Health Disparities Course
NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course
Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox, NIMHD acting director (front row, 3rd from l), joins course organizer, Dr. Irene Dankwa-Mullan (front row, 2nd from l), Dr. Joyce Hunter, NIMHD deputy director (front row, far r), and course lecturers and scholars in June 2014.
The NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course is a two-week intensive course held in mid-August on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.
Exploring the Science of Health Disparities
The course provides an introduction to the principles and practice of health disparities research. Focusing on concepts, methods, key issues, and applications, the course aims to provide the knowledge and research tools needed to conduct and develop translational and transdisciplinary research and interventions to eliminate health disparities. The course content is developed in the context of the history of health and health disparities in the United States, and addresses biological and non-biological determinants of health and a range of social, political, economic, cultural, and legal theories related to health disparities.
A number of conceptual frameworks are introduced to provide the fundamental basis for identifying and evaluating health disparities. Various policy perspectives (e.g., education, economics and health) are presented to help inform translation of science interventions and evidence-based practices. Social determinants of health and related conditions within selected health disparity populations are discussed. The course also focuses on integration of various disciplines (including biological, social, behavioral, physical, and environmental sciences, and law and economics) to understand science, practice, and policy issues.
Engaging in Dynamic Learning
Classes begin with lectures from nationally and internationally recognized experts from diverse disciplines. Lectures are followed by interactive panel discussions to explore the module content with some degree of analytic objectivity. Participants further engage in dynamic debate over questions and issues that they indicate are most relevant to select communities or populations.
As part of the experience, scholars are provided with the opportunity to work in teams on real life case studies, participate in informational sessions with other NIH staff involved in health disparities research activities, and learn about research and training activities offered at the NIH.
- Health care/public health professionals
- Public policy professionals
- Academic Researchers
- Community researchers
- Members of community-based and faith-based organizations
- Scientists engaged in health disparities research and activities
- Recognize the history of health disparities and identify priorities for the elimination of health disparities
- Describe a broad-based perspective on current health disparities research and critically analyze issues pertaining to gathering and interpretation of data, novel research methods, and resource utilization
- Integrate diverse professional background and learning skills to include critical appraisal of the literature focused on understanding and addressing health disparities
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of NIMHD and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Certificates for all attendees are provided at the completion of the course. The certificates may be honored by other professional accreditation bodies for continuing educational units.
The application period for the 2015 Translational Health Disparities Course will open in spring 2015.
Application Information: The following comprises the application packet:
- Completed online application must include:
- Relevant professional experience (250 word limit)
- Educational history including honors and awards (250 word limit)
- Essay describing interest in the course and how it will contribute to work/future career goals in the area of health disparities (350 word limit)
- Letter of recommendation addressing in concrete and specific terms strengths, personal qualities, and relevance of course for career trajectory (350 word limit)
**Once the applicant submits the application, it will generate an automatic e-mail to the applicant’s reference, requesting a recommendation. An application is not complete until the reference submits the letter of recommendation.
The course is free, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for transportation, room and board.
For additional information, contact the course planning committee at NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov