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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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  • PubH 6772 Health Disparities Capstone Seminar (1 cr)

Students also select at least 1 of the courses below:

  • CSPH 5115 Cultural Awareness, Knowledge & Health (3 cr) or
  • PubH 6055 Social Inequalities in Health (2 cr) or
  • PubH 6066 Building Communities, Increasing Health: Preparing for Community Health Work¬†(2 cr) or
  • PubH 6855 Medical Sociology (3 cr)
  • 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 6261 Human Centered Design for Public Health Leadership, Practice and Innovation (2 cr)
  • PubH 6242 Cultural Humility with American Indian Population (2 cr)
  • PubH 6244 American Indian Health and Wellness Equity (2 cr)
  • PubH 6370 Social Epidemiology (2 cr)
  • PubH 6525 Introduction to Population Health: A Health System Perspective (1 cr)
  • PubH 6601 Born a Girl: Global Women’s Health (1 cr)
  • PubH 6606 Children’s Health: Issues, Policies, and Programs (2 cr)
  • PubH 6607 Adolescent Health: Issues, Program, and Policies (2 cr)
  • 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 (1.5 cr)
  • PubH 6713 Global Health in a Local Context: An Experiential Course on the Social Determinants, Health Equity, and Leading Change in Minnesota (3 cr)
  • PubH 6737 Structural Racism and Health Inequalities (2 cr)
  • PubH 6804 Community Mental Health (2 cr)
  • PubH 6815 Community-Based Participatory Research (2 cr)
  • PubH 6855 Medical Sociology (3 cr)
  • PubH 7200 Parental Incarceration and Child Welfare (1 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)
  • BTHX 5510/8510 Gender and the Politics of Health
  • CI 5464 Politics of Literacy and Race in Schools 3 cr
  • CSPH 5000 Cross Cultural Engagement for Health Providers
  • CSPH 5115 Cultural Knowledge, Health and Contemporary Communities (3 cr)
  • CSPH 5118 Whole Person, Whole Community: The Reciprocity of Wellbeing (3 cr)
  • PA 5211 Land Use Planning (3 cr)
  • PA 5209¬†Urban Planning and Health Equity (3 cr)
  • PA 5401 Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy (3 cr)
  • PA 5421 Racial Inequality and Public Policy (3 cr)
  • PA 5426 Topics in Social Policy: Research and Policy Marginalized Groups – A Sex Trafficking/Sex Trading Case Study (3 cr)
  • PA 5451 Immigration, Health and Public Policy (3-4 cr)
  • PA 5452 Immigrant and Public Policy (3-4 cr)
  • PA 8203 Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies (4 cr)
  • PA 5690 Gender and Intersectional Networking Series (0.5 cr)
  • NURS 5033 Population Focused Health in Public Health and Mental Health Nursing (5 cr)
  • NURS 5800 Topics: Refugee Health: Trauma, Stress, and Coping (1 cr)
  • SW 8551 Advanced Community Practice: Assessment, Organizing, and Advocacy (3 cr)
  • SOC 8211 The Sociology of Race and Racialization (3 cr)
  • SOC 8735 Sociology of Culture (3 cr)
  • GCC 5003 Seeking Solution 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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