Social Determinants of Health and Disparities

The Certificate in Social Determinants of Health and Disparities (CSDH&D) is limited at the present time to University of Connecticut medical and dental students. It is intended to train 21st century physicians and dentists with skills and vision necessary to identify health disparities and develop public policies that promote health equity. The certificate provides students with both conceptual understanding and practical skills. Students enrolled in the CSDH&D complete the equivalent of four graduate level courses, totaling 12 credits, while simultaneously completing Years 1 and 2 of the School of Medicine’s MDelta curriculum (primarily through the VITAL, and COrE course and Stage 1 experiences in Scholarship and Discovery). Subject matter focuses on principles and methods for examining the distribution and determinants of health and health care services across populations, the origins and impact of social inequality/inequity in society, and the resources and evidence-based opportunities to remedy observed disparities in health care and outcomes.

Required Courses: PUBH 5201, 5202, 5408, and 5409.

Medical and dental students earning the CSDH&D may apply 12 earned graduate credits as part of dual M.D./M.P.H. and D.M.D./M.P.H. program requirements.

This certificate is offered by UConn Health.