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Unfair systematic differences in health status and experiences of different population groups have become a core focus of population health research, and of growing interest to policy makers, health practitioners, and advocates of social justice worldwide. Policy makers are confronted with the challenge of addressing complex health needs of an increasingly diverse population amid multiple crisis (of health, economy, society, environment) making the promises of "health for all" and "leaving no one behind" an unattainable aspiration.
As practitioners and advocates contend with the slow progress on closing the gap on gender and other inequalities, 'intersectionality' is gaining popularity for offering a radical new approach to advance equality and social justice. While it has become a buzzword in health and development sectors, the concept is not without its critiques and there is little systematic training on how to address the challenges of operationalising it.
This innovative, first of its kind course addresses some of these gaps. It examines the theories underlying unfair and avoidable differences in the distribution of social determinants of health, and offers a critical understanding of the theory, research, and public policy applications of intersectionality.
The course is unique in bringing together the perspectives from diverse sectors (in UK and internationally) on Intersectionality to the classroom, combining masterclasses, lectures and case work to explore policy interventions and civil society actions to reducing health inequalities, nationally and globally.
Understanding Health Inequalities and Reviewing classical & contemporary theories to understand unfair differences in health experiences and outcomes.
Introducing Intersectionality – potential & critiques – Introducing intersectionality as a set of theoretical positions and analytical framework to examine and address health disparities, its key principles and delineations.
Methodological Applications: introducing participants to the breadth of qualitative (conventional as well as participatory, action-oriented) and quantitative methods (including contribution of Social Epidemiology) available to understand the interaction between social factors/ divisions that constitute inequalities in health outcomes.
Intersectionality in Practice & Advocacy: exploring how intersectionality has informed policy and practice in equality and social justice focused organisations, in the UK and internationally and examining good practices as well as challenges to adoption of intersectionality.
Intersectionality & Public Policy: engaging with the IPBA framework for informing policies and the dilemmas of adopting intersectionality in policy. Poster presentations on policy solutions on case studies.