Population Health Equity

The Certificate in Population Health Equity is a newly developed certificate offered through the School of Nursing. True health improvement requires a population and systems perspective capable of addressing the root causes of health inequities and the ability to address the inequities through evidence-based policy, systems, and environmental changes, and partnership with affected communities.

This certificate is intended to better prepare nurses and other professionals/graduate students to understand and address the underlying causes of social and environmental determinants of health and health equity. Students will develop skills to prioritize addressing issues of antiracism and social determinants of health, and in nurturing community partnerships. 

Key outcomes with completion of this certificate include: 

  1. Ability to describe principles and models of effective engagement for working with the community and systems-level stakeholders around issues that impact population health and health equity.
  2. Identify how culture, values, language, and social position influence engagement and partnership strategies.
  3. Appropriately generate recommendations to build and sustain partnerships between communities and systems to support health equity and culturally-relevant services for diverse populations. 
  4. Ability to describe interdisciplinary systems-thinking frameworks and methods for practice implementation and systems change.
  5. Identify how prevention and health and social service delivery systems can function together to benefit population health. 
  6. Understand how policy decisions at multiple systems levels influence population health status, health and social services delivery, and utilization.