Health Disparities Concentration

The Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Concentration (HDIC) addresses the unequal burden of health risks, morbidity, and mortality experienced by minority cultural and social groups in the U.S., as well as unequal quality of and access to health care.

Despite Minnesota’s ranking as one of the nation’s healthiest states, Minnesota has some of the largest gaps among cultural and social groups in health indicators.


Required Courses: 

CSpH 5115 Cultural Knowledge, Health, and Contemporary Cultural Communities (3 cr)

Or PubH 6066 Building Communities, Increasing Health: Preparing for Community Health Work (2 cr)
Or PUBH 6055 Social Inequalities in Health (2 cr)
Or PUBH 6855 Medical Sociology

And PubH6772 Capstone Seminar (1 cr)

CSpH 5155 Cultural Knowledge, Health, and Contemporary Cultural Communities: How knowledge can become resource for individual, family, community health. Interactive glimpse of wisdom of cultural communities. Develop capacity to see culture within professional education/practice. Cultural constructs underpinning medical system, role of culture in  interaction between practitioner/patient, role of  reconnection to cultural heritage in healing.

PUBH 6066 Building Communities, Increasing Health: Preparing for Community Health Work: Taught with Powderhorn-Phillips Cultural Wellness Center. Introduction to community building/organizing. Using culture as a resource for health, reducing barriers, identifying community assets, planning organizing strategy, understanding the impact of history. Emphasizes self-reflection and skill-building for authentic, grassroots community

PUBH 6055 Social Inequalities in Health: Extent/causes of social inequalities in health. Degree to which understanding of these inequalities is hampered by methodological limitations in health research. Focuses on individual, community, and policy approaches to reducing social inequalities in health.

PUBH 6855 Medical Sociology: Introduction to common theoretical/empirical approaches used by sociologists to study health/illness. How content reflects social inequalities in health/illness. Social processes that shape experience of health/illness.

PUBH 6772 Health Disparities Capstone Seminar: Readings and discussion-based seminar. Readings emphasize practice and policy solutions to health disparities.

Public Health Elective Course Options:
PubH 6000,Urban Health and Social Policy (2 cr)
PubH 6055, Social Inequities in Health (2 cr)
PubH 6066, Community Building and Health (2 cr)
PubH 6370, Social Epidemiology (2 cr)
PubH 6601, Born a Girl: Global Women’s Health (1 cr)
PubH 6606, Children’s Health: Issues, Policies & Programs (2 cr)
PubH 6634, Advocacy and Children’s Rights (2 cr)
PubH 6675, Women’s Health (2 cr)
PubH 6805, Community Health Assessment (3 cr)
PubH 6804, Community Mental Health (2 cr)
PubH 6855, Medical Sociology (3 cr)
PubH 6811, Health Disparities Research: Measures, Methods and Data (2 cr)
PubH 7200, Community-Based Participatory Research (2 cr)
PubH 7241, Culturally Responsive Communication (1 cr)
PubH 7242, War and Public Health (1 cr)

Other Course Options:
ANTH 5031, Science as Cultural Practice (3 cr)
ANTH 5045, Urban Anthropology (3 cr)

Complementary Alternative Medicine
CSpH 5115, Cultural Knowledge, Health and Contemporary Cultural Communities (3 cr)

Public Affairs
PA 5211, Land Use Planning (3 cr)
PA 5401, Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy (3 cr)
PA 5421, Racial Inequality and Public Policy (3 cr)
PA 5451, Immigrant Health Issues (3 cr)
PA 5452, Immigration and Public Policy (3 cr)

NURS 5040H, Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues (3 cr)
NURS 5800, Topics: Refugee Health: Trauma, Stress & Coping (3 cr)
NURS 5803, Transcultural Nursing: Theories and Issues (2 cr)
NURS 5808, American Indian Health and Health Care (2 cr)
NURS 6800, Topics: Public Health Nursing for Refugee Populations (1 cr)

Political Science
POL 8360, Social Science Approaches to the Study of Inequality (3 cr)

Social Work
SW 8105, Social Policy & Economic Security of Disadvantaged Populations (3 cr)

SOC 8201, Social Stratification and Mobility (3 cr)
SOC 8211, The Sociology of Race and Racialization (3 cr)
SOC 8221, Sociology of Gender (3 cr)
SOC 8735, Sociology of Culture (3 cr)

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