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Roots of Health Inequity Online Course

National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Roots of Health Inequity is an online course and learning collaborative designed for the local public health workforce to explore the social determinants of health and the root causes of inequity in the distribution of disease, illness, and death.

Participants can expect:

  • Case studies
  • Readings
  • Presentations
  • Small group work
  • Group directed learning

A detailed course outline is available on the program website. The course is structured around 5 critical questions:

  • Where do we start?
  • What are "frames" and how do they influence public health practice?
  • What can history teach us about the role of public health and public health practitioners?
  • What are the root causes of health inequities?
  • What are the principles of social justice?

According to the FAQs, the course content applies to rural, suburban, and urban areas. Due to the group-focused nature of the course, individual and group participants are responsible for identifying the underlying themes and discussing how they relate to specific organizations and communities.


The course is available to any professional that is interested in addressing the root causes of health inequity. The material is primarily focused on the experiences of staff members working in local public health departments at all levels. Participants may also include public health researchers, students, members of government agencies, and staff members at community-based organizations.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

There is no cost for participation.

Application process

To participate as an individual or a group, follow the instructions listed on the How to Register page.

Tagged as
Health disparities · Health workforce education and training · Public health · Social determinants of health

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