Shekinah Fashaw-Walters, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, School of Public Health
University of Minnesota

The healthcare disparities that are pervasive across our health system today can be exacerbated, attenuated, or unchanged by the healthcare policies and practices that we implement as public health leaders. Achieving health equity requires the dismantling of institutional norms that structure inequities and the uplifting of policies and practices that allow for all people to reach their full potential. In order to do this, a clear understanding of racism’s role in policymaking is necessary. This course is designed to introduce participants to the historical issues, theories, and empirical data related to racism and its impacts on health inequities through the existence of inequitable policies and practices. With brief background lectures on racism and empirical evidence of the impacts of colorblind/race-neutral policies, class sessions will challenge students to consider how we can design more race-conscious policies and practices that will advance health equity for all.

This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7200-112 as part of the 2024 Public Health Institute.

Enrollment for this course will open on February 22, 2024.

For more information: z.umn.edu/PHI


By the end of this course, student will be able to:

  • Define, describe, and operationalize racism and its role in healthcare outcomes and racial health inequities.
  • Discuss through a critical lens theories related to colorblind racism and the tenants of public health critical race praxis.
  • Identify and describe examples of colorblind policies and practices that affect the health of minoritized populations across the life course.
  • Demonstrate the ability to start developing race-conscious policies and practices with the goal of achieving health equity.

Registration & Cancellation

The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. SPH is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.

SPH will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.

All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

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