HLTH 101 Social Determinants of Health / GLPH 171/3.0 Social and Physical Determinants of Health and Disease
This combined course, comprising HLTH 101 and GLPH 171 introduces students to basic concepts in public, population and global health, and introduces social determinants of health, such as poverty, income inequality, childhood, indigenous populations and racism within Canadian and global contexts. The added dimension of GLPH 171 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.
The social determinants of health (SDoH) are social, political, economic and cultural conditions, forces and factors that influence how health is distributed among entire groups and populations. Like the field of public health, of which social determinants is a part, the study of the SDoH is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws on research and scholarship from many areas including sociology, anthropology, political science, policy studies, geography, epidemiology, health and gender studies, and race and disability studies. The course will introduce basic concepts in public health and then examine fundamental determinants of health, including income and colonialism, and will focus on selected specific determinants (e.g. housing). The material will not explore in depth all the social determinants of health, but the course will provide a strong foundation for understanding social determinants of health and how to approach studies of health and illness through a critical sociological lens.
A degree in Health Studies leads to entry into a wide variety of career options including physical therapy, medicine, law, occupational therapy, social work, health policy, health infomatics, urban planning, disability studies, and many others.
At the end of the course a successful student will be able to:
- recognize, define and apply key concepts in public, population and global health
- understand and critically analyze the social determinants of health in the Canadian and global contexts
- apply concepts of the social determinants of health in the analysis of a novel
- apply concepts of the social determinants of health in international field studies contexts
- 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
Examples of previous ELOs include documenting health inequalities within the community in Lewes, writing and directing personal travel safety videos and a guided walk of Liverpool to examine the history of public health, with a focus on the early work of Doctor Duncan. 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.