Addressing Social Determinants of Health


Ideal for: Public Health Professionals, Social Workers

Work for this course will be completed in teams of 2 or 3 people.

Together, teams will take their understanding of social determinants of health to the next level as they identify actionable steps that impact the root causes of poor health outcomes in their communities.

In order for a team application to be reviewed and considered for this training, participants must have at least 1-2 other partners (up to groups no larger than 3 people) from within their department or organization to form a team. Once all partner(s) have been identified, as a TEAM you will submit ONE application. Do not submit an application for each team member. The responses to this application should reflect thoughts and experiences of your team.

Once an application has been submitted for your team, you will not be able to go back and view it. You may make changes to an application that is in progress anytime before you submit it

If you do not have a team, please still submit an application as we may be able to assist you in finding one. Please note however, if we cannot pair you with a team we will not be able to admit you into the course and encourage that you re-apply for consideration at a future opportunity.


No cost for registrants from our region (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming), $160 for registrants from all other states, no cost for registering for the waitlist - payment arrangement will be made by staff if spot becomes available.


We strive to host inclusive and accessible events that enable all individuals, including those with disabilities to engage fully. Please let us know of any accommodations that will assist your full participation.

Instructions to submit an application

  1. Review and download the application questions in advance HERE if you'd like to work on your team application offline.
  2. When you are ready to access and submit your application, please click on the course application link under "course registration".

**Please note that once you begin the application, you will be able to return to where you left off only if you are using the same device and have not reset your internet browser.**

What to Expect

We use a flipped-classroom approach, so you’ll work through course content independently and then connect with a small cohort of peers weekly for live learning sessions that provide an opportunity to ask questions, share your knowledge, and learn from others.

Each session will include a facilitated discussion among class participants related to that week’s topic. Below is the schedule for our live sessions.

7 Live Learning Sessions:

Session #1: Orientation Session

Session #2: The Foundations of Public Health 3.0 - Working Upstream

Session #3: Centering Community

Session #4: Working with Partners to Track Your Impact: Using Measures and Stories

Session #5: Getting Our Own House in Order: Focusing on Self and Systems

Session #6: Paying for Change: Innovative Approaches to Funding Upstream

Session #7: Pulling it All Together

Successful completion of this course requires your participation in these sessions by video using a webcam or built-in camera on your device. Contact us if you need assistance accessing a webcam.


Each week, you must complete assigned online learning activities that include reading and watching videos. There will also be a short assignment in preparation for each live learning session that should take about an hour to complete.


Look for an email from us 2 weeks before your first live session with instructions on how to access the course online. If you don’t see an email (don’t forget to check your spam folder), email registration.rmphtc@ucdenver.eduMake sure you sign in prior to your first live session to complete the required activities and ensure you know how to connect with your camera.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

Know the Information: Identify upstream determinants impacting specific health outcomes and shared risk factors across multiple health outcomes.

Identify a Measurable Focus: Determine particular upstream factors you want to target; identify strategies to impact upstream determinants; and describe metrics used to measure change.

Support Funding: Identify and implement collective funding approaches to support innovative efforts in this area. Communicate and work with partners to identify common goals.

Put to Practice: Assess organizational readiness or barriers to authentically engage the community in a shared risk approach.

Action Plan: Identify actionable steps to impact the root causes resulting in poor health outcomes in your community.


6.5 hours over 12 weeks

Registration Information

Course Opportunities (click on the course your team will be applying for to access the application)

TBA - FALL 2024 

**Please note that once you begin the application, you will be able to return to where you left off only if you are using the same device and have not reset your internet browser. 


Past Course Opportunities

  • August 24th 2023 - November 16th 2023 

  • August 22nd 2023 - November 14th 2023

  • March 7th 2023 - May 30th 2023

  • March 9th 2023 - June 1st 2023

  • August 2022

  • September 2022


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