Global community-based public health research: Educating for social justice
A social justice approach to public health requires addressing the social determinants of health to reduce health inequities. This approach:
- Acknowledges social justice as the foundation of public health
- Analyzes/addresses the determinants of health
- Acts to reduce health inequities
- Works with and for vulnerable/marginalized populations
- Uses a community-based participatory approach
- Applies social justice and humans rights principles
Using examples, this presentation will discuss how a practicum experience abroad engages public health students in a critical dialogue about social justice while living in, and collaborating with, the community in the research process.
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Describe components of a social justice approach to public health practice
Keyword(s): Community-Based Research (CBPR), Social Justice
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am faculty with the Michigan State University Program in Public Health and teach courses on global public health. I take students to Ghana to learn about health beliefs and practices and conduct community-based research as part of the MPH practicum experience. I have lived in Sub-Saharan Africa for over 5 years working on global health-related programs. I was involved with the ASPH MPH core competencies project and the development of the global health competencies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.