Lesson 8: Health Disparities

Overview Section

Health Disparities: Meaning and Measurement

In this lesson, we will explore an example of health disparity research and then consider various ways to define and measure health disparities.

 When you hear 'health disparity' what comes to mind?

  • SES (Socio-economic Status)?
  • Difference in capacity to deliver healthcare?
  • Different genetic influences?
  • Racial inequity?
  • Government policies?


Upon completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • provide a definition for a health disparity, and
  • discuss measurement of health disparities.