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© 2017 by Dr. Rachel Hardeman


I am an Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health. My graduate training was at the University of Minnesota where I received a PhD in Health Services Research Policy & Administration with a focus on the Sociology of Health and Illness. I also earned minors in both Sociology and Demography.

I am a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leader. I am working to intervene and dismantle the structural racism that contributes to adverse birth outcomes for communities of color alongside colleagues Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA and Rebecca Polston, CPM of Roots Community Birth Center.


I am a health inequities researcher. My work focuses on the provider contribution to equity and quality of health care delivery and the ways in which race (e.g. implicit bias, explicit bias, stereotyping, prejudice, discrimination, colorblind ideology, institutional racism and the white racial frame) impact health care delivery and the clinician-patient encounter. I have a particular interest and focus on prenatal care delivery and persistent disparate birth outcomes for African American women.

I am also a leading expert in medical education research focusing on the experiences of under-represented minority physician trainees and the impact of systemic racism and racial climate on medical education.

I approach my work in health services research through the lens of Critical Race Theory and also have a strong interest in applying Intersectionality to health services and public heath research.

You can download my CV HERE and to see where and what I'm presenting, check out my Speaking Page. You can also check out my current Research Projects, the courses I Teach and what I'm Writing


I hold a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health; and a BS in Chemistry and Spanish from Xavier University of Louisiana.

Video clip from Dr. Hardeman's speech at the 2017 Equity and Diversity Breakfast