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Summer Course on Health Equity Research Methods

Applications of Innovative Methods in Health Equity Research is a new, two-day course that Lisa Cooper and colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities have worked to develop.

This course, co-led by Dr. Tanjala Purnell and Lisa Cooper, will be held on June 12-13, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., as part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Department of Health Behavior and Society Summer Institute.

The course introduces students to innovative methods, practical tools and skills required to conduct rigorous health equity research and to translate evidence-based strategies into practice and policy. It covers topics ranging from stakeholder engagement and behavioral intervention development to research methods in social epidemiology. It includes lectures, interactive panel discussions, case-based examples and opportunities to participate in small group discussions with each other and obtain feedback on research ideas from experienced medical, nursing and public health investigators.

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss how cultural competence and patient-centered communication enhance the quality and success of health equity research.
  2. Discuss innovative recruitment strategies for socially at-risk populations, including hiring and training staff for health equity research studies.
  3. Engage community and organizational stakeholders in health equity research.
  4. Describe methods used to develop appropriate assessment and intervention materials for underserved, low-literacy and non-native English speaking populations.
  5. Identify methods and measures in social epidemiology and health services research and sources of data that can be utilized in health equity research.

As you know, the field of health equity research has continued to evolve, and funders are supporting new avenues for investigation. We believe that the information shared during our course will help students develop and implement timely and relevant projects to address the complex issues that contribute to disparities in health and healthcare delivery in the U.S.

For more information, visit:

or view the brochure: Summer Institute flyer 2017 - Cooper_Purnell

For Johns Hopkins faculty members who want to register for the course using the faculty tuition remission, you can go to Student Accounts in the Wolfe Street building of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and they will assist you. They will need your tuition remission form to create your special student status and enroll you in the course.

If you have questions regarding course registration and/or tuition remission, please contact Jessica Finkelstein, academic program administrator, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dept. of Health, Behavior and Society at (410) 502-4415 or


Kelsey Bennett