The Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights (EQUITY) concentration is hosted by the Gillings School’s Departments of Epidemiology, Environmental Sciences and Health Behavior.
This concentration will prepare you for positions in diverse areas of public health through training in quantitative, qualitative and community-engaged approaches in research and practice. A cross-cutting and interdisciplinary concentration, EQUITY will empower you with a fundamental understanding of the history, principles, theories and frameworks of health equity, anti-racism, social justice and human rights.
Members of the Gillings School Minority Student Caucus have planned and executed the annual UNC-Chapel Hill Minority Health Conference since 1977. The conference is the country’s largest and longest-running student-led conference focused on public health issues.
What You’ll Learn
This concentration will train you to assess social determinants of health and structural inequities and to devise community-engaged solutions to address them through public health practice or research. Specifically, you will learn to:
- Critically evaluate the social determinants of health and understand how they contribute to health inequities; and
- Apply a range of community-engaged strategies and methodologies to advance health equity, social justice and human rights through mentored fieldwork in the United States or another nation.
In the course of the EQUITY concentration, you will acquire six competencies (described below). With these abilities, potential domestic and global career positions in diverse areas of public health include:
- Public health advisor
- Health policy analyst
- Outreach coordinator
- Health educator
- Research coordinator
- Federal health agency staff member
- Academic or foundation researcher
- Coalition coordinator
Learn more about the opportunities that await you with an MPH from the Gillings School.
In addition to the interdisciplinary, 12-credit Gillings MPH Core, you will take:
- EPID 826: Introduction to Social Epidemiology
- SPHG 720: Leading for Racial Equity
- PUBH 748: Policy for Social Transformation
- ENVR 784: Community-driven Research and Environmental Justice
- HBEH 700: Foundations of Health Equity
- EPID 892: Seminar in Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights
You also will complete a summer practicum during your first year and a culminating integrated learning experience during your second year.
This program will empower you with the knowledge and skills to achieve the following core competencies:
- Evaluate critically the ways in which current and historical policies, institutions and groups influence social determinants of health and contribute to inequities in health across the life course.
- Integrate relevant strategies, methodologies and measures for research, practice and policies that advance health equity, social justice and human rights.
- Interpret data to identify the systemic inequities across multiple sectors, such as health, education, criminal justice, business, housing and economic development.
- Critique multilevel, structural and systems approaches to public health research and practice using principles of health equity, social justice and human rights.
- Evaluate how health programs and policies address health equity, social justice and human rights.
- Incorporate cultural humility principles in public health research, practice and policy.
Want to learn more?
Contact Jennifer Moore or Valerie Hudock, student services managers in the Department of Epidemiology, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- American Public Health Association Conference November 10 - November 14
- Introduction to Survey Weighting November 15 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
- Continuing Education Series: Foundations for Leadership November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm