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Health Equity

The minor in Health Equity employs a multidisciplinary academic approach to explore social determinants of health, healthcare inequities, and the social construction of scientific knowledge.

What You'll Study

Designed for students who plan to enter health science careers, as well as those primarily interested in social justice/social change, the Health Equity minor provides a strong foundation for understanding how cultural and structural forces impact the health and health care of communities, influence individuals’ choices and relationship to information, and shape the processes and implications of health science. With a heavy emphasis on social sciences, humanities, and experiential learning, the Health Equity minor cultivates an understanding of the inextricable relationship between human health, social justice, and ethics in research and treatment.

About the New Program

Central to the Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic mission of Gonzaga University is a deep-seated commitment to issues and practices of social justice and becoming persons for others. The field of health equity involves discussion and scholarship around issues of health disparities and healthcare inequalities that disproportionately affect traditionally oppressed and vulnerable populations. The Health Equity minor will afford students the opportunity to explore these topics through a uniquely Ignatian lens and directly supports Gonzaga’s Mission to “educate students for lives of leadership and service for the common good” and “foster a mature commitment to dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, and care for the planet.”

This minor is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of major or year.

Health Equity in the News

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Health Equity Connects Health and Justice

GU's minor in health equity invites undergraduates to realize that healthcare is about more than doctor's diagnosing.

Coursetune: 3 ways curriculum mapping enables diversity equity and inclusion

HEALing Journey

The new health equity minor explores the intersections of social injustice and health through an interdisciplinary lens.

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Introducing Health Equity at Gonzaga

The health equity minor gives students a public health framework and a foundation for understanding patients as humans.

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