This module is the first in a three-part series that is designed to help you use data to identify and address health disparities in your community. In this module, you will look at how to use data to connect social determinants of health to health disparities in a community.

The story and activities in this module are inspired by problem-based learning (PBL). Through PBL, teams examine thoughtful, collaborative solutions to workplace problems. This module will ask you to apply these solutions to fictional scenarios that help prepare you for similar, real-world situations.

Intended Audience

This training is for local, state, and tribal public health professionals.

Learning Objectives

After taking this training, participants will be able to:

  • Define health equity, health disparities, and health inequities
  • Explain how social factors (e.g., access to employment, discrimination, neighborhood safety) influence health
  • Identify connections between social factors and varying health outcomes in a community

Technical Requirements

The online modules were designed to work in most modern browsers, operating systems, and devices.


The online modules are delivered in a 508-compliant interface. During the development of this training, we attempted to make the content accessible to individuals using screen readers. If you encounter trouble accessing the modules by screen reader, please contact NWCPHP, and we will do our best to make sure the content is accessible to you.

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Drawing of a wooded area near a body of water.
October 11, 2021
Vulnerable Populations & Health Disparities
Self-Paced Course
1.5 hours
Data for Rural Health Equity
Competency Domains: 
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills