This two-week intensive course will provide introduction in the principles and practice of health disparities research. With a focus on concepts, methods, key issues, and applications, this 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 will be developed in the context of the history of health and health disparities in the United States. Biological and non-biological determinants of health will be addressed, and a range of social, political, economic, cultural, and legal theories related to health disparities will be covered.
A number of theoretical frameworks will be used for investigating, evaluating, and discussing health disparities research, and these will address policy and evidence-based practices. Social determinants of health and related conditions within selected health disparity populations will be discussed. The course will also focus on integration of various disciplines (including biological, social, behavioral, physical, and environmental sciences, and law and economics) to understand science, practice, and policy issues. Classes will begin with lectures from nationally and internationally recognized experts from diverse disciplines. Lectures will be followed by panel discussions to explore the module content with some degree of analytic objectivity. Questions and issues that are most relevant to select communities or populations will be chosen by course participants for debate. At the end of the course, each participant may elect to formulate a work plan for innovative health disparities activities in his/her chosen area.
- Health care/public health professionals
- Public policy professionals
- Academic 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 through the joint
sponsorship of the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 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.
Credit Designation Statement
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a
maximum of 67.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim
credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.
Session Dates: August 5 - August 16, 2013 [8:30am - 5pm, daily]
Location: NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
The following comprises the application packet:
- 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 email to the applicant's reference, requesting a recommendation. An application is not complete until the reference submits the letter of recommendation.
Applicants will be notified of final decisions by June 19, 2013. The course overview and syllabus will be on the NIMHD website by July 15, 2013. Click here for a copy of the draft course schedule.
The course is free, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for transportation, room and board.
For more information, call 301-402-1366. There is limited parking on campus. The closest Metro is Medical Center. Please allow adequate time for security check. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Edgar Dews at 301-402-1366 and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).
For additional information, contact the course planning committee at NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov
Module 1: Introduction to Health Disparities Research: Concepts and Overview
Module 2: Health Disparities from a Policy Perspective: Intersections of Law, Public Policies and Health Disparities
Module 3: Health Disparities from an Economic Perspective: Influence of Life Course Trajectory on Health Status
Module 4: Health Disparities from a Social and Behavioral Science Perspective: The Role of Behavior, Culture, and Social Status
Module 5: Health Disparities from a Biological and Genetic Perspective: Developmental and Molecular Mechanisms of Health Disparities Research
Module 6: Health Disparities in Selected Populations: History, Social Disparities and Research Methods
- African American Populations
- Asian American Populations
- American Indian Populations
- Hispanic Populations
- Rural, Poor and Medically Underserved Populations
- Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Populations
- Other Selected Populations
Module 7: Bioethics: Ethical Considerations in Health Disparities Research
Module 8: Applications of Data, Measures and Methods in Addressing Health Disparities
Module 9: Translational Health Disparities Research Approaches
Module 10: Healthcare Disparities: Research, Practice and Policy
Module 11: Global Health and Population Health Disparities
Module 12: Integrating Science, Practice and Policy: Evidence-Based Solutions