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Health Inequalities (POPH90205)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOPH90205
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age shape their health as does the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels.
This subject will provide an overview of the Australian and international evidence on the ways in which social, economic and cultural processes contribute to population health.
More specifically, the subject will examine relationships between health and a range of determinants of health (such as gender, poverty, socio-economic position, housing, employment and working conditions, race/ethnicity, discrimination and place), the ways in which health inequalities are generated and how health interventions might influence population health.

Intended learning outcomes

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Assess the key social and economic determinants of health
  • Analyse the ways in which the multiple social and economic determinants intersect to shape health
  • Describe models of the social determinants of health
  • Interpret the empirical evidence on the key social, economic and cultural processes that influence health
  • Critically analyse the relationship between health and gender, poverty, socio-economic position, employment and working conditions, race/ethnicity, discrimination and place

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject a student should be able to:

  • Critically analyse relevant empirical studies and conceptual literature.
  • Demonstrate advanced written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in critical reading.

Last updated: 24 August 2019