Graduation Date

Spring 5-8-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research

First Advisor

Regina E. Idoate

Second Advisor

Paul Estabrooks

Third Advisor

Cheryl Thompson

Fourth Advisor

Kevin Kupzyk


Health equity arises from the social determinants of health. Access to culturally and linguistically competent health services is a major determinant of health. Despite health profession pipeline intervention efforts spanning more than 50 years, diversity in the health professions has not been achieved, and disparities in health among members of minority groups remain prevalent. Health profession pipeline programs came into existence to help grow minority representation among health professionals serving in underserved, disadvantaged, communities, where disparities in health are most prevalent. One underlying assumption was that minority students from underserved communities understand the needs of these communities best and are more likely to return and serve their communities upon graduation from a health profession program. No studies to date have examined characteristics of students who participate in these programs. Little is known about how characteristics of health profession pipeline students inform the theoretical framework from pipeline to health equity. This case study examined various program evaluation data sources of a health profession pipeline program collected in the summer of 2019 in the Midwest.

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