Measuring health inequalities and health equity

One day workshop

One-day workshop

Dates tbc

Measuring health inequalities and health equity

Course objectives

This course will provide  NHS and local authority analysts with knowledge of health inequalities and health equity, and the knowledge and skills to undertake robust analysis on person-level datasets to understand where there are disparities in population health outcomes and local service delivery.

There will be a specific focus on using data to look at ethnic and socio-economic disparities, and how to present data so it becomes information for action.


1. Setting the scene

  • What are health inequalities, what’s health equity and what’s the difference?
  • Wider determinants of health, proportionate universalism and intersectionality
  • Broader policy context of reducing health inequalities and levelling up in the UK
  • Legal and ethical considerations (substantively drawing upon the Strategy Unit’s work)

2. Analysis and methods to understand disparities and inequity

  • Types of analysis and their purposes, strengths and limitations: e.g. population health needs, equity audits, relative likelihoods (can showcase the Strategy Unit’s planned care analysis)
  • Using statistics to identify real effects and notable disparities
  • Algorithms and bias

3. Equalities data in NHS and local authority datasets and denominators

  • Understanding population denominators and their importance
  • Specific focus on deprivation and ethnicity within NHS and local authority datasets, including how they are measured, strengths and limitations and intersectionality
  • Inclusion health groups – challenges in identifying these populations and importance of using qualitative methods

4. Opportunities to bring together local authority and NHS data to measure inequalities

  • Data held by local authorities/others on social determinants of health
  • How NHS and local authority data could be joined up to support shift to population health

5. Bringing it all together and turning it into information for action

  • Role of analysts in helping reduce health inequalities and inequities
  • Opportunities to embed this type of analysis into existing work and to work across boundaries
  • Translating analysis into information for action


Your Trainer for this course will be:

Dr Sarah Dougan, Independent Consultant in Population Health & Inequalities


This course is free and available to all those working in the Midlands Public Health and Social Care sector , e.g. NHS, Public Health, Local Authority, ICBs

Dates available:


One- day workshop (09.30 to 16.00)


Registration: To follow