Health equity is achieved when every person has the opportunity to attain their full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.

The Health Equity Certificate Program (HECP) at Wake Forest University School of Medicine is designed to provide health equity education and training opportunities to medical, physician assistant and nurse anesthetist students. Graduate students and medical residents are also able to participate.

The HECP focuses on health disparities, health policy, social determinants of health and the care of vulnerable populations. Participating students will complete modules on different health equity-based topics while also incorporating independent learning. Additionally, students will complete a capstone project where they are connected with community-based organizations which will allow them to put their didactic learning to work.

Corrinne Dunbar.


"In my future practice as a clinician, I hope to really create an environment in health care that’s welcoming and supportive of all patients. The Health Equity Certificate Program has helped me prepare for this by providing a framework and encouraging me to practice critical self-reflection.”

– Corrinne Dunbar, medical student

By equipping students with additional training about the unique health needs of underserved populations and areas, these future clinicians will be trained to meet the health needs of all individuals. Students will also become immersed in the community to learn about the barriers and accessibility to transportation, health care and food.

Certificate programs at Wake Forest University School of Medicine allow students to personalize their educational experience, develop special interests and demonstrate outstanding motivation to residency selection committees.