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Undergraduate | LTU-PHE101 | 2023

Social Determinants of Health

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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.

Study method
100% online
100% online
Start dates
27 Feb 2023,
28 Aug 2023,
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Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks

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Social Determinants of Health

About this subject

    1. Examine how social and cultural factors shape and determine people's experience of health and illness in different parts of the world;
    2. Compare health and illness outcomes experienced by groups from different social and cultural contexts and explain why differences occur;
    3. Discuss the interactions between health and illness, social perceptions of disease, culture and other societal structures and institutions;
    4. Research and use different types of data and information to understand and explain health and illness issues within diverse social and cultural contexts; and
    5. Collaborate with peers to examine the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians using the social determinants of health.

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • LAT-HUN-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Food and Nutrition


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.

Additional requirements

  • 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. A good internet connection is required due to the online delivery.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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Student feedback

10 student respondents between 28 Nov - 11 Dec 2022.

100%of students felt the study load was manageable

100%of students felt this subject helped them gain relevant skills

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Food and Nutrition