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Reducing gaps: Using area-based socio-economic measures to explore population health—online course

This free, one-hour course explores how putting health and socio-economic data together can help health professionals better understand how populations characteristics affect health outcomes.  It is a high-quality tutorial built with the Articulate Studio “rapid e-learning” development tool.

Participants work with data to understand the distribution of socio-economic status (SES) in Canada, and how SES affects how people use health services.  Participants learn how to apply this understanding in creating programs and policies, in any jurisdiction, to reduce disparities in health or access to health services.

The course is intended for decision makers and planners involved in population health, public health, health promotion, urban planning and health, social and community services. It was developed by the Canadian Institute for Health Information  (CIHI).  You can access the course by contacting to get a free account, which you use to access the course through the CIHI Learning Centre at  To review the course content, go to the Learning Centre and click on the Courses/Registration – Population Health link.

This course was recommended as a professional development resource by an NCCDH project team reviewing online courses related to health equity and the social determinants of health for a public health audience. To learn more about this project and other recommended courses, click here.

Canadian Institute for Health Information (2012).  Reducing gaps:  Using area-based socio-economic measures to explore population health [Online course]. Retrieved from

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