Social Determinants of Health
Explore how access to healthcare influences how people interpret, understand and respond to health, wellbeing and illness. Examine how education, race, class, gender and culture guides people’s decision making and expectations of well-being.
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- 28 Aug 2023
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- Examine how social and cultural factors shape and determine people's experience of health and illness in different parts of the world.
- Compare health and illness outcomes experienced by groups from different social and cultural contexts and explain why differences occur.
- Discuss the interactions between health and illness, social perceptions of disease, culture and other societal structures and institutions.
- Research and use different types of data and information to understand and explain health and illness issues within a diverse social and cultural context.
- • Introduction to the Social Determinants of Health.
- • Health as a social construct.
- • Health and culture.
- • Health and media.
- • Education as a social determinant of health.
- • Employment as a social determinant of health.
- • Health care system and social determinants of health.
- • The social determinants on a global scale.
- • Health throughout the life course.
- • Stigma and discrimination and social determinants of health.
- • Social justice and social determinants of health.
- • Gender and social determinants of health.
- • The economics of the social determinants of health and health inequalities.
- • Health and the living environment.
Students must be admitted in HBFN. Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed PHE1SDH (Social Determinants of Health) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
- Other requirements - This subject is available through Open Universities Australia (OUA) and the course is restricted for enrolment. Single subject enrolments for restricted subjects are not available at OUA, please see https://www.latrobe.edu.au/study/apply/pathways/single-subject-entry for further information Students who successfully complete two from the four open enrolment subjects (HBS101, DTN101, CHM101, PHE102) may apply under the Academic Eligibility category for admission to the restricted Bachelor of Food and Nutrition. You must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition to be eligible to enrol in all other non-open access subjects offered in the degree.
In this subject students will examine the ways health, well-being and illness are experienced, understood, and responded to by people as social beings who participate in various groups, organisations, communities, and societies. Critical factors such as education, social class, gender, and ethnicity and culture will be explored to examine how social practices, positions, and processes influence access to and use of resources supportive of health and well-being.
- 3 X Online Mastery Quizzes, 30 minutes each (1500 word equivalent) (30%)
- Individual Report (1150 word equivalent) (35%)
- Individual Report (600 words equivalent) (20%)
- Speaking task (500 word equivalent) (15%)
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