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Population Health and Health Equity is a Course

Population Health and Health Equity

3.0 credits


Full course description

A physician, nurse, or other health professional's potential role in patient health does not stop at the clinic doors. Appreciating the impact of social and environmental conditions on health can create physician advocates and elevate the care provided in clinical settings. In four modules featuring academic and practice-based experts, this course introduces key concepts, strategies, and resources for learners to consider and apply in their own practice to improve the health of their communities.


Physicians and residents across specialties, as well as allied health professionals; those working in medically underserved communities; and anyone interested in personal and organizational approaches to advance population health and health equity.

Learning Objectives

Module 1: The Population Health System

  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of public health.
  • Identify how the health care system influences health equity, including insurance coverage.
  • Recognize the importance of and opportunities for collaboration in population health.

Module 2: Social Determinants of Health

  • Describe the concept of the social determinants of health.
  • Discuss how ‘place’ impacts population and patient health outcomes.
  • Identify types of information about a community that can inform a physician’s practice.

Module 3: Personal Influences on Population Health

  • Consider the role of physicians as change agents.
  • Describe at least one framework for cultural competence.
  • Identify at least one interpersonal level strategy for health equity.

Module 4: Policy/Advocacy

  • Identify potential roles for physicians in health policy and advocacy work.
  • Recognize opportunities to influence organizational and community policy to promote population health and health equity.

Continuing Education Credit

3.0 CME (expires July 2022)

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Michigan Medical School and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This course was developed by the Certificate in Population Health and Health Equity, offered by Authority Health and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Authority Health is an approved Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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