events and scientific initiatives to inform efforts to achieve health equity
  2. Explore cultural nuances entailed in designing, implementing, and interpreting population research in health disparities
  3. Select appropriate conceptual models, strategies, and tools for studying vulnerable populations and health disparities
  4. Critique scientific efforts and policy initiatives that endeavor to explain or eliminate health disparities
  5. Incorporate knowledge, insights, and skills relative to health disparities in planning and implementing their own specific work