- Code POPH8108
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Population Health
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Population Health
- Areas of interest Population Studies, Sociology, Epidemiology, Health
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Liana Leach
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Second Semester 2020
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Understanding the social determinants of health is important for health promotion, health prevention and also for crafting an approach to treatment and health care that considers people’s uneven exposures to social and cultural risks or resources. The social determinants of health are important from a public health perspective because they point to the causes of health risks and hence the necessary interventions; explain chronic disease policy failure; explain differentials in health outcomes; address questions posed in philosophy regarding pathways to equity and equality. The social determinants of health framework has been adopted by the World Health organisation and governments, and this course aims to supply an in-depth understanding of the field and its importance.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the history of social determinants of health in relation to other key theories and approaches in population health;
- Critically evaluate primary social determinants of health concepts and approaches;
- Develop skills in social determinants of health research methods and approaches;
- Apply key social determinants of health concepts to contemporary population health problems;
- Critically appraise and articulate policies and interventions that could address the SD of population health.
- Peer-teaching presentation slides. Students will prepare presentation slides (~10 slides) and post them online via a Discussion Board, with the aim of either summarising or critiquing an assigned class reading. (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Essay critically comparing key theoretical approaches to the Social Determinants of Health. (35) [LO 1,2,3]
- Short report outlining a specific social or economic policy, and the evidence that the policy has impacted health (either positively or negatively). Students will choose from two pre-set topics. (35) [LO 3,4,5]
- Participation in online discussion. Students will post at least 5 reflections (posts) on to the online discussion space throughout the course to promote reflection on the course material. (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Weekly 1.5 hour sessions of in-person or online, delivered lectures/session material.
- Weekly 1.5 hour tutorials in-person or online via Q&A session.
- Students are expected to undertake a further 7-8 hours per week of independent study.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined
Assumed KnowledgeA health care background is recommended but not essential. Basic knowledge of statistics would be an advantage
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