School of Public Health

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Glossary

The Glossary of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) terms was developed by the Epidemiology Department’s DEI Committee.

The intention behind the development of this Glossary is to encourage a common understanding and use of DEI terminology in our classrooms and across our department. The definitions we provide are intended for use in public health coursework and research, and as such, are typically not as expansive as those one may find in the social sciences. 

Please note that this is a newly developed resource, and we actively encourage feedback to ensure its continual improvement. If you have suggestions, please email