Graduate Minor in Health Equity

The Health Equity Minor is a graduate minor that allows students to specialize in studying health disparities and inequalities. A firm understanding of the structural factors that cause health inequalities will help prepare students to enter the professional world of public health as an effective advocate.

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Declaring a Minor

The process to declare a minor is based on specific criteria.
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The minor is 7 credits for Master’s students and 12 credits for PhD students.

  1. 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 (3 cr)
  2. PubH 6772 Capstone Seminar (1 cr)

Not all courses are offered regularly, and some courses are offered through the Public Health Institute.

If there is an elective course not listed, please email Kathleen Call ( or Rhonda Jones-Webb ( for approval with the syllabus and reasoning as to why it should be approved.

Public Health

  • 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 6131, Working in Global Health (2 cr)
  • PubH 6280, Structural Racism and Inequalities
  • PubH 6370, Social Epidemiology (2 cr)
  • PUBH 6570, Introduction to Population Health: A Health System Perspective
  • PubH 6601, Born a Girl: Global Women’s Health (1 cr)
  • PubH 6606, Children’s Health: Issues, Policies & Programs (2 cr)
  • PubH 6607, Adolescent Health: Issues, Programs, and Policies
  • PubH 6634, Advocacy and Children’s Rights (2 cr)
  • PubH 6675, Women’s Health (2 cr)
  • PUBH 6703, Health Impact Assessment: A Tool to Promote Health Equity
  • PubH 6713, Global Health in a Local Context: An Experiential Course on the Social Determinants, Health Equity, and Leading Change in Minnesota
  • PUBH 6780: Structural Racism and Health Inequities (2 cr)
  • PubH 6804, Community Mental Health (2 cr)
  • PUBH 6815, Community-Based Participatory Research
  • PubH 6855, Medical Sociology (3 cr)
  • PubH 7200, Matchmaking in Public Health: Intentional Integration Across Research, Clinical Practice, Community, and Policy to Promote Health Equity in Public Health Research and Practice
  • PubH 7242, War and Public Health (1 cr)
  • PubH 7200, Parental Incarceration and Child Welfare (2 cr)
Complementary Alternative Medicine
  • CSPH 5000, Cross Cultural Engagement for Health Providers
  • 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
  • PA 5451, Immigration, Health and Public Policy (3 cr)
  • PA 5452, Immigrant and Public Policy (3 cr)
  • PA 8203, Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies (4 cr)
  • PA 5690: Gender and Intersectional Networking Series (GAINS) (0.5 credits)
  • NURS 5033, Population-Focused Health in Public Health and Mental Health Nursing
Social Work
  • SW 8551, Advanced Community Practice: Assessment, Organizing, and Advocacy (3 cr)
  • SOC 8211, The Sociology of Race and Racialization
  • SOC 8735, Sociology of Culture
Global Challenge
  • GCC 5003 Seeking Solutions to Complex Global Health Issues (3 cr)
  • GCC 5028 Harnessing the power of research, community, clinic and policy to build a culture of health (3 cr)

Learning Objectives

  1. Learn about the extent and nature of health inequities, and methods for documenting
  2. Analyze the roots of health inequities in our cultural histories and the process by which these gaps are generated and perpetuated
  3. Understand the roles of our system of government, healthcare, and public health in generating equity
  4. Explore potential practice and policy solutions for fostering health equity, examining both intended and unintended consequences
  5. Recognize the unique strengths and integral role of cultural communities and social groups in defining the health problems they experience and directing the solutions.


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