Health Equity Research Certificate Program

The Health Equity Research Certificate program is a 16-hour innovative information skills education certificate program for students interested in health equity research.

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of health equity,
  • Enhance their research, writing, and leadership skills, and
  • Apply research methods and writing skills to a health equity topic of their choosing, and create health equity research deliverables.


Public health has been at the forefront of health debates for several years and hotly contested in the past four presidential administrations. One significant issue is health disparities and its solution, health equity. For students, health equity is a thematic topic covered in coursework. For our campus community, the themes around health equity play out in serious and personal ways. To capitalize on opportunities to work with faculty and researchers, advanced training in health equity research practices is an advantageous skill set for students, staff, and community. bn

The Health Equity Research Certificate program serves as an avenue for students to receive such training, and develop skills applicable to research and work focused on health equity.


At the end of this immersion program, participants will be able to:

  1. Define public health, health equity, and research.
  2. Identify how health equity applies to a public health-related issue of their choice, and use appropriate terminology to discuss their issue using a health equity lens.
  3. Use basic search terms and methods, databases, and other applicable resources to find appropriate health equity-focused literature on their topic of choice.
  4. Review academic literature and research, with an enhanced understanding of statistics.
    • Identify the main takeaways from a statistical analysis.
    • Understand the implications of statistical significance.
    • Pull significant findings from a dataset using statistical software (SPSS and GIS).
  5. Write a literature review addressing existing literature on a topic of their choice.
  6. Write a health-equity focused blog post on a topic of their choice that uses existing literature and data to support their claims.


The four main competencies for the student training program are:

  1. Information Management and Ethical Use,
  2. Searching and Documentation
  3. Evaluating Information
  4. Scholarly Writing and Publishing


The certificate will feature faculty, researchers, and practitioners at the University of Michigan and the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center.


This program is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors enrolled at the University of Michigan, from any discipline. Students must:

  • Have taken at least 1 introductory statistics course
  • Demonstrate interest in health equity, health disparities, or public health through academics, work experience, extracurricular activities.
  • Minimum 2.8 GPA


If you have questions about your eligibility, send us an email at