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Collective Responsibility at the Intersection of Racism, Social Justice and Public Health is a Course

Collective Responsibility at the Intersection of Racism, Social Justice and Public Health

Jun 21 - Oct 30, 2021
14.25 credits

$350 Enroll

Full course description

2021 Annual Summer Program in Population Health Course 

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Are you an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral student? Students receive a discount on Summer Program courses. Student cost for this course is $100. Please use code StudentDiscount.

Instructor: Marilyn Laila Sampilo, PhD, MPH

Course Description:

Structural racism leads to persistent disparities in physical and behavioral health among marginalized communities through a complex ecosystem of inequity. At a macro level, racism and discrimination in policies have resulted in historical injustices and legacies of systemic oppression. Structural racism intersects and interacts with various societal systems to reinforce the disadvantaged social positioning of these groups and perpetuates their marginalization. In order to move towards a more equitable society, structural racism in healthcare, related systems, and specialty fields must be dismantled and these systems must move beyond diversity and inclusion to becoming intentionally equitable and anti-racist. Because public health is uniquely positioned in its role at the intersection of population health and the healthcare system, and emphasizes health promotion and prevention, efforts must be undertaken to works towards a similar transformation.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define structural analysis and its applicability to public health. 
  • Identify structural influences on current public health problems and related disparities. 
  • Discuss racism in the current public health landscape within the context of structural analysis.
  • Explain social justice as a public health issue. 
  • Apply key social justice concepts to promotion of antiracism and equity in public health. 
  • Outline strategies and approaches for collective action to advance racial equity and justice in public health. 

Continuing Education:

Continuing education credits will be available for certified health education specialists, registered sanitarians and those certified in public health.

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