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GLPH 171/3.0 Social and Physical Determinants of Health and Disease

Course applicable to the following Majors / Medials/ Minors:    Faculty of Health Sciences
Course Instructors: Susan Phillips
This course is available in:   Fall term at the BISC
Course Prerequisites / Exclusions:   EXCLUSIONS: HLTH 101/3.0;  GPHY 339/3.0. Note: This course is not available to Arts & Science students.

This fascinating course examines the social factors and physical conditions of the environment in which people are born, live, learn, play, work, and age. Also known as social and physical determinants of health, this course will show you how they impact a wide range of health and quality-of-life outcomes.


Course Highlights:

Think locally, and globally! Gain a fundamental understanding of how an individual's circumstances can be shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.

Collaborate with your peers in discussion groups to extend course concepts - Create your own presentations and critically evaluate others.

Learn to recognize global health inequities - the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries.

You will examine social exclusion and learn about the relational processes that lead to the exclusion of particular groups of people.

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GLPH 171/3.0 Social and Physical Determinants of Health and Disease

This course will use an evidence based approach to address the impact of social and environmental exposures and circumstances on health at both an individual and population level. It will focus on how the contexts of peoples’ lives affect their health, methods for describing and measuring these effects, and the role of medical practice in creating and maintaining health. Students will develop an understanding of and methods for critically evaluating scientific literature and becoming community advocates for health.
*Previously BMED 171 Social and Physical Determinants of Health and Disease.

Learning Outcomes

After completing GLPH 171, successful students will be able to:

    • Identify social and physical circumstances that have an impact on health and analyze the nature of that impact.
    • Describe the nature of socioeconomic status, gender, and early adversity, to critique them as determinants of health.
    • Analyze how social circumstances and medical systems shape individual health.
    • Develop how environment, genetics, intergenerational circumstances and medical care connect to an individual’s health.
    • Critically appraise scholarly research to interpret different types of evidence on determinants of health.

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Previous examples of Experiential Learning Opportunities for this course include writing a critical appraisal of a relevant public health study. With the assistance of a TA, the students discussed and analyzed the study in the online tutorial platform, summarizing these results in a group written report; and research posters - where students individually created a multimedia advertisement to inform, raise public awareness and provide an in-depth summary of their chosen subject.

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