Research/Project Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health


Public Health


Kari Hartwig


Background: Many universities aim to provide content that opens new ways of seeing the world to students. One method for achieving this is by critiquing one’s courses for diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI) elements. The course syllabus contains vital details that support students in achieving their academic objectives and personal development.

Methods: The purpose of this exploratory study used both qualitative and quantitative methods. The existing DEI syllabi assessment tool was developed by Rutgers University and Boston University. We reviewed and adapted DEI domains.

Results: The outcome of this tool developed a table comparison of Rutgers and Boston DEI syllabi assessment tool and tailored DEI elements to global health focus. We quantified course content into graphic charts. We discussed the Master's of public health (MPH) department and interviewed MPH instructors. We analyzed the emerging themes. In their reflections, instructors discussed visualization, inclusive representation, reflecting on resources and advice for adjuncts, evaluation of both students and faculty, accessibility and accountability.

Conclusion: This global health DEI assessment tool gives instructors the chance to consider aspects of DEI, as well as various formats for delivering content, geographic areas, and assignments. It also highlights a useful visualization element that helped instructors understand the DEI of their course. This tool looks for strategies to support instructors in incorporating DEI materials into their courses.

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