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The Influence of Social Determinants on Health


Why are some groups healthier than others, and how do these differences emerge and persist over a lifetime? How do social policies on housing, transportation, and employment relate to health and health inequalities?

This specialization will examine social, behavioral, economic, political, and structural factors that contribute to health inequalities, and suggest innovative ways to reduce disparities in health to achieve health equity.You will learn,

-Use conceptual models to understand health disparities in the U.S. and internationally.

-Access and use high-quality data sources to present statistics that illustrate the social-environmental-health issues within a community.

-Identify the main sources of these disparities from a population science perspective, and use public health evidence to inform policy efforts to address these disparities.

-Conduct community health needs assessments and identify evidence-based interventions.

  • Subject

  • Language


  • Duration

    12 weeks

  • Status


  • U-M Credit Eligible



  • Cleopatra Caldwell

    Professor and Chair

    Department of Health Behavior and Health Education

  • Sharon Kardia

    Millicent W Higgins Collegiate Professor of Epidemiology

    School of Public Health

  • Briana Mezuk

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology

    School of Public Health

  • Belinda Needham

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology

    School of Public Health

Courses (3)