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Our health is shaped by the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work and age. The unequal distribution of money, power and resources from local to global levels has significant effects on health. This subject will provide an overview of Australian and international evidence on how social, economic, environmental and cultural processes affect population health.
More specifically, the subject examines how health and wellbeing are shaped by a range of determinants including gender, poverty, socio-economic position, housing, employment and working conditions, race/ethnicity, discrimination and place. Students also explore structural barriers associated with colonialism, sexism, ableism, racism, stigma and violence. By integrating evidence from across these topics, this subject will use contemporary examples to unpack how health inequalities are generated and how health interventions might generate more equitable outcomes in 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
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: 7 February 2024