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Advancing Global Health Equity: Understanding Power Imbalances, Biases, and Structural Challenges

Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) offers continuing education in Global Health Equity

Advancing equity in global health requires an understanding of the complexities of power dynamics and structural determinants of health. This course explores colonial legacies, power imbalances, and structural barriers to achieving health equity. The course facilitates individual behavior and institutional transformational change through strategies for recognizing, introspecting, and adopting best practices that promote equity grounded in culturally responsive, ethical, and meaningful collaborations.

EGHI offers this course free of charge to Emory staff, faculty, and students through Emory Continuing Education (ECE). Participants who complete the course or at least 80% of the course material will receive a certificate. This course is not available to individuals not associated with Emory at this time.

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Course Outline

This course is comprised of 10 learning modules.

  • Module 1: Welcome & Course Overview
  • Module 2: History of Global Health & Colonial Legacies
  • Module 3: Understanding Structural Discrimination in Global Health
  • Module 4: Intersectionality in Global Health
  • Module 5: Ethics, Health, and Human Rights
  • Module 6: Equity in Global Health Partnerships
  • Module 7: Global Health Financing & Research Funding
  • Module 8: Advancing Global Health Equity: Perspectives & Initiatives
  • Module 9: Future Directions for Advancing Equity in Global Health
  • Module 10: Key Messages & Closing

Course Instructors

EGHI Team:

  • Rebecca M. Martin, PhD – Director, Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) / VP for Global Health, Research Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Michael H. Chung, MD, PhD, MPH – Associate Director, Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) / Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory School of Medicine, Emory University
  • Senait Kebede, MD, MPH – Course Director, Advisor Equitable Global Health Partnership, Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI) / Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Learn more about our guest speakers representing a diverse group of global health professionals.

Have questions?

For questions about the course, email the course director Dr. Senait Kebede or the teaching assistants Hayat Geresu and Sophie Mihan.

Learner Outcomes

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Examine the historical legacies of power imbalances that perpetuate inequalities.
  • Describe terms such as racism, sexism, ableism, structural discrimination, and other forms of discrimination.
  • Define the concepts of intersectionality and health equity in the context of global health.
  • Engage in critical reflection, self-awareness, co-creation of knowledge, and elevation of indigenous knowledge and practices.
  • Describe strategies, approaches, and practices for engaging in respectful, equitable, and culturally sensitive collaborations & partnerships.