Health Equity


The Saint Michael’s College minor in Health Equity provides a unique opportunity for students to examine the challenge of unjust distribution of health care and resources for living healthy lives, both globally and locally. Students in this minor will develop skills to tackle topics such as race-based inequality in health outcomes; linkages between poverty and disease; and the intersecting ways that multiple forms of discrimination provide barriers to health care access.


PB 101   Introduction to Public Health

SO 215  Social Determinants of Health

At least one course must be from this list (If desired, all three electives may come from this list):

MA 110                 Math for Social Justice

PH 221                  Ethics in Healthcare

RS 328                   Christian Healthcare Ethics

PH 351                  Otherness and Marginalization: Levinas and the Alienated

PO 351                  Politics of the Global AIDS Pandemic

PO  XXX                Health Policy (New Course)

HI 345                    The Black Death

AN 217                  Social Inequalities

AN 315                  Anthropology of International Development

EC 321                   Economics of Development and Poverty

ES 306                   Environmental Justice

SO 107                  Social Problems

SO 221                  Race & Ethnic Relations

Take at least two electives from the complete list:

Environmental and Nutritional Health

  • BI 108 Nutrition
  • ES 225 Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture
  • ES 306 Environmental Justice
  • ES 310 Environmental Hazards
  • PO 325 Politics of Food

Global and National Health

  • AN 315 Anthropology of International Development
  • AN 333 Anthropology of Refugees
  • AN 341 Culture, Illness and Healing
  • AS 227 Intro to Latinx Literature & Culture
  • HI 345 The Black Death
  • PO 351 Global Politics of AIDS
  • PO XXX Health Policy (new course)

Health Equity

  • AN 217 Social Inequalities
  • EC 321 Economics of Development & Poverty
  • EN 375 The Middle Passage
  • HI 365 Race, Class and Gender in the Atlantic World
  • HI 414 African Slavery in the Atlantic World
  • MJD 323 Race, Gender & Ethnicity in the Media
  • PH 351 Otherness & Marginalization
  • PH 358 Philosophy of Race
  • SO 221 Race & Ethnic Relations

Gender, Sexuality & Health

  • GS 101 Gender Studies Foundations
  • PO 292 Global LGBTQI Politics and Culture
  • HI 215 Women in American Society

Skills for Public Health

  • MA 110 Math for Social Justice
  • ST 251  Probability
  • ST 252  Mathematical Statistics and Methods
  • DS 203  Data Science

Additional Options

  • AL 250 Intercultural Communication
  • ED 350 Trauma Informed Educational Process
  • PS 250 Social Psychology
  • PS 256 Abnormal Psychology
  • PS 310 Drugs and Behavior
  • PS 350 Psychology of Health and Illness

No more than 2 total courses can contain the same course Prefix (e.g. BI or SO)