School of Public Health

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Glossary

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

The intention behind the development of this Glossary is to encourage a common understanding and use of EDI 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. 

The glossary is updated on an annual basis to ensure that the content reflects the evolution of language. We actively encourage feedback to ensure its continual improvement. If you have suggestions, please email the EDI chair, Jen Balkus, at