Addressing Health Equity: A Public Health Essential

How healthy we are when we are born, how likely we are to get sick as we age, and how long we can expect to live are all determined by our place in society. Health disparities vary by wealth/income, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability status. In the United States, health disparities are significant and continue to increase between different populations.

This course illustrates the conditions that shape health and health disparities. In addition to describing the complex interplay of social conditions associated with health disparities, it also provides a framework for exploring public and community health strategies to promote health equity.

Learning Outcome

As a result of this activity the learner will enhance their knowledge and competence in the root causes that shape health and health disparities and community health frameworks for addressing health equity.


At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe terms related to health equity.
  • Identify how historically major advances in health status resulted from social reforms.
  • Identify the health outcomes of affected populations.
  • Describe the social determinants of health and how they contribute to health disparities and inequities.
  • Describe the Healthy People initiatives that address health inequity.
  • Explain the role of the public health workforce in addressing health inequity.
  • Describe evidence-based approaches to promote health equity.

Continuing Education Credits

CNE Credits offered until February 28, 2022. All other credits offered until November 30, 2022.

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 1.5. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.5. Provider ID# 99086.

There is a $7.50 fee for this credit (debit/credit card only), payable at the end of the training.

The University at Albany School of Public Health is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1.5 nursing contact hours.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This event is sponsored by School of Public Health, University at Albany, an approved provider of CPH Renewal Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

This offering is approved for 2.0 Certified in Public Health Renewal Credits.

1.5 hours of Generic Continuing Education Credits

  • Training launched: November 1, 2012
    Last updated December 10, 2019
  • Estimated time: 1.5 hours
  • Training is free and open to the public

The planners and course authors have no financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity. No commercial support has been accepted for this activity.